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Rediscovered Books: Staff Favorites 2018

Here's just a smattering of what our staff read and loved this year. Some shared favorites included Spinning Silver, Girls Burn Brighter, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and Meet Me at the Museum.

The Golem and the Jinni

A Novel
By Helene Wecker
Narrated by George Guidall /  19 hours 42 minutes

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift... Read More »

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Spinning Silver

A Novel
By Naomi Novik
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan /  17 hours 56 minutes

Spinning Silver

“When Miryem takes over the family money-lender business from her unsuccessful father, her family's fortune finally starts looking up. However, her reputation for turning silver to gold catches the notice of the feared Staryk (magical ice-beings) who come to test her claim. Meanwhile, a duke plots to marry his daughter to Tsar Mirnatius, who is trapped by a deadly secret. When the girls cross paths, chaos ensues and no one is what they appear. Every moment is action packed and engrossing. Novak does so well weaving the multiple story lines into the novel and showing how a first impression is not always accurate.”

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$35.00 USD

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Whiskey When We're Dry

By John Larison
Narrated by Sophie Amoss /  15 hours 24 minutes

Whiskey When We're Dry

“A haunting and remarkable debut, John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry stays true to the western genre while subverting many common themes of the American West, producing a wholly original narrative that will linger in your mind for days. I have never encountered a protagonist quite like Jess; she embodies the incredible strength and resolve required to survive in the West, but also the vulnerability necessary to retain humanity in the face of so much violence and brutality. Larison’s prose goes down as smooth as a glass of whiskey, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished every last drop.”

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$31.50 USD

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Louisiana's Way Home

By Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by Cassandra Morris /  3 hours 34 minutes

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are--and deciding who you want to be.

When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many... Read More »

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The Buried Giant

A novel
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by David Horovitch /  11 hours 47 minutes

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
 
In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British... Read More »

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

A Novel
By Sun-mi Hwang & Chi-Young Kim
Narrated by Jill Larson /  2 hours 58 minutes

A Korean Charlotte's Web

More than 2 million copies sold

 

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an... Read More »

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Meet Me at the Museum

A Novel
By Anne Youngson
Narrated by Helen Lloyd & Lars Knudsen /  6 hours 29 minutes

Meet Me at the Museum

“This charming novel is told entirely in correspondence between Tina, a woman of a certain age in England who is questioning her place in the world after her best friend’s death, and Kristian, a Danish museum curator who is adrift after the death of his wife. As their correspondence evolves and their friendship develops, they realize that the world may have more to offer than they initially thought. Meet Me at the Museum is sweet without being cloying, gentle without insulting the reader’s intelligence, and a completely enjoyable read.”

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$31.04 USD

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Masquerade: Book #1
By Seth Dickinson
Narrated by Christine Marshall /  14 hours

In Seth Dickinson's highly-anticipated debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy.

Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people-even her soul.

When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture,... Read More »

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Girls Burn Brighter

A Novel
By Shobha Rao
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /  11 hours 38 minutes

"Soneela Nankani narrates this painful coming-of-age story in a subdued style that draws even more sympathy from the listener...This is an expertly told story of survival, courage, and grit that fans of world literature will enjoy." - AudioFile Magazine

Girls Burn Brighter is a searing, electrifying debut audiobook set in India and America.... Read More »

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The Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air: Book #1
By Holly Black
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly /  12 hours 36 minutes

An instant bestseller!
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more... Read More »

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News of the World

A Novel
By Paulette Jiles
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  5 hours 58 minutes

National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a... Read More »

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$19.49 USD

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The God of Small Things

By Arundhati Roy
Narrated by Sneha Mathan /  11 hours 44 minutes

The New York Times bestselling and Booker Prize-winning novel about an Indian family in tragic decline that introduced the world to the voice of Arundhati RoyLikened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published twenty years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and... Read More »

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #1
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Casaundra Freeman /  11 hours 47 minutes

In this brilliantly original debut fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the... Read More »

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What Unites Us

Reflections on Patriotism
By Elliot Kirschner & Dan Rather
Narrated by Dan Rather /  7 hours 4 minutes

In a collection of original essays, the venerated television journalist, Dan Rather, celebrates our shared values and what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like. Writing about the institutions that sustain us, such as public libraries, public schools, and national parks; the values that have transformed us,... Read More »

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