December 2021-Fiction-New Releases

December 23rd, 2021 by cmcneil · New Releases

Sansei and Sensibility: Stories  

By Karen Tei Yamashita                

Read by Cindy Kay          

Publishing Date: 12/21/2021

In these buoyant and inventive stories, Karen Tei Yamashita transfers classic tales across boundaries and questions what an inheritance—familial, cultural, emotional, artistic—really means.

“The range of characters, sparkling humor, connective themes, and creative ambition all showcase Yamashita’s impressive powers.” —Publishers Weekly Starred review

Small Things Like These

By Claire Keegan  

Read by Aidan Kelly        

Publishing Date: 12/14/2021

The landmark new novel from award-winning author Claire Keegan.

Small Things Like These is a gem of a slim novel about a family man faced with a moral decision… a deeply moving tale.”—Associated Press

Subdivision: A Novel     

By J. Robert Lennon       

Read by Nicole Poole     

Publishing Date: 12/07/2021

Harrowing, meticulous, and deranged, Subdivision is a brilliant maze of a novel from the writer Kelly Link has called “a master of the dark arts.” With the narrative intensity and mordant humor familiar to fans of Broken River, J. Robert Lennon continues his exploration of the mysteries of perception and memory.

“Deliriously inventive. . . . This is an impressive marriage of a vibrant, tortuous fever dream and an unsentimental meditation on life and death.”―Publishers Weekly

One In Me I Never Loved: A Novel          

By Carla Guelfenbein     

Read by Cassandra Campbell      

Publishing Date: 12/28/2021

A poignant collage of stories of women young and old, this novel from an Alfaguara Prize–winning author explores both the need to be seen and the need to disappear.

Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes   

By Lyndsay Faye              

Read by Dan Calley   & Polly Lee               

Publishing Date: 12/21/2021

A new collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them.

“Nuance, wit, and clever plotting make this a superior version of George Mann’s Associates of Sherlock Holmes anthologies. Sherlockians will clamor for a sequel.” ― Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Green for Danger            

By Christianna Brand     

Read by Derek Perkins 

Written by 12/28/2021

In World War II England, a military hospital may hide a murderer: “[Brand] could construct puzzles with the best of them” (Elizabeth George).

Mortal Remains in Maggody      

By Joan Hess     

Read by Courtney Patterson       

Publishing Date: 12/14/2021

Another “great” cozy mystery set in outrageous Maggody, Arkansas, a town so strange that even Hollywood filmmakers can’t believe it’s real (Library Journal).

The Withdrawing Room               

By Charlotte MacLeod   

Read by Susan Boyce     

Written by 12/07/2021

Death pays a visit to Sarah Kelling’s Boston boardinghouse in this cozy mystery from the bestselling author of the Peter Shandy series.

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November 2021-Fiction-New Releases

November 24th, 2021 by cmcneil · New Releases


By Dan Hanks

Read by Dan Calley

Publication date: 11/09/2021

“Swashbucklers brings all the magic of the 80’s back to life, and delivers a fun, action-packed tale with heart.” – Fantasy Hive

When Cisco Collins returns to his hometown thirty years after saving it from being swallowed by a hell-mouth opened by an ancient pirate ghost, he realizes that being a childhood hero isn’t like it was in the movies. Especially when nobody remembers the heroic bits—even the friends who once fought alongside him.

Yesterday Never Dies

By Michael Anderle and Ramy Vance

Read by Gabriel Vaughan

Publication date: 11/16/2021

Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle present Book 3 in the Die Again to Save the World series.

Radiant Fugitives: A Novel

By Nawaaz Ahmed

Read by James Fouhey

Publication date: 11/09/2021

A dazzling, operatic debut novel following three generations of a Muslim Indian family confronted with a nation on the brink of change.

The Titanic Sisters: A Novel

By Patricia Falvey

Read by Esther Wane

Publication date: 11/16/2021

“Falvey (The Girls of Ennismore) delivers the enchanting saga of two Irish sisters who board the Titanic with dreams of new lives in New York City…Falvey does a good job capturing the girls’ excitement at leaving Ireland for New York, and of showing Nora’s gradual recovery of her memories. This new chapter of Titanic lore is worth plunging into.” —Publishers Weekly

From the acclaimed author of The Girls of Ennismore comes a captivating and extraordinary tale of perseverance and bravery. This touching saga of sisterhood—perfect for fans of Fiona Davis and Marie Benedict—follows two young Irish women yearning for independence and adventure, as they set sail on RMS Titanic—the “ship of dreams”—only to be faced with the tragedy of that fabled maiden voyage.

The Singing Forest

By Judith McCormack

Read by Carlotta Brentan

Beautiful and wrenching by turns, The Singing Forest is a profound investigation of truth and memory—and the moving story of one man’s past and one woman’s determination to reckon with it.

