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Picks of the Week-April 12

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.

Terminal Boredom

The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

Note: A highly anticipated collection from Izumi Suzuki, a Japanese icon and science fiction legend. Suzuki explored gender issues and the dangers of attachment to technology decades ago, and her themes would be echoed in future works from Neuromancer and The Handmaid’s Tale to Black Mirror and Ex Machina. Perfect for fans of Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, and Philip K. Dick. This collection marks her English-language debut. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 4/20/21

Written by: Izumi Suzuki

Read by: Cindy Kay

Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

In Why Knowledge Matters, influential scholar E. D. Hirsch, Jr., addresses critical issues in contemporary education reform and shows how cherished truisms about education and child development have led to unintended and negative consequences.

Note: Why Knowledge Matters challenges traditional (and outdated) school curriculum and its negative impact on young learners. E.D. Hirsch, Jr. asserts that underdeveloped curriculums that do not keep students of disadvantaged backgrounds in mind are not supporting their full potential. This title is crucial for passioned educators looking to adopt teaching practices that are accessible to students of all backgrounds and learning differences. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 4/27/2021

Written by: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Read by: BJ Harrison

A Tale of Stars and Shadow

Lisa Cassidy presents Book 1 in the Tale of Stars and Shadow series.

Note: For the reader seeking a new fantasy series to sink into – look no further! Lisa Cassidy has created a world of intrigue with daring fights, redemption and magic that will be sure to entertain.-Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 04/27/21

Written by: Lisa Cassidy

Read by: Danielle Cohen

Picks of the Week-April 5

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.

Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World

A chronicle of forty forgotten ancient civilizations which highlights the important contributions that each has made to modern society.

Note: Fans of The Horse, The Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony can continue their journey through early history with Philip Matyszak’s Forgotten Peoples on the Ancient World.- Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 4/13/21

Written by: Philip Matyszak

Read by: Michael Page

The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen’s Childhood by Her Nanny, Marion Crawford

Originally published in 1950, The Little Princesses was the first account of British Royal life inside Buckingham Palace as revealed by Marion Crawford, who served as governess to princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Note: Perfect for fans of The Crown!  Hear about the Queen and Princess Margaret’s childhood straight from their childhood nanny. Originally published in 1950 this was the first book to ever be published by a palace insider. This is a must listen for anyone interested in the British Royals! -Jannah McCowan  

Author: Marion Crawford

Narrator: Sophie Roberts

Pub Date: 4/13/21

Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes

In a rousing indictment of the idea that notions of biological race should drive scientific inquiry, Sweetness in the Blood provides an ethnographic picture of biotechnology’s framings of Type 2 diabetes risk and race and, importantly, offers a critical examination of the assumptions behind the recruitment of African American and African-descent populations for Type 2 diabetes research.

Note: Sweetness in the Blood is an eye-opening examination of diabetes as well as a criticism of ethnographically focused research. Readers will be captivated by the historical analysis of biomedical research in relation to race. -Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 4/20/21

Written by: James Doucet-Battle

Read by:  Terrence Kidd

The Bus

Detailing a six-hour window on April 21, 1941, The Bus features eight different narrators on a bus from the Scheuern institution to the Nazi euthanasia clinic in Hadamar, Germany. Contains mature themes.

Note: Describing the hours leading up to the arrival of 41 patients to be euthanized at Nazi Germany’s Hadamar Clinic from Scheuern Institution on April, 21, 1941, The Bus is told from the point of view of six mental patients, the physician whose job it is to kill them, and the man whose job it is to burn all the corpses that come out of the gas chamber. Soothed into submission by the promise that they can shower when they arrive at Hadmar, each patient reflects on their lives before Scheuern, while, in many cases, dearly missing the family members who gave them up to the Nazis for perceived imperfections that lead them to become institutionalized and ultimately exterminated. The physician struggles to reconcile what he must do versus what he knows to be moral and the man who operates the oven harbors his own secrets. An #ownvoices story, Adam Pottle’s writing offers a terrifying glimpse into the human toll of the Holocaust. It is devastating in its truth and beautiful in its detail of the humanity of the victims who perished. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 4/20/2021

Written by: Adam Pottle

Read by: Suzanne Elise Freeman & Aaron Shedlock

Picks of the Week-March 29

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.

