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Roxanne’s Summer Reads 2016

R.J. Julia owner Roxanne Coady’s annual summer reading list for beach, boat, train, or plane! Happy reading!

All Things Cease to Appear

A novel
By Elizabeth Brundage
Narrated by Kirsten Potter /  14 hours 19 minutes

A dark, riveting, beautifully written book—by “a brilliant novelist,” according to Richard Bausch—that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder

Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed... Read More »

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American Housewife

Stories
By Helen Ellis
Narrated by Kathleen McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman & Dorothy Dillingham Blue /  3 hours 45 minutes

A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They... Read More »

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$18.00

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America's Bank

The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
By Roger Lowenstein & Robertson Dean
Narrated by Robertson Dean /  9 hours 38 minutes

A tour de force of historical reportage, America’s Bank illuminates the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small... Read More »

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$24.00

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Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  12 hours 55 minutes

Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF FARGO COMES "ONE THE YEAR'S BEST SUSPENSE NOVELS" (NEW YORK TIMES).

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet... Read More »

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Fates and Furies

A Novel
By Lauren Groff
Narrated by Will Damron & Julia Whelan /  14 hours 3 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
NPR MORNING EDITION BOOK CLUB PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE TIMES, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, AND MANY MORE


“Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly...
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$27.00

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Grit

The Power of Passion and Perseverance
By Angela Duckworth
Narrated by Angela Duckworth /  9 hours 22 minutes

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people—both seasoned and new—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her... Read More »

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$22.99

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Homegoing

A novel
By Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by Dominic Hoffman /  13 hours 10 minutes

Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016
NPR's Debut Novel of the Year
One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016
One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016

Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates



The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story... Read More »

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Just Mercy

A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan Stevenson
Narrated by Bryan Stevenson /  11 hours 3 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book...
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Kill 'Em and Leave

Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
By James McBride
Narrated by Dominic Hoffman /  8 hours 59 minutes

National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped... Read More »

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Modern Lovers

By Emma Straub
Narrated by Jen Tullock /  9 hours 1 minute

“It’s ‘Friends’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer.” –TheSkimm

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.

Friends and former... Read More »

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My Name Is Lucy Barton

A Novel
By Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by Kimberly Farr /  4 hours 11 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New...
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Old Age

A Beginner's Guide
By Michael Kinsley
Narrated by Danny Campbell /  3 hours 38 minutes

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit."

The notorious baby boomers—the largest age cohort in history—are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it... Read More »

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$15.00

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The Bridge Ladies

A Memoir
By Betsy Lerner
Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy /  8 hours 51 minutes

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” generation,... Read More »

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The Girls

A Novel
By Emma Cline
Narrated by Cady McClain /  9 hours 44 minutes

THE INSTANT BESTSELLER • An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • NPR • The Guardian • Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Financial Times • Esquire • Newsweek • Vogue • Glamour • People • The... Read More »

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The Light of the World

A Memoir
By Elizabeth Alexander
Narrated by Author /  3 hours 44 minutes

"PULITZER PRIZE IN LETTERS: BIOGRAPHY FINALIST"

"NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRLE AWARDS AUTOBIOGRAPHY FINALIST"

New York Times Bestseller

First Lady Michelle Obama's Favorite Book of 2015

A New Yorker, NPR, Boston Globe, Publisher's Weekly, Newsday, Library Journal, People.com, Shelf Awareness, The Root, and St. Louis Dispact Best Book of 2015... Read More »

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The Nest

By Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Narrated by Mia Barron /  11 hours 6 minutes

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on... Read More »

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When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi & Abraham Verghese
Narrated by Sunil Malhotra & Cassandra Campbell /  5 hours 34 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This exquisite memoir by an idealistic young neurosurgeon asks What makes a life worth living? and makes a profound graduation gift—especially for aspiring doctors and nurses.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post •... Read More »

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