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Picks of the Week-February 15

We hope that you’ve all kept your resolutions to read or listen to more books! 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.

Soar, Adam, Soar

From early childhood, through coming out first as a lesbian and then as a man, and his battles with epilepsy and refusal to give in, Soar, Adam, Soar chronicles Adam Prashaw’s drive to define himself, his joyful spirit, and his love of life, which continues to conquer all.

Note: Along with his son’s own words, former priest, Rick Prashaw, lovingly retells his son’s story of coming out as a lesbian, then as a man, all while struggling with epilepsy. Read by John Dickhout, recipient and “caretaker of Adam’s heart” Soar, Adam, Soar, pays tribute to Adam’s life and the joy he brought to everything and everyone around him. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 2/16/2021     

Written by: Rick Prashaw

Read by: John Dickhout

                                                                                                                                  

Spin with Me

From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson comes a thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Ami Polonsky’s Spin with Me.

Note: From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson, Ami’s newest book tackles falling in love for the first time. When Essie meets Ollie, a non-binary student at her new school, she starts realizing that moving might not be too bad. This sweet and enchanting novel is a must-read! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Ami Polonsky

Read by: Amanda Dolan

In Defense of Plants

In his debut book, internationally recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms.

Note: A fascinating exploration of the lives of plants, written by an expert on the subject. For fans of Michael Pollan, David Attenborough, or Peter Wohlleben. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Matt Candeias

Read by: Matthew Boston

The Bitterwine Oath

Every fifty years, a cult claims twelve men to murder in a small Texas town. Can one girl end the cycle of violence—and save the boy who broke her heart?

Note: For fans of Shea Ernshaw and Kara Thomas comes a tale of magic, murder, and vengeance. Every twelve years in San Solano, Texas twelve men are marked to die, can Nat save them and clear her great-great-grandmother’s name? -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Hannah West

Read by: Reba Buhr

Picks of the Week-February 8

We hope that you’ve all kept your resolutions to read or listen to more books! 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.

American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow

American Nightmare examines and explains Jim Crow from its beginnings to its end: how it came into being, how it was lived, how it was justified, and how, at long last, it was overcome only a few short decades ago.

Note: Author Jerrold M. Packard presents a concise examination of the Jim Crow laws that were experienced by many Americans living today. American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow is an excellent introductory read for Black History Month as it covers the beginning and end of the segregation laws, and how they continue to affect future generations. This book explores the language, laws, and punishments that were weaponized against African Americans – giving readers the ability to analyze the coded oppression, inspired by the Jim Crow era, that persists in modern American society. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 2/9/2021

Written by: Jerrold M. Packard

Read by: Terrence Kidd

Bugsy Siegel:  The Dark Side of the American Dream

In a brief life that led to a violent end, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (1906–1947) rose from desperate poverty to ill-gotten riches, from an early-twentieth-century family of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side to a kingdom of his own making in Las Vegas. In this biography, author Michael Shnayerson sets out not to absolve Bugsy Siegel but rather to understand him in all his complexity.

Note: This thorough look at one of America’s most famous gangsters will take you through some of the most momentous moments in America’s history; the roaring twenties, the great depression, and World War II.  Along the way you’ll be transported to Mid-Century New York City and across the country to when Las Vegas was soon to become so much more than empty desert, largely due to Bugsy’s vision of it. -Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 2/9/2021

Written by: Michael Shnayerson

Read by: Steven Jay Cohen

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed and to look beautiful results in mental and physical harm, from eating disorders to psychological trauma.

Note: The first book to ever expose the dark side of gymnastics and figure skating culture. Learn about the longstanding culture of abuse and win at all cost mindset that is still being fought to be changed today. This is a must-listen for fans of gymnastics and figuring skating.-Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 2/9/2021

Written by: Joan Ryan

Read by: Jennifer Jill Araya

Lady in Ermine

Stroke by stroke, color by color, the past comes alive as a young woman in Lombardy, Italy, trains to paint with the masters.

Note: Author Donna DiGiuseppe takes us on a colorful journey of the life of Sofonisba Anguissola, a female Renaissance painter whose significant body of work inspired hundreds of artists and shed light on the importance of lesser-known female artists during the Renaissance period. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 2/9/2021

Written by: Donna DiGiuseppe

Read by: Nicol Zanzarella     

Picks of the Week-February 1

We hope that you’ve all kept your resolutions to read or listen to more books! 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.

Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body

Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee’s astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book.

