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Parnassus bookseller staff picks, updated monthly! Visit parnassusmusing.net for a full list of our recs. Here are our current staff picks for adults...

Bear

A Novel

By: Julia Phillips
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 7 hours 51 minutes

“I love unreliable narrators, and in this novel centered around two sisters and a wayward bear, the narrator is almost delusional. At turns wistful and unsettling, fable-like and of the moment, Bear had me riveted. Read more

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Same As It Ever Was

A Novel

By: Claire Lombardo
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 18 hours 21 minutes

NAMED A BEST BOOK BY PEOPLE AND PARADE • The New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had (“wonderfully immersive…deliciously absorbing”—NPR) returns with another brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present.

“Infidelity,...
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Swan Song

By: Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Erin Bennett & Elin Hilderbrand
Length: 13 hours 39 minutes

The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author brings her Nantucket novels to a brilliant finish: when rich strangers move to the island, social mayhem and a possible murder follow. Can Nantucket’s best locals save the day, and their way of life? Includes special audio content!

Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is about to retire. Blond Sharon is... Read more

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The Midnight Feast

A Novel

By: Lucy Foley
Narrated by: Joe Eyre, Sarah Slimani, Roly Botha, Laurence Dobiesz & Tuppence Middleton
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

“Irresistible…Blair Witch meets Fyre Festival.” – People ""Sharp, stylish and stunning...Foley's best yet."" -- Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of All the Colors of the Dark“A deliciously juicy, smartly paced blend of folk horror, psychological thriller, and social satire… Thoroughly satisfying.” -- AirMail Secrets. Lies.... Read more

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Welcome to Glorious Tuga

A Novel

By: Francesca Segal
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
Length: TBA

A bighearted page-turner set on a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean about love, community, and what it means to come homePassionate about conservation and fleeing an argument with her mother, newly qualified London vet Charlotte Walker has taken up a fellowship on the tiny South Atlantic island of Tuga de Oro to study the endangered gold... Read more

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A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Ten Kafkaesque Stories

By: Tommy Orange, Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman, Elif Batuman, Helen Oyeyemi, Keith Ridgway, Yiyun Li, Charlie Kaufman, Leone Ross & Joshua Cohen
Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Matt Reeves, Jessica Hayles & Minhee Yeo
Length: 5 hours 13 minutes

What happens when Kafka’s idiosyncratic imagination meets some of the greatest literary minds writing in English across the globe today? Find out in this anthology of brand-new Kafka-inspired short stories by prizewinning, bestselling writers.

Franz Kafka is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most enigmatic geniuses of European... Read more

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All the Colors of the Dark

By: Chris Whitaker
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

“Heartbreaking and loving all at once, this gripping and fast paced thriller drew me in from page one. Silence of the Lambs meets My Girl with it's simultaneous horror and found family in 1970s Missouri. I couldn't put it down, and I'm not sure to forget it any time soon! Read more

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Sandwich

A Novel

By: Catherine Newman
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
Length: 5 hours 43 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Sandwich is joy in book form. I laughed continuously, except for the parts that made me cry. Catherine Newman does a miraculous job reminding us of all the wonder there is to be found in life.""—Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of Tom Lake“If you like my novels, you will love love love this . . .... Read more

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Blessings

A Novel

By: Chukwuebuka Ibeh
Narrated by: Fejiro Emasiobi & Tariye Peterside
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

A BBC BEST BOOK OF 2024 • A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • Moonlight meets Purple Hibiscus in this coming of age novel about self-acceptance, sexual awakening, and first love set in a Nigeria on the verge of criminalizing same-sex relationships

“Chukwuebuka Ibeh’s writing has a certain delicacy to it, so wonderfully observant, and so beautiful.”...
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Craft

Stories I Wrote for the Devil

By: Ananda Lima
Narrated by: Taylor Harvey
Length: 5 hours 14 minutes

At a Halloween party in 1999, a writer slept with the devil. She sees him again and again throughout her life, and she writes him stories about beautiful and impossible things. Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil is an intoxicating and unsettling linked collection that lures listeners into surreal pockets of the United States and Brazil, where... Read more

