Sometimes I Lie and Force of Nature Coming in 2018

We are excited to share extended audiobook excerpts of two forthcoming novels, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Freeney (Macmillan Audio; March 13, 2018) and Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Macmillan Audio; February 6, 2018).

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September 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the September 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Mrs. Fletcher

By Tom Perrotta (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

By Arundhati Roy (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Camino Island

By John Grisham (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


7. The Nix

By Nathan Hill (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. The Stone Sky

By N. K. Jemisin (Hachette Audio)


9. Meddling Kids

By Edgar Cantero (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


2. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


4. Brain Rules for Aging Well

By John Medina (Pear Press)


5. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Hunger

By Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


7. Hillbilly Elegy

By J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


8. The Book of Joy

By Douglas Carlton Abrams, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson (HarperCollins)


10. Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman (Penguin Random House Audio)


The September 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of August 2017.

Audiobooks of the Month: Summer Reading Picks

Previously Audiobook of the Month, we would like to introduce Audiobooks of the Month! Each month a theme will guide our list of suggested audiobooks to suit a variety tastes and interests. We look forward to sharing this broader monthly list and accompanying themes with you.

For August, our theme is: Summer Reading Picks. Everyone these days is talking about their favorite summertime reads, so we’ve compiled selections from celebrity book clubs, our own partner stores, and our first Summer Listening Challenge finishers. What is Oprah Winfrey reading? How about Andrew Luck? What are Ann Patchett and Emma Straub talking up at their bookstores? What are customers of Vroman’s listening to? Whether you prefer the sun or the shade, there’s a summer read here for you.

Oprah Winfrey says Imbolo Mbue’s highly acclaimed debut novel Behold the Dreamers has “…got everything that’s grabbing the headlines in America right now.”

Emma Straub, author and owner of the bookstore Books Are Magic, picked Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, deemed by the New York Times a “strikingly symphonic novel.”

Customer and supporter of Wild Geese Bookshop, Jerry H., recommends Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman which accompanied him through work and travel.

For his book club, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck chose the New York Times bestseller Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose’s definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.

Jeff Kinney, author and owner of the An Unlikely Story bookshop, suggests Kim Scott’s Radical Candor, which explores how to be a “…Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.”

The inaugural pick of actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s book club, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts reimagines The Great Gatsby through a contemporary African-American family in a small North Carolina town.

Bookseller and supporter of Vroman’s Bookstore, Jen P. recommends You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams which she listened to while gardening, painting with watercolor, and commuting.

Bestselling author and bookstore owner Judy Blume chose Sarah Gerard’s acclaimed book of essays Sunshine State, which uses the author’s experiences growing up along Florida’s gulf coast to illuminate the struggles of modern human survival.

Actor Whoopi Goldberg’s summer pick is the New England mystery Since We Fell, written by Dennis Lehane, who was recently dubbed by the New York Times “one of the great, diabolical thriller kings.”

Ann Patchett, bestselling author and owner of Parnassus Books, says the novel Chemistry by Weike Wang “starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page.”

Finally, actor Reese Witherspoon recommended to her book club, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, which NPR called “…a crackling tale of spies and suspense.” Della A., a customer of Hudson Booksellers also recommends this audiobook which she listened to while commuting.

2017 Audie Award® Finalists for Audiobook of the Year

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced Audie Award® finalists for Audiobook of the Year. The Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that through quality, innovation, marketing, and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry. Each nominated title is distinguished by excellence in production as well as their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative marketing.

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This year’s Judges provided their comments and insight into the selection of the Audiobook of the Year Finalists:

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Boys in the Trees

(Macmillan Audio)

“Musical icon Carly Simon’s revelatory memoir Boys in the Trees is best experienced as an audiobook, read with affecting sincerity by the author and supplemented by more than 400 musical segments. As Simon sings snippets of songs, strums her guitar, shares her childhood memories, and reveals relationships with legends including ex-husband James Taylor, listeners feel she is expressing her deepest feelings directly into our ears. Simon personally advocated for the audiobook through marketing that included a Facebook Live event, promotion on Pandora and the artist’s webpage, plus an audiobook giveaway to audience members during a Late Show with Stephen Colbert appearance.”

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

(Simon & Schuster Audio)

“Amy Schumer’s stand-up fans will both laugh out loud and be moved to empathetic understanding as she reads her memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Schumer displays her comedic skill and fast-paced timing as she packs raw humor into the narration, while also confiding deeply personal emotions that have shaped her personal advocacy for ending gun violence and promoting healthy relationships and positive self-image. Schumer’s celebrity status and huge social media following expanded the marketing outreach, and a Spoken Word Grammy nomination provided further national recognition for an audiobook that had already achieved dazzling consumer sales.”

