Alexander, Sara. Under a Sardinian Sky. Blackstone. ISBN 9781470820831. Reader TBA. digital download.
Sometimes a family’s deepest silences hides the most important secrets. For Mina, a London-based travel writer, the enigmatic silence surrounding her aunt Carmela has become a personal obsession. Carmela disappeared from her Italian hometown long ago and is mentioned only in fragments and whispers. Mina has resisted prying, respectful of her family’s Sardinian reserve. But now, with her mother battling cancer, it’s time to learn the truth. As Mina follows the threads of Carmela’s life to uncover her fate, she will discover a past still deeply alive in the present, revealing a story of hope, sacrifice, and extraordinary love.
Ball, Bethany. What To Do About The Solomons. High Bridge Audio.
ISBN 9781681686417. Read by Kirsten Potter. digital download.
A debut novelist has written a multi generational family saga set in Israel, New York, and Los Angeles, that that explores the secrets and gossip-filled lives of a kibbutz community near Jerusalem. Meet Marc Solomon, an Israeli ex-Navy commando now living in L.A., who is falsely accused of money laundering through his asset management firm and his wife Carolyn who hides her own dark past, but still attempts to hold the family together. When news of the scandal makes its way from America to the rest of the Solomon clan on the kibbutz, the rest of the family weighs in, including: Marc’s self-absorbed movie actress sister, Shira, and her forgotten son Joseph; his rich and powerful construction magnate father, Yakov; his former love, Maya; and his brother-in-law Guy, a local ranger turned “artist.” As the secrets and rumors of the kibbutz are revealed through various memories and tales, we witness the things that keep the Solomons together, and those that tear them apart.
Benford, Gregory. The Berlin Project. Simon & Schuster Audio. ISBN 9781508226901.
Reader TBA. digital download.
The New York Times bestselling author creates a thriller that imagines the possibilities if the atom bomb had been ready to drop on the western front on D-Day in June 1944, instead of over a year later in Japan. What ensues is an alternative account of World War II, one that re-imagines history and what might have happened if the atom bomb had stopped Hitler from killing millions of people.
Callahan, Michael. The Night She Won Miss America. Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781520070254. Reader TBA.
Based on a true story, Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy and, surprisingly, finds herself to be the judges’ choice. Just like that, she’s catapulted into the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing, mercurial Griffin McAllister, and Jane falls for him hard. But when she unexpectedly wins the crown, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff. To protect his darkest secret, Griff must run, so Betty recklessly agrees to run, too. With the cops and a scrappy reporter in pursuit, the chase takes them from the Boardwalk to the streets of Manhattan and a cliffside mansion in Newport, as it threatens to unravel everything.
Carver, Raymond. Where I’m Calling From:Selected Stories. Tantor Media.
ISBN 9781515964537. Read by Norman Dietz. digital download.
Raymond Carver’s last collection encompasses classic stories, from “Cathedral,” “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” and earlier volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form.
Christie, William. A Single Spy. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427283276. Read by Ari Fliakos. digital download.
Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Alexsi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long lost nephew of a high ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Alexsi, it’s no choice at all.
Clark, Mary Higgins. All By Myself, Alone. Simon & Schuster Audio. ISBN 9781508228288. Reader TBA. digital download.
Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, in bestseller Mary Higgins Clark’s latest thriller, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, meets Once in a Bworld-famous 86-year-old, Lady Emily Haywood, on a cruise. Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. But three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. The list of suspects is large and growing.
Cole, Daniel. Ragdoll. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538419076. Read by Alex Wyndham.
William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a strange cadaver, where dismembered parts of six victims are sewn together like a puppet-corpse that becomes known in the press as the “ragdoll.” Fawkes receives a list of six names and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes.
Eberlen, Kate. Miss You. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062460240. Read by Anna Acton.
Tess, vacationing in Florence, Italy, can’t get the adage from her mother’s kitchen, “Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” out of her head. Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is. A chance meeting brings these 18-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross, as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight. But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again.
Erdrich, Louise. LaRose. Blackstone. ISBN 9780062672285. Read by Louise Erdrich.
Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award–winning The Round House and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for The Plague of Doves, narrates a haunting, contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.
Hillerman, Anne. Song of the Lion: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062660688. Read by Christina Delaine.
A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this Southwestern mystery, from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings. Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems at first like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.
Kietzman, Susan. Every Other Wednesday. Tantor Media. ISBN 9781515966753.
Read by C.S.E. Cooney. digital download.
For years, Ellie, Alice, and Joan enjoyed a casual friendship while volunteering at their children’s Connecticut high school. Now, with those children grown and gone to college, a local tragedy brings the three into contact again. But what begins as a catch-up lunch soon moves beyond small talk and to the struggles of this next stage of life.
Joyce, James. Dubliners. Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781520068459. Reader TBA. digital download.
These vivid, tightly focused observations about the life of Dublin’s poorer classes originally made publishers uneasy: the stories contain unconventional themes and coarse language, and they mention actual people and places. Today, however, the stories are considered masterful representations of Dublin, written with economy and grace.
