Tag Archives: Best Books

Picks of the Week- Nov. 23

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

The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy

Rediscover the “most important book on black-white relationships” in America in this special fiftieth anniversary edition.

Note: This 50th-anniversary edition of Albert Murray’s thought-provoking THE OMNI-AMERICANS is as timely now as it was upon its initial release. In his pointed debut work that would come to define his legacy, Murray uses history, language, and jazz to argue how the currents of Black experience run deep through American culture and ideologies. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 11/24/2020

Written by: Albert Murray

Read by: Mirron Willis

I Escaped from Auschwitz

I Escaped from Auschwitz is a close-up look at the horror faced by the Jewish people in Auschwitz and across Europe during World War II. This newly edited translation of Vrba’s memoir will leave listeners reeling at the terrors faced by those during the Holocaust.

Note: The true story of Rudolf Vrba, an Auschwitz prisoner who escaped the concentration camp and lived to tell the tale. In 1944 Vrba and another prisoner, Alfred Wetzler, managed to evade Nazi authorities and flee over one hundred miles to Slovakia, where they would be the first to alert the world to the atrocities being carried out in Auschwitz. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 11/24/20

Written by: Rudolf Vrba and Alan Bestic

Read by: Steven Jay Cohen

A Curious History of Sex

This is not a comprehensive study of every sexual quirk, kink, and ritual across all cultures throughout time, as that would entail writing an encyclopedia. Rather, this is a drop in the ocean, a paddle in the shallow end of sex history, but I hope you will get pleasantly wet nonetheless. Contains mature themes.

Note: Dr. Kate Lister, the mind behind the popular “Whores of Yore” Twitter account, brings us a unique and colorful history of sex through the ages. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 11/24/2020

Written by: Kate Lister

Read by: Kate Lister

The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth

In The Genesis Quest, Michael Marshall shows how the quest to understand life’s beginning is also a journey to discover the true nature of life, and by extension our place in the universe.

Note: A leading science writer explores one of our most enduring mysteries: how and where, in a seemingly purposeless universe, life began on planet earth.-Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 11/24/2020

Written by: Michael Marshall

Read by: Ciaran Saward

Defenseless Hearts

Meagan Brandy presents Book 2 in the Tender Hearts series. Contains mature themes.

Note: In this Tender Hearts sequel, we get Parker’s journey to finding love. All of his life, he has been keeping his one true love a secret from everyone, why, because she’s taken. Kenra has always loved Parker but she keeps choosing her mentally abusive boyfriend instead. This story is full of sadness, self-discovery, forgiveness and fighting for want to you. If you want to go on this journey with Parker and Kenra then you don’t want to miss Defenseless Hearts by Meagan Brandy. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 11/24/20

Written by: Meagan Brandy

Read by: CJ Bloom & Alexander Cendese

Secrets of the Silver Lion: A Carmen Sandiego Novel

Emma Otheguy presents another installment in the Carmen Sandiego series.

Note: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? This is the perfect listen for families to enjoy together. Parents who loved Carmen Sandiego back in the day can now introduce her to their kids! -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 11/24/2020

Written by: Emma Otheguy

Read by: Kyla García

Picks of the Week-Nov. 9

The holiday season is upon us! 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.

How to Save the World for Free

How to Save the World for Free will galvanize you to think and live differently, covering all key areas of our lives, from food and travel to politics and sex.

Note: Climate change is a daunting topic, but with Natalie Fee’s handbook, you can find easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint! She explores ways to live green in all facets of our lives, as well as the bigger issues to combating global warming.-Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by: Natalie Fee

Read by: Shiromi Arserio

The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen González recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, González encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.

Note: In this timely book author Karen Gonzalez weaves together her family’s immigration story with similar narratives of biblical characters to draw a Christian focus on today’s immigration policies. Iin today’s America, where immigration is a hotly contested topic, Gonzalez’s voice comes through with a clear Christian message and critical approach to policy that invites the reader to discover a God that is focused and concerned with immigrants and their struggle to belong. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 11/10/2020

Written by: Karen Gonzalez

Read by: Joana Garcia

The Fossil Hunter

A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of a young girl who became a world-renowned paleontologist.

