Picks of the Week-April 19

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 Noose of a New Moon

The author of the Midnight Smoke series presents a standalone novel.

Note: Fans of Harper’s titles will love this branch-off of the Firebrand series. With intrigue powered by werewolves, a secret society, and murders by an illegally turned shifter, The Noose of the New Moon captivates from beginning to end. -Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 4/27/2021

Written by: Helen Harper

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Three Half Goats Gruff & Dragons Don’t Eat Meat

Kim McDougall presents the prequel and Book 1 in the Valkyrie Bestiary series.

Note: Exciting new paranormal series from author Kim McDougall filled with suspense, adventure, and magical creatures (includes bonus prequel)! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 4/27/2021

Written by: Kim McDougall

Read by: Hollie Jackson

Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads

Going to Trinidad focuses on the pre- and post-surgery lives of two transgender patients who experienced very different outcomes. Through them, the author takes listeners deep into the often-mystifying world of gender, genitalia, and sexuality, and chronicles a fascinating segment of the human species that’s often misunderstood by those for whom gender remains a binary male-or-female equation.

Note: “A fascinating look at the little Colorado mining town that for decades was secretly know as the ‘sex-change capital of the world’.  This book is full of remarkable stories of both hope and disappointment and chronicles a fascinating segment of the human species that’s often misunderstood by those for whom gender remains a mostly binary male-or-female equation.” -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 4/27/2021

Written by: Martin J. Smith

Read by: Natasha Soudek

The Right Player

From bestselling author Kandi Steiner comes a sexy, hilarious, opposites-attract sports romance set in the lively city of Chicago. Contains mature themes.

Note: Kandi is back again with another hilarious, opposites-attract contemporary sports romance. Meet Belle and Makoa, they both have a three date rule but to each of them it means something entirely different. Belle is wild, free and only looking to have a little fun in life; Makoa is a football player and a true gentleman and wants inside Belle’s heart before in her bed. Did these two meet their match and each find the right player? For fans of, Melanie Harlow and LJ Shen, you don’t want to miss The Right Player. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 4/27/2021

Written by: Kandi Steiner

Read by: Leon Nixon and Mia Madison

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


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


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

Marketing in the News-February

NASA landed the Mars Rover Perseverance on February 18th. It is the first successful rover to make landing since 2012 and is expected to travel the Red Planet for years collecting rock samples taking pictures and for the first time recording the sounds of Martian Winds. Learn more about Mars and space exploration with these titles:

The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, by Robert Zubrin, link

The Big Book of Mars: From Ancient Egypt to The Martian, A Deep-Space Dive into Our Obsession with the Red Planet, by Marc Hartzman, link

An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Holes, Dwarf Planets, Aliens, and More, by Bob McDonald, link

Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight, by Rod Pyle, link

Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars, by Lee Billings, link

Cave paintings recently discovered in Australia and Indonesia are dated back to the Paleolithic era and are considered to be some of the oldest ever. Learn more about early man and the habit of cave painting with these titles:

The Caves of Perigord, by Martin Walker, link

Stepping-Stones: A Journey through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne, by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, link

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans, by Brian Fagan, link

New discoveries concerning Richard III’s DNA reveal clues to explain his behavior and answer some questions regarding the “Princes in the Tower” Cold Case. Get all the background information you need about Richard the III with these Tantor titles:

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower, by Peter A. Hancock, link

Richard III: The Self-Made King, by Michael Hicks, link

Richard III: England’s Most Controversial King, by Chris Skidmore, link

The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds, by Michael Jones, Philippa Langley, link

Relations between the United States and Iran continue to be stressed as Iran tests new weapons,  funds military exercises in Syria and makes rocket attacks in Iraq while the U.S. postures with force and warnings. Research modern Iran and its complicated diplomacy with the U.S. with these titles:

Iran: A Modern History, by Abbas Amanat, link

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic, by Michael Axworthy, link

The Secret War With Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Power, by Ronen Bergman, link

Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Khamenei, by William R. Polk, link

A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, by Reza Kahlili, link

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

March 1, 1974 – Seven former high-ranking officials of the Nixon White House were indicted for conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the Watergate break-in. Learn more about Watergate and the resulting conspiracy with: 

In Nixon’s Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate, by Ed Gray, L. Patrick Gray III, link

March 4, 1789 – The first meeting of the new Congress under the new U.S. Constitution took place in New York City. Learn how that Congress set the standard for how the government would work:

The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government, by Fergus M. Bordewich, link

March 5, 1868 – The U.S. Senate convened as a court to hear charges against President Andrew Johnson during impeachment proceedings. See how the first impeachment process played out with:

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

March 8, 1863 – During the American Civil War, Confederate Colonel John Mosby, leader of Mosby’s Rangers, captured Union General E.H. Stoughton at his headquarters in Fairfax County Courthouse, Virginia. Deep dive into this little-known Civil War skirmish with:

Mosby’s Rangers: A Record Of The Operations Of The Forty-Third Battalion Virginia Cavalry, From Its Organization To The Surrender, by James Joseph Williamson, link

March 15, 44 B.C. – Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome by Brutus and fellow conspirators. Get on the floor of the Roman Senate with this title:

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination, by Barry Strauss, link

March 19, 2003 – The United States launches an invasion of Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from power. See how the invasion was executed on every border with:

The CIA War in Kurdistan: The Untold Story of the Northern Front in the Iraq War, by Sam Faddis, link

March 30, 1981 – Newly elected President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest while walking toward his limousine in Washington, D.C., following a speech inside a hotel. Learn More abut Reagan’s presidency with:

The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War, by James Mann, link

March Awareness Month:

March 1st: National Pig Day

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood, by Sy Montgomery, link

March 2nd: World Teen Mental Wellness Day

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, by Pat Harvey, ACSW, LCSW-C, Britt H. Rathbone, MSSW, LCSW-C, link

March 14th: National Pi Day

A History of Pi, by Petr Beckmann, link

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography, by Philip Freeman, link

March 22th: National West Virginia Day

Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia, by Eric J. Wittenberg, Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., Penny L. Barrick, link

March 25th: National Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer, by John M. Bowers, link

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.


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