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Have a book lover on your gift list, but no idea where to start? Let us help with recommendations that suit all kinds of readers. These are the books we're gifting, and, well, we have very good taste.

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Wish It Lasted Forever

Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

By Dan Shaughnessy
Narrated by: Dan Shaughnessy
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

For fans of the hit basketball documentary The Last Dance, and from award-winning Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a nostalgia-filled retelling of the Boston Celtics’ 1980s dominance, which featured the sublime play of NBA legend Larry Bird.

Today the NBA is a vast global franchise—a billion-dollar industry viewed by millions of fans in... Read more »

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Vespertine

By Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the... Read more »

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Promise That You Will Sing About Me

The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar

By Miles Marshall Lewis
Narrated by: Larry Herron & Miles Marshall Lewis
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as...

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Pax, Journey Home

Pax

By Sara Pennypacker
Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love.

It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives.

Pax and his mate,...

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Our Country Friends

A Novel

By Gary Shteyngart
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book ReviewFinancial TimesThe Washington PostTimeLos Angeles TimesGood HousekeepingKirkus Reviews

“A perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the pandemic era I would... Read more »

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Never

A Novel

By Ken Follett
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 23 hours 57 minutes

New York Times Bestseller

The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.
 
“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” —Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get... Read more »

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My Monticello

Fiction

By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, January LaVoy, Landon Woodson, LeVar Burton, Ngozi Anyanwu & Tomiwa Edun
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

My Monticello

“A dynamic, and timely, debut by a new voice in fiction, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. This collection is comprised of five short stories and one novella all set in the state of Virginia. As you read these stories, you will experience, and feel, the gamut of human emotion as the voices and themes in each are different. The author explores race, identity, and an imagining of the future in the novella "My Monticello". Thought-provoking.”

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The Morning Star

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Mia Barron, Michael Braun, Alyssa Bresnahan, Hannah Cabell, Michael Crouch, Elisabeth Rodgers, Graham Winton & Leah Horowitz
Length: 23 hours 11 minutes

Last night a new star appeared in the sky. The morning star. I know what it means. It means that it has begun. One long night in August, Arne and Tove are staying with their children in their summer house in southern Norway. Their friend Egil has his own place nearby. Kathrine, a priest, is flying home from a Bible seminar, questioning her... Read more »

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Matrix

A Novel

By Lauren Groff
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

Matrix

“In this brilliant work of historical fiction, Lauren Groff reimagines a 12th century in which Marie of France, scorned by the French court and exiled to an impoverished English abbey, uses her keen intellect and iron will to smash through the patriarchy and become one of the most powerful women of her age...British actress Adjoa Andoh is a brilliant narrator, bringing Marie and her cohort of nuns to life throughout half a century of abbey life. In turns mystic, humorous, and poignant, Groff invites us to ask “what if?” What if women throughout history had been allowed to use their skills and smarts as leaders? What would our society, our religions, look like? Matrix provides a powerful springboard for imagining the possibilities.”

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Major Labels

A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

By Kelefa Sanneh
Narrated by: Kelefa Sanneh
Length: 18 hours 59 minutes

One of Oprah Daily's 20 Favorite Books of 2021 • Selected as one of Pitchfork's Best Music Books of the Year

One of the best books of its kind in decades.The Wall Street Journal

An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular music over the past fifty years refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated...
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Light From Uncommon Stars

By Ryka Aoki
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other...

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How Do You Live?

By Genzaburo Yoshino
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Anime master Hayao Miyazaki's favorite childhood book and a beloved Japanese classic, this uplifting coming-of-age story brings philosophy, history and wonder together, available in English for the first time.

The streets of Tokyo swarm below fifteen-year-old Copper as he gazes out into the city of his childhood. Struck by the thought of the... Read more »

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Hooked

How Crafting Saved My Life

By Sutton Foster
Narrated by: Sutton Foster
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too).

Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the... Read more »

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The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes

By Zoë Playdon
Narrated by: Rebecca Root
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

The life story of an aristocratic Scottish trans man—whose secret 1968 legal case had a profound impact on trans rights for decades.

Ewan Forbes was born to a wealthy, landowning family, holders of a baronetcy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1912. Assigned female at birth, his true identity was nevertheless clear even in childhood—and so, with... Read more »

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Hero of Two Worlds

The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

By Mike Duncan
Narrated by: Mike Duncan
Length: 17 hours 19 minutes

From the bestselling author of The Storm Before the Storm and host of the Revolutions podcast comes the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality
 
Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age... Read more »

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Harsh Times

A Novel

By Mario Vargas Llosa
Narrated by: Ian Guerra
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

The true story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s as only a master of fiction can tell it

Guatemala, 1954. The military coup perpetrated by Carlos Castillo Armas and supported by the CIA topples the government of Jacobo Árbenz. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changes the development of Latin America:...

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

Outlander (Gabaldon): Book #9

By Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Length: 49 hours 25 minutes

#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series. The past may seem the safest place to be … but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. …Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now... Read more »

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Beasts of a Little Land

A Novel

By Juhea Kim
Narrated by: Sue Jean Kim & Raymond Lee
Length: 13 hours 29 minutes

Beasts of a Little Land

“Juhea Kim's debut novel is at once massive in breadth and intimate in scale. Upending Dickens and Tolstoy by setting some of their themes in Japanese occupied Korea, Kim delves into the depths of her characters - social outcasts all - and builds an ensemble of unique voices that speak to today's world nearly a century on from her setting. Parallels are exposed between the imperialism and revolution of early-twentieth-century Korea and early-twenty-first-century America, Britain, Brazil, Venezuela, Myanmar - take your pick - proving that we have not yet learned from history and are still dooming ourselves to repeat the horror of our past. The setting not only allows for a political backdrop that reverberates to modern readers, but also allows Kim to center her characters in a society shift as well; one where mysticism is giving way to harsh reality; where prior social mores are becoming popular entertainment; and where social outcasts can become leaders of industry. This is a thrilling read, and brought to mind the best of Merchant-Ivory films while also exploring the racist and colonizing effects of the aristocracy.”

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100 Things We've Lost to the Internet

By Pamela Paul
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

The acclaimed editor of The New York Times Book Review takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the pre-Internet age, offering powerful insights into both the profound and the seemingly trivial things we've lost.

Remember all those ingrained habits, cherished ideas, beloved objects, and stubborn preferences from the pre-Internet age? They’re gone.

To... Read more »

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