Our Chemical Hearts: A High School Romance Unlike Any Other

This is not your typical high school romance.

Debut author Krystal Sutherland’s OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS puts you into the shoes of Henry Page, a high school senior who has never been in love. He hopes that one day he will be, after watching his parent’s adorable love story play out in front of his eyes, but he’s never found that person that makes his life feel like he’s caught in a romantic movie. Instead, he’s hoping to become editor of his school newspaper and get into a good college. But when Grace Town walks into his class at the beginning of the school year, he knows things are about to change.
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The Ballroom
The Ballroom is a Seamlessly Woven Story

The early years of the 20th century marked a time of tremendous social change:  a war like nothing anyone had experienced was about to break out across Europe, women would soon agitate for and win the right to vote, the medical breakthroughs of penicillin and a vaccine for tuberculosis were just around the corner.  It was the dawn of the modern era.  Yet as the setting and incidents in The Ballroom reveal, the mental health profession was in a dark age, and a long way from understanding the plight of women and the poor.

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Gillian Flynn’s Bone-Chilling New Story: THE GROWNUP

Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, is back with a short story called The Grownup. The Grownup is a chilling  ghost story about a suburban family in a Gothic Victorian home.

The nameless narrator is a young grafter woman. She works at a spiritual shop—in front they provide women with psychic readings; in back, they provide pleasure to men. One day, a disheveled woman, Susan, enters the shop and asks for help. Her house may be haunted, and her unusual stepson may have sinister intentions. Intending to use Susan as a conduit to other wealthy women interested in psychic house calls, the narrator agrees to help.

Once the narrator begins visiting the family and the home, however, eerily disturbing events and stories unfold…and things are not necessarily as they seem.

Listen to a clip from The Grownup read by Julia Whelan. The Grownup

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From now on your troubles will be out of sight…

…If these two can ever get to Seattle. Or at least that’s what they think when they begin their journey. Ashley Davidson and Dashiell Sutherland are two individuals who desperately need to get to Seattle for Christmas and the only option is to share the one rental car available. The close quarters force them to open up to each other and thus begins the wild ride ahead. They may never get to Seattle in time for Christmas but their trip is still full of many surprises – and even the most unimaginable wishes may yet come true.

Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow is the story of a magical romance amidst the hustle and bustle of crazy holiday travel. For more audio holiday suggestions, check out our holiday collection.

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