Picks of the Week-July 12

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Cross of Snow

A major literary biography of America’s best-loved nineteenth-century poet and a much-needed reassessment for the twenty-first century of a writer whose stature and celebrity were unparalleled in his time, whose work helped to explain America’s new world not only to Americans but to Europe and beyond.

Note: A major new work on one of America’s best-known poets. This is the first new biography of Longfellow in fifty years, reassessing the poet for the twenty-first century while revealing new details of his life with never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals, and notes. For fans of Red Comet by Heather Clark and Mozart by Jan Swafford.– Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 7/27/21

Written by: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Read by: Robert Fass    

The Night She Disappeared 

A must-listen psychological thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kevin O’Brien.        

Note:  If you liked Gone Girl then you need to listen to Kevin O’Brien’s latest thriller.  Kyle Tait’s narrations is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as the layers of the onion get pulled away to reveal the truth.– Dan Totten     

Publishing Date:  7/27/2021

Written by:  Kevin O’Brien

Read by:  Kyle Tait

Hell Bent

Cate Corvin presents Book 5 in the Razing Hell series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Melisande is back for the final showdown with Queen Ereshkigal in this Hell shattering finale in the Razing Hell series. At the foot of the Queen of Death’s throne with a pretty collar around her neck, Melisande refuses to remain a caged bird while her men risk certain death to free her. Alexander Cendese and Sarah Puckett deliver an impassioned narration that will push you to the very edge of your seat.– Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 7/27/21

Written by: Cate Corvin

Read by: Sarah Puckett, Alexander Cendese

The Secret Recipe for Moving On

When Ellie is dumped by her boyfriend, she’s forced to make new friends (while watching her ex swoon over his new girlfriend) in The Secret Recipe for Moving On, a smart and funny YA debut from Karen Bischer.

Note: The only thing worse for Ellie than being dumped by her boyfriend? Being forced to spend the “life skills” class with them both and put into a group with the school’s misfits! In this fun YA romance, we get to watch Ellie heal from heartbreak & learn more about herself—maybe even fall in love. For fans of Jenny Han & Morgan Matson, you’ll devour this sweet treat! – Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 7/27/21

Written by: Karen Bischer

Read by: Amanda Friday

Picks of the Week-July 5

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Blood’s Echo (Veranda Cruz Mystery book 1)

Isabella Maldonado presents Book 1 in the Veranda Cruz series. Contains mature themes.

Note: I love when crime authors have firsthand experience in law enforcement, criminal justice, psychology, or a field that brings them close to the action that they’re writing about. Author Isabella Maldonado spent twenty-two years on the force in roles such a police officer, hostage investigator, and even commander of the Special Investigations and Forensics Division. Her characters are real and the storyline plausible in a genre that sometimes goes a step too far into the absurd. If you fly through this series (book 2 releases September 14 and book 3 releases September 28) – check out her newer release, The Cipher, which is in development for a Netflix film starring Jennifer Lopez.  – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 7/20/21

Written by: Isabella Maldonado

Read by: Raquel Beattie

An Early Grave

Robert McCracken presents Book 1 in the DI Tara Grogan series.

Note: Fans of strong heroines and thrilling mysteries will love the first book in Robert McCracken’s DI Tara Grogan series!- Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 7/20/21

Written by: Robert McCracken

Read by: Henrietta Meire

Rainbow in the Dark: The Autobiography

The long-awaited autobiography by one of heavy metal’s most revered icons, treasured vocalists, and front man for three legendary bands—Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio.

Note: The long-awaited autobiography from the late, great rock and roll icon.  Ronnie James Dio takes you on a journey from his start in upstate New York, all the way through the sold-out arenas and stadiums during the pinnacle of his career.  Throughout the book, Dio candidly gives you a front row seat on the highs and lows of rock and roll stardom and how he was able to keep himself grounded through all the chaos the surrounds him.  Heavy Metal! – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 7/27/2021

Written by: Ronnie James Dio, with Mick Wall and Wendy Dio

Read by: Daniel Thomas May

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Privacy Is Power calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.

Note: Carissa Veliz’s Privacy is Power offers a practical look at how corporations exploit our data and what we can do about it.- Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 7/27/2021

Written by: Carissa Veliz

Read by: Rachel Perry

Picks of the Week-June 28

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

The Suffragette’s Daughter

Michelle Salter presents Book 1 in the Iris Woodmore Mysteries.