The Big Book of Espionage

By Otto Penzler

Read by Piper Goodeve, Daniel Thomas May, Alex Wyndham

Publication date: 11/16/2021

Edgar Award–winning editor Otto Penzler is back with a new anthology that has gathered the intel on the world’s greatest secret agents, declassified here for the first time.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

By Claudia Rankine

Read by Janina Edwards

Publication date: 11/09/2021

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely is a book that refuses the safe distance of being a spectator to the lives of others―as well as to our own.”―The Rumpus

The award-winning poet Claudia Rankine, well known for her experimental multigenre writing, fuses the lyric and the essay in this politically and morally fierce examination of solitude in the rapacious and media-driven assault on selfhood that is contemporary America.

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November 2021-Nonfiction-New Releases

November 22nd, 2021 by cmcneil · New Releases

Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax

By Frank Bello and Joel McIver

Read by Frank Bello

Publishing Date: 11/09/2021

Frank Bello, bassist with the legendary New York thrash metal band Anthrax, presents his long-awaited memoir.

Strong Ties: Barclay Simpson: Business, Philanthropy, Leadership, and the Bay Area

By Katharine Ogden Michaels

Read by Janet Metzger  

Publishing Date: 11/09/2021

An in-depth look at the life of Oakland, California native, Barclay Simpson, Strong Ties focuses on the set of convictions and leadership qualities that allowed Simpson to build a successful business from nothing and to become one of the major philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

High Yella: A Modern Family Memoir

By Steve Majors

Read by Terrence Kidd  

Publishing Date: 11/16/2021

In his remarkable and moving memoir, Steve Majors gathers the shards of a broken past to piece together a portrait of a man on an extraordinary journey toward Blackness, queerness, and parenthood. High Yella delivers its hard-won lessons on love, life, and family with exceptional grace.

A brave reckoning with multiple issues of identity, class, family, race, and other thorny issues. ― Kirkus Reviews

Black Theology and Black Power

By James H. Cone

Read by Leon Nixon      

Publishing Date: 11/16/2021

First published in 1969, Black Theology and Black Power is the first systematic presentation of black theology that also introduced the voice of a young theologian who would shake the foundations of American theology.

The Self-Esteem Regime: An Action Plan for Becoming the Confident Person You Were Meant to Be

By Clarissa Burt

Read by Clarissa Burt 

Publishing Date: 11/23/2021

Despite years of progress, many women today continue to suffer from low self-esteem. In her revelatory and prescriptive work The Self-Esteem Regime, internationally-renowned multimedia producer, supermodel, award-winning actress, and public speaker Clarissa Burt offers down-to-earth advice for women to help them manifest self-confidence in all aspects of their lives.

The Self-Esteem Regime: An Action Plan for Becoming the Confident Person You Were Meant to Be by Clarissa Burt, with Gary M. Krebs provides a highly effective and practical approach to a broad and sometimes daunting topic like self-esteem. This is definitely a valuable resource with thought-provoking questions and examples for those wanting to do the work! – Megan Logan, MSW, LCSW

The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

By Mae M. Ngai

Read by Cindy Kay    

Publishing Date: 11/23/2021

Booklist Starred Review

How Chinese migration to the world’s goldfields upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race.

“An ambitious, diligent work. … A multilayered world history that adds materially to the sadly evergreen topic of immigration exploitation and exclusion.” ― Kirkus Reviews

Pax Transatlantica: America and Europe in the post-Cold War Era 1st Edition

By Jussi M. Hanhimaki

Read by Mike Cooper

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

A bold argument that tackles current trends, such as rising nationalism, arguing that they strengthen rather than undermine transatlantic ties.

Pax Transatlantica offers compelling evidence that transatlantic economic, political, and military ties will endure. Hanhimäki shows how recent crises reflect continued interdependence, and he explains why NATO will remain strong in coming years. Everyone interested in American relations with Europe should read this smart, powerful book.” —Jeremi Suri, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin and author of The Impossible Presidency

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October 2021-Fiction-New Releases

October 27th, 2021 by cmcneil · New Releases

Die Again to Save the World       

Written by Michael Anderle & Ramy Vance        

Read by Gabriel Vaughan  

Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle present Book 1 in the Die Again to Save the World series.

Die Again to Save Tomorrow      

Written by Michael Anderle & Ramy Vance        

Read by Gabriel Vaughan  

Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle present Book 2 in the Die Again to Save the World series.

The Pessimists 

Written by Bethany Ball              

Read by Carlotta Brentan  

From Center for Fiction First Novel Prize finalist Bethany Ball comes a biting and darkly funny new novel that follows a set of privileged, jaded Connecticut suburbanites whose cozy, seemingly picture-perfect, lives begin to unravel amid shocking turns of fate and revelations of long-held secrets.