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Hamilton: The Revolution

(Hachette Audio)

“The phenomenon that is Hamilton the musical spreads to the audiobook world with Hamilton: The Revolution, a must-have insider’s guide to the making of the musical. Read by super-fan Mariska Hargitay, the audio takes listeners on a journey from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pool-side reading of Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton to Broadway success and propulsion into the zeitgeist. Fans will especially appreciate Miranda’s reading of his annotations, from the very first revelation that the distinctive three-note intro mimics a squeaky door. Just as the musical has expanded the audience for musical theatre, this audiobook has won new fans to the world of audiobooks, thanks in no small part to Miranda’s devoted social media following.”

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The Underground Railroad

(Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

“Colson Whitehead’s literary bestseller The Underground Railroad finds the ideal narrator in Bahni Turpin. Voicing a complex cast of characters, Turpin conveys the bitter realities of the antebellum South through evocative accents, emotional resonance, and subtle pacing, enhanced by strong production quality. The marketing campaign highlighted the title’s selection as an Oprah Book Club pick, noted the significance of the audio during Black History Month, and featured Turpin representing the author at the National Book Award annual reading (honoring the title’s selection as the 2017 Fiction award-winner), becoming the first narrator to participate in the ceremony.”

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Year of Yes

(Simon & Schuster Audio)

“In Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes, known to legions of TV fans for her creative productions Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, highlights the transformative power of saying “Yes” to experiences outside her comfort zone. In a production that is both memoir and self-help, Rhimes reveals the fears and tribulations behind her Hollywood veneer, and her appealing no-nonsense style creates an immediate connection encouraging personal empowerment. Through a social media campaign that appealed to a diverse range of listeners, this audio pulled in both new and returning fans of the audio format.”


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What’s Popular in Indie Bookstores This Month

Seven bestselling audiobooks that deserve your attention.


Everybodys-Fool

Everybody’s Fool

By Richard Russo

Russo, at the very top of his game, returns to North Bath, New York, and the characters from his beloved novel Nobody’s Fool.

“While any new book from Richard Russo is a cause for celebration, to have one that revisits the characters from a beloved classic feels like a gift from the literary gods… No one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor, and heartbreak of small-town America.”

– Shawn D. / Powell’s, Portland, OR


The-Gene

The Gene

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

“In the last century, nuclear science changed the world; today, genetics has us again on the brink of a new age, but now it’s not just the world we’re remaking—it’s ourselves. Mukherjee skillfully retraces our steps, relating what we suspected about genetics before we found genes, how we learned to read their code, and, now, how we may rewrite it.”

– Laurie G. / Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.


LaRose

LaRose

By Louise Erdrich

The masterful new novel by the National Book Award-winning author of The Roundhouse.

“In LaRose Erdrich does what she does best, creating a multi-generational portrait of a family with careful attention paid to nearly every person mentioned; there are no side characters here, only finely sketched individuals who are part of a whole. Reading this book feels a lot like becoming part of that family.”

– Devon D. / Book Culture, New York, NY


The-Nest

The Nest

By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Sweeney’s warm, funny, and perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their shared inheritance.

“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than The Nest, a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles…Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights.”

– Jennifer Oleinik (E) / University BookStore, Seattle, WA


Lab-Girl

Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren

This illuminating debut memoir by acclaimed scientist Jahren is also a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

“With good humor, plenty of science, scattered literary allusions and the occasional sarcastic zinger, Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is a sublime memoir of a plant research scientist and her struggles to find professional success, love and family.”

– Bruce Jacobs / Watermark Books and Café, Wichita, KS


Shoe-Dog

Shoe Dog

By Phil Knight

Nike founder Knight shares the inside story of one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands.

“I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs.”

– Andre Agassi / Author of Open


Zero-K

Zero K

By Don DeLillo

DeLillo’s brilliant new novel is an ode to language, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

“The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are.”

– Rico / BookShop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Best of the Bookternet: February 2016

Though it is the shortest month of the year, February was full of exciting bookish news, reviews, and celebrations. Award nominations, Black History Month, book blogger extravaganzas and more dominated our news feed this month. Here are some of the best articles, blog posts, and announcements that were on our radar.


