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Unique & Quirky Book Club Reads

When we started our book club at Fountain Bookstore, we promised our members that we would seek out reads that they wouldn't find at the average book club, and we promised that we'd always have them available on audio for our book listeners. Here's a selection of what we've read over the year and a half!

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The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

By Patricia Williams & Jeannine Amber
Narrated by: Patricia Williams
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature

"An absolute must-read" – Shondaland

“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times

They called her Rabbit.

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched... Read more »

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes

A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss

By Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
Narrated by: Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she... Read more »

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Books for Living

Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life

By Will Schwalbe
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

Books for Living

“Anyone can recommend a book, but it's rare that someone can fully articulate its lifelong impact. Schwalbe has the rarest of voices -- both intimate and universal -- and with deep care and reflection he offers readers the most personal and heartfelt parts of himself in his latest collection. This is not a list of Schwalbe's favorite books, but is instead an explanation of how certain books and authors taught him timeless lessons about our deepest longings. Schwalbe's voice leaps off the page and fills the room as only the liveliest conversations can. I can't stop thinking about this book and want to read every title mentioned, if only to keep the conversation going.”

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Get In Trouble


By Kelly Link
Narrated by: Various
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
Link has won an ardent following for... Read more »

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Big Little Lies

By Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 15 hours 54 minutes


From the author of Nine Perfect StrangersTruly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we... Read more »

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The Shepherd's Life

Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape

By James Rebanks
Narrated by: Bryan Dick
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

The New York Times bestseller and International Phenomenon

One of the Top Ten Books of 2015, Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.

"It's bloody marvelous." - Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK

"Captivating... A book about continuity and roots and a sense of belonging in an age that's increasingly about mobility and... Read more »

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Wolf In White Van

By John Darnielle
Narrated by: John Darnielle
Length: 5 hours 22 minutes

Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.

Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright,... Read more »

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By Sarah Waters
Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
Length: 23 hours 36 minutes

New York Times best-selling author of Affinity (H1551), Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs.... Read more »

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The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman: Book #1

By Ben H. Winters
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy... Read more »

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Underground Airlines

By Ben H. Winters
Narrated by: William DeMeritt
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Underground Airlines

“Winters has managed to aim a giant magnifying glass at the problem of institutionalized racism in America in a way that has never been done before. This Orwellian allegory takes place in the present day but in a United States where Lincoln was assassinated before he ever became president, the Civil War never took place, and slavery still exists in four states, known as the Hard Four. In agile prose that manages to convey the darkest of humors, Winters tackles the most sensitive of issues such as the motivations of misguided white liberals involved in racial politics, the use of racial profiling, and the influence of racism on the very young. Underground Airlines is the most important book of the summer. Read it.”

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An IQ Novel: Book #1

By Joe Ide
Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes


“IQ is the nickname of Isaiah Quintabe, who, despite being a high-school dropout, is absolutely brilliant and has amazing deductive skills. Living on the rough side of Long Beach, California, he is an underground detective who takes on cases in the city's ghettoes that the LAPD refuses to handle. Beginning with a kidnapping and moving to a case involving the assassination attempt on a famous rapper, IQ represents a positive influence in this tough environment of gang warfare, drugs, murders, and prostitution. A mixture of Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer, the craziness of Don Winslow's Savages, and the classic mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, this debut will spark interest and open up this particular world to new readers.”

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A Novel
The War with No Name Series: Book #1

By Robert Repino
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

A genre-busting postapocalyptic first novel—a page-turning adventure channeling Animal Farm as imagined by Cormac McCarthy

The “war with no name” has begun; its goal, human extinction. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who,for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forevereradicate the... Read more »

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The Jezebel Remedy

By Martin Clark
Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
Length: 15 hours 31 minutes

"Martin Clark, ""the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged,"" now delivers his breakthrough novel. Lisa and Joe Stone, married for twenty years and sole partners in their small law firm in Henry County, Virginia, handle less than glamorous cases, whether domestic disputes, personal injury settlements, or a plethora... Read more »

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The Magician's Lie

A Novel

By Greer Macallister
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & Nick Podehl
Length: 10 hours 18 minutes

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder—and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her... Read more »

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The Disaster Artist

My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

By Tom Bissell & Greg Sestero
Narrated by: Greg Sestero
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. Wiseau seemed never to have read the rule book on interpersonal relationships (or... Read more »

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All the Missing Girls

A Novel

By Megan Miranda
Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes


A New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice”
Entertainment Weekly — Thriller Round-Up
The Wall Street Journal — 5 Killer Books for 2016
Hollywood Reporter — Hot Summer Books…16 Must Reads

“This thriller’s all of your fave page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into... Read more »

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All Our Wrong Todays

A Novel

By Elan Mastai
Narrated by: Elan Mastai
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

All Our Wrong Todays

“This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Elan Mastai reads it himself and conveys perfectly the emotions of his character. What really struck home for me was how personal the story felt. Listening to it, I could tell that Mastai wasn't just speaking from his imagination. It was something he'd actually experienced and was still feeling the effects. Even if someone is new to reading/listening to Science Fiction, this book is an easy dip into the genre, concentrating on the emotions and conflict faced by the main character, Tom Barron.”

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Mikhail and Margarita

A Novel

By Julie Lekstrom Himes
Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse,... Read more »

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Young Jane Young

A Novel

By Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

Young Jane Young

“I flew through binge-reading sessions of this warm-hearted and witty book about what it means to reinvent yourself because you simply have no choice but to do so. It too has chapters from different people’s points of view, but unusually, rather than alternating chapters, they are entire sections, narrated by people who knew Aviva Grossman at the time when she had an ill-advised affair with her boss, a Congressman.”

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