Note: Training techniques perfected and practiced by Bruce Lee have been complied into a single volume and published in audio for the first time here. The Art of Expressing the Human Body is an easy-to-follow guide for those seeking to improve their health and physical fitness. Whether you are a fan of Bruce Lee’s films or his martial art prowess by listening to this book you can learn from the master himself. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 02/02/2021

Written by: Bruce Lee

Read by: David Shih

The Last Tiara

From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller M. J. Rose comes a provocative and moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs.

Note: “An engrossing historical mystery from NY Times bestselling author MJ Rose that intertwines 1940’s New York and Imperial Russia with enough plot twists to keep listeners wanting more” -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 2/2/2021

Written by: M.J. Rose

Read by: Tavia Gilbert

A Deadly Dividend

David Pearson presents Book 1 in the Dublin Homicides series.

Note: Check out this story of dueling detectives in an exciting new thriller series set against the backdrop of Dublin. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 2/2/2021

Written by: David Pearson

Read by: Roger Clark

Sink Reflections: Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? Discover the Secrets That Have Changed the Lives of More Than Half a Million Families

With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, aka “The FlyLady,” shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order.

Note: Do you consider yourself a fairly tidy person? I did until my home became my living space, my office space, my workout space, my entertainment space… you get the point. SINK REFLECTIONS by Marla Cilley (aka The FlyLady) has excellent tips for getting and staying organized that will help you regain control over your home and your life. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 2/2/21

Written by: Marla Cilley

Read by: Nan McNamara

Marketing in the News-January 2021

COVID-19 still dominating the News cycles as vaccinations are rolled out, new variants of the virus are discovered and lockdown continues. Check out these Tantor titles and learn more about the Healthcare system, the debate over vaccinations and the newest techniques in medicine:

Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health, by Robin L. Smith, MD, Max Gomez, PhD link

Still Not Safe: Patient Safety and the Middle-Managing of American Medicine, by Robert L. Wears, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe link

Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement, by Jonathan M. Berman link

Microbes: The Life-Changing Story of Germs, by Phillip K. Peterson link

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, by Seth Mnookin link


Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20th.  Learn more about Pres. Biden, his Vice Pres. Kamala Harris and the office of the presidency with these titles:

The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden, by Jeff Wilser link

Joe Biden: Our 46th President, by Beatrice Gormley link (publishes 03/23)

Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President, by Nancy L. Cohen link

Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency–21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories, by Paul Brandus, link

U.S. Presidents For Dummies: 2nd Edition, by Marcus A. Stadelmann


The elusive Bigfoot made appearances last month prompting the first ever Bigfoot hunting season in the U.S. Learn everything you need to about Sasquatch from these Tantor titles:

The Essential Guide to Bigfoot, by Ken Gerhard link

Beyond The Fray: Bigfoot, by Shannon LeGro, G. Michael Hopf link

The One Who Runs and Hides: A True Story, by Chris Merola link

Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena, by Linda S. Godfrey link

 Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, by Jeff Meldrum link


Wolves have always had a connection to the Americanwilderness and their resurgence in recent years are still the center of legislation and debate. Learn more about Wolves and the effort to reintroduce them in the west.

In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter’s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone, By Rick Lamplugh link

A Wolf Called Romeo, by Nick Jans, link

Decade of the Wolf, Revised and Updated: Returning The Wild To Yellowstone, by Douglas Smith, Gary Ferguson, link

How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends, by Mark Derr, link

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs, by Jon Franklin, link

Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves, by Brenda Peterson, link


New studies reveal interesting facts of plant behavior, discoveries of new plant species and techniques for growing and their influences on humans. Learn more fascinating Plant facts with these books:

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded, by Douglas W. Tallamy link

Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, by Stefano Mancuso, Alessandra Viola link

The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature, Stephen Harrod Buhner link

The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work, by Craig N. Huegel, link

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, by Amy Stewart, link

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape, by Jill Jonnes link


Looking Ahead to February check these Awareness Days and Historical Anniversaries:

February 1st: National Texas Day

Lone Star: A History Of Texas And The Texans, by T. R. Fehrenbach link

February 6th: National Chop Sticks Day

Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States, by Andrew Coe

February 8th: National Iowa Day

The Conservative Heartland: A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest, Narrated by Mike Chamberlain, Teri Schnaubelt link

February 9th: National Pizza Day

Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza, by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf link

 February 18TH: National Drink Wine Day

The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass, by Alice Feiring link

February 26th: National Read a Fairy Tale Day

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Friends, by Beatrix Potter link

This Month in History:

February 2, 1848 – The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, by Robert W. Merry link

February 6, 1952 – King George VI of England died. Upon his death, his daughter Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen, by Kate Williams link

February 14, 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day massacre occurred in Chicago as seven members of the Bugs Moran gang were gunned down by five of Al Capone’s mobsters posing as police.

