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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-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

Not Light, but Fire ~ Audiobook Foreword

Written by Matthew R. Kay

Synopsis
Do you feel prepared to initiate and facilitate meaningful, productive dialogues about race in your classroom? Are you looking for practical strategies to engage with your students?

Inspired by Frederick Douglass’s abolitionist call to action, “it is not light that is needed, but fire” Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations. Kay not only makes the case that high school classrooms are one of the best places to have those conversations, but he also offers a method for getting them right, providing candid guidance on:

● How to recognize the difference between meaningful and inconsequential race conversations.

● How to build conversational “safe spaces,” not merely declare them.

● How to infuse race conversations with urgency and purpose.

● How to thrive in the face of unexpected challenges.

● How administrators might equip teachers to thoughtfully engage in these conversations.

Picks of the Week- October 5

Happy fall everyone! 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.

We Are All in Shock: Energy Healing for Traumatic Times

Have you tried to “snap out of it” but just can’t seem to? We Are All in Shock shows how you can move past traumas—grounded in psychology, energy medicine, and neurobiology—to reclaim your health and potential through energy healing.

Note: For many of us, whether we know it at this stage or not, COVID-19 has triggered shock as we deal with loss of those around us and the anxieties of navigating through a changed world. Stephanie Mines’ WE ARE ALL IN SHOCK helps listeners better understand what shock is and how to take steps to heal it – a book for ALL of us. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 10/1/20

Written by: Stephanie Mines, PhD

Narrated by: Coleen Marlo

Revelations: Ancient Origins

Robert Storey presents Book 1 in the Ancient Origins series.

Note: Tomb Raider and Uncharted, but with apocalyptic stakes: check out Revelations, the first novel in the epic sci-fi adventure series by Robert Storey. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 10/6/2020 

Written by: Robert Storey

Narrated by: Gildart Jackson

Hard Pass

Sara Ney presents Book 1 in the Trophy Boyfriends series. Contains mature themes.

Note: USA Today Bestselling Author Sara Ney is back with a new twist on sports romance. In the first book in her new series Trophy Boyfriends series, Noah maybe a Professional baseball player but he is not the most attractive one. Can Noah get the girl to fall in love with him before she sees his face? Listen to find out!-Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 10/6/2020 

Written by: Sara Ney

Narrated by: Mia Madison, Alexander Cendese

Double Trouble

Gretchen Archer presents Book 9 in the Davis Way Crime Caper series.

Note: In the 9th book in this hilarious and heartwarming series, Davis Way finds herself up to her neck in trouble and Elvises.  That’s right, there’s an Elvis convention in town and as Davis tries to unravel her latest mystery there are Elvises everywhere she looks.  This one is sure to make you laugh and keep you guessing along with the colorful cast of characters.  If you like Susan M. Boyer and Jana Deleon, you have to check this one out! -Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 10/13/2020 

Written by: Gretchen Archer

Narrated by: Amber Benson

Marketing in the News–October 2020

COVID-19 still dominating headlines as lockdowns continue, advances in vaccination are made and tests and studies reveal new data about the virus. Check out these Tantor titles and inform yourself on past viruses, vaccination debates, pandemic prevention, and response, and the current COVID world.

The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age, by Nathan Wolfe, Link

Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present, and Future, by Michael B. A. Oldstone Link

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

Economics in the Age of COVID-19, by Joshua Gans, Link

 

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, by Frank M. Snowden, Link

Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak, by Reid Wilson, link

The U.S. Navy made headlines in September by releasing new evidence  on the sinking of the USS Thresher, discovering a sunken WWII era submarine, reporting Russian naval activity in the Black Sea reminiscent of Cold War Era maneuvering and introduced a shifting strategy for maintaining America’s global naval primacy. Take a deeper dive into these Naval headlines with these Tantor titles:

The Death of the USS Thresher: The Story Behind History’s Deadliest Submarine Disaster, by Norman Polmar, Link

Wahoo: The Patrols of America’s Most Famous World War II Submarine, by Richard H. O’Kane, Link

