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Summer 2021

East City Bookshop staff favorites for summer listening.

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Broken Horses

A Memoir

By Brandi Carlile
Narrated by: Brandi Carlile
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

Broken Horses

“For Brandi Carlile fans, her memoir Broken Horses is an intimate look into her life and her music. I always pull up songs mention in books I am reading, but in this case, the audiobook makes it even better. Brandi not only reads, but sings throughout the book. ”

CoffeeTree Books image Nona, CoffeeTree Books
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Everything Sad is Untrue

(a true story)

By Daniel Nayeri
Narrated by: Daniel Nayeri
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Everything Sad is Untrue

“A beautiful patchwork of a story. Astonishing in its complexity and heart. I listened to the audio through and loved hearing the author read his story, to hear his pronunciation and cadence. Brilliant! Cannot recommend enough. ”

The Story Shop image Lauren, The Story Shop
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Ophie’s Ghosts

By Justina Ireland
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

If you enjoyed Shadowland, then you’ll love Ophie’s Ghosts.

“I really, really loved this book! As a huge fan of The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, I was elated to discover another book in that same vein that covers more historical context and bigger themes. Ireland tackles racial and gender history in Georgia and Pennsylvania in 1922. Ophie is a very strong character who though struggling with the loss of her father, is able to empathize with the ghosts despite being warned off by her great aunt. She begins to forge her own path, following her heart on how she is supposed to interact with them rather than ignore them. I'm not sure if Ophie's Ghosts is a stand alone book but for me, it was screaming to be the first in a series! I love the idea of helping ghosts and spirits move on, solving or completing problems that are keeping them tied to Earth. I highly recommend this book to those who love ghosts (but not scary) and historical fiction!”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Kimi, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

By Dawnie Walton
Narrated by: Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin, James Langton, André De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman & full cast
Length: 13 hours 16 minutes


An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.


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Island Queen

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 20 hours 49 minutes

Island Queen

“Both sweeping and intimate, beautiful and painful, this novel based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas is exquisite. Riley’s research is palpable in the detail of each chapter, and readers will find themselves compulsively turning the pages until the end.”

East City Bookshop image Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop
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Red Island House

A Novel

By Andrea Lee
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

If you enjoyed Homegoing, then you’ll love Red Island House.

“A good reader really brings a book to life, but a GREAT reader makes a book unforgettable. Bahni Turpin's brilliant reading of Red Island House will leave you bathed in the richness of the life of Shay, the mistress of the house, the lushness of tropical Madagascar, and the mysterious lives of everyone dwelling in and around the Red House. Even if you've already read this gem, I guarantee the audiobook will wow you even more.”

The Country Bookshop image Angie, The Country Bookshop
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

“Do not let this slim volume deceive you—these stories are powerful, fierce, funny and sad. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time. Stunning!”

East City Bookshop image Jennifer, East City Bookshop
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What's Mine and Yours

By Naima Coster
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

From the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American family, and the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships. A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on... Read more »

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The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

By John Green
Narrated by: John Green
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

The Anthropocene Reviewed

“How do you find the words to describe a book that repeatedly took your breath away? That kept knocking you on your ass? That made you stop multiple times to dutifully type out quotes to text to your friends? I don't know, but I know this is the book I needed right now. It's probably the book you need right now, too. I give THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED five stars.”

Oblong Books image Nicole, Oblong Books
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While Justice Sleeps

A Novel

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & Stacey Abrams
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

While Justice Sleeps

“From the first pages, this crime novel from author/activist Stacey Abrams drew me into the world of the Supreme Court (and chess!) and the seedy underbelly of the U.S. government. This race through the streets of Washington, DC, also contains a deeply satisfying ending that I won’t give away.”

The Silver Unicorn Bookstore image Megan Birch-McMichael, The Silver Unicorn Bookstore
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The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less

By Christine Platt
Narrated by: Christine Platt
Length: 5 hours 35 minutes

Forget the aesthetics of mainstream minimalism and discover a life of authenticity and intention with this practical guide to living with less…your way.

When Christine Platt set out on her journey to live with less, she never intended to become The Afrominimalist. She just wanted to tame the chaos in her closet! But after struggling with the... Read more »

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

"We need this book." Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Anti-Racist

The Atlantic staff writer and poet Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those...

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Malibu Rising

A Novel

By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

Malibu Rising

“This ode to Malibu in the 1980s is the perfect beach read. Four famous siblings throw a star-studded party and over the course of 24 hours find their lives changed forever. It’s enthralling and layered and so vivid it could be a memory. Perfectly paced and suspenseful from page one!”

Books are Awesome image Meagan Dallner, Books are Awesome
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Big Summer

A Novel

By Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by: Danielle Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

Big Summer

“I have never read or listened to anything by Jennifer Weiner before, I thought would be a bit too fluffy for me. I was really surprised to find that I really enjoyed this audio. This story about friendship, loyalty, being comfortable with yourself and staying true to yourself, was very well written and I also really enjoyed the narration. I liked it even more once I got to the twist and realized there was a bit of a mystery thrown in! I very much enjoyed listening to this audio. I highly recommend this one to get your summer reading/listening started!!”

Gottwals Books image Julie, Gottwals Books
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