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Audies Award Finalists

The short list in each of the 2016 Audie Award categories have been announced. Many of the categories have fierce competition, but perhaps none more so than “Best Narration by the Author,” which includes Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, I Must Say by Martin Short, and Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann.

Via Audiofile Magazine


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Announcing the 2015 Nebula Award Nominees

Speaking of awards, the shortlist for the Nebula Awards were also announced. The Nebula Awards are for various categories in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, and are chosen by the professional organization Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Best Novel nominees this year include The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik, among others.

Via Tor.com


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Instruction in the Event You Find Yourself in a Neil Gaiman Story

What to do if you should wind up in a twisty, fantastical, nothing-is-as-it-seems Neil Gaiman story? The folks at BookRiot offer some neat advice, including “Expect angels, but expect nothing of them. They have their own jobs to do.”

Via BookRiot


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Read Octavia E. Butler’s Inspiring Message to Herself

Some of sci-fi mastermind Octavia E. Butler’s journals have recently surfaced, including this powerful note, scribbled on the back cover of one. It reads in part: “My novels will go onto the above lists whether publishers push them hard or not, whether I’m paid a high advance or not, whether I ever win another award or not.” Go read the rest and get inspired!

Via Electric Literature


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Alison Bechdel: Top Ten Books

One Grand Books has a tradition of asking famous authors for their ten favorite books. This month, they turned to graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, who included The Dharma Bums, The Night Watch, and Harriet the Spy, among others.

Via One Grand Books


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Bookstore Sales Had First Gain in Eight Years in 2015

Good news, everyone! Bookstore sales increased 2.5% last year. Remember to #ChooseIndie to help keep the trend going strong.

Via Publisher’s Weekly


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Welcome to the World of Literary Bars

Next time you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, stop in at one of these bookish bars. Settle down in a leather chair, pull some Hemingway from the shelf and order yourself a mojito.

Via Paste Magazine


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Get Information

Unless you’ve taken a vow of internet abstinence, you’ve undoubtedly heard all about Beyoncé’s new song and video “Formation.” Whether you’re tired of all of the think pieces or on your thousandth view of the video, this excellent post from independent bookstore The Strand sheds a bookish light on the song.

Via The Strand


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The ‘Girl’ in the Title: More than a Marketing Trend

What’s up with titles like, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train? Is it just a coincidence, or is it all about marketing the book? NPR examines the trend.

Via NPR


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Book Blogger Day 2: Interviews

Book Blogger Appreciation Week was this month, in which we all take a moment to thank bloggers, who supply endless bookish resources. One of the traditions of BBAW is the blogger interview, in which bloggers interview each other. It is a great way to find out about the world of blogging and pick up a few more titles for your to-be-read list.

Via Estella’s Society


All throughout the month, we’ve been tweeting recommendations for Black History Month. In March, we’ll do the same for Women’s History Month. Make sure to follow us at @librofm to hear all of our suggestions!

Best of the Bookternet: January 2016

By all accounts, 2016 is off to a great start. This month has been chock-full of interesting articles, exciting news, and passionate advice. Here are some of our favorite essays, blog posts, and lists since the first of the year.


British

Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

The Atlantic makes a case for imagination and fantasy over morality in children’s lit. What do you say? Huck Finn or Narnia?

Via The Atlantic


YA

The Time My Grown-Up Novel Was Marketed as Young Adult

Speaking of children’s literature and genre, Lit Hub digs deeper into how these labels affect marketing and ultimately, sales. Kate Axelrod explains the complications that lead to mislabeling her book.

Via Lit Hub


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Photo: First Second Books

The War Over Comic Books Is Nearly Over, and Kids Are Winning

Like audiobooks, graphic novels (AKA comic books) have recently risen in popularity and received critical acclaim. In fact, Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Via NPR


Shakespeare

Infographic: Analyzing Shakespeare’s Characters

Not interested in YA? All right then, this one is for you. This infographic explores the relationships between characters in Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Via Electric Literature


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Photo: Huffington Post

The Gaiman List

Author (and fantastic narrator!) Neil Gaiman makes a case for his favorite audiobooks, including Bleak House, Bag of Bones, and, of course, The Art of Asking.

Via HarperCollins


Leech

Author Amy Tan “Thrilled” By Bloodsucking Leech Named in Her Honor

A new species of leech, Chtonobdella tanae, has been named for author Amy Tan. Leeches feature prominently in her book, Saving Fish from Drowning, and she is reported to be tickled by the homage.

