Emma Straub’s Audiobook Recommendations

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Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers, also owns one of our bookstore partners, Books are Magic in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. Check out Emma’s latest audiobook recommendations!

What’s your favorite audiobook of the year?

Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up was a fabulous listen–anything with musicality built into the language is an extra joy to ingest via audiobook.

What audiobook would you recommend to a teen who doesn’t read very much?

There is so much fabulous YA fiction right now, written in so many different voices, that it would very much depend on the teen! But Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X or With the Fire on High, or Mason Deaver’s I Wish You All the Best, or Angie Thomas’s books are all incredible. 

What non-fiction audiobook would you recommend to someone who’s looking for escapism?

My favorite kind of escapism is that kind that makes you laugh before punching you in the stomach with the real stuff of humanity. You can never ever ever go wrong with David Sedaris, for sure, or how about some Sloane Crosley?

Is there a novel that speaks particularly well to the moment?

I think novels about immigration, or the immigrant experience, are particularly important at the moment. Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy, Luis Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels, and Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive are all great. 

You can find Emma’s audiobooks on Libro.fm. Don’t forget to pre-order All Adults Here, coming in May 2020!

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