National Book Award Winner – Fortune Smiles

Not only is Adam Johnson the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son, and one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors, he is now also the winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction.

Johnson’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. Johnson gives voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear, and offers readers a new way of looking at the world.  Read more

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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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Love, Art, and Rebellion in THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO by Anthony Marra

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; it’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

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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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New Release: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Are you looking for the next big book of the Fall? Look no further! Lauren Groff, the New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, brings you one of the most anticipated books of the fall. Fates and Furies is an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.

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Salman Rushdie’s Newest Feat of Storytelling

New York Times bestselling author 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

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