Beyond the Beach Read

Summer reading doesn’t have to be all breezy beach books. These five audiobooks will give you all the escape you need, while digging a little deeper into love and life.

The Chalk Artist

“What begins as a sparkling love story of an idealistic young teacher, Nina, and artist Collin, who works only in chalk, becomes a stunning, rich exploration of whether love, art, literature, and nature can compete with breathtaking virtual worlds.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
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A House Among the Trees

From National Book Award‒winning author Julia Glass comes the story of an unusual bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant. It’s a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy.
Listen to an excerpt A HOUSE AMONG TREES

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

“Compelling . . . musical and beautifully orchestrated. Roy’s depiction of furtive romance has a cinematic quality, as well as genuine poignancy and depth of emotion. . . . Ministry manages to extract hope from tragedies witnessed.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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The Confusion of Languages

A searing debut novel about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East.
Listen to an excerpt THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES

The Windfall

This heartfelt comedy of manners about a family in modern India illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home.
Listen to an excerpt THE WINDFALL