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Need an Escape?! An Updated List of Books to Take You Away

Need an Escape?! An Updated List of Books to Take You Away

Great Escapes! These are some of the best-selling books right now ~ both nation-wide and from Sarah's list of Staff Picks. Enjoy!

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The Authenticity Project

A Novel

By Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Anna Cordell
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

The Authenticity Project

“I am in love with the Authenticity Project. I'm ready to write down my own story and leave it at my favorite cafe with the hope of only a teeny bit of the magic these characters find once they tell their truth. I listened to the audio of the novel through Libro.fm. I normally listen to books while I clean to help pass the time. I found myself cleaning for 6 hours because I did not want to stop this novel once I started. A friend described this as if "Love Actually" and "Friends" had a baby, this book would be it and I have to agree! Great, unique, present day read.”

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Wow, No Thank You.

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read more »

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

By Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

“I don’t know about everyone else, but I, for one, am really excited that vampires are making a comeback. I think they’re such a fun trope in pretty much every genre, and this was no exception. True to the Grady Hendrix style, this book was the perfect campy, slightly off-kilter, and moderately gory suburban horror story I didn’t know I needed.”

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Little Weirds

By Jenny Slate
Narrated by: Jenny Slate
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

Little Weirds

“Little lovely weirds from the big, lovely, weirdness of Jenny Slate's brain. I am recommending that you get both a physical copy to beautify your shelves and the audiobook so that Slate can croon her little weirds into your ears and that way your hands are free for snacking or petting the dog or arranging acorns on your mantle. You will laugh and sigh and wish her words could bring things to life because she is, after all, a magical person so it should be a thing she can do. And who knows? Maybe she will. ”

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All Adults Here

A Novel

By Emma Straub
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

All Adults Here

“A single sudden and shocking occurrence jolts Astrid Strick — widow, mother, and small-town stalwart — into reassessing her life, especially her failings with her three grown children. Even as she tries to find a path toward redemption, it’s clear her offspring are nursing different hurts. Straub’s lovely and charming comic novel explores the messy and dissonant truths that underpin the illusions we maintain about those closest to us. No one is at fault, and everyone is to blame. Even adults have to grow up. Utterly charming and completely engrossing.”

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It's Not All Downhill From Here

A Novel

By Terry McMillan
Narrated by: Terry McMillan
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE AND GOOD... Read more »

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The Big Finish

By Brooke Fossey
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

One of Goodreads Top 25 Feel-Good and Escapist Books to Read in Quarantine as seen in USA Today

“[A] funny, winning debut.”—People

“Delightfully quirky and endearing…an absolute pleasure to read!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.

Meet Josie, a desperate young woman... Read more »

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Oona Out of Order

A Novel

By Margarita Montimore
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Oona Out of Order

“Imagine quantum leaping throughout your own life and trying to cobble together a life one year at a time. Oona leaps every New Year's Eve at midnight and never knows when she is going to wake up. As if that is not traumatic enough, she has no idea what has happened the previous year (and leaves herself letters, notes, and cryptic clues to fill in the gaps). "Oona out of Order" is smart, funny, poignant, and just a little wacky! What a pleasure to listen too and follow Oona travel through time!”

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

By TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

The House in the Cerulean Sea

“There aren't many books that can leave you wishing you were a parentless magical child feared by the rest of the society. But with characters like the ones in The House in the Cerulean Sea, you can't help but wish you belonged to such a wonderful, magical family. And the dialogue! You will not be able to drive while listening to it because you'll be laughing way too hard!”

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Nothing to See Here

By Kevin Wilson
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

Nothing to See Here

“Sometimes you need a little absurd in your touching, heartfelt novel. This is that. Narrated to perfection, Nothing to See Here takes you along a beautiful finding-oneself journey and adds a healthy dose of flammable children. Of course.”

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Pretty Things

A Novel

By Janelle Brown
Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Lauren Fortgang & Hillary Huber
Length: 16 hours 6 minutes

Pretty Things

“Pretty Things by Janelle Brown is a quick and entertaining read. The author constructs a narrative with many twists and turns, some predictable (but still fun) and others not. I appreciated the juxtaposition of the characters and their history, as well as hearing the story from the different points of view.”

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Yes Please

By Amy Poehler
Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Mike Schur & Kathleen Turner
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

GRAMMY NOMINEE

Audie Award, Humor, 2015

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents - Yes Please is the ultimate...

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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel

By Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Red, White & Royal Blue

“ To everyone who started telling me to read this book a year ago, I’m sorry. You were right - I loved it, unequivocally. The romance was sweet and gentle and real. But the humor put it over the top for me. I needed to laugh like that, desperately. And I did, a lot. A whole lot. But I also cried - because this book is pure, wholesome, and hopeful, even when it dipped into the darker places (with so much grace). Red, White, & Royal Blue gave my heart wings, and I'm still soaring. So to everyone who's still hesitant, don't be me - get on this train ASAP.”

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel

By Gail Honeyman
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 11 hours 1 minutes

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“Eleanor Oliphant has quickly become one of my favorite fictional characters, and this novel one of my favorite books. Eleanor is completely original and the right kind of weird. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story that I did not want to put down. I can't wait for this book to come out so many more can fall in love with Eleanor. Highly, highly recommended.”

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The City We Became

A Novel
The Great Cities: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes

The City We Became

“This is a fantastic read, and even better in audio. To be able to close your eyes and let the layers of story and reality wash over is enchanting. I will never look at a map again without imagining each place as a beings.”

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The Giver of Stars

A Novel

By Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hours 52 minutes

The Giver of Stars

“A true story of amazing women in Kentucky in the 1930s. Featuring strong friendships, love and overcoming adversity.”

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Circe

By Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
Length: 12 hours 8 minutes

Circe

“Miller expands on the story Circe, a little-known figure in Greek mythology to create an insightful portrayal of humanity. This is some of the most beautiful writing I've ever experienced. As a society, we are flooded with tales of ordinary to extraordinary, of the special, chosen hero. But what about the power of the ordinary? And of choice? Perhaps a strong will can best even the gods of Olympus.”

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The Overstory

By Richard Powers
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 22 hours 58 minutes

The Overstory

“Do you love trees? Probably not as much as Richard Powers does! This books weaves together the converging stories of nine characters, but they really function as a means to probe the perspective of the trees themselves. With lyrical prose and amazing stories of naturalist history, this is an epic of environmental literature.”

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Clap When You Land

“Its category as a young adult novel shouldn't keep grownups from listening to "Clap When You Land." The parallel first-person stories of two teenage girls who lose their fathers in the same plane crash from NY to the Dominican Republic -- and the revelation that their fathers were the same man, who had led a double life -- is tender and wise. Elizabeth Acevedo's poetic prose, and her narration, convey the grief and love of the families. Camino and Yahaira will live in your heart forever.”

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