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May's Bookseller Picks

May's Bookseller Picks

Libro.fm offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,700+ partner bookstores! Below, find the audiobooks that booksellers are loving this month, or browse all bookseller picks at libro.fm/picks.

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The Swimmers

A novel

By Julie Otsuka
Narrated by: Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

The Swimmers

The Swimmers is a gorgeously written book about a group bound together by a public pool. Over and over the swimmers come together, defined by their lanes and their habits. When a crack appears on the bottom of the pool the swimmers' shared world is slowly shattered. They are forced into the harsh dry world above where Alice is losing her memory, and her daughter is losing her mother. A lovely meditation on community, aging, family and the ways that our everyday habits make us who we are.”

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Fencing with the King

A Novel

By Diana Abu-Jaber
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

Fencing with the King

“It's a lovely read. It's fiction, but based on stories passed down through Diana Abu-Jaber's family, who were politically well-connected in Jordan. It's the story of a young woman exploring her family's past and finding unexpected revelations.”

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Paradise Falls

The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe

By Keith O'Brien
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes

From the New York Times best-selling journalist, the staggering, hidden story of an unlikely band of mothers who discovered the deadly secret of Love Canal, and exposed one of America’s most devastating environmental disasters.

Lois Gibbs, Luella Kenny, and other mothers loved their neighborhood on the east side of Niagara Falls. It had an... Read more »

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A Magic Steeped in Poison

The Book of Tea: Book #1

By Judy I. Lin
Narrated by: Carolyn Kang
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

Judy I. Lin's sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, "These are the hands that buried my mother."


For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it's her own fault. She was the... Read more »

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The Worth of Water

Our Story of Chasing Solutions to the World's Greatest Challenge

By Gary White & Matt Damon
Narrated by: Gary White & Matt Damon
Length: 4 hours 44 minutes

The Worth of Water

“This story is eye opening. And I really enjoyed diving into this book in audio format with Libro.fm. Gary and Matt take turns with the chapters, writing and reading, and it really adds to the story to get both of their points of view. The whole book just flows and is inspiring! READ THIS”

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The Emergency

A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER

By Thomas Fisher
Narrated by: Thomas Fisher
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

The riveting, pulse-pounding story of a year in the life of an emergency room doctor trying to steer his patients and colleagues through a crushing pandemic and a violent summer, amidst a healthcare system that seems determined to leave them behind

“Gripping . . . eloquent . . . This book reminds us how permanently interesting our bodies are,...
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Joan Is Okay

A Novel

By Weike Wang
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

If you enjoyed Convenience Store Woman, then you’ll love Joan Is Okay.

“This book about a doctor navigating work and personal life questions and struggles pre- and post-Covid was reminiscent of Convenience Store Woman and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but it also felt original and fresh. The main character was believable and lovable and the writing was solid, insightful, funny and moving. I only wished there had been a little more of this book to love, but also liked its sparseness. This might be my favourite book of the year so far!”

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The Cherry Robbers

By Sarai Walker
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 15 hours 31 minutes

The Cherry Robbers

The Cherry Robbers is both beautiful and horrifying with a decidedly gothic feel to it. The prose is incredibly beautiful to be telling such a sad and tragic tale. It has themes of insanity, ghosts and a powerful sense of feminism all set in the 1950s of New England. While this was far from my usual read, I was drawn to Iris’s story and could not stop listening.”

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The Murder Rule

A Novel

By Dervla McTiernan
Narrated by: Kate Orsini, Sophie Amoss & Michael Crouch
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

The Murder Rule

“Hannah is a 3rd year law student in Maine. She is on a mission to seek revenge on the man who she believes killed her father. She wants him to stay in prison for life for a murder he swears he didn’t commit. To do this she must transfer to UVA law school and talk her way on to the Innocence project – specifically on to the case of Michael Dandridge whose original conviction was overturned but who is on the verge of being tried again, unless the innocence project can convince the judge the original evidence was tainted. Hannah is sneaky, conniving, and bright – very bright – and she manages to to talk her way on to his case. Luckily, she also genuinely believes in justice. The Murder Rule was a riveting story told from two points of view – the 1994 diary of Laura who is Hannah’s mother and Hannah’s as she works to sabotage the project. The work of the law students to help prove people innocent was intriguing and very well explained (McTiernan is herself a lawyer). The ending was totally unexpected following some real heart stopping action. The narration was perfect - I especially liked Laura's voice when reading her diary.”

