July 2019 Debuts
Add These July Debuts to Your Playlist

The stories from these debut authors range from memoirs to fantasy to mystery thrillers. So, whether you’re heading to the beach or spending a sunny afternoon outside relaxing, these audiobooks will keep you entertained. Discover a fresh new voice to add to your playlist!

FICTION & NONFICTION FOR KIDS AND TEENS

Makeda June Kirkland is eleven-years-old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda’s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena- the only other adopted black girl she knows- for a new life. Makeda can’t help but wonder: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me?

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of Imperial Tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Psst: Check out our Q&A with author Elizabeth Lim!

An often hilarious and always relevant memoir about one teen boy’s battle with brain cancer and his Starlight Children’s Foundation wish: to meet Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and plead for nuclear disarmament and world peace.

FICTION FOR ADULTS

This novel follows the lives of three groundbreaking women: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich, who would wend her way into Hollywood as one of its lasting icons; Anna May Wong, the world’s first Chinese American star, playing for bit parts while dreaming of breaking away from her father’s modest laundry; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director would first make her famous—then, infamous.

Fourteen-year-old Cindy and her two older brothers live in rural Pennsylvania, in a house with occasional electricity, two fierce dogs, one book, and a mother who comes and goes for months at a time. So when a glamorous teen from a more affluent, cultured home goes missing, Cindy escapes her own family’s poverty and slips into the missing teen’s life. As Cindy experiences overwhelming maternal love for the first time, she must reckon with her own deceits and, in the process, learn what it means to be a daughter, a sister, and a neighbor.

Meet Kelly. Twenty-nine, go-getter, a brilliant robotics engineer, and perpetually single. So when her younger sister’s wedding looms and her attempts to find a date become increasingly cringeworthy, Kelly does the only logical thing: she builds her own boyfriend. What could go wrong?

Author: Ruchika Tomar
Read By: Sophie Amoss

Cale Lambert, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, lives in a dusty town near the California-Nevada border. When she starts waitressing at the local diner, she reconnects with Penélope Reyes, a charismatic former classmate running mysterious side-hustles to fund her dreams. The girls become inseparable—until one terrifying act of violence shatters their world.

Author: Lila Savage
Read By: Lisa Flanagan

Ella is nearing thirty, and not yet living the life she imagined. One spring, Bryn–a retired carpenter–hires her to help him care for Jill, his wife of many years. A car accident caused a brain injury that has left Jill verbally diminished. As Ella is drawn ever deeper into the couple’s household, her presence unwanted but wholly necessary, she is startled by the yearning this awakens in her, one that complicates her feelings for her girlfriend, Alix, and causes her to look at relationships of all kinds in new ways.

Roberta spends her life trying not to take up space. At almost thirty, she is adrift and alienated from life. But when she meets Stevie, a spirited and effervescent artist, their intense friendship sparks a change in Roberta, a shift in her desire for more. Together, they invent the Supper Club, a transgressive and joyous collective of women who gather to celebrate, rather than admonish, their hungers; Roberta is forced to reconcile herself to the desire and vulnerabilities of the body–and the past she has worked so hard to repress.

In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. But Malin isn’t like the rest of her friends; she’s an expert at hiding her troubled past. She acts as if she shares the preoccupations of those around her—dating, partying—all while using her extraordinary insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses. On the cusp of graduation, Malin’s secrets—and those of her friends—are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder…

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