Al Capone’s Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition, by John J. Binder link

February 20, 1962 – Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit.

The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn, by Alice L. George link

February 24, 1867 – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, by David O. Stewart link

Picks of the Week- January 25

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more 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.

Mystic

Alyson Noël presents Book 3 in the Soul Seekers series.

Note: “Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the third book in Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers saga. With her boyfriend Dace’s soul inextricably entwined with that of his malevolent brother, will Daire be forced to extinguish them both in order to eliminate a foe she’s destined to destroy?” -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Alyson Noel

Read by: Em Eldridge

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: An Insiders’ Account of the Shocking Medical Experiment Conducted by Government Doctors Against African American Men

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study provides a first-hand account of the lawsuit against the US government on behalf of the study subjects, as well as the background of the study, the investigation and eventual lawsuit, and the events leading up to the presidential apology.

Note: Fred D. Gray is one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys. He has litigated cases like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders, the Selma-to Montgomery March, and many others. This is his first-hand account of human experimentation happening in Tuskegee as recently as 1972, the investigation, the subsequent lawsuit, and the 1997 events that led to a presidential apology. -Molly Miller

Publishing Date: 1/26/21

Written by: Fred. D. Gray

Read by: David Sadzin

From Our Land to Our Land

Luis J. Rodriguez writes about race, culture, identity, and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation.

Note: Poet Laureate of Los Angeles (2014-2016) and bestselling author of Always Running, Luis J. Rodriguez celebrates the influence of Xicanx culture throughout our country and all over the world. In From Our Land to Our Land, Rodriguez calls for the inclusion of all people from diverse backgrounds to be welcomed in this world. His message that “another world is possible” and we all belong wherever we are is a powerful one in these divisive times. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Luis J. Rodriguez

Read by: Luis J. Rodriguez

These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong presents Book 1 in the These Violent Delights series.

Note: Set in 1920s Shanghai, These Violent Delights is a captivating retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Teens and adults will fall in love with this fantastical tale of monsters and forbidden love. -Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Chloe Gong

Read by: Cindy Kay

A Life Without Regrets

Marci Bolden presents Book 3 in the Life Without Water series.

Blurb: Marci Bolden once again weaves a beautiful story of love, reconnection, and healing in the final book in her A Life Without Water series. Carol Denman sets out on a journey of self-healing—this time alone—and finds the inner strength to work through the grief of losing her husband. -Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 1/26/21

Written by: Marci Bolden

Read by: Tanya Eby

Picks of the Week-January 18

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more 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.

Her Deepest Fear

Kelly Utt presents Book 1 in the Rosemary Run series. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Shari Lapena and Shalini Boland, this first in a series by Kelly Utt will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last ‘page’ — but don’t worry, books 2 and 3 release in February!  -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 1/19/21

Written by: Kelly Utt

Read by: Chelsea Stephens

Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, From Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

From journalist Peter Ames Carlin Sonic Boom captures the rollicking story of the most successful record label in the history of rock and roll, Warner Bros Records, and the remarkable secret to its meteoric rise.

Note:  Peter Ames Carlin takes you on the ride through the history of one of the most iconic record labels in American music history.  If you like music at all there is no doubt a story in here about a musician or song you love! -Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  1/19/2021

Written by:  Peter Ames Carling

Read by:  David de Vries

Playing with Fire

When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out—or die—in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

Note: New York Times bestselling author April Henry is back with her latest thriller! When a wildfire breaks out in the forest, Natalia and her friends are stuck with no way out. Forced to confront her past while teaming up with strangers to stay alive, Natalia will have to take matters into her own hands. -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 1/19/21

Written by: April Henry

Read by: Amy McFadden

Roots of Yoga

Roots of Yoga provides a comprehensive and immediate insight into the essential texts of the Indian traditions of yoga.

