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November's Bookseller Picks

November's Bookseller Picks

Libro.fm offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,500+ partner bookstores! Below, find the audiobooks that booksellers are loving this month in fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between!

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The Seed Keeper

A Novel

By Diane Wilson
Narrated by: Kyla García
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes

The Seed Keeper

The Seed Keeper shimmers like the horizon in the summer heat—depending on how you look at it, it is a stunning historical novel, a paean to the land and the plants that people it, a prayer to Dakota women wading through generational trauma. It is all of these things, and so much more. Wilson deftly weaves together multiple voices to bring the original relationship of reciprocity between people and Earth into the present day. This is a clarion call to think about seeds as much more than commodities: Seeds are stories; seeds are possibilities; seeds are past and future generations. Powerful and compelling, The Seed Keeper will be treasured by readers who enjoy Robin Wall Kimmerer's lyricism, Barbara Kingsolver's activist bent, and Louise Erdrich's historical fiction.”

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Oak Flat

A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

By Lauren Redniss
Narrated by: Lauren Redniss, Darrell Dennis, Kyla Garcia, Kimberly Guerrero, Hillary Huber, Ann Marie Lee, Elizabeth Liang, Crystle Lightning, Jon Lindstrom, A. Martinez, John H. Mayer, Arthur Morey, Tanis Parenteau & Various
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

Oak Flat

Oak Flat is simultaneously an object of mesmerizing beauty and an urgent book of complete necessity. Lauren Redniss tells the tale of the struggle to preserve a site sacred to the Apache people from a copper mining project that would destroy it. Her vibrant illustrations and careful curation of competing voices convey the high stakes while honoring the dignity of the people on both sides, and the dignity of the natural world. This book is an astonishing achievement.”

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Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

By Alda P. Dobbs
Narrated by: Ana Osorio
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

“I read this Fourth of July weekend which was the perfect book to give me a different perspective on what America means to a family fleeing a war-torn country in search of a better life. Dobbs' great-grandmother inspired this heart-wrenching, incredible story of 12 yo Petra Luna's "barefoot dreams" of learning to read and write and protecting her family. I loved the earnest determination and bravery of Petra, her closeness with her 2 younger siblings, and how her abuelita taught her to listen to the natural world to survive the harsh desert conditions to make their way to the U.S. border. It was such a beautiful mix of mythology and holding tight to dreams. The war brutality was presented realistically--the danger wasn't glossed over, but instead presented in a child-thoughtful way. I learned so much about a time in history that I didn't know much about. My 10 year-old daughter and I highly recommend!”

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Girly Drinks

A World History of Women and Alcohol

By Mallory O'Meara
Narrated by: Mallory O'Meara
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

If you enjoyed Broad Band, then you’ll love Girly Drinks.

“What! A! Book! As an avid nonfiction reader I don't say this lightly: Girly Drinks might be one of the best written 'untold stories' I've ever come across. O'Meara covers several centuries and nearly every continent in this sweeping history. Her tone is playful without dismissing the importance of her record-correcting work. Girly Drinks updated my understanding of numerous people, time periods, and beverage inventions. It's exceptional!”

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The Charm Offensive

A Novel

By Alison Cochrun
Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Graham Halstead & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

The Charm Offensive

“While Dev believes in fairytale romances, Charlie most certainly does not. That doesn’t stop the two of them from stumbling into their own romantic comedy that will leave you absolutely charmed.”

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Frankie & Bug

By Gayle Forman
Narrated by: Stockard Channing
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

If you enjoyed The Insiders, then you’ll love Frankie & Bug.

“I loved Frankie & Bug! It is a middle grade fiction about a girl named Bug set in the summer of 1987. It is about family, friendship, as well learning about the world around her. All the characters are wonderful and I love the characters of Frankie and Bug especially. The diversity in the story is really great. The story is exciting and also covers some tough topics but is still upbeat! The audiobook version is just amazing and I couldn’t recommend this book more!”

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The Removed

A Novel

By Brandon Hobson
Narrated by: Gary Farmer, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, DeLanna Studi, Katie Rich & Christopher Salazar
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

The Removed

“In telling the story of a Native family in Oklahoma who lost a teenage son to a shooting, The Removed examines the power of inherited trauma and the strength of family to keep people together. The book is told in the voices of the various family members left after the death of their son/brother and explores the effects on their lives of their Cherokee ancestors who walked the Trail of Tears. Mixing several points of view along with Native myth, Hobson brings a powerful story to light where the reader really steps into the shoes of each character. The loss, sadness, and despair are palpable, but so are hope and healing, by the end. A truly beautiful book about something everyone should read more about.”

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Miss Eliza's English Kitchen

A Novel of Victorian Cookery and Friendship

By Annabel Abbs
Narrated by: Ell Potter & Bianca Amato
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

Miss Eliza's English Kitchen

“If you're a cook (or just love food!) and enjoy historical fiction this book is for you. Set in England in the early 1800s, this story is based on the real life of Eliza Acton , the author of the first modern cookbook, assisted by her fictional servant Ann Kirby. A tale of two women from very different backgrounds who form a great friendship based on their love of good food!”

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Oh William!

A Novel

By Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 7 hours

Oh William!