Valcour:  The 1776 Campaign That Save the Cause of Liberty

The wild and suspenseful story of one of the most crucial and least known campaigns of the Revolutionary War when America’s scrappy navy took on the full might of Britain’s sea power.

Note:  Before he famously became a turncoat, Benedict Arnold was perhaps the best strategic officer in the Colonial Army.  This is the story of one the most impressive and exciting victories he had a hand in, and  brings to light an important, yet little-known, naval battle from the American Revolution.  Strap in and listen to Jack Kelly’s riveting account! -Dan Totten

Written by:  Jack Kelly

Read by:  David Colacci

Publishing Date:  4/6/2021

The Psychology of Notorious Serial Killers

Applying personality theory to more than a dozen of the most notorious serial killers in modern history, the mystery surrounding their crimes begins to unravel. Contains mature themes.

Note: “An engaging dive into the personality theory behind the most notorious serial killers and the mystery surrounding their crimes. A must have companion to the Serial Killer Whisperer for professionals to true crime enthusiasts alike.” -Ashley Fortier

Written by: Todd Grande, PhD

Read by: Charles Constant

Publishing Date: 4/6/21

The Flipside of Perfect

A heartfelt, fun, and romantic novel about balancing who we are with who we’re expected to be, perfect for fans of Jenna Evans Welch, Morgan Matson, and Jenn Bennett.

Note: Adelaide Beloise Jepson works hard to keep her two lives very, very separate: AJ, the perfect older sister  and high-school student who follows all the rules, and Delia, a free-spirited younger child with no cares. But when her summer is crashed by her younger sister, she is forced finally embrace her whole self and realizes perfection might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Reminiscent of Morgan Matson, The Flipside of Perfect is the perfect sweet, springtime read! -Kelly Srubas

Written by: Liz Reinhardt

Read by: Amy McFadden

Publishing Date: 4/6/21

And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers from Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this rich, eye-opening, and uplifting anthology, dozens of esteemed writers, poets, artists, and translators from more than thirty countries send literary dispatches from life during the pandemic.

Note: What would we do without the power of shared experience during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this moving anthology, global voices speak to their realities of living through what we are all still living through. Listen to the words of Jhumpa Lahiri, Eavan Boland, Daniel Alarcon, Ariel Dorfman, Wu Ming-Yi, and others as they confront and navigate a world in lockdown. Within each offering is an opportunity for collective healing from over a year of isolation, uncertainty, and upheaval of our daily lives. As we look forward with hope to a brighter future, these stories validate our pain, challenge our assumptions, and remind us of our resilience.    -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Written by: edited by Ilan Stavans

Read by: Raechel Wong

Publishing Date: 4/13/2021

Picks of the Week-March 22

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.

Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg

Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio present Book 4 in the Girl Genius series.

Note: In book 4 of the beloved Girl Genius series, we continue to follow Agatha’s journey in an action-packed adventure! -Kristen Hummel

Written by: Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio

Read by: Angela Dawe

Publishing Date: 3/30/2021

Bones of the Past

Drew Hayes presents Book 2 in the Villains’ Code series.

Note:  Come along with narrator Amy Landon for another exciting trip into Drew Hayes’ Villains’ Code series.  In the second book the stakes get raised, as does the drama, excitement, and tension.  Like a movie on the page, this world of super heroes and villains is sure to keep your earbuds locked in! -Dan Totten

Written by:  Drew Hayes

Read by:  Amy Landon

Publishing Date:  3/30/2021

Crown of One Hundred Kings

Rachel Higginson presents Book 1 in the Nine Kingdoms Trilogy.

Note: Tessana, once a lost princess, now on a quest to go back home to take back what’s rightfully her place as Queen of the Nine Kingdoms. Tealon, a prince who was once in love with a princess and risked everything to save her, finds her again years later. Will Tealon do anything to protect Tess again or will his main focus be for his own kingdom? You don’t want to miss this new epic fantasy by Rachel Higginson! -Jordan Spellman

Written by: Rachel Higginson

Read by: Devon Sorvari

Publishing Date: 3/30/21

Picks of the Week-March 15

Spring is just around the corner and we are so excited for the warmer temps! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find. 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.

Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

In Border and Rule, one of North America’s foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizers delivers an unflinching examination of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation.

Note: Harsha Walia’s Border and Rule exposes the worldwide migrant crisis, focusing on the exploitation and criminalization of immigrants seeking refuge. Walia covers the global issue of poor border policies that work to displace migrants or trap them in oppressive working conditions. This is a crucial book for listeners wanting to expand their understanding of the labor exploitation and racial violence that plagues borders across the world. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 3/16/2021

Written by: Harsha Walia

Read by: Cindy Kay        

Running the Light

Debauched, divorced and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh in Running the Light.

Note: Insanely funny, heartfelt, and harrowing, this debut novel brings perhaps the most realistic fictional account of life as a road comic as you follow an aging has-been through a hellish week-long tour full of mishaps and nightmare gigs.  This delightful audio is read by many of the top names in comedy, including Marc Maron, Bert Kreischer, and Doug Stanhope. -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 03/16/2021

Written by:  Sam Tallent

Read by: Narrated by 22 of your favorite comedians

Swordheart

Return to the world of Clockwork Boys in this all-new novel from T. Kingfisher.

Note: T. Kingfisher brings us back to the world of Clockwork Boys for an all-new magical adventure. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 3/23/21

Written by: T. Kingfisher

Read by: Jesse Vilinsky

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century.

Note: This Women’s History Month, check out the biography of Ella Baker, who has been referred to as “the most influential woman of the civil rights movement.” Her work as an activist, mentor, and grassroots organizer powered the Black Freedom Movement, while making space for the voices of women and students within tight-knit political circles. She played a vital role in the NAACP, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference that launched his message of non-violence on a national scale. As one of the 20th century’s most relentless advocates for human rights, Ella Baker is worth remembering as one of the unsung heroes in America’s fight for racial and economic justice.   -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 3/30/2021

Written by: Barbara Ransby

Read by: Lisa Renee Pitts

Picks of the Week-March 8

Spring is just around the corner and we are so excited for the warmer temps! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find. 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 Haunting

A dark family secret prompts a ghost to wreak havoc in this spooky novel in the spirit of Mary Downing Hahn.

Note: In this spooky middle-grade story, a 12-year-old orphan gets adopted and swept off to a haunted manor in London. Emily becomes fast friends with Kat, unaware she is a ghost! Join Emily as she uncovers the mysteries surrounding Kat, her new family, and the weird incidents that keep almost killing her! -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 3/2/21

Written by: Lindsey Duga

Read by: Piper Goodeve

Roxanne

Peter Grainger presents Book 3 in the Kings Lake Investigation series.

Note: Peter Grainger is an author all murder mystery and police procedural readers should know. While a work of fiction, the realistic storyline of ROXANNE will thrill Grainger fans new and old. -Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 3/2/2021

Written by: Peter Grainger

Read by: Gildart Jackson

Where Dogs Go To LIVE!

This book focuses on the stories of the senior dogs that have been taken in by Michele and Jeff through Monkey’s House, a dog hospice and sanctuary. Share in their journeys, laugh at their crazy antics, and shed a few tears while witnessing miracles of transformation.

Note: We’ve all heard the stories of sick and/or senior dogs abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their owners. To animal lovers, it’s a story that forms a knot in the stomach as we think about our own beloved pets, but Jeff and Michelle Allen chose to do something about it. In the last 5 years, they have opened up their home and hearts to over 100 dogs with terminal diagnoses or hard-to-adopt disabilities, and, in WHERE DOGS GO TO LIVE!, Jeff shares the stories of 37 of these dogs – not just the stories of where they came from, but how they thrived when given a second chance. The dogs who cross paths with Jeff, Michele, and their team are shown true love and then guided over the rainbow bridge as a member of a real family. Before you press play, make sure to have tissues handy – you’re sure to shed happy and sad tears listening to this inspiring story. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 3/9/21

Written by: Jeff Allen with Michele Allen, Foreword by Larissa Wohl

Read by: Barry Abrams

Attack of the Not-So-Virtual Monsters

Kim Harrington presents Book 1 in the Gamer Squad series.

