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Staff Top 10's - 2017

Phinney Books booksellers Liz, Kim, Tom, Haley, Lauren and Molly's ten favorite listens from 2017 (not necessarily published in 2017) all mixed together and in no particular order.

The Unwomanly Face of War

An Oral History of Women in World War II
By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
Narrated by Julia Emelin & Yelena Shmulenson /  14 hours 17 minutes

A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia—from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“A landmark.”—Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of... Read More »

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Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor
Narrated by Matt Bates /  8 hours 48 minutes

In midwinter in an English village, a teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks, and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired,... Read More »

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The Essex Serpent

A Novel
By Sarah Perry
Narrated by Juanita McMahon /  14 hours 44 minutes

Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016

"I loved this book. At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart—and it contains some of... Read More »

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

By Peter Pomerantsev
Narrated by Antony Ferguson /  8 hours 27 minutes

In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show.

Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell’s Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia.... Read More »

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On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
By Timothy Snyder
Narrated by Timothy Snyder /  1 hour 47 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one... Read More »

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

A Memoir
By Sherman Alexie
12 hours 8 minutes

The Instant New York Times Bestseller

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Stories
By Kathleen Collins
Narrated by Nina Lorez Collins, Cherise Boothe, Adenrele Ojo, Paula J. Parker, Desean Terry & Dan Woren /  4 hours 8 minutes

Now available in Ecco’s Art of the Story series: a never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little known African American artist and filmmaker—a contemporary of revered writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide... Read More »

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Love and Trouble

A Midlife Reckoning
By Claire Dederer
Narrated by Claire Dederer /  7 hours

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally... Read More »

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Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City
By Matthew Desmond
Narrated by Dion Graham /  11 hours 2 minutes

WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the... Read More »

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Bad Behavior

Stories
By Mary Gaitskill
7 hours 16 minutes

This is a reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire, which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban-fringe generation as it searches for human connection.Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it was first published, heralding... Read More »

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Bad Dreams and Other Stories

By Tessa Hadley
Narrated by Emma Gregory /  5 hours 50 minutes

The award-winning author of The Past once again "crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural" (Washington Post), in a collection of stories that elevate the mundane into the exceptional.

The author of six critically acclaimed novels, Tessa Hadley has proven herself to be the champion of revealing the... Read More »

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

By Muriel Spark
Narrated by Wanda McCaddon /  3 hours 59 minutes

In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and... Read More »

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We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by Beresford Bennett /  13 hours 37 minutes

In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller • One of Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of the Year • One of USA Today’s top 10 books of the year • A...
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Arbitrary Stupid Goal

By Tamara Shopsin
Narrated by Tamara Shopsin /  3 hours 55 minutes

“Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world—when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.” —Miranda July

In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the... Read More »

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Golden Hill

A Novel of Old New York
By Francis Spufford
Narrated by Sarah Borges /  10 hours 46 minutes

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE

NAMED “NOVEL OF THE YEAR” BY THE UK’S SUNDAY TIMES

“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” The Guardian

The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in... Read More »

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Nothing to Envy

Ordinary Lives in North Korea
By Barbara Demick
Narrated by Karen White /  12 hours 29 minutes

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings... Read More »

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Magpie Murders

A Novel
By Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by Samantha Bond & Allan Corduner /  15 hours 47 minutes

"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a... Read More »

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The Soul of an Octopus

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
By Sy Montgomery
Narrated by Sy Montgomery /  9 hours 10 minutes

In this astonishing book from the author of the best selling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Read More »

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Love, Nina

A Nanny Writes Home
By Nina Stibbe
Narrated by Nina Stibbe /  8 hours 1 minute

"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA might be the most charming book I've ever read." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described... Read More »

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Looking Backward

By Edward Bellamy
Narrated by Edward Lewis /  7 hours 17 minutes

The time is tomorrow. The place: a utopian America. The hero: anyone who has ever longed for escape to a better life. This is the backdrop for Edward Bellamy's prophetic novel about a young Boston gentleman who is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century-and from a world of war and want to a world of peace and... Read More »

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