The Perfect Gift for Mom

This Sunday 5/13 is Mother’s Day! Are you looking for the perfect gift for mom? Gift her an audiobook from Libro.fm, and your purchase supports your local independent bookstore. Head over to our gift center and find the perfect audiobook gift.

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Need some other ideas? Check out these audiobooks that examine and celebrate motherhood!

That Kind of Mother

by Rumaan Alam

Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. She reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla Johnson—and begs her to come home with them as her son’s nanny. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently. This is a remarkable audiobook about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.

Motherhood

by Sheila Heti

In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent audiobook considers whether she will do so at all. In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with candor, originality, and humor.

The Perfect Mother

by Aimee Molloy

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a nuanced and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers’ lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

by Meaghan O’Connell

This audiobook is a raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up. When Meaghan O’Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed — a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood — didn’t exist. So she decided to write it herself.

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table

By Rick Bragg

The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory — many of them pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.

Educated: May Pick for “Now Read This”

Educated by Tara Westover is the May 2018 selection for the PBS NewsHour—New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover did not go to the doctor or attend school—until she taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.

Westover told the New York Times: “I wrote the book I wished I could have given to myself when I was losing my family. When I was going through that experience, I became aware of how important stories are in telling us how to live—how we should feel, when we should feel proud, when we should feel ashamed. I was losing my family, and it seemed to me that there were no stories for that—no stories about what to do when loyalty to your family was somehow in conflict with loyalty to yourself. And forgiveness. I wanted a story about forgiveness that did not conflate forgiveness with reconciliation, or did not treat reconciliation as the highest form of forgiveness. In my life, I knew the two might always be separate. I didn’t know if I would ever reconcile with my family, and I needed to believe that I could forgive, regardless.”

Listen to this sample, and buy the Educated  audiobook on Libro.fm to support your local, independent bookstore with your purchase!

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

Bookstore Day: FREE Audiobooks

As a “Thank You” for supporting your local, independent bookstores and helping our community thrive, Libro.fm and our partner stores are offering FREE audiobooks to all customers on Independent Bookstore Day.

Create your account now, and you will get an email reminder to download your audiobooks on April 28th!

Wondering which audiobooks will be yours? We’re so glad you asked:


Tangerine

by Christine Mangan

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of an audiobook—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.


Strange the Dreamer

by Laini Taylor

From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past.


The Paris Secret

by Karen Swan

In this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one woman’s journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered.


Brain Rules for Aging Well

by John Medina

Brain Rules for Aging Well, by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts—and the prescription to age well—in his signature engaging style.


Information Doesn’t Want to be Free

by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and Amanda Palmer

An essential listen for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.


The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body

by Joanna Cole

Take a ride inside the human body with Ms. Frizzle and the class!


Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler

Available exclusively on Bookstore Day (April 28, 2018), the Penguin Random House Audio sampler features some of the most popular independent bookstore bestsellers:

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

This runaway New York Times bestseller explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.


The Underground Railroad 

by Colson Whitehead

The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.


The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

This instant New York Times bestseller probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next.


Love and Ruin

by Paula McLain

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.


Educated

by Tara Westover

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University


A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

This movie tie-in audiobook includes an introduction read by director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.


Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

An electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.


MacMillan Audio Story Sampler

Available exclusively on Bookstore Day (April 28, 2018), the Macmillan Audio Story Sampler features some of the most popular independent bookstore bestsellers:

I’m Judging You

by Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi’s debut book of humorous essays dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives.

Tell Tale

by Jeffrey Archeri

This audiobook gives listeners a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people Jeffrey Archeri has met, the stories he has come across, and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

A Selfie As Big As the Ritz

by Lara Williams

British author Lara Williams perfectly captures the bleak, surreal, and often hilarious period of life that every late-twenties woman will recognize in this charming audiobook.

Fresh Complaint

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Narratively compelling, beautifully worded, and packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, this is the first collection of short fiction from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides.

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places

by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman.

 

Audiobooks for Cats

Libro.fm is now offering Audiobooks for Cats!

Audiobooks for dogs? They’ll listen to anything—they’re easy to please and always happy to oblige, with tail wags galore. The real challenge? Audiobooks for cats. These fine felines will make you work for it. Those who view them as challenging or hifalutin are right: the feline is selective, loyal, and highly discerning when it comes to literature.

We like to think of it as feline independence.

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Listen Before it’s Cool

The cat voices you’ll hear were hand-selected by experts who captured natural ambiance from catnip fields at local farms. Played through the latest scratch-pad speakers, these tracks are the latest in kitten culture.

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Cats Can’t Read

Don’t let the blue and green slow-blinks fool you. With cat eyeglass technology lagging, your felines can now get their story fix through audiobooks. What could be better than closing one’s eyes to the story of Puss In Boots?