Note: Yoga as we know it has evolved from its beginnings as a diverse set of South Asian physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines to a global health industry worth over $80 billion. James Mallinson and Mark Singleton’s ROOTS OF YOGA takes you back as early as 500 BCE to examine the foundational texts and philosophies that gave rise to the development of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jaina yoga traditions. Whether you’re new to the practice or an experienced yogi, this enlightening text will enrich and deepen your connection to these ancient teachings. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Read by: Julian Elfer

Picks of the Week-January 11

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more 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.

Catalog of the Unexplained

Explore the mesmerizing depths of the esoteric and unexplainable with this outstanding A to Z reference guide.

Note: An exploration of some of the biggest topics in the paranormal and the occult, with over 400 entries. If you’re interested in the hidden and the mysterious, this book is for you. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 1/8/21

Written by: Leanna Greenaway and Beleta Greenaway

Read by: Rachael Beresford

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces seventy-five inspiring women.

Note: Even if you aren’t familiar with the world of plants, prepare to be inspired by this collection highlighting the work of talented women! Author Jennifer Jewell profiles 75 women from around the world, from professional experts to home gardeners who simply love plants, showcasing how many different ways there are to forge a path and find fulfillment while celebrating the natural world. -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 01/12/21

Written by: Jennifer Jewell

Read by: Cindy Kay

Our Livable World

A vital journey to the frontlines of our fight against climate change and the bold scientific and technological innovations that will revolutionize our world.

Note: In Schaus’s newest book, he takes us with him to the fight against climate change and the technological innovations that will transform our world today. It is said that if we do not make the changes we need to make, in a few years, there will be no reversing the damages made to our world. Marc talks about the newest green technology such as solar energy, smart highways, indoor vertical farms, and many more to help bring in a sustainable way of living. Containing interviews with different innovators and their thoughts on new technologies as well as their picture of a cleaner world for our future. For fans of Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe, then you don’t want to miss, Our Livable World by Marc Schaus. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 1/12/21

Written by: Marc Schaus

Read by: Matthew Boston

Grave Measures

R. R. Virdi presents Book 2 in the Grave Report series.

Note: R.R. Virdi is back with another body-hopping paranormal mystery: Grave Measures, a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 1/19/2021

Written by: R.R. Virdi

Read by: Travis Baldree

Picks of the Week- January 4

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more 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 Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action

The Antiracist is an explosive indictment on injustice, highlighted by Kondwani Fidel, a rising young literary talent, who offers a glimpse into not only the survival required of one born in a city like Baltimore, but how we can move forward to tackle violent murders, police brutality, and poverty.

Note: Civil rights activist, an accomplished poet, and musician Kondwani Fidel present The Antiracist to readers to take accountability and open the discussion of present-day racism. Fidel, having been witness to racial injustice in marginalized communities, inspires his audience to put aside neutrality and take on the active responsibility of being an antiracist. With positive endorsement and review from Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, Fidel’s book is a must-read to welcome the new year. – Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 1/5/2021

Written by: Kondwani Fidel

Read by: JD Jackson

The Intellectual Lives of Children

In The Intellectual Lives of Children, Susan Engel offers listeners a scientifically based approach that will encourage children’s intellectual growth and set them on the path of inquiry, invention, and ideas.

Note: “A groundbreaking look at the science behind how children observe their world, explain new phenomena and solve problems, parents and teachers will be better equipped to guide the next generation to become perceptive and insightful thinkers”- Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 1/5/2021

Written by: Susan Engel

Read by: Randye Kaye

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans

From the beginning of history to the present, a sweep of the world’s oceans and seas and how they have shaped the course of civilization.

Note: David Abulafia’s opus oceanic history is a tribute to the spirit of exploration and human determination. The Boundless Sea is the perfect mixture of storytelling and scholarship centering the High Seas as an integral part of global history. It connects pirates and sailors, mapmakers, and merchants to the distant coasts and remote islands of legend and lore.  A true world history and great accomplishment, The Boundless Sea is sure to satisfy your need for academics and adventure. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 01/05/2021

Written by: David Abulafia

Read by : Nigel Patterson

Adventures on the Wine Route

Full of vivid portraits of French vintners, memorable evocations of the French countryside, and, of course, vibrant descriptions of French wines, this new edition of Adventures on the Wine Route updates a modern classic for our times.

Note: Well-known wine importer and winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Wine Professional of the Year award, Kermit Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through some of the best wine cellars of France. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 1/5/2021

Written by: Kermit Lynch

Read by: David de Vries

Picks of the Week-Dec 21

The holiday season is here! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Olive Bright, Pigeoneer

Set in a charming British village during World War II, Stephanie Graves’s new charming historical mystery introduces Olive Bright, a spirited young pigeon fancier who finds herself at the heart of a baffling murder.