Note: “Equal parts action and adventure, your child won’t want to stop listening with a thrilling narration from Amy Melissa Bentley. Catching virtual monsters is Bex’s favorite hobby, but when those monsters find their way into the real world, she’ll have to enlist the help of her best friend Charlie before they become monster lunch.” -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 3/16/2021

Written by: Kim Harrington

Read by: Amy Melissa Bentley

Picks of the Week-March 1

Spring is just around the corner and we are so excited for the warmer temps! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find. 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.

Covet

The third book in the smash-hit Crave series will not disappoint—full of shocking twists, high-stakes romance, and deep fantasy lore, it’ll be a must-have for die-hard series fans and new audiences alike.

Note: The highly anticipated third installment in the Crave series is finally here! On top of her love life being a mess, Grace has to juggle winning over The Circle and an arrest warrant out for her and Hudson. You don’t want to miss what comes next. -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 3/2/21

Written by: Tracy Wolff

Read by: Heather Costa & Tim Paige

Fast Funny Women

In Fast Funny Women, you’ll find everything you want from thoughtful essays in a short, delicious form.

Note: In Fast Funny Women, Gina Barreca has brought together seventy-five internationally celebrated women, including Jane Smiley, Dawn Lundy Martin, Susan Shapiro, and “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, with each contributing their own hilarious and insightful essay. This collection of flash nonfiction essays is sure to delight! -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 3/2/2021

Written by: Gina Barreca

Read by: Allyson Johnson & Cindy Kay

George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation

In George Washington’s Final Battle, Robert P. Watson brings this tale to life, telling how the country’s first president tirelessly advocated for a capital on the shores of the Potomac.

Note: In George Washington’s Final Battle, author Robert Watson examines an often-overlooked achievement in George Washington’s long political career. Hear the full story of how he used all his political savvy and influence to help establish, plan, and design the city that would be seat of the federal government and a reflection of the American identity. For anyone seeking new insight into the founding era or a story to the origin of the national capital George Washington’s Final Battle is the right title.  –  Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 03/02/2021

Written by: Robert P. Watson

Read by: Peter Lerman

Silicon Values

In Silicon Values, leading campaigner Jillian York looks at how our rights have become increasingly undermined by the major corporations’ desire to harvest our personal data and turn it into profit. She also looks at how governments have used the same technology to monitor citizens and threatened our ability to communicate.

Note: We hoped that the Internet would be a great leveling field. A place where everyone’s voice was heard equally without the continued distortion of corporate and political gatekeepers. On the surface, it still might seem that way, but underneath, as Jillian C. York shows, it’s anything but. For fans of The Social Dilemma and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 3/2/21

Written by: Jillian York

Read by: Megan Tusing

Picks of the Week-February 22

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 a couple top picks for you.

Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark

This wry debut is at once a fanboy’s homage to the history of superhero storytelling in America and a keen-eyed satire of those same stories, raising questions about race and privilege that are becoming impossible to ignore.

Note: When a lightning strike gives Donald McDougal superhuman powers, he must navigate his new identity as a superhero while being a Black man in America. Author Charlie J. Eskew wryly subverts the tropes of the superhero narrative while engaging themes of race and privilege with humor and humanity. Peppered with comic book culture references and social commentary, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark will appeal to the superhero fiction enthusiast and newcomer alike. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 2/23/21

Written by: Charlie J. Eskew

Read by: Sean Crisden

Love at First

From Kate Clayborn, the acclaimed author of Love Lettering comes a sparkling, tender novel about bickering neighbors, surprise reunions, and the mysterious power of love. Contains mature themes.