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Cat Nip Companion

Audiobooks and a fresh satchel of nip make the perfect pairing. Let your cat’s paws curl in relaxation, or even better, let them knead a human neck while taking in the aroma of nepetalactone and listening to one of our classic audiobooks.

Audiobooks are Purr-fect


“Every time I came home Snickers would have torn the curtains to shreds. Now that she has audiobooks, not only are the curtains in one piece but she’s vacuumed the house and washed the dishes. She’s a good girl now, aren’t you snickerbickers… yes you are.”
Christie K. / Seattle, WA


Give your feline friend 15 minutes of fame!
When you post a photo on Instagram of your cat enjoying audiobooks with the hashtags #audiobooksforcats, #felineindependence, and #meowforbookstores, they will also make a guest appearance on the Libro.fm Catstagram!

Indies Choice: Audiobook of the Year

The Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide. We are thrilled that this year, for the first time ever, an Indies Choice Award will be given for Audiobook of the Year! The winner for 2018 is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

The six finalists were selected by a jury of booksellers from audiobooks that appeared on the Indie Next lists. Enjoy the audio samples below and remember the Wish List feature for adding these to your listening queue.


Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

“Saunders’ first novel has a steep entry curve. It’s not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you’ll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It’s a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”
—Jason Vanhee, University Book Store


American War

by Omar El Akkad

“Omar El Akkad has delivered a stunning debut. He imagines a world in a not-too-distant future where Americans are at war with each other once again. The characters in this story are fully developed and individual, yet their histories—their stories—extend into the histories of all those displaced and affected by the forces of war. The title, American War, is a shape-shifter. At once, it means that America is again at war, but at times reflects the ways in which the true, actual wars that America has perpetrated on Earth have affected the lives of millions of people. This will be one of the most discussed books of the year, and I cannot wait to put it in the hands of all readers looking to be changed.”
—Matt Keliher, SubText Bookstore


The Fact of a Body

by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

“Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich didn’t set out to investigate murder of six-year-old Jeremy Guillory in Louisiana; it was the case she happened upon as a young law school intern in 1992. In a fascinating twist, this becomes not only the true story of a heinous crime for which the perpetrator is in prison, but also of the investigation that unlocks the author’s memories of her own youth, a childhood in which she and her sisters were repeatedly sexually abused by their maternal grandfather. As Marzano-Lesnevich moves backward and forward in time between the young man who killed Jeremy and her own life, the reader is swept along on a current of dismay and awe: dismay that human beings can do these things to each other, and awe that the author could face such demons and move on. I’ve never read another book like this.”
—Anne Holman, The King’s English


Hunger

by Roxane Gay

“This memoir is about trauma and privilege, self-loathing, and a silent fear kept secret for far too long. It’s about our obsession with body weight and body image, what happens when we internalize our pain and become self-destructive, and how very, very large people are treated in humiliating ways. The descriptions of addictive behavior and the journey to want to heal make this book more universal than I expected. When you decide that this is the day you’re going to change and you get out of bed and fail, that’s pretty normal. You’ll have another chance tomorrow—just remember to like yourself enough to overcome the fear of healing and try again. Highly recommend.”
—Todd Miller, Arcadia Books


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

“One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017.”
—Steven Shonder, Anderson’s Bookshop


The Ninth Hour

by Alice McDermott

“Alice McDermott’s dazzling The Ninth Hour turns on the contradictions that confound our need to reconcile with mortality. The empathetic characters, at once agents and benefactors of Christian charity, grow to realize not just the grace but also the hubris of their faith. A stunning work of generational storytelling, The Ninth Hour is compulsively readable and deeply thought-provoking. McDermott is a master artisan of humanity.”
—Lori Feathers, Interabang Books

National Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! March was designated as National Women’s History month in 1987 by US Congress. We recommend these fantastic listens about and by women who have made history! For more options, check out our Women’s History Month playlist.


We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.


Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.


Wonder Women

by Sam Maggs

“In this delightful book, Maggs introduces readers to amazing women who changed history through their creativity, inventions, and remarkable paths of service in areas overwhelmed by men.”
—Bookseller recommendation from Sally Van Wert at Macdonald Bookshop


Broad Band

by Claire L. Evans

Female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation–they’ve just been erased from the story. Until now. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can’t imagine life without.


Dear Madame President

by Jennifer Palmieri

This audiobook is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field.


Personal History

by Katharine Graham

As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating, inside story of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.


Find more great Women’s History Month listens on our Women’s History Month playlist!

Exit West: March Pick for “Now Read This”

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is the March 2018 selection for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price…

Listen to this author talk at Libro.fm partner store Politics and Prose, in which Mohsin Hamid reads selections from his book, and buy the Exit West audiobook on Libro.fm to support your local, independent bookstore with your purchase!

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

New Playlists from Libro.fm

It’s a new year, and we have several new playlists for our listeners. Playlists are compiled by Libro.fm, 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 Libro.fm 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 Libro.fm!


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 Libro.fm 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.