Note: Fans of Anna Lee Huber and Downton Abbey will enjoy this engrossing historical crime mystery, and the first in the Iris Woodmore series. Iris is a journalist whose mother died tragically while fighting for women’s suffrage, though we soon find out that the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death are cause for great suspicion. Can Iris crack the case of her mother’s mysterious demise, or will the secrets lingering at her ancestral home reveal truths that were better left buried? -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Michelle Salter

Read by: Louise Williams

Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this bewitching color.

Note: In this fascinating exploration around the world journalist, Kai Kupferschmidt, explores laboratories, volcanic lakes, deep underground, and miles overhead to find the rarest naturally occurring color on the planet: Blue. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Kai Kupferschmidt

Read by: Jonathan Yen

Daughter of No Worlds 

Carissa Broadbent presents Book 1 in the War of Lost Hearts series. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Sarah J. Maas, follow Tisaanah’s journey in the first book in this new exciting epic fantasy series from Carissa Broadbent that will get your pulse pounding and have you on the edge of you seat. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: Carissa Broadbent

Read by: Dan Calley and Esther Wane

Golden Boy

New York Times bestselling author John Glatt tells the true story of Thomas Gilbert Jr., the disturbed young man accused of murdering his father, a Manhattan millionaire and hedge fund founder.

Note: True crime lovers are sure to devour Glatt’s newest book confronting how mental illness brought a wealthy “golden” boy into a spiral of violence and murder. -Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: John Glatt

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Picks of the Week-June 21

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Wraithblade

S. M. Boyce presents Book 1 in the Wraithblade series.

Note: From veteran epic fantasy author, S.M. Boyce, comes a new series perfect for fans of Bryce O’Connor.- Greg Souza

Written by: S.M. Boyce

Read by: Wayne Mitchell

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey and Marie Lu, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a sci-fi fantasy with mind-blowing twists, ready to burst onto the YA scene, from the critically-acclaimed Descendant of the Crane author, Joan He.

Note: In this instant New York Times Bestseller, two sisters are separated in a climate-ravaged world and fight to find one another. Cee’s memories have disappeared, well all but the fact that she has a sister, and is determined to get off the abandoned island she found herself on and cross the ocean to find her. Kasey is a STEM prodigy who is helping save the world from climate decay, but something keeps nagging at her to find her sister. If you’re a fan of Marie Lu’s Warrior Crossed, you will love this epic sci-fi! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 6/22/21

Author: Joan He

Narrator: Nancy Wu

The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray

Note: This version of The Picture of Dorian Gray most closely reflects what Wilde initially intended, before his editors altered sections deemed immoral or offensive. Tantor’s production marks the first time this version of the classic text will be heard in audio. Narrated by two-time Audie Award winner Edoardo Ballerini, of The Sopranos, 24, and Boardwalk Empire fame. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 6/22/21

Written by: Oscar Wilde

Read by: Edoardo Ballerini

Beat Breast Cancer Like A Boss

Edie Falco, Sheryl Crow, Athena Jones, Heidi Heitkamp, and an inspiring array of other breast cancer survivors and “previvors” lend their voices to this collection of powerful stories.

Note: Award-winning journalist, Ali, brings together amazing stories by strong women about their experiences with a cancer diagnosis. Stories from Sheryl Crow, Athena Jones, Jadyn Smith and many more, talk about their diagnoses, how they told loved ones, treatment options and their work/life/cancer balance. These stories are personal to Ali; when she test positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation at age twenty and decided to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy before even graduating college. Ali does a beautiful job compiling and editing others stories while also including her own story, you don’t want to miss Beat Breast Cancer Like A Boss. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 6/22/2021

Written by: Ali Rogin

Read by: Raechel Wong

 

Wild Souls:  Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World

From an acclaimed environmental writer, a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with—and responsibilities toward—the planet’s wild animals.

Note:  From the author of Rambunctious Garden comes a new book that looks at how humans and non-humans can co-exist in a world whose wilds are rapidly disappearing.  Tackling tough philosophical and scientific questions, this book will be sure to get you thinking about our place in this world and our responsibilities to its other inhabitants. -Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  6/29/2021

Written by:  Emma Marris

Read by:  Amy Landon

Picks of the Week-June 14

Summer is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage

Examining the legacy of racial mixing in Indian Territory through the land and lives of two families, one of Cherokee Freedman descent and one of Muscogee Creek heritage, Darnella Davis’s memoir writes a new chapter in the history of racial mixing on the frontier.

