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Booknotes - Summer 2017

In spring, summer, and autumn, we publish Booknotes, our seasonal book reviews of notable new releases. But as the light and temperatures drop, we publish our Winter Gazette, which includes recent releases that make great gifts. Take a look on our shelves to find something unexpected!

Beyond the Bright Sea

By Lauren Wolk
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie & Lauren Wolk /  7 hours 15 minutes

- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction -

From the bestselling author of Newbery Honor–winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year.

An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Parents’ Magazine Best Book of the Year • A Booklist Editors' Choice selection • A BookPage Best Book of the Year • A Horn... Read More »

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Woman No. 17

A Novel
By Edan Lepucki
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Phoebe Strole /  11 hours 46 minutes

Washington Post Best Books of 2017

New York Times
bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is a "winning novel.”
— New York Times Book Review


High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever... Read More »

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House of Names

By Colm Toibin
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson & Pippa Nixon /  8 hours 46 minutes

House of Names

“A masterful manipulation of the classic tragedy of Clytemnestra, queen of Mycenae, Colm Toibin’s House of Names is retelling the story of the House of Atreus and her husband, King Agamemnon. Bursting with rage at the betrayal at the hands of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra orchestrates a murderous plot to avenge the death of daughter Iphigenia, slaughtered in sacrifice to supplicate the gods. Upon his victorious return, an unknowing Agamemnon finds himself ensnared in a trap, facing a kingdom full of deceitful families, ready for vengeance and demanding justice for all the ills suffered since his sojourn to fight the Trojan War. I adored Toibin’s beautifully written adaptation of The Orestia by Aeschylus and his prose is promised to please all lovers of the classics.”

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Men Without Women

Stories
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne /  7 hours 17 minutes

A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find... Read More »

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Chemistry

A novel
By Weike Wang
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  4 hours 52 minutes

Chemistry

“The unnamed narrator of Wang's winning and insightful novel is working on her PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, but the chemistry she really needs to learn is the one that makes relationships click. The prodigy daughter of high-achieving Chinese American parents, she's always strived to meet their demanding expectations. Then, suddenly, she just can't. Her lab work falters. She's unable to accept or decline her boyfriend's marriage proposal. But when she has a breakdown and loses in both academia and in love, she finally realizes how angry she is. Coming to terms with her past becomes her next project, and soon she can see her parents in a new light - and they aren't the fierce tiger couple they'd always seemed to be.”

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Isadora

A Novel
By Amelia Gray
Narrated by Jen Tullock /  10 hours 48 minutes

Using the scaffolding of Isadora Duncan’s life and the stuff of her spirit, Amelia Gray delivers an incredibly imaginative portrait of the artist

In 1913, the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable suffering. But for one woman, the darkness of a new era had already made itself at home. Isadora Duncan would come to be known as the mother... Read More »

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The Essex Serpent

A Novel
By Sarah Perry
Narrated by Juanita McMahon /  14 hours 44 minutes

The Essex Serpent

“If you love mystery, Victorian England, and exploring the tension between science and religion, you will love The Essex Serpent. Many contemporary authors manage to evoke for readers that experience of reading Jane Austen or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time. The real miracle of Sarah Perry is that she manages to do so with a completely fresh voice. With beautiful sentences and characters and landscapes so well-crafted you feel you've been there, The Essex Serpent captures the imagination and manages to deliver the sense of wisdom only good literature can.”

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

A novel
By Arundhati Roy
Narrated by Arundhati Roy /  16 hours 26 minutes

New York Times Best Seller
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson Group

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years... Read More »

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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Essays
By Scaachi Koul
Narrated by Scaachi Koul /  5 hours 29 minutes

"Certain authors are their own best narrators...Here, Koul's accomplished reading comes with the bonus of regular vocal interjections from her father." — Library Journal

A debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of... Read More »

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Radical Hope

Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
By Carolina De Robertis
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo & Kaleo Griffith /  7 hours 41 minutes

Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage... Read More »

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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
By W. Kamau Bell
Narrated by W. Kamau Bell /  10 hours 30 minutes

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional... Read More »

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays
By Samantha Irby
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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Theft by Finding

Diaries (1977-2002)
By David Sedaris & Gary Carpenter
Narrated by Author /  13 hours 51 minutes

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot
An NPR Best Book of 2017 An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017 A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the... Read More »

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Hunger

A Memoir of (My) Body
By Roxane Gay
Narrated by Roxane Gay /  5 hours 57 minutes

Hunger

“This memoir is about trauma and privilege, self-loathing, and a silent fear kept secret for far too long. It's about our obsession with body weight and body image, what happens when we internalize our pain and become self-destructive, and how very, very large people are treated in humiliating ways. The descriptions of addictive behavior and the journey to want to heal make this book more universal than I expected. When you decide that this is the day you're going to change and you get out of bed and fail, that's pretty normal. You'll have another chance tomorrow - just remember to like yourself enough to overcome the fear of healing and try again. Highly recommend.”

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Shark Drunk

The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean
By Morten Stroksnes
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan /  10 hours 17 minutes

A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean

The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small... Read More »

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Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
By Sam Kean
Narrated by Ben Sullivan /  10 hours 33 minutes

The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017

One of Science News's Favorite Science Books of 2017

The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe

It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey... Read More »

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