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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Jojo Moyes Shows Us That Life Happens AFTER YOU

Readers loved–and lost–alongside Louisa Clark in Me Before You, and, now, Jojo Moyes continues Louisa’s story in it’s sequel, After You. Now that Will Traynor is gone, Louisa’s life is solitary and grey. She lives alone, works at an airport bar, and shields herself from getting emotionally attached to anyone. Suddenly, though, she has an accident that changes everything. Read more

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Mindy Kaling Shines in Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling has another hit on her hands with Why Not Me?. Mindy has become even more well-known (and well-liked) since her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and it allows her to maintain her role as the celebrity that a lot of girls and women (myself included!) can identify with and see as one of their best friends. Read more

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