“As intimate and affecting as anything Elizabeth Strout has written — a beautiful new perspective in the ongoing story of Lucy Barton, but one that easily stands alone. Kimberly Farr’s narration makes for an outstanding audiobook experience as well. ”

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O Beautiful

A Novel

By Jung Yun
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 10 hours 57 minutes

O Beautiful

“This beautiful character-driven book set in the American Midwest covers many contemporary topics like racism, fracking, sexual harassment, and the immigrant experience. I loved the messy protagonist Elinor Hanson, a Korean American who grew up in South Dakota. A former model with a new career later in life as a journalist, Elinor has baggage that needs unpacking so badly her clothes are spilling out of her metaphorical suitcase at a rapid pace. Korean American author Jung Yun has written a fantastic novel in O Beautiful that surprised me over and over, especially by book's end.”

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Empire of the Vampire

Empire of the Vampire: Book #1

By Jay Kristoff
Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 27 hours 9 minutes

If you enjoyed The Name of the Wind, then you’ll love Empire of the Vampire.

“In the vein of The Name of the Wind, a vampire hunter recounts the fantastical events from his life to his executioner. This epic dystopian fantasy is dark and seductive and includes frightening artwork that brings the story even more alive. The violence! The expletives! The smut! What’s not to love?”

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Matrix

A Novel

By Lauren Groff
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

If you enjoyed Hamnet, then you’ll love Matrix.

“Absolutely amazing. The audio book is perfectly narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Her singular voice brings each of the characters to life, channeling their personalities, quirks, accents, etc. Marvelous job. Powerful and elegantly written by Groff. I loved this book so much I am tempted to start it all over again.”

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Firekeeper's Daughter

By Angeline Boulley
Narrated by: Isabella Star LaBlanc
Length: 14 hours 13 minutes

Firekeeper's Daughter

“This story of a young woman roped into a federal investigation of a drug ring tearing her Ojibwe community apart is riveting and sorrowful. Daunis is an 18 year old non-enrolled Ojibwe with plenty of ambition and skills and won't see a clear path to her future that doesn't involve working in her community. This book moved me in so many ways but Daunis' connection to her elders and their traditions really drove this plot. While her parents' choices keep her from acceptance and death seems to haunt her, Daunis stays focused on her values: preserving and protecting the Ojibwe way of life for the next 6 generations. I loved how Boulley wove the Anishinaabe language, traditions and teaching into this story without spelling it all out for non-Native readers. This book tells the story of some of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and helps us connect with the stories more personally.”

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Crossroads

A Novel

By Jonathan Franzen
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 24 hours 56 minutes

Crossroads

Crossroads is Franzen's first novel since the National Book Award winning The Corrections that smacks of his original genius. Gloriously the tale of a 1960's Chicago minister led family of six is the start of a trilogy. The type of book you can't put down, I banned it from night time reading due to the thrilling descent of some of the characters. Hungry for the next two, which is saying something considering the book's 500+ pages.”

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You've Reached Sam

A Novel

By Dustin Thao
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

If I Stay meets Your Name in Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam, a heartfelt audiobook about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city; spend a summer in Japan....

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Burning Boy

The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

By Paul Auster
Narrated by: Paul Auster
Length: 35 hours 48 minutes

Burning Boy

Burning Boy is Paul Auster's tour-de-force examination of the life and writings of Stephen Crane, an exhaustive biography that is among the very best I have ever read. It is massive, requiring patience and time to follow the trail Auster leads one down, but the rewards and riches at the end are well worth the effort. It works as a piece of literature unto itself; the writing is that good (and if you get the audiobook, Auster reads it himself). It's like your very best professor giving a master class on this writer, who has fallen from popular notice in America. The chapter by chapter and story by story examinations of Crane's novels, poems, and stories is enthralling, placing each tale in a specific time and place in history as well as in Crane's brief lifetime. But it isn't just his writing that is fascinating. Crane was shipwrecked, travelled the country and the world, became friends with luminaries of the time, fought for workers' rights and women's rights as well as marrying a sex worker and becoming a journalist in the Spanish American war. And he died at the age of 28. This is a great book for literary readers of fiction or biography. ”

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Black Sun

Between Earth and Sky: Book #1

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Black Sun

“October, the month to read mysteries, horror, and suspense... but how about a fantasy novel with a little bit of all of the above? That is definitely my preference and New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, Rebecca Roanhorse, wrote just the right book. If you are a fan of fantasy you shouldn't let this one pass. It has a great and original storyline, compelling characters, and the world building was done really well. It is also a great read for this time of the year if horror is not something you can stomach but you still want a book with an edge this Halloween.”

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The Witch King

The Witch King Duology: Book #1

By H.E. Edgmon
Narrated by: Dani Martineck
Length: 12 hours 1 minutes

The Witch King

“Where has this feral, hurt, angry, loving disaster of a gay trans witch been my whole life? I felt so at home within the pages of this book, and I know other queer & trans readers will feel the same way—this is the fantasy I wish I had in high school and my current favorite book to handsell.”

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Shards of Earth

The Final Architecture: Book #1

By Adrian Tchaikovsky
Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 18 hours 43 minutes

The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one... Read more »

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Cara Gee
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

If you enjoyed The Final Girl Support Group, then you’ll love My Heart Is a Chainsaw.

“I love, love, love Stephen Graham Jones and this latest is no exception. An incredible homage to slasher films, this book is perfect for any horror fan. And the audio is AMAZING! Cara Gee gives voice to Jade in such a way that I honestly can't imagine anyone else reading this now. It's an absolute pleasure to listen to her read this!”

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