Against the Tide: Rickover’s Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy, by Rear Adm. Dave Oliver, USN (Ret.), Link

Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific, by Michael Fabey, link

Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea, by John F. Lehman, Link

 

Long time Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died on 09/18/2020. Her death puts the Court, the presidential nomination and Senate confirmation hearing at the center of election focus. Take a look at the history of the Supreme Court, some biographies of current and former justices and a few of the key issues the courts could be ruling on in the upcoming session with these Tantor titles:

Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents, by Antonin Scalia, Kevin A. Ring, Link

Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, by Ian Millhiser, Link

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, by Joan Biskupic, Link

 

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech in America, by Thomas Healy, Link

Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court, James MacGregor Burns, Link

A People’s History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution, by Peter Irons, Link

Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution, by Myron Magnet, Link

The Second Amendment: A Biography, by Michael Waldman, Link

 

There has been a series of new archaeological findings that has led to an uptick of interest in Viking culture, its history and its place in Western culture. Learn more about Vikings and their influence with these books:  

 

The Vikings: A New History, by Neil Oliver, Link

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland, by Bryan Sykes, Link

Medieval Maritime Warfare, by Charles D. Stanton, Link

The Vikings: A History, By Robert Ferguson, Link

Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North, by Robert Ferguson, Link

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, by Lars Brownworth, Link

 

Looking ahead, October is filled with historical anniversaries and is dedicated to bringing awareness and appreciation to unique issues and themes. Fill your shelves with some of these titles:

Oct. 1st, 1908 :  Henry Ford’s Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time. See how Ford assembled his Model T and transformed transportation in America.

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made, by Richard Snow, Link

Oct. 4th, 1957: The Space Age begins as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite. Learn how the space race started and see how the super powers competed to control outer space:

A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957—The Space Race Begins, by Michael D’Antonio link

 

Oct. 8th, 1918 – During the battle of Argonne Forest in France, during World War I, U.S. Sergeant Alvin C. York single-handedly took out a German machine-gun battalion, killing over a dozen and capturing 132. Download renowned historian Martin Gilbert’ history on World War I now:

The First World War: A Complete History, by Martin Gilbert, Link

Oct. 16th, 1793: Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. Learn all about this tumultuous revolution with:

The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution, by Timothy Tackett, Link

Oct. 18, 1945 – The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial began with indictments against 24 former Nazi leaders including Hermann Göring and Albert Speer. Take a first-hand look at these trial with this title:

Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice, by Christopher J. Dodd, Lary Bloom, link

Oct. 27, 1787 – The first of 85 Federalist Papers appeared in print in a New York City newspaper. The essays argued for the adoption of the new U.S. Constitution. Get both points of view with these titles:

The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Link

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates, edited by Ralph Ketchum, Link

Oct. 28th, 1919: October 28, 1919 – Prohibition began in the U.S. with the passage of the National Prohibition (Volstead) Act by Congress. Distill the truth about America’s “noble experiment” with this title:

Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction, by W. J. Rorabaugh, Link

Picks of the Week-August 17

It is the “Dog Days of Summer” and what better way to cool off than with a good book. 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.

 

Higher Expectations: Can Colleges Teach Students What They Need to Know in the 21st Century?

In Higher Expectations, Bok identifies the hurdles to institutional change, proposes sensible reforms, and demonstrates how our colleges can help students lead more successful, productive, and meaningful lives.

Note: The former President of Harvard University tackles how colleges and universities can rethink the educational enterprise to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century in this thought-provoking examination of American higher education. -Scott Smith

Publishing date: 8/25/2020

Written by Derek Bok

Narrated by William Sarris

 

Healing Resistance

Activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anybody engaged in social progress and shifting society will find this mindful approach to nonviolent action indispensable.

