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Libro.fm Staff Picks: What We're Excited to Read in 2021

Members of the Libro.fm team share what they're most excited to read this year, from new releases to older books they've had on their to-be-read list forever.

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The Ugly Cry

A Memoir

By Danielle Henderson
Length: TBA

An uproarious, moving memoir about a grandmother’s ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family
 
“Painfully good. I loved it.” --Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy
 
"The Ugly Cry is the funniest memoir I have ever read. It is also achingly sad. And powerfully redemptive." --Augusten Burroughs, #1 New York...
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Dune

Book One in the Dune Chronicles
Dune

By Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance & Ilyana Kadushin
Length: 21 hours 1 minutes

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man... Read more »

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Sorrowland

A Novel

By Rivers Solomon
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: TBA

A triumphant, genre-bending breakout novel from one of the boldest new voices in contemporary fiction

Vern, a hunted woman alone in the woods, gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong—not with them, but with her own body. It’s itching, it’s stronger, it’s . . . not normal.

To... Read more »

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By Sally Rooney
Length: TBA

Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with... Read more »

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read more »

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The Dead are Arising

The Life of Malcolm X

By Les Payne & Tamara Payne
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 18 hours 6 minutes

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prizewinning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm Xall living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders... Read more »

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The Core

Demon Cycle: Book #5

By Peter V. Brett
Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
Length: 29 hours 22 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the twenty-first century to an epic close. For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose-men as close as... Read more »

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Range

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

By David Epstein
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.

“Fascinating. . . . If you’re a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you.” —Bill Gates


“The most important... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Boundless

Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging

By Ben Greenfield
Narrated by: James Newcomb
Length: 41 hours 19 minutes

What if the ability to look, feel, and perform at peak capacity wasn’t the stuff of lore but instead was within easy reach?

Sure, some of us find ways to hit peak performance in one area or another—there are professional poker players, computer programmers, and race car drivers hunched over card games, keyboards, and steering wheels with... Read more »

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The Museum of Whales You Will Never See

And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums

By A. Kendra Greene
Narrated by: A. Kendra Greene
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Mythic creatures, natural wonders, and the mysterious human impulse to collect are on beguiling display in this poetic tribute to the museums of an otherworldly island nation.

Iceland is home to only 330,000 people (roughly the population of Lexington, Kentucky) but more than 265 museums and public collections--nearly one for every ten people.... Read more »

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Milk Blood Heat

Stories

By Dantiel W. Moniz
Narrated by: Machelle Williams
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

Milk Blood Heat

Milk Blood Heat grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. The prose blisters with a beauty so raw and intense it borders on horrifying. With widely differing characters, voices, and settings, each story makes its own unique contribution to the collection, yet each propels the reader onward in turn. Dantiel W. Moniz is a jaw-dropping new star on the literary stage.”

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Between Two Kingdoms

A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

By Suleika Jaouad
Narrated by: Suleika Jaouad
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.

“A work of breathtaking creativity.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
“Elegant and heartbreaking.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author... Read more »

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Get In Trouble

Stories

By Kelly Link
Narrated by: Various
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
 
Link has won an ardent following for... Read more »

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