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Summer Faves: 31 Bookseller-Picked Listens

Summer Faves: 31 Bookseller-Picked Listens

Updated for Summer 2022! Here are some of the reads our booksellers are loving right now:

Playlist Tags: Parnassus Books staff picks topic: favorites season: summer

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The Lost Summers of Newport

A Novel

By Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley & Lisa Flanagan
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An engrossing and sumptuous tale, this novel is a fantastic spring read." — Good Morning America

From the New York Times bestselling team of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White—a novel of money and secrets set among the famous summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the...

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Yerba Buena

A Novel

By Nina LaCour
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

Yerba Buena

“Printz Award-winning author Nina LaCour’s debut adult novel, Yerba Buena, is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It’s the story of two lost women who find each other against all the roadblocks and barriers they’ve each surrounded themselves with. It’s also Nina LaCour at her best, her command of the English language is on full display here-I honestly believe there is nothing she can’t do.”

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Remarkably Bright Creatures

A Novel

By Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by: Marin Ireland & Michael Urie
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

Remarkably Bright Creatures

“Meet a hardworking widow, a lost soul, and a giant Pacific octopus (yes, an octopus) in this heartfelt story that reveals there’s still plenty of living to do for those with their eyes — and hearts — open to the unexpected. A bright debut!”

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This Time Tomorrow

A Novel

By Emma Straub
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

This Time Tomorrow

“If you were raised on 13 Going on 30 or 17 Again you will love this book. There is something so magical about body-swapping time travel to make you appreciate your own life. Straub takes the classic trope and infuses the magic of New York City, living without technology, and a heartwarming relationship between a father and daughter. Add in the magical narration of Marin Ireland (who can do no wrong, every audiobook she touches is pure joy) and you have yourself 8.5 hours of all-consuming entertainment that has you ignoring all your responsibilities and tripping over tree roots on your walk (true story).”

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The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle

A Novel

By Jennifer Ryan
Narrated by: Sophie Robert
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home... Read more »

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The Verifiers

By Jane Pek
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing. . . .

“The world of social media, big tech and internet connectivity provides fertile...
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Lessons in Chemistry

A Novel

By Bonnie Garmus
Narrated by: Miranda Raison, Bonnie Garmus & Pandora Sykes
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, then you’ll love Lessons in Chemistry.

“I loved Elizabeth Zott! She's a quirky, dynamic, headstrong heroine who is, above all else, a brilliant chemist. She struggles to be taken seriously but refuses to bow to the expectations and societal norms for women in the sixties. The story is funny, profound, entertaining, brazenly feminist, and Elizabeth has the BEST dog ever, Six-Thirty! You don't want to miss this wonderful debut novel!”

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Let's Not Do That Again

A Novel

By Grant Ginder
Narrated by: Susannah Jones
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Let's Not Do That Again

“Politics, family dysfunction, drug addiction, bad behavior — what could possibly go wrong? This extremely readable novel about a New York City political family will grab you right away. The perfect antidote to today’s headlines.”

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Fiona and Jane

By Jean Chen Ho
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

A TIME, NPR, AND VULTURE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

“Ho's debut work is the perfect modern example of great American fiction. . . . You will love it.” —Jake Tapper

“Intimate, cinematic. . . . The world Ho creates between the two women feels like one friend reading the other’s story, wishing she were there.”
The New York Times Book Review

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Sari, Not Sari

By Sonya Singh
Narrated by: Avita Jay
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

This delightful debut rom-com follows the adventures of a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots and introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions, and fun.

Manny Dogra is the beautiful young CEO of Breakup, a highly successful company that helps people manage their relationship... Read more »

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Other People's Clothes

A Novel

By Calla Henkel
Narrated by: Lauryn Allman
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Two American ex-pats obsessed with the Amanda Knox trial find themselves at the nexus of murder and celebrity in glittering late-aughts Berlin in this “hugely entertaining” (The New York Times) debut with a wicked sense of humor.
 
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The Chosen and the Beautiful

By Nghi Vo
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

The Chosen and the Beautiful

“A retelling of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of Jordan Baker, who in this concept is a Vietnamese adoptee raised in Louisville. In this version of the roaring 20s, alongside the usual speakeasies and flapper dresses, there’s a reality of demons, ghosts, mysteries, devilish bargains, and magic. Hell is quite literally another location from which beings can emigrate, and every culture has its own intriguing brand of magic. Jordan’s is paper cutting, and she can do wondrous, horrifying things with it. ...Refreshingly, instead of a fantasy plot that revolves around a character honing their powers, montage-style, to save the day, Vo focuses on Jordan’s personality instead. Jordan has always kept her heart aloof, entangling herself with men and women of the smart set, but this summer with Daisy, Gatsby, and quiet and observant Nick Carraway, will change her. is thoughtfully constructed, w/ Jordan’s expanded backstory informing and deepening the beats of the original. On a sentence level, the cadence and tone make you feel right at home in a 1920s classic, even when characters drink demon blood as an aperitif or discuss the troubling influence demons are beginning to have over US politics. And though you know exactly where the plot is headed, there are plenty of shocks and surprises for careful readers. Vo clearly loves and understands the original novel so well, and has accomplished not so much a retelling but a worthy companion piece, a fierce and powerful flip side to one of the great American novels.”