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The Rom-Commers

A Novel

By: Katherine Center
Narrated by: Katherine Center & Patti Murin
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

“Two screen writers, Emma and Charlie, are forced to rewrite a romcom screen play that is currently beyond terrible (read the book to get this reference). As the two write and research romantic scenes, they're own romance plays out. From line dancing, to the cutest guinea pig, to a 'research' kiss, and scary health diagnoses, this romcom is... Read more

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Concerning the Future of Souls

By: Joy Williams
Narrated by: Joshua Manning
Length: 2 hours 3 minutes

“Quite possibly America's best living writer of short stories.”—NPR “Williams is a writer for our times: both visionary and caustic, knowing yet also full of wonder.”—Catherine Taylor, The Financial Times Returning to her legendary short stories, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams offers a much-anticipated follow-up to... Read more

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The Cliffs: Reese's Book Club

A novel

By: J. Courtney Sullivan
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Tanis Parenteau, Emily Lawrence, Brittany Pressley & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 15 hours 25 minutes

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK • A novel of family, secrets, ghosts, and homecoming set on the seaside cliffs of Maine, by the New York Times best-selling author of Friends and Strangers

“A stunning achievement, and J. Courtney Sullivan’s best book yet. Sullivan weaves a narrative that’s fascinating and thought-provoking. I literally could not put this...
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Summer Romance

By: Annabel Monaghan
Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

“Monaghan has a way with second-chance romances that just makes me happy, and this one is no exception. I loved the characters, I adored the summer vibes, and the narrator was just perfect. A delightful summer read! Read more

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The Art of Catching Feelings

By: Alicia Thompson
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

A professional baseball player and his heckler prove that true love is worth going to bat for in the next swoony romance by USA Today bestselling author Alicia Thompson.


Daphne Brink doesn’t follow baseball, but watching “America’s Snoozefest” certainly beats sitting at home in the days after she signs her divorce... Read more

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Beautiful Days

Stories

By: Zach Williams
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

From New Yorker and Paris Review contributor Zach Williams comes a striking and savage debut story collection that confronts parenthood, mortality, and life’s broken promises.

A couple awakens in a home in the woods to find themselves rapidly aging as their toddler remains unchanged. A work-worn employee navigates conspiracy theories and the... Read more

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The Glassmaker

A Novel

By: Tracy Chevalier
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 13 hours 44 minutes

A Parade and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of June

“This charming fable is at once a love story that skips through six centuries, and also a love song to the timeless craft of glassmaking. Chevalier probes the fierce rivalries and enduring loyalties of Murano's glass dynasties, capturing the roar of the furnace, the sweat on the skin, and...
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A Love Like the Sun

By: Riss M. Neilson
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

“Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez, Kennedy Ryan, and Carley Fortune (aka me).”
–Emily Henry


"Dazzling, tender, and romantic." —Carley Fortune

Lifelong best friends spend a fateful summer discovering what might happen if they were to be something more in this radiant, heart-clenching adult debut.


Laniah Thompson is a homebody who craves privacy.... Read more

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The Future Was Color

A Novel

By: Patrick Nathan
Narrated by: Oscar Reyes
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

As a Hungarian immigrant working as a studio hack writing monster movies in 1950s Hollywood, George Curtis must navigate the McCarthy-era studio system filled with possible communists and spies, the life of closeted men along Sunset Boulevard, and the inability of the era to cleave love from persecution and guilt. But when Madeline, a famous... Read more

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Horror Movie

A Novel

By: Paul Tremblay
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos, Dani Martineck, Micky Shiloah, Michael Crouch, Frankie Corzo, Stacy Gonzalez, Tyla Collier, Ariel Blake, Johnathan McClain, Dan Bittner, Eva Kaminsky & Gisela Chipe
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

“I had a lot of fun with this book. Characters are relatable and likable, storyline is comfortably upsetting, and the horror is gruesome and psychologically scary. So glad I chose to listen to the audio because this book is written precisely for that format! What a great job by the ensemble cast. Read more

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