Note: Kate is back again with another wonderfully cute and heartfelt contemporary romance. Stubborn Will meets quirky Nora, when trying to sell his newly inherited apartment, in the community that Nora adores. Nora will do anything to stop this close-knit community from gaining an unwanted interloper, while Will just wants to get back to his life as an overworked doctor. With this increasing feud between the two, will Nora and Will find love or are they just to different? If you loved Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn then you don’t want to miss her newest novel, Love At First. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 2/23/21

Written by: Kate Clayborn

Read by: Lauren Ezzo

Bridgerton Listen-Alikes: Swoon-Worthy Historical Romances on Audio

Have you finished binge-watching Bridgerton on Netflix and don’t know what to pick up next? We have rounded up some historical romances that are perfect for fans of Daphne and Simon’s whirlwind love story.

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley, narrated by Bahni Turpin

Book description:

Created by a shrewd countess, The Widow’s Grace is a secret society with a mission: to help ill-treated widows regain their status, their families, and even find true love again—or perhaps for the very first time . . .

Why it’s perfect for fans of Bridgerton:

Much like the Netflix drama, the first installment in Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series features a multiracial cast of characters. Riley’s regency romance tells the story of Patience Jordan, a West Indian heiress, who falls for a wounded military hero. Listeners will find themselves charmed by this tale that proves everyone deserves a happily-ever-after.

The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne by Madeline Hunter, narrated by Alison Larkin

Book description:

As reluctant business partners, Emma Fairbourne’s defiance and Darius Alfreton’s demands make it difficult to manage one of London’s most eminent auction houses. But their passionate personalities find common ground in an unforgettable affair—until the devastating truth behind their partnership comes to light.

Why it’s perfect for fans of Bridgerton:

Bridgerton boasts a stellar cast of characters that infuse the series with humor and fun. The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne shines not only because of the relationship between the two protagonists, but also because of its enchanting secondary characters.  Hunter’s title received praise from Booklist, who gave it a starred review and complimented its “striking cast of characters,” and Library Journal who referred to the cast as “magnetic.”

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie, narrated by Alison Larkin

Book description:

Award-winning author Anne Gracie presents the first book in a new series about four young women on the verge of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride . . .

Why it’s perfect for fans of Bridgerton:

Bridgerton stands out because of its strong female characters. The Autumn Bride also focuses on inspiring women with the Chance sisters who are determined to create a better life for themselves despite their standing in society during the regency era. Listeners will love seeing these passionate women support each other in life and in romance.

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Beverley A. Crick

Book description:

She was unmarried, untouched, and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn’t about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible . . . but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Why it’s perfect for fans of Bridgerton:

Admirers of the handsome and mysterious Duke of Hastings will find themselves drawn to Jack Delvin, the male lead in Kleypas’ standalone romance. Much like Simon Bassett, Jack is a tortured hero. Publishers Weekly describes him as a man who “truly shines as he struggles to overcome his dark past.”

Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh, narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Book description:

New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the seductive world she knows so well—Regency England—in a new novel filled with her trademark wit, sensuality, and breathtaking storytelling. 

Why it’s perfect for fans of Bridgerton:

If you loved Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels on audio as much as the Netflix series, this one is for you! The narrator of Quinn’s series, AudioFile Earphones Award-winner Rosalyn Landor, also narrates this spicy romance from Balogh. AudioGals’ blog praises her narration as “simply wonderful.”

Discover even more steamy historical romances:

  • The Social Tutor by Sally Britton, narrated by Rachael Beresford
  • Band Sinister by KJ Charles, narrated by Cornell Collins
  • Duke of Knight by Elizabeth Johns, narrated by Alex Wyndham
  • Notorious by Minerva Spencer, narrated by Heather Wilds
  • A Duel in Meryton by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford, narrated by Ruth Urquhart
  • The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne by Elisa Braden, narrated by Mary Sarah
  • The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller, narrated by Anna Parker-Naples
  • My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverley, narrated by Alison Larkin
  • Caught by Christina J. Michaels, narrated by Justine Eyre
  • Love in the Bargain by Kasey Stockton, narrated by Mary Sarah
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch, narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries, narrated by Corrie James
  • What to Do With a Duke by Sally MacKenzie, narrated by Beverley A. Crick
  • Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith, narrated by Heather Wilds
  • Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke, narrated by Anne Flosnik

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