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Boston Book Festival 2018

Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire with this playlist of titles by featured authors.

The Good Neighbor

The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
By Maxwell King
14 hours 7 minutes

The Good Neighbor

“A wonderful biography of an American icon who seemed too good to be true. And yet, believe it or not, he was an even better, more caring man than he portrayed on television. If you are a fan of Fred Rogers and want to understand what drove him to create Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is an essential read. Learning more about Rogers’ life through the words of his family and friends in this well-researched and comprehensive biography will give you even more reason to admire the man. And when’s the last time a biography made you cry tears of joy?”

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The Optimistic Decade

By Heather Abel
Narrated by Tanya Eby /  11 hours 34 minutes

Framed by the oil shale bust and the real estate boom, by protests against Reagan and against the Gulf War, The Optimistic Decade takes us into the lives of five unforgettable characters, and is a sweeping novel about idealism, love, class, and a piece of land that changes everyone who lives on it. There is Caleb Silver, the beloved founder of... Read More »

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An American Marriage

A Novel
By Tayari Jones
Narrated by Sean Crisden & Eisa Davis /  8 hours 59 minutes

An American Marriage

“Tayari Jones comes in fierce with An American Marriage. Delving into the lives of the newly married Roy and Celestial, this is a novel that pulls no punches from beginning to end. I won't ruin the surprise, but they're hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives, forever. Writing with an intensity and pace worthy of Donna Tartt, Jones yanks us into her characters' lives with a grip that never lets up. I cannot wait to put this in people's hands!”

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The Collector’s Apprentice

A Novel
By B. A. Shapiro
Narrated by Xe Sands /  10 hours 20 minutes

The Collector’s Apprentice

“B.A. Shapiro’s novels (The Art Forger, The Muralist) make me fall in love with art. In her writing the canvas is only one side of a multilayered story about art, artists, and the events that make history. In The Collector’s Apprentice, her characters are chameleons, shedding identities as they revolve around the magnetic works of post-Impressionist mavericks like Matisse and Picasso. Death, scandal, romance, and mystery drive the twists and turns of this thrilling novel that I absolutely could not put down.”

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The Price of the Haircut

Stories
By Brock Clarke
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan & Suzanne Elise Freeman /  7 hours 15 minutes

From an acclaimed and original writer comes a new collection of stories bursting with absurdist plot twists and laced with trenchant wit. Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England and Exley, among other novels, now offers up bite-sized morsels of his trademark social satire that will have listeners laughing,... Read More »

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A Room Away from the Wolves

By Nova Ren Suma
Narrated by Sandy Rustin /  8 hours 19 minutes

Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina's cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother-a bond Bina... Read More »

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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters

The Questioneers
By Andrea Beaty
Narrated by Rachel L. Jacobs /  1 hour 9 minutes

Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, she's an engineer, and engineering is all about perseverance! But sometimes, Rosie has a really important project to tackle-one that feels much bigger than herself. When Rosie's beloved Aunt Rose and her pals the Raucous Riveters-a gaggle of fun-loving gals... Read More »

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Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad: Book #1
By Daniel Jose Older
Narrated by Channie Waites /  6 hours 42 minutes

It's 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South. Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are on a field trip when the Draft Riots break out, and a number of their fellow orphans are kidnapped by an evil magistrate, Richard Riker. Magdalys and her friends... Read More »

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An Earl Like You

The Wagers of Sin
By Caroline Linden
Narrated by Beverley A. Crick /  9 hours 38 minutes

When you gamble at love . . .

When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his... Read More »

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Wicked and the Wallflower

The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I
By Sarah MacLean
Narrated by Justine Eyre /  12 hours 39 minutes

When Wicked Comes Calling . . .

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .

Bastard son of a duke and... Read More »

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The Darkling Bride

A Novel
Gallagher Family: Book #1
By Laura Andersen
Narrated by Sarah-Jane Drummey /  12 hours 2 minutes

The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic... Read More »

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How to Love a Jamaican

Stories
By Alexia Arthurs
Narrated by Janina Edwards, Adenrele Ojo, Dominic Hoffman & James Fouhey /  7 hours 3 minutes

“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once: some cultivated, some simple, some wickedly funny, some deeply melancholic. All of them shine.”—Zadie Smith

“This dazzling debut marks the emergence of a knockout new voice.”O: The Oprah Magazine

Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and... Read More »

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Edge of Chaos

Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It
By Dambisa Moyo
Narrated by Pamala Tyson /  8 hours 28 minutes


From an internationally acclaimed economist, a provocative call to jump-start economic growth by aggressively overhauling liberal democracy


Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Liberal democracy, history's greatest engine of... Read More »

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The Heritage

Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
By Howard Bryant
Narrated by Ronnie Butler /  11 hours 16 minutes

Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson and others, today’s Black athletes re-engage with social issues and the meaning of American patriotism

Named a best book of 2018 by Library Journal

It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield was an escape from the world’s worst... Read More »

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Modern Girls

By Jennifer S. Brown
Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley /  13 hours 20 minutes

In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drinks, and eyes the latest fashions. Yet at heart, she is a dutiful daughter, living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. So when, after a single careless... Read More »

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The Fifth Petal

A Novel
By Brunonia Barry
Narrated by Ann Marie Lee /  18 hours

The Fifth Petal

“Brunonia Barry's newest witchy tale, set in Salem, follows the threads of three mysteries that all ended in murder. Callie, who carries the scars of murders past, is joined by detectives Rafferty and Towner from Barry's The Lace Reader in a race to stop yet more killings and collective town wounds. Barry's prose excels at keeping readers chasing threads and second-guessing theories about the crimes depicted. Her research and experience of Salem are evident, and her witches make me want to become one. History and folklore are woven like lace in this mystery as new characters and old favorites attempt to solve puzzles from as far back as the witch trials that made Salem famous.”

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Louisiana's Way Home

By Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by Cassandra Morris /  3 hours 34 minutes

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are--and deciding who you want to be.

When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many... Read More »

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

By Meg Medina
Narrated by Frankie Corzo /  7 hours 9 minutes

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in... Read More »

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Like Vanessa

By Tami Charles
Narrated by Channie Waites /  7 hours 38 minutes

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, by reluctantly entering her own beauty pageant. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is... Read More »

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Stray City

A Novel
By Chelsey Johnson
Narrated by Natalie Moore /  10 hours 22 minutes

Stray City

“A coming-of-age story about Andrea, a Midwestern, Catholic, artistic lesbian who escapes her family to try and find herself. After moving to Portland, Oregon, in the '90s, Andrea gets involved in printmaking and music, meets a circle of people she depends upon, experiences a breakup, and finds a new friend. I could not put this novel down once I started it. When I was down to the last 10 pages, I read as slowly as I could, savoring every last word about the people I had come to know in Stray City. Such a good story!”

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