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Picture Book Summer

Here are some highly anticipated books coming out Summer 2021 recommended by Picture Book for your summer listening!

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With Teeth

A Novel

By Kristen Arnett
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

“A gripping read…Unabashedly queer, probing and unafraid…Exceedingly engaging.” –USA Today

“Sublimely weird, fluently paced, brazenly funny and gayer still, and it richly deserves to find readers.” –New York Times

From the author of the New York Times–bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things: a surprising and moving story of two mothers, one...
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Somebody's Daughter

A Memoir

By Ashley C. Ford
Narrated by: Ashley C. Ford
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

"Ashley C. Ford brings listeners into her life in this outstanding coming-of-age story...Listeners will cheer as Ford attends college and weep as she visits her father in prison, and when he is finally released." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation between the author...
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The Other Black Girl

A Novel

By Zakiya Dalila Harris
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms & Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hours 33 minutes

The Other Black Girl

“This is the tale of two Black women co-workers in the cutthroat publishing industry trying to determine if they are friends or enemies. A literary fiction tale with a side of suspense, this expertly woven critique on society is bound to keep readers on the edge of their seats.”

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Animal

A Novel

By Lisa Taddeo
Narrated by: Emma Roberts
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

Animal

“Much like Taddeo’s Three Women, this novel is not for the prudish or for people who like their women to be silent or demure. If you are looking for originality, sexiness, or fearlessness in your next read, this is the book for you. Grab the reins and be prepared for a ride!”

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Dear Senthuran

A Black Spirit Memoir

By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER

A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture


“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author, a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.”...
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Malibu Rising

A Novel

By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

Malibu Rising

“This ode to Malibu in the 1980s is the perfect beach read. Four famous siblings throw a star-studded party and over the course of 24 hours find their lives changed forever. It’s enthralling and layered and so vivid it could be a memory. Perfectly paced and suspenseful from page one!”

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The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith & Louise Brealey
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Maidens

“With references to Greek Mythology and ancient ritualized sacrifices this sinister thriller is a great listen.”

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Filthy Animals

By Brandon Taylor
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Nicole Lewis & TL Thompson
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

Filthy Animals

“These stories about human relationships range from those between lovers, friends, and family. How is it that Taylor can write so that we can see the interior crevices of these characters’ souls?”

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Lady Sunshine

A Novel

By Amy Mason Doan
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“A delicious daydream of a book.” —Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers

“With lyrical writing and a page-turning plot, this sun-dappled book has it all: heart, smarts, and an irresistible musical beat.” —Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party

ONE ICONIC FAMILY. ONE SUMMER OF SECRETS. THE DAZZLING SPIRIT OF 1970 Read more »S...
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Fox and I

An Uncommon Friendship

By Catherine Raven
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

Fox and I

“On the surface, this is a story about a woman befriending a fox, which is in and of itself remarkable enough, but it is also a powerful meditation on nature, living in the world with and without people, as well as the power of literature.”

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The Paper Palace

A Novel

By Miranda Cowley Heller
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

The Paper Palace

“Elle and her family gather each summer at the ‘Paper Palace’ family cabins; but this one day will be anything but a relaxing vacation retreat. This will be the buzz of book clubs and a perfect traveling companion for summers by the seaside.”

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Intimacies

A Novel

By Katie Kitamura
Narrated by: Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes

Intimacies

“Katie Kitamura's Intimacies details a few months in the life of an interpreter at The Hague who is looking for belonging to a place and perhaps to a partner. Just as she has to see beyond the words in her work, she has to interpret the actions of her married lover as well as the alleged atrocities of a war criminal she works with at the International Court. This novel is both quiet and thrilling.”

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

A Novel

By Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, Karen Chilton & Prentice Onayemi
Length: 29 hours 48 minutes

“This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers' deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.” —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone and Another Brooklyn

A Ms. Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A... Read more »

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The Husbands

A Novel

By Chandler Baker
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

“Chandler Baker, queen of the feminist thriller, has delivered once again! The Husbands is a poignant exploration of what it would take for women to have it all." —Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister

Chandler Baker, the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network, is back with The Husbands, a novel that... Read more »

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Long Division

By Kiese Laymon
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

Long Division

“Was life so different in 1964, 1985, 2013? This life-changing, time-traveling book within a book that explores the struggle of being a Black 14 year old in Mississippi. Laymon highlights the themes that matter most (family, love, the written word) and the racism that permeates the South - it never really goes away as the years go on, it just takes on different forms in its various cycles. This book is beautiful, thought provoking, and absolutely necessary.”

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Appleseed

A Novel

By Matt Bell
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 15 hours 44 minutes

"Woven together out of the strands of myth, science fiction, and ecological warning, Matt Bell’s Appleseed is as urgent as it is audacious." --Kelly Link, Get in Trouble

A "work of incandescent imagination" (Karen Russell) from Young Lions Fiction Award–finalist Matt Bell, a breakout book that explores climate change, manifest destiny, humanity's... Read more »

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A Slow Fire Burning

A Novel

By Paula Hawkins
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.
 
A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human.” – Lee Child
 
“Only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending” – New York Times
 
With the same propulsion that... Read more »
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All's Well

By Mona Awad
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

All's Well

“Mona Awad's latest, All's Well, is unhinged. But it's 2021, and after the last year, I think it's safe to say we all feel a little unhinged. I found myself delighted to be in the company of Awad's narrator, a woman with chronic pain who is hell-bent on staging a production of Shakespeare's All's Well with a troupe of mutinous undergrads. Awad has written a novel about pain that is not only funny, but heartbreakingly honest. ”

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Damnation Spring

By Ash Davidson
Narrated by: CJ Wilson, Rebecca Lowman, Mark Sanderlin & Candace Thaxton
Length: 15 hours 38 minutes

An epic, immersive debut, Damnation Spring is the deeply human story of a Pacific Northwest logging town wrenched in two by a mystery that threatens to derail its way of life.

For generations, Rich Gundersen’s family has chopped a livelihood out of the redwood forest along California’s rugged coast. Now Rich and his wife, Colleen, are raisin Read more »g...
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One Two Three

A Novel

By Laurie Frankel
Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Jesse Vilinsky & Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

If you enjoyed Exposure, then you’ll love One Two Three.

“One, Two, and Three—the names triplets Mab, Monday, and Mirabel—have for each other—are atypical 16-year-old high school girls. Born to a newly-widowed mother in a New England town polluted by a local chemical plant, their mission in life is to support their mother's fight, to prove Belsen Chemical's guilt. When heirs to the plant arrive in town the girls determine to find the evidence their mom needs to win the case. Laurie Frankel tempers her novel of social justice with generous humor and a deep compassion for the three, and the readers infuse the sisters with their unique voices. It's easy to follow who's speaking in this dialogue-rich recording, and listeners will soon know and cheer these brave and savvy young women.”

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