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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.

The Ugly Cry

A Memoir

By: Danielle Henderson
Narrated by: Danielle Henderson
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

“They say comedy equals tragedy plus time: This very funny account of an often miserable childhood is proof.” --People

“What a strong, funny, heartbreaking memoir, with a voice that is completely its own (written by a woman who very much seems to be completely her own, as well.) I loved it.”--Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of...
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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, Byron Jennings, David R. Gordon, Jason Culp, Kent Broadhurst, Oliver Wyman, Patricia Kilgarriff & Scott Sowers
Length: 21 hours 1 minute

“Set in the distant future in a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune is the story of a young man whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis, the only source of the 'spice' melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe.... Read more

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Sorrowland

A Novel

By: Rivers Solomon
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

“Vern is fleeing an abusive cult that targets Black people. As their body mutates into something entirely new, Vern must face the past before they can move towards their future. This book is many things: an adult fairytale, a Southern gothic horror, a thriller that twists and turns. A testament to forging pain into strength, this book is unlike... Read more

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By: Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

“I think I've found my preferred format of Rooney—the audiobook. Aoife McMahon narrates all three of Rooney's works and is super consistent. She makes every book unique and her voice is super compelling. Rooney's characters always frustrate me but there is something about her writing and her imperfect characters that hooks me every time. Alice... 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

“Part memoir, part native and scientific knowledge, Braiding Sweetgrass is a wonderful work of non-fiction. There is so much to be learned about gratitude in this book, and Kimmerer's poetic-prose will help you find wonder in the world again. Read by the author, it's one book that can teach a bit of something to everyone. 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 Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known MalcolmX—all 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

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 46 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.

“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —Forbes

“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who... Read more

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Boundless

Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging

By: Ben Greenfield
Narrated by: James Newcomb
Length: 36 hours 30 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 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... Read more

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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

“ A stirring memoir about a young woman moving between the realms of the sick and the well, and the nonlinear nature of healing. Jaouad writes, 'If we are brave enough to tell our own story, we realize we're not alone, again and again.' And WOW does she accomplish that for her readers. Read more

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Get In Trouble

Stories

By: Kelly Link
Narrated by: Grace Experience, Kirby Heyborne, Tara Sands, Robbie Daymond, Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Ish Klein, Susan Duerden & Kirsten Potter
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A bewitching story collection from a writer hailed as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” (Michael Chabon) and “a national treasure” (Neil Gaiman).

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BookPageBuzzFeedChicago TribuneKirkus Reviews • NPR • San Francisco... Read more

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