Debut Authors to Listen to in July

From contemplative fiction to laugh-out-loud memoirs, your summer reading list is about to get a whole lot richer with these fantastic audiobooks from new authors.

The Boy at the Door

When someone forgets to pick up their little boy at the local pool, Cecilia agrees to take him home, only to find an abandoned, empty house. It’s the first step in the unraveling of her meticulously crafted life, as her and another woman’s worlds collide…
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Can You Tolerate This?

An already prizewinning collection of essays on youth and aging, ambition and disappointment, Katherine Mansfield tourism and New Zealand punk rock, and the limitations of the body.
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From the Corner of the Oval

This behind-the-scenes memoir takes listeners inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world.
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign.
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The Incendiaries
Author: R. O. Kwon
Read By: Keong Sim

A shocking novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea. Listen to an excerpt The Incendiaries

How to Love a Jamaican

“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once: some cultivated, some simple, some wickedly funny, some deeply melancholic. All of them shine.” —Zadie Smith
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Mary B: A Novel

The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel.
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OK, Mr. Field

After an accident that could ruin his concert piano career occurs, Mr. Field uses his compensation pay-out to buy a house he has seen only once in a newspaper photograph. He leaves London for the coast of Cape Town, pinning his hopes for happiness on the change of scenery.
Listen to an excerpt THE SONG OF TREES

Orchid and the Wasp

“Art-forging, smack-talking, long-distance-running Gael Foess, three times smarter than everyone around her, proves to be an unforgettable heroine, and her journey will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love.” –Anthony Doerr
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The Shortest Way Home
Author: Miriam Parker
Read By: Abby Craden

Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted: high-paying job, Manhattan apartment, and a boyfriend about to propose. But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery, her whole life changes.
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