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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

A Mystery
The Finlay Donovan Series: Book #1

By Elle Cosimano
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

If you enjoyed One for the Money "International Edition", then you’ll love Finlay Donovan Is Killing It.

“Overall, a really fun audiobook with an engaging Findlay Donovan, a romance writer. She’s a bit of a hot mess, with a missed deadline, 2 small (and bratty kids), overdue bills and a custody fight with a cheating ex-husband. A misunderstanding at a meeting with her agent, she unwittingly comes under contract to kill an abusive spouse. Hijinks ensue but she finds a friend in her former nanny and her writers block is conquered. If you enjoy Stephanie Plum or Izzy Spellman, you will enjoy this as well.”

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The Golden Couple

A Novel

By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker & Marin Ireland
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes

The Golden Couple

“Yes! What makes a great thriller? A therapist who has lost her license in the quest of doing what SHE thinks is right. An affair. A couple who seems too good to be true, and their emotional reactions mirror that. The sneaking suspicion of being watched... so many levels of being watched. Avery, the therapist who seems like a detective, starts her non-traditional therapy process with her new clients, her 'golden couple,' who are coming to therapy because of a one-night-affair, but things don’t add up. While Avery expects some glossing over of the truth, she generally doesn't have a curve ball every session. Can they fix what is broken? What is the cost of safety and security? The characters are intriguing and I had no clue who I should be rooting for until the conclusion. Very enjoyable.”

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The Unsinkable Greta James

A Novel

By Jennifer E. Smith
Narrated by: Mae Whitman
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

The Unsinkable Greta James

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith is just plain AWESOME! Greta is a rising indie musician who finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with her dad after her mom dies unexpectedly, she splits with her music producer boyfriend, and had a major meltdown at her last public appearance three months prior. Greta needs a reset. She has to decide what is most important to her-whether she really can make her dreams come true. Add in Ben, the visiting Jack London scholar, and you have a novel with the perfect combo of an unexpected romance and family angst. Pick up your copy today-trust me, you’ll thank me.”

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Under The Wave At Waimea

By Paul Theroux
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
Length: 18 hours 20 minutes

“Theroux’s work is like no one else’s.” –Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review

From legendary writer Paul Theroux comes an atmospheric novel following a big-wave surfer as he confronts aging, privilege, mortality, and whose lives we choose to remember.

Now in his sixties, big-wave surfer Joe Sharkey has passed his prime and is losing his...

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Under Lock & Skeleton Key

A Secret Staircase Mystery

By Gigi Pandian
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted.

An impossible crime. A family...

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Palm Beach

A Novel

By Mary Adkins
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

“Difficult to put down. . . . The novel is itself like a sandy beach, equal parts beautiful and uncomfortable. . . . Lines blur and expectations aren’t met, keeping readers on their toes. . . . makes for a surprisingly fast-paced Palm Beach.” —Associated Press

A thought-provoking page-turner from the author of When You Read This and...

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The Postscript Murders

By Elly Griffiths
Narrated by: Nina Wadia
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

"This droll romp is a latter-day Miss Marple.” —Washington Post

Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally best-selling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart... Read more »

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Meet Me in the Margins

By Melissa Ferguson
Narrated by: Talon David
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

If you enjoyed We Met in December, then you’ll love Meet Me in the Margins.

“Savannah is secretly writing a romance novel—something that the highly selective Nashville publishing house that employs her as an editor would never deign to pick up—but after a chance meeting with the editor-in-chief of her favorite romance imprint, Savannah thinks she might actually have a chance at getting published. In a cutthroat environment with looming budget cuts and a new boss fresh from New York, everywoman Savannah can’t risk a misstep at work, but she’s also on a tight deadline for revising her manuscript. She hides it in a secret room in the building’s attic, thinking it will be safe from prying eyes, but when she returns to retrieve it, an anonymous editor has left jarring, albeit sometimes reasonable, critiques in the margins. So begins a back and forth dialogue filled with clever banter and personal confessions. This adorable workplace romance includes a few love notes to librarians as well as an inside look at the book industry and is totally PG, but it’s so gosh darn sweet and satisfying that fans of spice may not even mind.”

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