Are you a fan of short stories? Then Big Cats is the audiobook for you. The acclaimed collection was released in audio this week and it has a star-studded cast. With the likes of Patricia Arquette, Helen Hunt, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer, among others, Big Cats is full of big personalities.
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin‘s newest book is TheÂ Swans of Fifth Avenue. ItÂ is the story of Truman Capote and New Yorkâ€™s 1950s socialites: Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill, and Babe Paley. These women are otherwise known as New Yorkâ€™s â€śSwansâ€ť. In 1975, after years of friendship (particularly between Capote and Babe), Capote published a thinly veiled story about the Swansâ€™s deepest, darkest secrets–which left everyone reeling, and Capote ousted from their society. Melanie Benjamin writes meticulously and fantastically of this event, what led up to it, and how Capote and Babe became such fast, deep friends. Read more
Not only is Adam Johnson the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Masterâ€™s Son, and one of Americaâ€™s most provocative and powerful authors, he is now also the winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction.
Johnsonâ€™s Fortune Smiles is a collection of six stories that delve deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. It is subtly surreal, darkly comic, both hilarious and heartbreaking. JohnsonÂ gives voice to the perspectives we donâ€™t often hear, and offers readers a new way of looking at the world.Â Read more
Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, is back with a short story called The Grownup. The Grownup is a chillingÂ ghost story about a suburban family in a Gothic Victorian home.
The nameless narrator is a young grafter woman. She works at a spiritual shopâ€”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 unfoldâ€¦and things are not necessarily as they seem.
I was a little disappointed to hear that Anthony Marra‘s follow-up to his stunning New York Times bestselling debut, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was a book of short stories entitled The Tsar of Love and Techno. I don’t normally love short story collections; itâ€™s hard to find a collection where every story is truly memorable. I always feel the need to delve deeper into characters or situations. Needless to say, I was worried that would be the case with The Tsar of Love and Techno. I was completely wrong. In this collection, the characters and their stories are subtly intertwined, making it feel like one continuous, grand novel. Read more
…If these two can ever get to Seattle. Or at least thatâ€™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 â€“ and even the most unimaginable wishes may yet come true.
Debbie Macomberâ€™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.
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
Are you looking for the next big book of the Fall? Look no further! Lauren Groff, theÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, brings you one of the most anticipated books of the fall.Â Fates and Furies is an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.
New York Times bestselling authorÂ Salman Rushdie is at it again. With Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Rushdie weaves elements of mythology, history, love, and fantasy together. The story begins with a jinn–those magical creatures of ancient Eastern stories. Read more