Giveaway: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal and narrated by Meera Syal is a lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages. It is also the March Book Pick for Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine!

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Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s “moral police.” But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

“I spent the entire weekend reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It is a fantastically delightful novel. It is a little bit of everything from mystery to love story to titillating short stories. Definitely not erotica but also not for the faint of heart. This is one of those books that you get done with reading and you just want to clap to show it thanks.”
—Shane, Left Bank Books

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New Playlists from

It’s a new year, and we have several new playlists for our listeners. Playlists are compiled by, created for specific awards, or curated by independent bookstores around the country. To see all our playlists, go to our Playlists page.  Remember, every purchase you make through can support your local, independent bookstore!

Explore some of our newest and most popular playlists to find your next great listen:

Indie Next

The Indie Next List is drawn from bookseller recommendations and epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling. Independent booksellers are and have always been discoverers of the next big thing, the next great read, the next bestseller, and the next undiscovered gem. This playlist is updated monthly.

A Song of Ice and Fire

We’ve all been sucked into the world of Westeros by the insanely popular Game of Thrones TV show, but with Roy Dotrice’s incredible narration, the audiobooks are just as captivating.

Black History Month Listens

February is Black History Month, so our friends at The Winged Pen curated this list of great fiction titles by black authors, for everyone from middle grade to adults.

Oscar Nominations: Books to Movies

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is on March 4th, and these book-to-movie titles have received nominations!

Audies 2018 Finalists

Listen to audiobooks that have been nominated for Audie Awards for narration, production, genre, and more!

Millennium Playlist

Dive into these award-winning Swedish crime novels narrated by Simon Vance, featuring socially inept Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist and publisher Mikael Blomkvist.

Odyssey Award Audiobooks

The annual Odyssey Award is given to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States. Odyssey Honor Audiobooks are also included on this playlist.

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe–Botswana’s premier lady detective–navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Despite the unpleasantness of all the Baudelaire orphans face in this series, Lemony Snicket has captivated kids around the world with their story!

PEN America Literary Awards Winners Announced

For over 50 years, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored outstanding voices in fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. The 2018 winners were announced  at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony in NYC on February 20th.

PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said, “This year’s awardees represent the near and far corners of the literary landscape, including writers who have shattered barriers of race, class, ethnicity, geography, gender and sexual orientation to bring stories to new audiences, unlock empathy and take places of distinction within our collective canon. In times of challenge great literature offers a desperately needed window onto other possibilities. We celebrate these extraordinary writers, and we thank them for keeping us nourished at a time when inspiration is sorely needed.”

Listen to these 2018 PEN America Award-winners on!

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Sour Heart

by Jenny Zhang

From the judges’ citation: “Sour Heart enlarges the reader’s understanding of the world with a voice so run through with lively contradiction it is as tender as it is rough, as mature as it is youthful, both urgent and cool.”

PEN Open Book Award

A Moonless, Starless Sky

by Alexis Okeowo

From the judges’ citation: “In A Moonless, Starless Sky, journalist Alexis Okeowo humanizes the lives behind the headlines, transforming often one-dimensional news stories from the African continent into narratives of endurance and survival.”

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

No Time to Spare

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice-sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical-shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it.

PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

Richard Nixon: The Life

by John A. Farrell

From the judges’ citation: “…Most stunning is the meticulous and eerie portrayal of Nixon’s toxic psychological progression, so that in the end Watergate or something like it was fated to happen.”

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

Ali: A Life

by Jonathan Eig

From the judges’ citation: “It is a beautifully-written, transcendent biography that renders vivid in every stage of how remarkable life: Ali the brash teenager, Ali the proud Muslim, Ali the conscientious objector—and then: Ali the warrior, the man of peace, and finally the icon.”

See the full list of PEN America Award Winners.

Killers of the Flower Moon: February Pick for “Now Read This”

The February 2018 selection for the new PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off…

Listen to our audio sample and buy the Killers of the Flower Moon audiobook on and support your local, independent bookstore with your purchase!

You can submit questions about the book to the Now Read This Book Club Facebook Group or via the book club Google Form. Are you reading the book with your friends? Use these discussion questions to get your conversations started.

8 Top Audiobook Listening Activities

A couple weeks ago, we asked you, as valued listeners, what you do while you listen to audiobooks. Some of the answers were fairly common (listed at the bottom of this post), but others surprised us! Need some new, interesting ideas for when you can listen to audiobooks? Look no further!


We heard from a few different people whose activity of choice while listening to audiobooks is knitting. As one listener said, “We attach the hum of our surroundings to the work in our hands.” One of our partner stores, The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia, even hosts a knitting and audiobook club called “Stitches and Stories” in partnership with their local yarn shop. We recommend The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.


Hitting the slopes and listening to an enthralling audiobook go hand-in-hand for some of our snow bunny listeners! Listen to Strong is the New Beautiful for lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

Grooming Dogs

A tedious, time-consuming task like grooming dogs isn’t quite as daunting when it also means hours of listening to one of your favorite audiobooks! We recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Making Art

We heard from several customers that enjoy listening to their audiobooks while they’re working on their art. Whether your art is pottery, painting, or metal-working, hands-free listening allows you to create something beautiful while you listen. We recommend The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and Brené Brown.


Some of our listeners enjoy working in the garden as they listen to audiobooks. Getting outside, smelling the flowers, and listening to a good story like Euphoria is the perfect way to unwind.