Note:  A historical whodunnit set in a charming English village during the middle of World War II.  Olive Bright is our sharp and resourceful heroine who must get to the bottom of a murder while training pigeons for the war effort on the sly.  This one will appeal to anyone in search of a classic mystery in the style of Agatha Christie sprinkled with a bit of espionage and romance.-  Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Stephanie Graves

Read by: Rachel Beresford

Caged Magic

Sadie Jacks presents Book 1 in the Iron Serpent Chronicles. Contains mature themes.

Note: Heroine Kiema Feuer’s gift of healing magic is also the cause of her imprisonment – overwhelmed by the subjugation of her parents’ selfish will, Kiema is desperate to escape. Author Sadie Jacks presents to readers Caged Magic, an exciting start to the enchanting paranormal romance series Iron Serpent Chronicles. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Sadie Jacks

Read by: Heather Costa, Jeffrey Kafer

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good.

Note: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies features stories from four generations of Black women and girls caught between who they want to be and how they are supposed to behave. Community expectations and the double standards of the church leave their own needs and desires at odds with each other. Deesha Philyaw beautifully captures the vulnerability and strength of their struggles to push themselves to boldly follow their hearts and live their own lives, if only to live for a moment. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Deesha Philyaw

Read by: Janina Edwards

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

Angela Dominguez presents Book 1 in the Stella Diaz series.

Note: A fun and entertaining listen to introduce kids to a new culture. Award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a story based on her experience growing up Mexican-American in her first middle-grade novel. You can even learn some simple Spanish vocabulary while enjoying Stella’s story of overcoming her fear of speaking in front of the class. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Angela Dominguez

Read by: Kyla García

Picks of the Week- Dec 14

The holiday season is here! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Snow in August

Brooklyn, 1947. The war veterans have come home. Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague. Snow in August is the story of that unlikely friendship—and of how the neighborhood reacts to it.

Note: From the legendary pen of Pete Hamill comes a tale of Old New York. Set in the turbulent times of post-World War II Brooklyn, Snow in August tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Jewish Rabbi and a young Irish Catholic boy and their travails navigating the cultural and social prejudices of the day. A timely title from a timeless voice, Snow in August is steeped in memory and mysticism, miracles, and morals. A perfect modern fable for listeners seeking a glimpse into a city that once was. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 12/17/2020

Written by: Pete Hamill

Read by: Steven Jay Cohen

Make Your Case

Tanya Acker, costar of the nationally syndicated and Emmy-nominated show Hot Bench, demystifies civil litigation and lays out an expert’s guide to legal proceedings inside the courtroom and out, giving listeners professional insider information they need to find their win in a lawsuit.

Note: From the Emmy-nominated show Hot Bench, Tanya Acker, lays it all out for you; explaining civil litigation with common lawsuits, straightforward facts and insights on what in it like in a courtroom. Thinking about going to court? Tanya’s, tell you how it is attitude, will give readers her professional insight in the courtroom and how maybe the best course of action would be not to go to court. If you want to find your win, then you don’t want to miss, Tanya Acker’s new book Make Your Case. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 12/17/20

Written by: Tanya Acker

Read by: Mia Ellis

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology

Teaming up with New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Suspense Magazine offers up a nail-biting anthology titled: Nothing Good Happens After Midnight. This thrilling collection consists of thirteen original short stories representing the genres of suspense/thriller, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, and more.

Note: Sample the best that the suspense genre has to offer with these thirteen stories of the scary, eerie, and not-so-pleasant things that happen after midnight. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 12/22/20

Written by: Edited by Jeffery Deaver with stories by Jeffery Deaver, Joseph Badal, Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen, Heather Graham, Alan Jacobsen, Paul Kemprecos, Shannon Kirk, Jon Land, John Lescroart, D.P. Lyle, Kevin O’Brien, Hank Phillippi Ryan

Read by: Matt Godfrey and Emily Sutton-Smith

The Old Magic of Christmas

Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas, you’ll rub elbows with veiled spirits, learn the true perils of elves, and discover a bestiary of enchanted creatures.

Note: Curl up by the fire with a blanket and hot cocoa, and settle in to enjoy this exploration of the old magic of the holiday season. If you ever wanted to know more about the history of Yule and how Christmas traditions evolved around the world, this is the guide for you! -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 12/22/20

Written By: Linda Raedisch

Read by: Chloe Cannon