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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 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

Picks of the Week-February 15

We hope that you’ve all kept your resolutions to read or listen to more books! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Soar, Adam, Soar

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

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

Publishing Date: 2/16/2021     

Written by: Rick Prashaw

Read by: John Dickhout

                                                                                                                                  

Spin with Me

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

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

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Ami Polonsky

Read by: Amanda Dolan

In Defense of Plants

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

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

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Matt Candeias

Read by: Matthew Boston

The Bitterwine Oath

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

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

Publishing Date: 2/16/21

Written by: Hannah West

Read by: Reba Buhr

Picks of the Week- January 25

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Mystic

Alyson Noël presents Book 3 in the Soul Seekers series.

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

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Alyson Noel

Read by: Em Eldridge

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

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/26/21

Written by: Fred. D. Gray

Read by: David Sadzin

From Our Land to Our Land

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Luis J. Rodriguez

Read by: Luis J. Rodriguez

These Violent Delights

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/26/2021

Written by: Chloe Gong

Read by: Cindy Kay

A Life Without Regrets

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/26/21

Written by: Marci Bolden

Read by: Tanya Eby

Picks of the Week-January 11

Happy New Year! It is the month of resolutions, and we hope one of them is to listen to more audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Catalog of the Unexplained

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/8/21

Written by: Leanna Greenaway and Beleta Greenaway

Read by: Rachael Beresford

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

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

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

Publishing Date: 01/12/21

Written by: Jennifer Jewell

Read by: Cindy Kay

Our Livable World

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/12/21

Written by: Marc Schaus

Read by: Matthew Boston

Grave Measures

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

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

Publishing Date: 1/19/2021

Written by: R.R. Virdi

Read by: Travis Baldree