Note: Using personal family history and scholarly research, Darnella Davis opens wide the discussion of racial mixing in Indian Territory and the effects this rarely discussed heritage has on identity and national history.  -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

Written by: Darnella Davis

Read by: Janina Edwards

Horrid

From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Note: A haunting contemporary horror for fans of Stephen King and Agatha Christie, Leno confronts mental illness head on. Returning to your childhood home and readjusting to school life after your father’s death isn’t easy, it’s even harder when your mother is keeping an insidious secret locked within storage room that isn’t so empty as you’d once thought. Come take a look inside—I dare you. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 6/15/21

Written by: Katrina Leno

Read by: Heather Costa

Loving Deep (Steele Ridge Book 3)

Tracey Devlyn presents Book 4 in the Steele Ridge series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Romance? Check. Drama? Check. Keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat? Check! Loving Deep is such a great mix of family dynamics and tension filled romance that you’ll keep flipping the pages until the end. In the third installment of Steele Ridge, Britt & Miranda find themselves in a fight over Miranda’s family land. This steamy enemies to lovers is one you don’t want to miss! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 6/15/21

Written by: Tracey Devlyn

Read by: Tor Thom

Ellis Island: A People’s History

A dramatic, multi-vocal account of the personal agonies and ecstasies that played out within the walls of Ellis Island, as told by Poland’s greatest living journalist. This is the people’s history of Ellis Island—the people who passed through it, and the people who were turned away from it.

Note: We have all heard the stories and seen the photos of the huddled masses arriving at Ellis Island, but how many of us have heard the firsthand accounts of their experiences? Step back in time and listen to newly unearthed commentaries from those who passed through and worked at Ellis Island. Once thought lost to history, these diverse testimonies inspire the imagination and bring us closer to one of the United States’ most enigmatic and fabled locations. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

Written by: Małgorzata Szejnert, translated by Sean Gasper Bye 

Read by: Carlotta Brentan

Picks of the Week- June 7

Summer is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

In Heat Wave, Eric Klinenberg takes us inside the anatomy of the metropolis to conduct what he calls a “social autopsy,” examining the social, political, and institutional organs of the city that made this urban disaster so much worse than it ought to have been.

Note: Eric Klinenberg’s Heat Wave examines the historical Chicago heat wave that burned with temperatures above 100 degrees for a week in July of 1995. The heat wave buckled city streets, collapsed the city’s power grid leaving many without power for two days and left 700 residents dead, most of them elderly people, who died isolated and alone.  Using the heat wave as a paradigm Klinenberg exposes the culpability of a strained and aging city infrastructure and growing climate change concerns which continue to threaten America’s cities today yet are still largely ignored. More than a just a book about weather Heat Wave investigates the social structure of a city that could allow such a disaster to take place and offers a warning that status quo policies of relief over prevention will only lead to more tragedies like this. -Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 06/08/2021

Written by: Eric Klinenberg

Read by: Michael Butler Murray

Afterlife: Ghostland 2.0

Duncan Ralston presents Book 2 in the Ghostland Trilogy.

Note: Author Duncan Ralston presents Afterlife: Ghostland 2.0, book 2 of his thrilling Ghostland Trilogy series! Set six months after the events of Ghostland, protagonists Lilian Roth and Ben Laramie band together yet again to protect the public from a hostile army of ghouls. This is absolutely a series for any horror fans looking for adventure and terror to keep an eye on! -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 6/8/2021

Written by: Duncan Ralston

Read by: Joe Hempel

Raven’s Castle

Andrey Vasilyev presents Book 1 in the Raven Disciples series.

Note: For fans of Luke Chmilenko and Kirill Klevanski, this exciting new book by Andrey Vasilyev will take you on a fantastical voyage filled with magic and intrigue.- Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

Written by: Andrey Vasilyev

Read by: James Fouhey

The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar

Seana Kelly presents Book 1 in the Sam Quinn series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar will drag you in and make you not want to stop listening! You will quickly become invested in Sam and her mysterious past. This story has every supernatural creature you could want make an appearance. Seana Kelly does an amazing job building this supernatural world. This is a must listen for any supernatural romance fan! -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 6/15/21

Written by: Seana Kelly

Read by: Samantha Desz

Picks of the Week-June 1

Summer is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World

Drawing on the latest historical and archaeological evidence, Valkyrie introduces listeners to the dramatic and fascinating texts recorded in medieval Iceland, a culture able to imagine women in all kinds of roles carrying power, not just in this world, but pulling the strings in the other-world, too.

