Audible August Staff Picks

Goddess Grows Up: You Are the Gift Cover Image
ISBN: 9781719310079
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 12th, 2018

Using her own experiences with the Spirit, Winter Clark lays out practices that empaths, spiritualists, and intuitive folks can use to get in touch with a Greater Spirit. Clark opens with her growth as an empath, outlining her sometimes strained relationship with the Spirit. Using this lifetime of knowledge, Clark goes on to outline simple ways we can develop our own relationships with the Spirit, including meditation, Psychic play, and conscious dreaming.

I think this book is an interesting introduction to what I think of as contemporary magik, which seems to be focused more on a small personal magik relationship to our earth and surroundings. If you are interested in this, or have a feeling that you might be in touch with something bigger, this is a good start.

Recommended by Izzy

The Swallows: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984818232
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 13th, 2019

The Swallows has everything that a good Liza Lutz book has: dark humor, family dysfunction, and a mystery. Alex Witt is fleeing a one job and has settled down in a new teaching position at Stonebrook, a vaguely fancy boarding school. As she settles into her new ramshackle cabin and teaching postion, she realizes there is something sketchy going on amongst the students. Tension builds between the boys and girls of Stonebrook and Alex is caught in it. 

Witty and twisty, The Swallows is everything that I love about Lutz's mysteries. 

Recommended by Izzy

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Patron Saints of Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554912
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Published: Kokila - June 18th, 2019

Jay is a Philipino-American whose biggest problem is school and an emotionally unavailable father. Then, one lazy summer day, he receives the news that his cousin, Jun, in the Philippines has died as another victim of Duterte’s drug war. But the Jun Jay knows would never get involved with drugs and the pain they cause. Jay decides to go and investigate his cousin’s fate.

I did not expect this book to be as great as it is. It is about self discovery, the stories we tell ourselves, and growth. It is emotionally riveting and just a beautiful story. Please read it.

Recommended by Izzy

Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503943377
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 1st, 2017

Beneath Scarlet Sky is classified as a novel but as the author explains in the beginning it is very much based on a true story. No names have been changed, they are all actual people who lived this amazing story. Pino Lella becomes an unlikely hero at the young age of 17, couragously guiding Jews accross treacherous mountains out of Nazi occupied Italy into Switzerland. Through an interesting series of events Pino becomes the driver for Nazi General Hans Leyers and then a spy for the allies. Pino Lella is 91 now and his amazing story is being adapted into a movie starring the beloved Spider Man actor Tom Holland. This is such a great read! Highly recommend it!

Recommended by Kim B.

Recursion: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524759780
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 11th, 2019

Blake Crouch’s follow up to the popular Dark Matter doesn’t disappoint. Dealing with the multi-verse in Dark Matter he goes a step further in Recursion and throws memory in there. So dealing with Astrophysics in time and parallel universe but with the powerful premise that none of it exists without memory. Barry Sutton at one timeline a NYC Detective and Helena Smith our genius Astrophysicist are compelling well fleshed out characters to take us on this adventure through memory and time. My favorite quote from the book sums up the adventures well “When the needle of his consciousness touches his memory, his life begins to play..."

Recommended by Kim B.

Sanctuary (A Sanctuary Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534405349
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 6th, 2019

This is set in a world where prisoners are sent to space for their crimes, even kids under 18, for the smallest infractions. Sanctuary is that prison, which is ruled by the company. The company is everything. Kenzie has always wanted to be apart of the company, until things fall apart and she learns the dark side of things. There is so much more that they are not telling you.    

This is a fast paced action adventure book with some very surprising twists.  Look for book 2, Containment.

Recommended by Chris

Say You'll Remember Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335014306
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Published: Inkyard Press - July 30th, 2019

Worlds collide when Drix is thrown in to Elles. Both come from very different places and now they have to make nice for the cameras and the press, because Elle’s dad is running for office. But their connection is so much more than either of them had expected. This is a great book to have a fun and light read with teenage emotions running on high. I really enjoy this author.

Recommended by Chris

From Here to You (Crash and Burn #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538730010
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Published: Forever - August 21st, 2018

Who doesn’t like a book that they can really picture the place because you have been there? This book takes place in Colorado during a high fire season where the two characters meet in a motel where they are both staying. This is a very sweet story about overcoming past events and being able to move on and let other people in.  

Recommended by Chris

The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563058
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 23rd, 2019

Quirky midwest culture comes alive in this story about a farm girl who creates the most popular beer in Minnesota. The novel begins with two small town sisters and twists throughout three generations of women brewers. The sisters become estranged from each other, but through the culture of beer they are reunited. The characters are spunky and fun, and the picture in my mind of a team of grandmas running the brewery is hard to forget! By the end of the story you’ll be craving a swig of Grandma Edith’s Rhubarb Pie-in-a bottle!

If you enjoyed Stradal’s award winning Kitchens of the Great Midwest then I’m certain you’ll enjoy his latest work!

