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Comfort Reads for Covid19 Time

Combat the daily anxiety the news is bringing with your version of a fluffy read. From mysteries and romances to beach reads these titles will help you escape to a world outside the pandemic for a bit.

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The Giver of Stars

A Novel

By Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hours 52 minutes

The Giver of Stars

“In the late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration developed a number of projects intended to provide employment opportunities for unemployed artists, writers, and craftsmen. One of those projects was the Pack Horse Library Initiative, in which mounted horsewomen picked their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities. In The Giver of Stars, Moyes has brought to life the amazing, funny, adventurous stories of a few of these trailblazing women. Historical fiction lovers will devour this story of a little-known piece of U.S. history.”

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Frankly in Love

By David Yoon
Narrated by: Raymond J. Lee
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Frankly in Love

“What a beautifully narrated and wonderfully written story. This may be classified as YA, but I will certainly be recommending it to readers of all ages. Frankly In Love is a story of family, coming of age, young love, heartbreak, and friendship. It truly covers all of the bases and frankly, I'm in love with this book. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a really well written and narrated, feel-good story.”

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Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins

A Novel

By Katarina Bivald
Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
Length: 14 hours 41 minutes

The next novel from Katarina Bivald, author of the #1 Indie Next pick and New York Times bestseller, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

After an accident kills Henny, the manager of the Pine Away Motel and Cabins, she watches as the three people who mean the most to her are reunited at her funeral. All three are unhappy, and Henny is... Read more »

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Oona Out of Order

A Novel

By Margarita Montimore
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Oona Out of Order

“Oona Out of Order is a work of fiction that genuinely encouraged me to reflect upon my own mortality and the trajectory of my life. Oona wakes up on her birthday every year in a different part of her life. The difficulty this imposes is fascinating. Pop culture and music is ever-present, as Oona is a musician and chapter titles are taken from song titles or lyrics. What would it be to live your life out of order? To instinctively want to second guess and redo what you saw as failures? At the heart, Oona Out of Order is about mastering the art of living in the moment and it is a terribly fun romp.”

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Dog on It

Chet and Bernie Mysteries: Book #1

By Spencer Quinn
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory... Read more »

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The Widows of Malabar Hill

Perveen Mistry Mysteries: Book #1

By Sujata Massey
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

The Widows of Malabar Hill

“I loved this novel! Sujata Massey is a strong, confident storyteller and this captivating mystery, set in 1920s Bombay, features superb world-building, a riveting plot, and great characters. Perveen Mistry is a richly written protagonist: By turns confident and conflicted, she strives to do the right thing and is more than capable of getting herself out of trouble. Highly recommended for a fresh take on the mystery genre.”

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel

By J. Ryan Stradal
Narrated by: Judith Ivey
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

“The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal is a wonderful story about beer, family , resiliency and friendship—what else do you want? Sisters grow up together on a small farm in Minnesota but never quite see eye to eye. When an inequitable inheritance estranges the sisters, we learn how each makes her way through young adulthood, marriage and careers until one day, their paths cross in an unexpected development. Stradal’s fabulous characters will have you listening late into the night!”

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Once In A Blue Moon Lodge

A Novel

By Lorna Landvik
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 12 hours 58 minutes

Set adrift when her mother sells the salon that has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences, and her getaway turns out to be more of a retreat from... Read more »

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Evvie Drake Starts Over

A Novel

By Linda Holmes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & Linda Holmes
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Evvie Drake Starts Over

“I enjoyed following Evvie's journey as she navigated her life and figured out how to handle loss, love, friendships, family and happiness. This book was a great escape with a sweet romance woven throughout. I enjoyed the nods to NPR and, since I'm from Minnesota, enjoyed the mentions of my home state as well. A perfect beach listen!”

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

“What a joyous, charming, funny and beautiful celebration of books and the people who love them. There is so much detail in both the wonderful, wide-ranging cast of characters and in the setting. Quirky in the very best sense of the word. I will certainly return to the world of Nina Hill again and again.”

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