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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.”

Powell's Books image Keith Mosman, Powell's Books
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The Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

By Alda P. Dobbs
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia & Ana Osorio
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes

The 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

Girly Drinks

Girly Drinks is a fun, feminist, and information account chronicling the immense impact women have had on society through making and consuming alcohol. From beer and ale, to whisky, to sake, to sorghum, this is an inclusive and culturally aware history. Full to the brim with riveting stories, you’ll savor every line. Grab a beverage and tuck in!”

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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.”

Rediscovered Books image Lauren Homza, Rediscovered Books
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Frankie & Bug

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

Frankie & Bug

“Forman does a fabulous job capturing the voices of all her characters: Frankie and Bug are filled with wonder and naivety, the adults with quiet compassion and strength, even Daniel with blossoming teenage confidence. And Stockard Channing does a fabulous job bringing these voices to life!!! I was immediately drawn into the lives of these characters which is so different from my East Coast experiences. Wonderful story about being who you are.”

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A Mind Spread out on the Ground

By Alicia Elliott
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated as a mind spread out on the ground. In this urgent and visceral work, Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of the personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.Elliott's deeply personal writing...

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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

“An absolutely wonderful story of friendship, motherly love, and delicious food! Have a treat while reading because you will surely be hungry while embarking in is this cookery book writing journey with Eliza and Ann!”

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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

“When a Korean-American journalist arrives in North Dakota to do a story on the oil boom there, she finds a different story than she was expecting. An excellent novel, and a great audiobook as well.”

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Empire of the Vampire

Empire of the Vampire

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

Empire of the Vampire

“In the vein of The Name of the Wind, a vampire hunter recounts his life to his executioner. This epic dystopian fantasy is dark and seductive. 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

Matrix

“In this brilliant work of historical fiction, Lauren Groff reimagines a 12th century in which Marie of France, scorned by the French court and exiled to an impoverished English abbey, uses her keen intellect and iron will to smash through the patriarchy and become one of the most powerful women of her age...British actress Adjoa Andoh is a brilliant narrator, bringing Marie and her cohort of nuns to life throughout half a century of abbey life. In turns mystic, humorous, and poignant, Groff invites us to ask “what if?” What if women throughout history had been allowed to use their skills and smarts as leaders? What would our society, our religions, look like? Matrix provides a powerful springboard for imagining the possibilities.”

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Firekeeper's Daughter

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

Firekeeper's Daughter

“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book on Libro.fm, as an audiobook. To hear the Ojibwe words spoken is a treat not to be missed. Great reader in Isabella Star Lablanc!”

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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

Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam is a heartfelt audiobook about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.

How do you move forward when everything you love is on the line?

Seventeen-year-old Julie 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.

But then Sam...

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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

Black Sun is a fresh take on fantasy that includes rich world building and complex, nuanced character-driven storytelling.”

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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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