Note: Mary Anning is credited for laying the foundation for the theory of evolution, yet her work has not received the same attention as other historically distinguished scientists. Author Shelley Emling changes that in her account of the paleontologist’s life, exploring how Anning hunted for fossils as a young girl to support her family and ended making discoveries that would change the paleontology field forever. -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by : Shelley Emling

Read by: Rachael Beresford

The Ghost of a Memory

Bobbi Holmes and Anna J. McIntyre present Book 25 in the Haunting Danielle series.

Note: Welcome back to Marlow House in the newest installment of the Haunting Danielle series! Join Dani and Walt as they encounter the newest ghosts inhabiting their house—Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the haunts are! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by: Anna J. McIntrye & Bobbi Holmes

Read by: Romy Nordlinger

Picks of the Week–August 3

It is the “Dog Days of Summer” 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.

 

Shadows of Ivory

Bryce O’Connor and TL Greylock present Book 1 in the Godforged Chronicles.

Note: Bryce O’Conner returns with new collaborator T.L. Greylock.  Fans of The Shattered Reigns shouldn’t miss this new series. -Greg Souza

Publishing date: 8/4/2020

Written by Bryce O’Connor, TL Greylock

Narrated by Kate Reading

 

Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography

Corey Rich has been one of the most recognized action sports photographers for nearly three decades since he began shooting his climbing partners while living out of his car. In The Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography, Corey tells you how he got started and explains how he got some of his best shots.

Note: Corey Rich pulls back the curtain on some of the most iconic outdoor adventure photos ever taken with Stories Behind the Images. This is a memoir of Rich’s experiences working with some of the biggest names in outdoor sports including Beth Rodden, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell of The Dawn Wall  Ascent fame. Stories Behind the Images will appeal to those readers who seek adventure, desire a contrarian career in the outdoors or have ever questioned how they got that picture. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 8/11/2020

Written by Corey Rich

Narrated by Barry Abrams

 

Thief of Souls

A group of monumentally powerful teens must face an ancient, soul-eating foe in this second book of the Star Shards Chronicles.

Note: The thrilling next installment in Neal Shusterman’s The Star Shards series. With The Bringer lurking to prey on their newly inherited power, will The Star Shards best the creature, or succumb and become tools in The Bringer’s quest to conquer the planet? -Ashley Fortier

Publishing date: 8/11/2020

Written by Neal Shusterman

Narrated by Joe Hempel

 

A Roll in the Hay

In a world of expectations, this quirky, enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance is about making your own path. Contains mature themes.

Note: Set in the Scottish countryside, this enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance is all about finding your own way. Tensions rise in town when sharp-tongued veterinarian, Tess, has to tend to the bossy and infuriating local landowner Susannah’s horses. Neither Tess or Susannah can stand the other but these two are forced to work together when conflict and danger knocks on their doors. For fans of Jae and Lee Winter, you don’t want to miss A Roll in the Hay by Lola Keeley. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 8/11/2020

Written by Lola Keeley

Narrated by Ruth Urquhart

 

A Simple Lie

Forced to give up her career as a dentist, and still unemployed a year later, Valentina Knight has finally run out of options. With foreclosure looming she acts in desperation, lying to get a position as an assistant to the county medical examiner. Val’s relieved. She won’t be homeless. But Val didn’t count on the lie trapping her in a dangerous game with a killer.

Note: Unable to work as a dentist any longer and desperate to make ends meet, Valentina Knight lies to secure a job as a medical examiner. What Val believes to be a harmless lie quickly devolves into a game of cat and mouse with a serial killer. Join Val in her journey to uncovering the truth in Mary Bush’s thrilling debut, A Simple Lie. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 8/11/2020

Written by Mary Bush

Narrated by Lauren Ezzo