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2018 National Book Awards Finalist

National Book Awards finalists in fiction, nonfiction, translated literature, and young people's literature.

Florida

By Lauren Groff
Narrated by Lauren Groff /  7 hours 59 minutes

Florida

“This collection of stories, read by the author, is impeccable. Lauren Groff weaves her way through many lives and many circumstances in a way that makes everyday life experiences climactic yet accessible. The sound, timber and cadence of her voice as she speaks her own words to the listener is spellbinding. If you are looking for an intimate author/reader experience, download this and put on your headphones! You won't be disappointed.”

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Where the Dead Sit Talking

By Brandon Hobson
Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer /  6 hours 28 minutes

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface—that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old... Read More »

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The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by Michael Crouch /  18 hours 16 minutes

The Great Believers

“This flawlessly written and lovingly told story weaves the immediate toll AIDS took on the Chicago gay community in the 80's with the longterm impact on survivors and their families. Makkai threads it all compellingly together with art world intrigue and institutional drama. I don't want to diminish it in any way with comparisons, but The Great Believers brought to my mind several of my favorite contemporary novels: A Little Life, Three Junes, and The Goldfinch. Rebecca Makkai, in my opinion, has launched herself into a whole new category of literary achievement with this, her third novel.”

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$38.50 USD

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The Friend

A Novel
By Sigrid Nunez
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  5 hours 59 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal

"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." —NPR

"Dry, allusive and charming…the comedy here writes itself.” The New York Times

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$21.00 USD

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The Indian World of George Washington

The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
By Colin G. Calloway
Narrated by Paul Heitsch /  23 hours 17 minutes

In this sweeping new biography, Colin Calloway uses the prism of George Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time—Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle—and the tribes they represented: the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware; in the process, he returns them... Read More »

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$34.49 USD

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Heartland

A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
By Sarah Smarsh
Narrated by Sarah Smarsh /  9 hours 35 minutes

Heartland

“A classic is born! Sarah Smarsh takes us on a five-generation trek through the hardscrabble life of her Kansas childhood in the ’80s and ’90s. Just as J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed addressed the uncomfortable topic of poverty in this country, Heartland successfully gives the reader an in-depth look at impoverishment in the bread basket of America. She writes with a crystal-clear and objective voice, never giving in to self-pity or malevolence. Indeed, tongue-in-cheek humor and tenderness often shine through. This book is a must-read, a milestone in the life of our country.”

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$22.99 USD

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We the Corporations

How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
By Adam Winkler
Narrated by William Hughes /  14 hours 31 minutes

In this groundbreaking portrait of corporate seizure of political power, We the Corporations reveals how American businesses won equal rights and transformed the Constitution to serve the ends of capital.Corporations-like minorities and women-have had a civil rights movement of their own and now possess nearly all the same rights as ordinary... Read More »

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Love

By Hanne Ørstavik & Martin Aitken
Narrated by Assal Ghawami /  3 hours 33 minutes

WINNER OF THE 2019 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

A mother and son move to a village in northern Norway, each ensconced in their own world. Their distance has fatal consequences.


Love is the story of Vibeke and Jon, a mother and son who have just moved to a small place in the north of Norway.... Read More »

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The Emissary

By Yoko Tawada & Margaret Mitsutani
Narrated by Julian Cihi /  4 hours 8 minutes

Yoko Tawada's new novel is a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality and fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her "brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness"

Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with... Read More »

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Flights

By Olga Tokarczuk & Jennifer Croft
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  12 hours 31 minutes

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION

A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G....
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$31.50 USD

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The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo /  3 hours 30 minutes

The Poet X

“The Poet X is written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel made up of poems by a teenager, Xiomara Batista, growing up in Harlem. Acevedo's narration is wonderful and brings the story to life. Xiomara's dad is MIA even though he lives at home; her mother is extremely religious and pushes her faith onto her daughter; her twin brother is quiet and also working through his own feelings; she starts her first relationship with a guy; and all the time Xiomara is told what she can and cannot do, gets accosted by men, has to defend herself because no one else will, is questioning God and has no one to open up to. She releases her pent of feelings in a notebook. It isn't until her new English teacher introduces her to spoken poetry that she realizes that is what she is meant to be: a poet. This is a lovely story of a young, misunderstood girl, coming of age and showing the world that she is worth it. Great for adults who enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and extremely relevant literature for the #metoo movement.”

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$18.39 USD

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

By Leslie Connor
Narrated by Andrew Eiden /  6 hours 35 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning... Read More »

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$24.14 USD

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The Journey of Little Charlie

By Christopher Paul Curtis
Narrated by Michael Crouch & Christopher Paul Curtis /  5 hours 17 minutes

Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck--the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina--has come to collect a... Read More »

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$25.20 USD

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