Note: Following in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Kazu Haga provides an accessible guide for confronting injustice and implementing change through nonviolence. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 8/25/2020

Written by Kazu Haga

Narrated by Tom Parks

 

Ironspark

A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C. M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

Note: Wicked Lovely meets Cruel Prince in this fun and exciting take on the Fae world! When the Court Fae start making their way back into her life after years of hiding, Bryn is forced to team up with her friends Gwen, Dom, and Jasika to survive. This thrilling and fun new take on Fae is sure to have you turning the pages! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 8/25/2020

Written by C.M. McGuire

Narrated by Lori Prince

 

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors

Annette Marie presents Book 1 in the Guild Codex: Warped series.

Note: Annette Marie is back, this time teaming up with Rob Jacobsen, with a new series in the beloved Guild Codex world. Fans new and old won’t want to miss diving into this magically warped mystery! -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 8/25/2020

Written by Annette Marie, Rob Jacobsen

Narrated by Iggy Toma

Marketing the News July 2020

As the global pandemic persists, tensions between the U.S. and China grow politically, militarily  economically, culturally and clandestinely. Check out these titles and learn more about modern China, its growing influence in regional and global affairs and the U.S strategy to combat the threat.

How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region, by Joe Studwell, link

The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, By: Alexandra Harney, link

China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, By: Arthur R. Kroeber,  link

China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation, by George S. Yip, Bruce McKern, link

China, Inc., By: Ted C. Fishman, link

Asian Waters: The Struggle over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion, By: Humphrey Hawksley, link

Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer, By: Peter Mattis, Matthew Brazil, link

In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century, by Sebastian Strangio, link

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, by Dexter Roberts, link

 

As delayed primaries continue all over the country and with the general election looming a rising debate on mail-in voting and potential voter fraud is gaining national attention. Learn all about voting rights, electoral history, and current voter trends with these books:

Down for the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America, By: Andrew Gumbel, link

Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters, By: Victoria Bassetti, link

It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics, By: David Faris, link

The Fight to Vote, by Michael Waldman, link

They’re Not Listening: How the Elites Created the Nationalist Populist Revolution, By: Ryan James Girdusky, Harlan Hill, link

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns, by Joseph Cummins, link

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman, link

Inside the Mind of a Voter: A New Approach to Electoral Psychology, By: Michael Bruter, Sarah Harrison, link

100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, link

 

New discoveries made in Mexico shed light on some Aztec folklore and the Spanish conquest. Learn more about pre-Columbian South America and the social history of the region with these listens:

Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia, by Levison Wood, link

Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs, by Buddy Levy, link

Empire: A New History of the World: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Civilizations, By Paul Strathern, link

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, by Camilla Townsend, link

It’s summertime and the U.S National Parks are in the news. Congress passes funding legislation and protective measures for Parks and monuments in a rare bi-partisan vote, rescues become frequent in the warm months and keep rangers busy and a python hunt in the Everglades earn a few women some local notoriety. Learn more about our public lands and all those Americans who work at, play in and protect our National Parks:

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park, by Lee H. Whittlesey, link

Death, Daring, and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks, by Charles R. “Butch” Farabee, Jr., link

 Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, by Rick Lamplugh, link

 Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone, by George Black, link

Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers: Early Adventures in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park, by John Fraley, link

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, by Terry Tempest Williams, link

 The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, by Michael Grunwald, link

 

Using food to study and record history is becoming a norm for geneticists, academics, and chefs alike. Follow the global cuisine timeline and take a deep dish dive into the food we eat with these titles:

The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food—Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation’s Food Was Seasonal, Regional, and Traditional—from the Lost WPA Files, by Mark Kurlansky, link

A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment, by Stephane Henaut, Jeni Mitchell, link

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, by Jane Ziegelman, Andrew Coe, link

An Edible History of Humanity, by Tom Standage, link

Fruit from the Sands:The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat, by  Robert N. Spengler III, link

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South, by Michael W. Twitty, link

The Taste of Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World, by Lizzie Collingham, link

 

Picks of the Week-July 13

Summer is in full swing, which means we will be spending more time outside and will need something new to listen to of course! 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.