Note: Anyone who’s ever been intrigued by mythology will enjoy Friðriksdóttir’s exploration of the Valkyries. The author also peels away the layers of myth and legend to paint a realistic picture of what daily live would have looked like for Viking women, from birth until death. –Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 6/1/21

Written by: Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir

Read by: Ann Richardson

Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with Tesla

Tesla’s Brian Wheat lifts the lid on living the rock ‘n’ roll life while struggling with anxiety, depression, and other issues seldom discussed by musicians.

Note: A deeply fascinating memoir from the bassist and co-founder of the rock band Tesla, Brian Wheat takes listeners through the ups and downs of the rock and roll lifestyle, and reveals the hidden mental health struggles he faced while playing in front of thousands and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry. -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 6/1/2021

Written by: Brian Wheat, with Chris Epting

Read by: Brian Wheat

A Place to Bury Strangers

Mark Dawson presents Book 2 in the Atticus Priest series.

Note: Atticus Priest, my new favorite anti-hero, returns to lend his skills to the local police while also taking on his own case as a private investigator, but maybe the cases aren’t as separate as they first appear.  Perfect for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 6/1/21

Written by: Mark Dawson

Read by: Simon Vance

Lunar Bound

Emerson Knight and McKenzie Hunter present Book 4 in the Sky Brooks World: Ethan series.

Note: Time to get a second dose of Lunar Marked, but this time from Ethan’s perspective. With additional content, this story will give fans of the Sky Brooks series even more to love.- Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 6/8/2021

Written by: McKenzie Hunter & Emerson Knight

Read by: James Patrick Cronin

Picks of the Week-May 17

Well hello there, Spring! The temps are getting warmer and the birds are chirping. It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Savage Dominion

Luke Chmilenko presents Book 1 in the Savage Dominion series.

Note: From celebrated GameLit Author Luke Chmilenko comes a new collaboration with G.D. Penman – welcome to the wild world of Amaranth – Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 5/25/2021

Written by: G.D. Penman,Luke Chmilenko

Read by : Luke Daniels

The Tolls of Uncertainty: How Privilege and the Guilt Gap Shape Unemployment in America

An indispensable investigation into the American unemployment system and the ways gender and class affect the lives of those looking for work.

Note:  A leading sociology and labor experts shows how class, race, and gender affect people’s experience of unemployment and reveals the ways men’s and women’s reactions to job loss have changed in recent decades.  This book presents an extremely eye-opening account on the differences on how job loss can affect scores of people.  A very timely subject in these uncertain times. -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 5/25/2021

Written by:  Sarah Damaske

Read by:  Teri Schnaubelt

Conquistadors of the Useless: From the Alps to Annapurna

The story of Lionel Terray’s ground-breaking climbs told with insight and wit.

Note: Available now for the first time in audio, the English translation of the Mountaineering Classic Conquistadors of the Useless. This is the firsthand account of the life of Lionel Terray and his astonishing summits of mountains in the Andes, the Himalayas, the Alaskan Rockies and the first ascent to the peak of Annapurna, in a time when those who chose to climb became national heroes. Lyrical and insightful Conquistadors of the Useless is perfect for fans of Jon Krakauer, David Roberts, and Maurice Herzog. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 5/25/2021

Written by: Lionel Terray

Read by: Nigel Patterson

What Abigail Did That Summer

Ben Aaronovitch presents another exciting novella in the Rivers of London series.

Note: While police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant is away solving mysteries in the countryside, his teenaged cousin, Abigail Kamara finds her own mystery in Hampstead Heath. Teens in the area have gone missing and when they return they have no answers about their whereabouts. Filled with magic, adventure, and talking foxes, What Abigail Did That Summer is another fantastic and fun novella in The Rivers of London Series that you won’t want to miss!-Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 05/25/2021

Written by: Ben Aaronovitch

Read by: Shvorne Marks & Kobna Holdbrook-Smith 

Picks of the Week-May 10

Well hello there, Spring! The temps are getting warmer and the birds are chirping. It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is a story of the surprising beauty of past mistakes and the unexpected pleasures of correcting them.

Note: Romance fans will love Kelly Harms’ witty story of love and new beginnings. In the sleepy town of Minnow Bay, Lily seeks out Ben to annul a long forgotten Vegas wedding—much to their surprise, this unexpected reunion becomes a turning point in both their lives. -Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 5/11/21

Written by: Kelly Harms

Read by: Piper Goodeve

Sit, Stay, Love

When a cute pug named Potato is brought in to the shelter where she volunteers, Cecilia Murray knows he is the dog she’s been waiting for. There’s just one problem: Eric Chung—a popular, arrogant boy from school—adopts Potato first.