Via Gizmodo


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Classic Characters You May Not Remember from Children’s Literature

OK, OK, one last kid-lit article. Check out this satirical post on TheToast.net, rounding up characters such as Sarah who lives in Heidi’s shadow and Mary Poppins’s creepy sister.

Via The Toast


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Going Places

Did you know that Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics & Prose double as travel agents? For years they’ve been curating travel in France. This year, they’re expanding to Tuscany, Cuba, and more.

Via Politics & Prose


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Finalists Named for 2016 PW Bookstore of the Year

More great indie bookstore news! Publisher’s Weekly has released their finalists for bookstore and sales rep of the year. Bookstore nominees include Village Books, Greenlight Bookstore, and more fantastic indies.

Via Publisher’s Weekly


Hard-Truths

25 More Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing

Attention writers! Zeroes author Chuck Wendig dishes out the facts about writing, publishing, and marketing books. Most surprising? Just how much influence your Twitter following does or does not have in selling books.

Via TerribleMinds.com


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Best of the Bookternet: December 2015

It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of the book-related Internet, sucking up hours reading reviews, bookish news, and memes. But that takes away time from reading and listening to great books! So we’ve curated a list of the best of the bookternet this month, saving you time. Enjoy!


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Authors We Lost in 2015

We lost many beloved authors in 2015, including Terry Pratchett, Jackie Collins, and Henning Mankell. CBC Books pays tribute.

Via CBC Books


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Photo © Alex Washburn/WIRED

About That Next Book

Veronica Roth, author of the mega-bestselling Divergent series, gives us a glimpse of her next series: a space opera already getting Star Wars comparisons. Plus, cute dog gifs!

Via The Art of Not Writing


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Photo © Kevin Day Photography

Author Recommendations from Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You author Celeste Ng discusses some of her favorite coffee table books. Subjects range from portraits to food to letters.

Via Penguin Blog


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Whom do You Write for? “Pandering” Essay Sparks a Debate

In case you missed it, in November, author Claire Vaye Watkins wrote a long essay for Tin House about writing for male approval. A Wide range of responses ensued, notably from Jamaican author and Man Booker prize-winner Marlon James. NPR brought them together to discuss the essay, and gender and race in publishing.

Via NPR


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Thank You, From a Bookseller

James Patterson was at it again this year—no, not writing books, though he did that too—giving out bonuses to booksellers. He donated $250,000 independent bookstore employees, including Kevin Sampsell of Powell’s in Portland, OR, who is forever grateful.

Via Powell’s Books


Emma

Actually, Emma Is the Best Jane Austen Novel

A close look at Jane Austen’s Emma upon the 200th anniversary of its publishing, as well as the rich bitches we love to hate in literature and real life.

Via Literary Hub


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Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Superhero Comic Book

Author of realist and science fiction (and plenty in between) Margaret Atwood is working on a three-volume series of graphic novels. Origins-wise, the hero’s genetics are accidentally enhanced à la Spiderman, but knowing Atwood, this won’t be just a rehash of tropes.

Via Electric Lit


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Oxford Dictionaries Chose an Emoji as Word of the Year and Yet the Sky Still Hangs Above Our Heads

It will be hard to translate the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year into audiobooks. They chose an emoji.

Via The Stranger


New Books

Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We’re Looking Forward to

What books have you excited to ring in 2016? Book bloggers, who are often the best resources for bookish news and reviews, weigh in.

Via Broke and Bookish


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Who Knew Stephen King Is Such a Grinch?

Publisher Simon and Schuster asked a few of their authors about their favorite Christmas movies. Vince Flynn, Sandra Brown, George Wendt, Ruth Graham, Jeff Garlin, Bethenny Frankel, and more all chime in with their seasonal go-to movies, including Charlie Brown, Christmas Vacation, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Horror mega-bestselling author Stephen King’s response? “Most holiday movies suck as far as I’m concerned.” From there, it only gets worse.

But just like the Grinch, even Stephen comes around at the end.

Enjoy!


Need a laugh to get you through the season? Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is our Book of the Month and only $14.95!

Indie Picks: September 2015

The IndieNext bestseller list is one of the best places to find out what’s hot at independent bookstores around the United States. Based on reporting from hundreds of independent bookstores, here’s a sampling of some of the best nonfiction books right now.

Take a look, and remember to #ChooseIndie.


Being Mortal

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

H-is-for-Hawk

H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

I-Am-Malala

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

Think-Like-a-Freak

Think Like a Freak

by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

David-and-Goliath

David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

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