 

Nothing Special VII: Ex Meridian

Police Lieutenants God and Day are under intense pressure from the chief to take back control of Atlanta’s streets. The last thing their task force needs is a pair of trained killers in town with a personal score to settle. Contains mature themes.

Note: A highly anticipated release in the much-adored Nothing Special series, author A.E Via takes on an action-packed thrill ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 7/7/2020

Written by A.E Via

Narrated by Aiden Snow

 

Co-Wrecker

Meghan Quinn presents Book 1 in the Binghamton series. Contains mature themes.

Note: “The first in The Binghamton Series, Co-Wrecker is a story of coworkers to lovers. In this laugh out loud romance set in a small town, Andrew decides he wants to be with Sadie. Sadie, however, isn’t quite sure if she feels the same about Andrew. For fans of Melanie Harlow and Vi Keeland, you surely don’t want to miss this office love affair.” -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 7/14/2020

Written by Meghan Quinn

Narrated by Mia Madison and Tor Thom

 

Sex and World Peace

Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war.

Note: Examining gender violence in a global setting and questioning the legitimacy of protection laws for women, this book is sure to challenge the reader’s understanding of gendered aggression. Supported with glowing reviews from Emma Watson and Gloria Steinem, Sex and World Peace is a must-read for years to come. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 7/14/2020

Written by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett

Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

 

I Come With Knives

S. A. Hunt presents Book 2 in the Malus Domestica series

Note: Looking for something in the vein of Sookie Stackhouse but with more of an edge? S.A. Hunt has you covered with this story of a witch hunter hellbent on revenge, with Eva Kaminsky killing it on narration. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 7/21/2020

Written by S.A. Hunt

Narrated by Eva Kaminsky

 

Slippery Creatures

KJ Charles presents Book 1 in the Will Darling Adventures. Contains mature themes.

Note: KJ Charles delights with another fast-paced and suspenseful m/m historical romance. Back from the war, Will Darling has inherited his uncle’s bookshop. What seems to be a stroke of luck, quickly turns into peril when a gang of criminals and the War Office demand information from Will.  The handsome and charming, Lord Arthur ‘Kim’ Secretan, offers his aide to Will and a mutual attraction grows. But is Kim who he says, and can he be trusted? Will holds a secret that could endanger thousands of lives, and as danger and emotion escalate, Kim is the only one who Will can turn to for help. Set in the Golden Age just after WWI, this first book in The Will Darling Adventures will captivate new fans and old with action, romance, and intrigue. -Kim Budnick

Publishing date: 7/21/2020

Written by KJ Charles

Narrated by Cornell Collins

Q+A With Marion Winik, Author of The Big Book of the Dead

Tantor Media sat down with the University of Baltimore professor, Marion Winik, and author of The Big Book of the Dead and winner of the 2019 Towson Prize for Literature. Among her nine other books are First Comes Love and Highs in the Low Fifties. Her award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody column appears monthly at Baltimore Fishbowl, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, and elsewhere. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she writes book reviews for People, Newsday, The Washington Post, and Kirkus Reviews; she hosts The Weekly Reader podcast at WYPR. She was a commentator on NPR for fifteen years; her honors include an NEA Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction.

Tantor Media (TM): First off, you’ve done a wonderful job narrating. You had a lot of confidence and humor while you were reading despite the subject matter. Were there any essays that were particularly difficult to record?

Marion Winik (MW): Thank you! It was such a pleasure to record the book – like living my whole life over again in 5 hours, each character sort of materializing and then fading, like a parade of ghosts. The only audience was the engineer, a twenty-something musician who reminded me of my sons; I was energized by his attention and reactions.

I have read almost all of them aloud many times before and I was surprised at how much they still affect me. The Carpenter and The Skater, my brother-in-law and my first husband, both of whom died very young of AIDS, in particular, hit me hard. The last line of The Carpenter, “I miss him more, not less, as time goes by” came as much from my heart as from the page.

TM:  For a memoir, it seems like you have taken on the role of narrator, making only small appearances in the lives of those who appear in your book. Each essay focuses on a specific character and their death, and some characters appeared briefly, playing a very small role in your life. How did you decide to arrange your memoir in a way where you assume a minor role?