Some more common activities that go along with listening:

Household Chores

Whether you’re washing that stack of after-dinner dishes, cleaning out your clutter closet, or vacuuming the whole house, listening to an audiobook will certainly make the mundane much more enjoyable! If you really want some inspiration while you clean, listen to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.


Most of us wouldn’t call a work-out the best part of our day, but it certainly is better when you’re listening to a riveting audiobook rather than your own heavy breathing. For some work-out empowerment, listen to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.


Audiobooks are key to a more pleasant commute, and for long road trips with kids, they can be lifesavers! (Try listening to the Harry Potter series with your kids during the next family road trip).

New Release: The Hummingbirds by Ross McMeekin

The Hummingbirds is a transfixing and hugely propulsive novel, a dark and rich tale twisted through with secrecy and danger, ambition, loneliness and love. The book also beautifully captures the insanity of Los Angeles, the film industry, and the people who occupy—however fleetingly—that precarious and mesmerizing world.” – Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science

In his debut novel, Ross McMeekin captures people yearning for deep connections in a shallow world defined by the twin obsessions of power and beauty. It is a story of love and redemption, of murder and betrayal, and of the darkness that lurks in the heart of Hollywood.

Ezra works as a live-in groundskeeper on a celebrity couple’s enormous rental property in Los Angeles. When the magnetic Sybil sets her sights on Ezra and gradually lures him in, he is as conflicted as he is tempted. Then Grant, her husband, approaches Ezra with a different proposal—to monitor Sybil to see if she is having an affair—and he is faced with the formidable challenge in refusing one or the other.

Over one life-altering week, Sybil casts Ezra as the center of her universe. Together, they fantasize about the new life for both of them, but when Sybil’s husband Grant discovers their passionate affair, the three are set on a collision course that can only end in violence.

Listen to a free 17-minute excerpt of The Hummingbirds then enter the audiobook giveaway! will be giving away 5 digital audiobook copies of The Hummingbirds. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on Saturday, 2/10. Enter to win by Friday 2/9 at Midnight!

Harry Potter Book Night 2018: February 1st

The 4th Annual Harry Potter Book Night is Thursday, February 1st! This year’s theme is Fantastic Beasts. Join the worldwide celebration in bookstores and on social media!

Need to brush up on your beasts in preparation for Harry Potter Book Night 2018? Check out our list of fascinating Fantastic Beasts below then get to know ALL the magical creatures by listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook!

Of course, you can encounter many of these beasts along with Harry Potter and his friends when you listen to the entire Harry Potter audiobook collection.

Fascinating Fantastic Beasts from each of the Harry Potter Books:

One of Harry’s first magical creature encounters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is with a troll, a terrifying creature that attacks Hermione in the girls bathroom.

When a phoenix dies, it bursts into flames and is reborn from the ashes. Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes, comes to Harry’s rescue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

One of our favorite magical creatures in the Harry Potter audiobooks is the majestic Hippogriff Buckbeak, who appears for the first time in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we get our first close look at the majestic and dangerous dragons as the Triwizard Tournament Champions each must face off against these fierce, fire-breathing foes.

Thestrals are present throughout the Harry Potter audiobooks, as the invisible creatures that pull the Hogwarts’ carriages. However, it is not until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Harry can see the Thestrals, and they actually play a bigger part in the story.

Aragog, the Acromantula is a terrifyingly large spider that lives in the Forbidden Forest and is only loyal to Rubeus Hagrid. He comes to an unfortunate end in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Centaurs are half-man and half-horse, and prefer to have very limited interaction with the rest of the wizarding world. However, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the centaurs of the Forbidden Forest join the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Army in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man remembered for all he did for the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. His work was integral to ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States.

Dr. King’s speeches stirred a generation to change – and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system – and would show a timeless method for achieving fairness and justice for all.

A Call to Conscience contains 12 moving speeches voiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, some of the world’s most renowned leaders and theologians share with you their reflections on these speeches, and give priceless firsthand testimony on the events that inspired their delivery.

Recommended Audiobooks:

A Gift of Love
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King. Collectively they present King’s fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness, and promote his prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.

Why We Can’t Wait
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle, noting tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality, and asserts that African Americans have already waited over three centuries for civil rights and that it is time to be proactive.

Where Do We Go From Here
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The last book written by Dr. King contains his final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, powerfully asserting that humankind—for the first time—has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

Golden Listens

The 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards will be this Sunday, January 7 at 5pm PT. The nominees for Best Drama are Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Shape of Water.

Call Me By Your Name

by André Aciman

Now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

“…Hammer’s voice is brimming with such melody that, if you listen to it long enough, you can probably get drunk off it.” —

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

by Joshua Levine

Dunkirk details the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers from the French city of Dunkirk and stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Mark Rylance. In the audiobook Joshua Levine, the film’s official historian, explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

“Fascinating…Fills in a lot of the historical context that Nolan so purposefully avoids in his film.” — Under the Radar

Personal History

by Katharine Graham

As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating audiobook that tells the inside story of the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. In this bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Katharine Graham tells her story—one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

“Graham’s book, like her life, is harnessed to history, political and journalistic. Her myriad stories–discreet to a fault–humanize a whole pantheon of Personalities. Her personal drama, however, upstages the rest.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Shape of Water

by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook. The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

“…Perhaps the greatest of The Shape of Water’s many surprises is how extravagantly romantic it is…It’s as pure-hearted and simple a girl-meets-Amazonian-water-creature-who-might-just-be-a-god story as any ever made.” — Variety

Listen to these audiobooks before (or after!) you see the films on the big screen. Which do you think will win the Golden Globe for Best Drama?