Recommended by Virgie

City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris, entitled and  arrogant, drops out of Vassar College. Her parents, not wanting to deal with their belligerent daughter, send Vivian to live with her aunt in New York City. They hope Vivian will grow up, which she does, but not in the way they had envisioned! Now in her 90’s Vivian reflects on her promiscuous, reckless life, living amidst the theater drama of 1940’s NYC.  This story holds much wisdom, as Vivian understands that making a scandalous mistake, can, in the long run, not destroy you, but make you the person you want to be! This is one of those stories I just didn’t want to come to an end! It’s a great summer read!

Recommended by Virgie

Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525577201
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Published: Convergent Books - June 11th, 2019

Dr. Virji is the well respected Medical Chief of Staff in a small, rural farming community in Minnesota. As a Muslim, he survived the xenophobia after 911, and was beginning to feel comfortably admired in his position, After the 2016 election, when anti-Muslim sentiment blew across our country like a wildfire, life significantly changed for Dr. Virji and his family.A majority of his community, fearing what they didn’t know, was quick to form opinions and stereotypes of Muslims, based on inaccurate information. This book is his account and his attempt to inform his community about Islam. I learned valuable information from his account, and now understand that Islam is a religion of peace. I wish everyone would read this book!

Recommended by Virgie

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ISBN: 9781982107482
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Published: Gallery Books - June 18th, 2019

The 1950’s was a politically volatile time for Iran. Political demonstrations and a government coupe occurred. The confines of a simple “stationery shop” served as a covert place to exchange crucial political information, placed within the pages of books. This stationery shop was where Roya, a young woman from a poor class, fell in love with  Bahman, a young and determined political activist. They planned to be married, against the wishes of Bahram’s wealthy family. The plot twists and turns, leaving Roya and Bahman suddenly torn apart, until 60 years later when they reconnect. This touching love story is surrounded by Iranian culture and political history.

Recommended by Virgie

Gun Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524761684
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Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

Enter the world of the homeless, where Pearl has lived with her mother in her “car house” for her entire 14 years of life. This is a life of constantly looking over your shoulder for Child Protection Agents. Pearl wonders why people seem to think that homelessness is contagious. Is it a crime to be homeless? 

Then enter the culture of guns in this homeless community, a culture in which men believe giving a gun to a woman is like giving her roses. This is a culture that does not want to call attention to itself, whose mantra is “Don’t call 911 - buy a gun.” 

My eyes have been opened because of this raw, tragic story. In our current American environment of gun controversy, this is a must-read!

Recommended by Virgie

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250101204
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 10th, 2018

I’m a sucker for a good biography, and The Trauma Cleaner did not disappoint! The author follows the story of Sandra Pankhurst, a trans woman who runs her own company tackling the horrors left by hoarders, unattended deaths, suicides, and more. That is merely the surface of Sandra’s incredible life - her journey winds through an abusive childhood at the hands of her adoptive parents, a doomed young marriage and subsequent fallout, her life as a prostitute and drag queen, sex reassignment surgery, a second failed marriage, and a fatal lung disease diagnosis. Krasnostein tells Sandra’s story with beautiful prose, revealing the soul of a woman who has built her life upon deep trauma and deep strength, whose decision to touch the untouchable reveals a great deal about her personal fortitude and character.

Recommended by Megan

Give Me Back My Bones! Cover Image
By Kim Norman, Bob Kolar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763688417
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Published: Candlewick - July 16th, 2019

A fun and swashbuckling story about a pirate skeleton looking for all of his bones after a big storm!  The rhymes and colorful illustrations are the perfect balance for the scientifically accurate names of all the major bones of the human body.  This would be a perfect book for parents to read, while their kiddos point out their hand bones, skull, and femurs! I love books that are fun but also hide important knowledge for kids to learn!  If they’re interactive? Even better!!

Recommended by Jenna

The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

A thriller unto the last page; this story follows a cast of characters, as young women from around town begin to fall into deep sleep, only to never wake up.  Suspicions and conspiracies pick up speed as a panic sets in and no one is safe. Is this sleeping sickness viral, or some form of divine retribution for sins?  No one has the answers, but as scientists and community leaders struggle to answer the ever growing pool of questions, the women affected are edging closer to their ends. 

This is a great read for fans of science fiction or mystery, as the genres cross over just enough to keep things interesting.

Recommended by Jenna

Losing Earth: A Recent History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374191337
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Published: MCD - April 9th, 2019

"We are flying blind, with little or no idea where the mountains are. But the stakes couldn't be higher. [...] People leave their problems until the eleventh hour, the fifty-ninth minute."

Losing Earth brings together all those who were so heavily involved since the beginning and beyond of the realization of what global warming was and what it was to bring. Nathaniel Rich has created a solid and comprehensive account of the events that have transpired from Rafe Pomerance's windowless office in 1979 where he discovered the issue in a coal report, to where we are in today's world, here and now. Using interviews as well as detailed research, Nathaniel has compiled a history book like no other about the choices that have been made since the beginning and the choices that we make now in our everyday lives. Rich with description and hard facts, this book is easily understood and read by all ages; and should be! Framing the history of one of the most important global issues today, it is important to have this knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the global, climate, and political issues as well as those who are in any way ignorant to how our earth is operating. She will stand forever, but will we?

Recommended by Chelsea