Landvik, Lorna. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. High Bridge Audio. ISBN 9781681685939. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
Set adrift when her mother sells the salon that has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences, and her getaway turns out to be more of a retreat from her daily life than she ever imagined. But Nora is the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane, who now must embrace the House of Curl’s slogan: “Expect the Unexpected.”
Liebert, Emily. Those Secrets We Keep. Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781520072036. Reader TBA. digital download.
On the surface, Sloane has the perfect life: an adoring husband, a precocious daughter, and enough financial security to be a stay-at-home mom. Still, she can’t help but feel as though something or someone is missing. Hillary has a successful career and a solid marriage. The only problem is her inability to conceive. And there’s a very specific reason why. As the wild-child daughter of old family money, Georgina has never had to accept responsibility for anything. So when she realizes an unexpected life change could tie her down forever, she does exactly what she’s always done: escape. When these three women unite for a three-week-long summer vacation, tensions begin to mount, and they quickly discover that their secrets can’t be kept forever.
Maazel, Fiona. A Little More Human. High Bridge Audio. ISBN 9781681683898. Read by Eric Michael Summerer. digital download.
Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. The trouble is, his life is falling apart. His wife has betrayed him, his job involves experimental surgeries with strange side effects, and his father is trying to hide early-onset dementia. Phil also has a special talent he doesn’t want to publicize―he’s a mind reader and moonlights as Brainstorm, a costumed superhero. But when Phil wakes up from a blackout drunk and is confronted with photos that seem to show him assaulting an unknown woman, even superpowers won’t help him.
Maine, Sarah. Beyond the Wild River. Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781520068091.
Set in the 1890s, this novel follows 19-year-old Evelyn, who has rarely strayed from her family’s isolated estate, save for the occasional trip to Edinburgh, where her father, a respected magistrate, conducts his business. But when Evelyn’s innocent friendship with a servant is misinterpreted by her father as an illicit union, Evelyn is whisked away to accompany her father on a trip to North America. For the final portion of that trip, Evelyn and her father go fishing in Canada, and Evelyn is surprised to discover that their guide is James Douglas, a former stablehand who disappeared from their estate five years ago on the night of a double murder. Now, far from the constraints of polite society, the truth about that day, James, and her father are revealed.
Miranda, Megan. The Perfect Stranger. Simon & Schuster Audio. ISBN 978150823267.
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In this follow-up to the bestseller, All the Missing Girls, Leah Stevens has got to get out of Boston, or risk arrest. When she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship, Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Paretsky, Sara. Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062657435. Read by Susan Ericksen. digital download.
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished, and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.
Patterson, James. Two from the Heart. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478948841. Reader TBA.
Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home, she realizes that her life has dropped out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long-lost friends and strangers a simple question, “What’s your best story?” Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears on her journey help Anne see what she’s been missing?
Tyler Bron seemingly has it all: a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend. But he has no life. So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him. There are no limits to the fantasy world that Bron’s money can transform into a reality, and he becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination. But will Tyler Bron be able to write the happy ending himself?
Watts, Stephanie Powell. No One Is Coming to Save Us. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062660619. Read by Janina Edwards.
The Great Gatsby recast in the contemporary South, about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, NC, to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has.
Scottoline, Lisa. One Perfect Lie. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427282095.
Read by George Newborn. digital download.
A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan—for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.
Strout, Elizabeth. Anything Is Possible. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781524774929. Reader TBA. digital download.
Written by the author of the bestselling Olive Kitteridge, here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults. One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.
Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages explore the themes of love, loss, and hope that draw readers to Strout’s work.
Sudjic, Olivia. Sympathy. High Bridge Audio. ISBN 9781681684796. Read by Gemma Dawson. digital download.
At 23, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. Blinded by the city lights, Alice becomes obsessed by Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York, whose life story has strange parallels to her own and whom she believes is her “Internet twin.” What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but—after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is a coincidence. Their subsequent relationship is doomed from the outset, exposing a tangle of lies and sexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions—where do we come from—is answered just by searching online.
Upadhyay, Smarat. Mad Country: Stories. High Bridge Audio. ISBN 9781681684192.
Read by Vikas Adam. digital download.
Samrat Upadhyay’s new collection brings stories of thieves, lovers, political prisoners, fractured families, and of Nepali-Americans attempting to navigate the strange customs of the United States.
Wakefield, Tess. Purple Hearts. Simon & Schuster Audio. ISBN 9781508237839. Reader TBA.
Fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes might enjoy this story of two very different people—a soldier with a troubled past and a struggling songwriter who agree to a marriage of convenience for the military benefits. While neither expects much after saying “I do,” tragedy strikes, and the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur.
Yttrup, L. Ginny. Home. Oasis Audio. ISBN 9781613759134. Reader TBA.
When novelist Melanie Vander finds herself faced with a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape. Maybe a bit of distance will inspire her husband to appreciate her again, too, she reasons. But her husband, Craig, who faces troubles of his own, turns to God for strength. Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.