You’ve picked your strawberries, your blueberries, and your cherries. Now it’s time to pick up some new audiobooks for the whole family, fresh off the debut author vine!
For You Time
It is the 1950s in a restless Iran. The government is unpopular and corrupt and under foreign sway. One night, an army driver hears the pitiful cry of a baby abandoned in an alley. He snatches up the child and takes her home, naming her Ariaâ€”the first step on an unlikely path from deprivation to privilege. Over the next two decades, the orphan girl acquires three mother figures whose secrets she will learn only much later: Zahra, who abuses her; Fereshteh, who adopts her; and mysterious Mehri, whose connection to Aria is both a blessing and a burden.
When Coopâ€”a U.S. Army paratrooper serving in Afghanistanâ€”is called urgently to his Captainâ€™s office, he fears heâ€™s headed for a court martial. Coop has been keeping a terrible secret from his fellow soldiers, and worries heâ€™s been discovered. Instead, his life is devastated in a different way: his wife, Kay, has been killed in a hit-and-run. Navigating this new battlefield, heâ€™ll have to find justice for Kay while also seeking his own redemption.
In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, and offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husbandâ€™s fame. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, Live in Love takes an intimate look at one coupleâ€™s lifeâ€”and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.
As a full moon rises over Melbourne, Australia, a young autistic woman gets ready for a party. What appears to be the start of an ordinary night out, though, is, through the prism of her mind, extraordinary. When she meets a man in line for the bathroom, and the possibility of intimacy and genuine connection occurs, it’s nothing short of a miracle. It isn’t until she invites him home, though, and into her remarkable world that we come to appreciate the humanity beneath the labels we cling to, to grasp, through her singular perspective, the visceral joy of what it means to be alive.
For the Family
Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo’s mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that. On top of it all, Jo has a secret: her twin sister. No one’s ever seen Jo’s sister, who lives in the woods. When her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Which means Jo has to decide–does she tell the world about her sister, or does she run?
It all starts with a note folded into the shape of an origami octopus: “Hi, Me. Yes, you. You’re me, and I’m you.” If you believe this and the other origami notes that follow–which middle schooler Meade Macon absolutely, positively does NOT–the concept of parallel dimensions is true, and there is a convention full of alternate versions of Meade waiting for his RSVP. It’s got to be a joke. Except . . . the octopus is an origami fold Meade thought he invented.
Adapted from a story that first appeared in the beloved Flying Lessons & Other Stories! Isaiah is now the big man of the house. But it’s a lot harder than his dad made it look. His little sister asks too many questions, and Mama’s gone totally silent. When things get really tough, there’s Daddy’s journal, filled with stories about the amazing Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who gets his powers from beans and rice. Isaiah wishes his dad’s tales were real. He could use those powers right about now!