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Beautiful Country

A Memoir

By Qian Julie Wang
Narrated by: Qian Julie Wang
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

Beautiful Country

“In this brutally honest coming-of-age memoir, Qian Julie Wang comes to terms with the deprivations and struggles of her undocumented Chinese upbringing in New York City in the 1990s.”

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Year on Fire

By Julie Buxbaum
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

Year on Fire

“I strongly recommend my friend Julie Buxbaum’s new book, Year on Fire! She’s an AMAZING writer and has a way of looking at the world that even the most cynical reader will be able to relate to.”

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Take My Hand

By Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Narrated by: Lauren J. Daggett
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Take My Hand

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is historical fiction that addresses a still very relevant topic -- women's reproductive rights, and it does so in a very personal way. Set in 1973 and 2016, the book is based on the true story of forced sterilizations performed by the US government primarily on poor women of color. I loved that the nuances of 1970's Alabama were well depicted --not just the racism and poverty that is well known but also the better educated and prosperous black community. The nature of the topic has a forceful emotional and psychological impact.”

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Book Lovers

By Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

Book Lovers

“How can Emily Henry keep outdoing herself like this? Book Lovers is not only an homage to all book lovers, but presents an unconventional, fresh, and self-aware addition to the classic romance canon. Nora and Charlie’s on-the-page chemistry is so intense I thought my book would catch fire, yet at the same time their slow-burn path to love was a quiet and powerful build. At the end, they not only fell in love with each other, but I fell in love with both of them as well. This is the validating story for non-compromising, slightly grumpy, possibly jaded, likely has a cat, people who still deserve an HEA no matter what we’re told otherwise.”

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Trust

By Hernan Diaz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jonathan Davis, Mozhan Marnò & Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

Trust

“Who can you trust in the end? This 'brilliant literary puzzle' tells the story of the legendary Wall Street Tycoon Andrew Bevel and his enigmatic wife Mildred. Told in four interlocking parts, Trust is a novel within a novel, the fragmented notes for a ghostwritten memoir that Andrew hopes will set the record straight, the ghostwriter's own memoir and finally the private journal of the long silent wife, Mildred. Spellbinding!”

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Four Treasures of the Sky

A Novel

By Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Narrated by: Jenny Tinghui Zhang & Katharine Chin
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

Four Treasures of the Sky

“A stunning debut! Four Treasures of the Sky is pointed, heartbreaking, and breathtakingly beautiful. Indisputably a masterpiece, and I am already looking forward to whatever journey Zhang wants to take us on next.”

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Book of Night

By Holly Black
Narrated by: Sara Amini
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

Book of Night

“Holly Black’s adult fantasy debut is as chilling, dark, and action-packed as you’d expect. The world of shadow magic is fascinating, the story is an absolute page-turner, and Charlie is messy, clever, and completely relatable.”

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Hidden Pictures

A Novel

By Jason Rekulak
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Hidden Pictures

“I listened to the audio version of this book (via Libro.fm). It was highly engaging and entertaining. The print edition of the book has drawings to accompany the story. I was pleased to realize the author was so adept at conveying the drawings that I very much saw the same pictures in my head. OMG...when Teddy draws himself and Mallory at the table....and 'HER' underneath....between their feet.....*SHUDDER!!!!!*”

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Atomic Anna

By Rachel Barenbaum
Narrated by: Traci Odom, Natalie Naudus, Emily Lawrence & Zachary Johnson
Length: 15 hours 30 minutes

Atomic Anna is a dazzling work of ingenuity and imagination.”―Téa Obreht,National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Inland

From the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their...

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Honor

By Thrity Umrigar
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Honor

“This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end! It is a story of an Indian -American journalist going back to India for the first time in 20 years. She returns to cover the story of a young Hindu woman who defies tradition both by working outside the home and marrying a Muslim. The consequences for her are horrific and heartbreaking, shedding light on both the traditional treatment of women and the Muslim/Hindu conflict in India. The main character is also forced to face her complicated feelings toward the land she left as a teenager. Despite the atrocities that take place, it is also a love story on several levels with wonderful characters who I wish I could revisit in a sequel.”

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Lakelore

By Anna-Marie McLemore
Narrated by: Vico Ortiz & Avi Roque
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

Lakelore

“Written in the exquisite lyrical manner that Anna-Marie McLemore does better than anyone, Lakelore is a vibrant and sensitive exploration of gender identity and neurodivergence. Their writing is always luminous and honest; their use of magical realism is powerful; and their deftness and care in writing about ADHD, Dyslexia, bullying, trans, and non-binary lives is excellent. I listened on Libro.fm and it was a delightfully multi-sensory experience between the illustrative writing and talented voice actors.”

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