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  1. 9.9 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    “The Dollhouse … That’s what we boys like to call it … The Barbizon Hotel for Women, packed to the rafters with pretty little dolls. Just like you.” Fiona Davis’s stunning debut novel pulls listeners into the lush world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success in the 1950s, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon’s glitzy past. When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that’s used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance. Over half a century later, the Barbizon’s gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby’s involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman’s rent-controlled apartment. It’s a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby’s upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose’s obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.

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    The Dollhouse

    9.9 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 20.4 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    The award-winning, internationally bestselling saga of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism and the one priest whose wavering guidance will determine its fate Idealistic, foolhardy Morten Falck is a newly ordained priest sailing to Greenland in 1787 to convert the Inuit to the Danish church. He’s rejected the prospect of a sleepy posting in a local parish and instead departs for the forsaken Sukkertoppen colony, where he will endeavor to convert the locals. A town battered by unremittingly harsh winters and simmering with the threat of dissent, it is a far cry from the parish he envisioned; natives from neighboring villages have unified to reject colonial rule and establish their own settlement atop Eternal Fjord. A bumbling and at times terrifically destructive mix of Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Arthur Dimmesdale, he’s woefully ill prepared to confront this new sect. Torn between his instinctive compassion for the rebel congregation perched atop Eternal Fjord and his duty to the church, Falck is forced to decide where he belongs. His exploits in this brutal backwater include an accidental explosion after a night curled around a keg, a botched surgery, a love affair with a solitary and fatalistic widow, and an apprenticeship with an eager young scholar that ends in tragedy. Based on authentic events in the 1780s and 90s, Prophets of Eternal Fjord moves from the quiet rooms of the Copenhagen bourgeoisie to the stark, hardscrabble village of the Fjord where Falck finds himself―surprisingly―at home. In gritty detail, Kim Leine reveals the corrosive effects of colonial rule.

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    The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine

    The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

    Translated by Martin Aitken
    20.4 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.0 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    A historical legal thriller centered on the key personalities who fought the “War of the Currents”—Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Westinghouse’s young, talented lawyer, Paul Cravath. It’s John Grisham meets The Alienist. New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy, and untold glory (and untold riches) await the man who can power the nation with this new technology. Thomas Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park,” has won the race to the patent office and is now suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for infringement for the unheard of sum of a billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: he hires an untested twenty-six year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath. The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting—Edison quickly shows himself an implacable and crafty opponent who will lie, cheat, and betray (and worse) in order to win. To defeat Thomas Edison seems impossible, yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? Paul, a man of principle, starts making compromises he never imagined. And as he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

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    The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

    The Last Days of Night

    13.0 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 20.4 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    For Americans in the early nineteenth century, the uncharted western frontier signified both great opportunity and grave danger. Bold pioneers left the civilized Eastern Seaboard in droves, seeking riches and reinvention. Trekking across the continent’s vast plains and rivers, they faced the threat of disease, wild animals, and violence from Native Americans who resented this invasion into their land. In this stunningly dynamic novel, author Cameron Judd portrays one such perilous journey down the Ohio River through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Celinda Ames. This enthralling narrative leads up to the earthquake of 1811 that jolted the Midwest, upended the region’s budding civilizations, and changed the course of migration to the West. With an unflinching eye, Judd evokes the dangers of the frontier with vivid clarity.

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    Passage to Natchez

    20.4 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 13.5 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    For readers of Paula McLain, Nancy Horan, and Melanie Benjamin, this captivating novel is inspired by a little-known interlude in the artist’s life. The French Riviera, spring 1936. It’s off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who’s slipped out of Paris and is traveling under an assumed name has made an unusual request—to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he has secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito. Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional lives—and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, chafing under her family’s authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward, as the great artist and the talented young chef each pursue their own passions and destiny. New York, present day. Céline, a Hollywood makeup artist who has come home for the holidays, learns from her mother, Julie, that Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso. Prompted by her mother’s enigmatic stories and the hint of more family secrets yet to be uncovered, Céline carries out Julie’s wishes and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Céline discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future. Featuring an array of both fictional characters and the French Riviera’s most famous historical residents, set against the breathtaking scenery of the south of France, Cooking for Picasso serves up a touching, delectable, and wise story, illuminating the powers of trust, money, art, and creativity in the choices that men and women make, as they seek a path toward love, success, and joie de vivre.

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    Cooking for Picasso

    13.5 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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    8.1 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    From award-winning author Rae Meadows comes a luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family’s survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl. Annie Bell can’t escape the dust. It’s in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, and in the corners of her children’s dry, cracked lips. It’s 1934, and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma, is struggling as the earliest storms of the Dust Bowl descend. The wheat harvests are drying out, and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie’s fragile young son Fred suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, Annie’s husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain. As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become. With her warm storytelling and beautiful prose, Rae Meadows brings to life an unforgettable family that faces hardship with rare grit and determination. Rich in detail and epic in scope, I Will Send Rain is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, filled with hope, morality, and love.