Note: A feel-good listen for dog lovers! Cecilia misses out on adopting the cute pug Potato. What will she do to sabotage the boy from school that adopted Potato and is putting him in dog shows. Cecilia hates dogs shows and doesn’t think Potato should be in them. Will she be able to save Potato or will she change her mind? -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date:   5/11/21

Written by: J.J. Howard

Read by: Em Eldridge

Jumpstart Learning in Your Kids

In Jumpstart Learning in Your Kids, Bridget Spackman, a public school educator and the YouTuber behind The Lettered Classroom, shares her expertise with parents to help educate and encourage children, learn how children succeed, and support lifelong education in the home and beyond.

Note: After the disruption of Covid, getting kids back to a sense of normalcy will be a challenge. This is especially true in the realms of learning and education. Bridget Spackman provides tips on how to ensure your child succeeds no matter what the situation. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 5/18/21

Written by: Bridget Spackman

Read by: Heather Wynne

My Name is Resolute

Resolute tells the exciting and heartfelt story of a woman struggling to find herself during the tumultuous years preceding the American Revolution. Contains mature themes.

Note: Fans of Stephanie Dray and Amy Belding Brown will have another historical novel set in early America to get lost in with My Name is Resolute. Nancy E. Turner tells the story of Resolute Talbot’s harrowing adventure to the New World in the years building up to the American Revolution. While she grapples with hardship, rebellion, and a colony in turmoil, we wonder: can Resolute live up to her name? -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 5/18/2021 

Written by: Nancy E. Turner

Read by: Mhairi Morrison

     

Picks of the Week -May 3

Well hello there, Spring! The temps are getting warmer and the birds are chirping. It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Ember of Night

Molly E. Lee presents Book 1 in the Bloodlines series.

Note: All Harley wants is to give her little sister, Ray, a better life and is counting down the days until she turns eighteen to do just that. But of course, nothing goes as planned. Days before her birthday, hot and cold Draven comes hurtling into Harley’s life. Once she meets Draven, strange things start happening to Harley–like getting attacked by demons, and she knows he is hiding something. There’s more than meets the eye is this thrilling supernatural story, and you don’t want to miss the twists and turns Molly throws in! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 5/4/21

Written by: Molly E. Lee

Read by: Chris Chambers and Stephanie Rose

Jacobo’s Rainbow

Jacobo’s Rainbow is a historical literary novel set primarily in the 1960s during the convulsive period of the student protest movements and the Vietnam War. It focuses on the issue of being an outsider—the “other”—an altogether common circumstance that resonates with listeners in today’s America. Written from a Jewish perspective, it speaks to universal truths that affect us all.

Note: Written from a Jewish perspective, this historical novel, set in the 1960s during the Vietnam War focuses on the issues of being an outsider. Jacobo is arrested and sent to jail, he is allowed to leave, if and only if, he joins in the war, and fights in Vietnam. After the war, Jacobo’s is back home and notices that America is not the same as it was before he left. For fans of Olivia Hawker and Talia Carner, you don’t want to miss David’s newest book, Jacobo’s Rainbow, out now.- Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 5/4/2021

Written by: David Hirschberg

Read by: Neil Hellegers

The Murders That Made Us

The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city’s art, music, and politics.

Note:  The history of San Francisco through its crimes, both infamous and obscure.  Calhoun and Sellon-Wright take us on a fascinating journey to show how crime in San Francisco has always been intwined with and molded the city’s art and politics.  Perfect for fans of true crime and anyone looking to learn more about one of America’s most interesting cities. -Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  5/4/2021

Written by:  Bob Calhoun

Read by:  Keith Sellon-Wright

The Newton Code

In a tunnel under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Michael, a teacher of investigative journalism, has to confront a powerful opponent. Will he succeed in his race against time? Will he prevail in his attempt to stop Armageddon?

Note: For fans of Dan Brown and Raymond Khoury, this mysterious historic thriller will leave you on the edge of you seat!- Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 5/4/2021

Written by: Liam Fialkov

Read by: Jennifer Jill Araya

Secret on the Fens

Joy Ellis presents Book 12 in the DI Nikki Galena series.

Note: My favorite series of the last five years – these binge-worthy listens will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for your friends Nikki and Joseph to return with the next installment. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 5/4/21

Written by: Joy Ellis

Read by: Henrietta Meire