MW: I’ve written about five of books of memoir and personal essay where I am center stage – my character, my choices, my mistakes. There are many things about that fierce spotlight that are challenging. So actually, it was a relief to be off to the side. When I was first writing the pieces, all the way back in 2007, I didn’t quite realize that whomever I was writing about —  whether it was my father, my son’s second-grade teacher, an old boyfriend, or even a cat – I was also writing about myself. By the time there were 125 of the little essays (each is no more than 400 words), I saw that they could be assembled to tell the story of my life – in terms of the people lost from it. So the book starts with characters from my childhood in New Jersey, goes through people I met during my 20 years in Texas, moves on to rural Pennsylvania and finally to where I am now, Baltimore.

As a writing teacher, I’ve had the chance to notice that you can sometimes learn more about a person by what they say about other people than what they say about themselves, which is always a bit fraught. I’d think that dynamic might be operating here.

TM: Despite your book showcasing death, there isn’t a whole lot of time spent on the dying process or grieving; rather, you pinpointed meaningful moments in each person’s life. Was this an intentional choice, or did your work start out as something different?

MW: The book is not really about death – it’s about people, and it’s about life. But in some cases, the way the person died felt like a big part of the story. That’s particularly true of the young people in the book – The Virgin, The Graduate, The Boy With the Wrong Story, The Very Tiny Baby. The Innocents, which is about victims of school shootings. For the older subjects, the death is often more of a footnote to the life. Still, in each case, I try to give the sense of how it fits into the story. “The only consolations of Alzheimer’s, and they are small indeed, is that it doesn’t hurt much and that once the full nightmare is underway, you are long gone.” “She certainly did not believe a clot in her lung could bring her down, that smoking for sixty-five years would actually cause lung cancer, or that lung cancer was definitely fatal.” “He was fifty-six, just like my own father who died the same way: the heart in the dark of the night that loses its place.”

TM: Are there any people you wanted to include in The Big Book of the Dead that didn’t make an appearance? If so, is there a reason why they weren’t included?

MW: I relied heavily on information from surviving family and friends to fill in details about the subjects, and luckily no one turned me down when I asked them for help. As you know, there are a few famous people in the book. Towards the end of the writing process, I was thinking of writing one about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade that would talk about their suicides – how suddenly a subject no one ever talks about was being discussed at every dinner table. But I found I didn’t have the personal connection to either one of them that I would need to strike the right tone. Not like, say, Prince, who may not have known he was in my life, but definitely was. David Bowie, Philip Roth, Keith Haring – same.

TM: Who did you write about first? Whose life or death compelled you to start writing your series of books about the dead?

MW: The first one was The Jeweler, a guy I briefly dated in Austin in my twenties. How it came about was that I was sitting in on a writing workshop given by another teacher. She read the students a poem called “Tenderness” by Stephen Dunn, and asked them to write about someone for whom they felt the same blend of regret and nostalgia that is captured in the poem. The Jeweler came immediately into my mind… and then I realized I had dozens of people I felt this way about. I wrote a list right then and there that eventually became the first table of contents.

TM: What would you like listeners to come away with after finishing The Big Book of the Dead?

MW: A desire to read my other books? Ha. Perhaps a renewed appreciation of our short time on earth. Maybe the urge to make something or write something in memory of their own lost loved one, to bring them back in the way the characters in the book are. Think of it as a writing prompt.

 

Questions created by Marissa Woble

For more information about Marion Winik visit: www.marionwinik.com

June Audiobook Giveaway—The Ables

Read by Eric Michael Summerer

The Ables is a fast-paced, captivating debut novel from Jeremy Scott, a bold new voice in fantasy and science fiction, and already a widely popular storyteller as co-creator and narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 3.8 million subscribers in under two years.

“Smart, thought-provoking, and unique… readers won’t want to put this eye-opening, explosive story down.” ―School Library Journal

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
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Entries must be received by  June 30, 2019. Open to US only.

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