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    I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows

    I Will Send Rain

    8.1 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    From Man Booker–shortlisted, IMPAC Award–winning author Nicola Barker comes an exuberant, multivoiced new novel mapping the extraordinary life and legacy of a nineteenth-century Hindu saint. To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna—godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle—maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower. Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces. The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope. Dazzlingly inventive and brilliantly comic, irreverent, and mischievous, The Cauliflower delivers us into the divine playfulness of a twenty-first-century literary master.

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    The Cauliflower by Nicola Barker

    The Cauliflower

    8.7 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    An audiobook, spanning several generations, which draws us into the complicated world of a family in California after the sudden death of the father. Beginning with forty-three-year-old Michael Gannon’s fatal heart attack, Shining Sea draws us into the turbulent lives of his widow and offspring. In the wake of their loss, the Gannon clan find themselves charting paths they never anticipated, for decades to come. Korkeakivi transports the listener through the years: from WWII to the present, from California to Woodstock’s heyday, and from London’s gritty nightlife in the eighties to the rough seas of the Inner Hebrides. Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is an American family story-about the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, and the ways our heroes can both lead us astray—and keep us afloat.

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    Shining Sea

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  9. 21.1 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII’s sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII’s kingdom. As sisters they share an everlasting bond; As queens they can break each other’s hearts. When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

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    Three Sisters, Three Queens

    21.1 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.3 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Clarissa, the young wife of a foreign office diplomat, delights in tweaking the sensibilities of her more serious friends by playing a game she calls “supposing”—imagining a difficult situation and finding out how people would respond. But Clarissa’s lighthearted games becomes deadly serious when she discovers the body of an unknown person in her own drawing room. If that weren’t bad enough, her husband is on the way home with an important foreign politician. Clarissa decides to dispose of the body and persuades her three houseguests to help. But before she can get the corpse off the premises, a policeman knocks at her front door. Now Clarissa must keep the body hidden, convince the skeptical police inspector that there has been no murder, and, in the meantime, find out who has been murdered, why, and what the body is doing in her house …

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    Spider’s Web by Charles Osborne

    Spider’s Web

    Novelization by Charles Osborne, based on the play by Agatha Christie
    Read by Hugh Fraser
    4.3 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who reconstructs his grandfather’s story—his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War—from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. His grandson, a writer, retells his story, the notebooks giving him the impetus to imagine his way into the locked chambers of Urbain’s memory. He vividly recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father’s work; dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this story, Urbain’s grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man’s life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations.

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    War and Turpentine

    Translated by David Mckay
    8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.3 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Hillary Jordan’s mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

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    Mudbound

    9.3 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.1 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    After the Confederacy falls, newly-freed slave Rutherford Calhoun is eager to avoid marrying a prim schoolteacher and boards the first ship he finds moored at a New Orleans port. Unbeknownst to Calhoun, the vessel is a slave ship en route to Africa. On the return trip, Calhoun is put to work as a cabin boy and quickly assists the newly captured slaves in revolting against the drunken crew. This compelling adventure is filled with a perfect blend of colorful narrative, historical romance and suspense.

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    Middle Passage

    7.1 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.2 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    At once a comic glance at the old American West and a serious story about transformation and redemption, Turpentine is the remarkable literary debut from Spring Warren. In this ambitious novel, Warren delivers a bold and inventive story about a young man’s attempt to make sense of the past while unsteadily growing into adulthood. The year is 1871, and Edward Turrentine Bayard III, sick and restless, leaves his Connecticut home to recover out west. But when the private sanitarium in which he is to stay proves to be nothing more than a rickety outpost on the Nebraskan plains, he becomes a buffalo skinner. After returning to the East, Ned teams up with Phaegin, who earns her money rolling cigars, and Curly, a fourteen-year-old coal miner, but the newfound trio is wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, and they must flee. With a Pinkerton agent following their every move, the gang of winsome ne’er-do-wells engages in a circuitous escape that takes them through northern outposts into Indian country, past the slums of Chicago, and into the boundless Great Plains. En route they become witness to the transformation and growing pains of a burgeoning nation. Warren’s debut novel is a startling and prescient portrait of the great expanse of the American west: unforgiving, lawless, and rugged, a natural canvas for dreamers and escapees alike. Equally memorable is the novel’s examination of a young hero: prone to failure, bold, and untested, Edward is a loveable and searching character in the vein of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. A contemporary story set in a distinct and old-fashioned era, Turpentine is a gritty, sure-footed homage to the frontier and its heroes, villains, and goons.

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    Turpentine

    13.2 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 12.4 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Eight hundred women and children begin a twelve-hundred-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end only thirty will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

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    A Town like Alice

    12.4 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.7 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Captured by the Comanches at the age of nine, Helen dreams of escape for more than fourteen years yet, when the time comes to choose freedom she discovers no choice exists as she has become absorbed in the Comanche culture.

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    A Woman of the People

    9.7 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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