The Pessimists is honest and hilarious— treating suburban angst, marriage, and private school life both seriously and with the humor they’re due. Ball writes with the sharpened pen of writers like Meg Wolitzer and Taffy Brodesser-Akner, but with a dangerous edge and a pathos all her own.”—Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Finalist for The Great Believers 

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed     

Written by Helene Tursten       

Read by Ann Richardson  

Helene Tursten presents her latest novel, An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed.

“Tursten effectively juxtaposes a cozy, Agatha Christie–like tone against the often surprisingly dark nature of Maud’s recollections, which are rife with clever satirical jabs and delicious ironies. This absorbing dive into the mind of a ruthless pragmatist posing as a Swedish Miss Marple will please psychological-thriller fans, once they realize that Maud isn’t nearly as cozy as she looks.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Madness in Maggody    

Written by Joan Hess  

Read by Courtney Patterson 

Chief of Police Arly Hanks will do whatever it takes to keep Maggody from losing its mind in this charming cozy mystery.

Murder at Mallowan Hall             

Written by Colleen Cambridge                 

Read by Jennifer M.Dixon  

Colleen Cambridge’s charming and inventive new historical series introduces an unforgettable heroine in Phyllida Bright, fictional housekeeper for none other than famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie. When a dead body is found during a house party at the home of Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan, it’s up to the famous author’s head of household, Phyllida Bright, to investigate.

When Christmas Comes

Written by Andrew Klavan        

Read by Adam Barr 

The thirty-sixth novel by two-time Edgar Award winner Andrew Klavan, When Christmas Comes is a seasonal tale of tradition, family, and murder; its chilling twists are best experienced curled up beside a burning Yule log.

“The core of the book […] is Winter, whose voice and strength of character drive the story, particularly in the satisfying and exciting conclusion. This terrific holiday-themed novel will leave readers unsettled and hopeful at the same time.”― Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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October 2021-Nonfiction-New Releases

October 20th, 2021 by cmcneil · New Releases

Forever and Five Days: The Chilling True Story of Love, Betrayal, and Serial Murder in Grand Rapids, Michigan      

Written by Lowell Cauffiel 

Read by Chris Abernathy

Bestselling author Lowell Cauffiel’s “auspicious debut in the true-crime genre . . . [a] sensitive and searching story of the murders of at least six nursing home patients” (Publishers Weekly).

Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill    

Written by Geoffrey Wheatcroft 

Read by Jonathan Keeble

A major reassessment of Winston Churchill that examines his lasting influence in politics and culture.

When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe

Written by Maureen Quilligan  

Read by Suzanne Toren

A leading Renaissance scholar shows in this revisionist history how four powerful women redefined the culture of European monarchy in the glorious sixteenth century.

“With meticulous attention to the letters and gifts they exchanged, Quilligan argues that [Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and Catherine de’ Medici] nurtured a culture of mutual respect… A useful addition to the literature on European royalty… An authoritative and sympathetic collective biography.”― Kirkus Reviews

Work Without the Worker: Labour in the Age of Platform Capitalism        

Written by Phil Jones 

Read by David Vickery

An accessible analysis of the new forms of work whose seismic changes will increasingly determine the future of capitalism.

O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?: A Meditation on Suffering              

Written by Joe Hoover SJ

Read by Author

A book of theodicy that employs stories from unique, compelling angles on everything from philosophy and theology to art, theater, sports, and social justice as it grapples with suffering.

What a relief and, strangely, a comfort to be allowed inside a Jesuit brother s own dark nights of questions and quandaries. Readers will feel accompanied in their own profound doubts and sufferings. The load gets lighter shared. –Julia Alvarez, author, Afterlife

How Are You? Connection in a Virtual Age: A Therapist, a Pandemic, and Stories about Coping with Life

Written by Therese Rosenblatt, PhD  

Read by Kelli Tager

By turns a memoir, a chronicle, and a provocative contemplation of our new socially distanced and virtual world, How Are You? tells the story of how a therapist found herself plunged overnight into the unsettling reality of a pandemic and all-virtual therapy.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—June 2019—More News Tomorrow: A Novel

June 4th, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Emily Sutton-Smith

A thrilling and richly drawn family drama about a daughter’s quest to understand her mother’s mysterious death.

“Shreve creates a spooky atmosphere with stormy weather, eerie parallels between past and present, and at least one threateningly crazy woman. Even spookier is the backdrop of 20th-century racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigration feeling that are all too familiar today.” —Kirkus Starred Review

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to
  2. Put the words “News” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by June 30, 2019. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

May Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to John Smith, winner of last month’s giveaway, Rabbits for Food. Thanks to all who participated!

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Featured Audio Giveaway—May 2019—Rabbits For Food

May 2nd, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Hillary Huber

From master of razor-edged literary humor Binnie Kirshenbaum, a devastating, laugh-out-loud funny story of a writer’s slide into depression and institutionalization.

“A remarkable achievement that expertly blends pathos and humor . . . comparisons to One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest are obvious and warranted, but Kirshenbaum’s dazzling novel stands on its own as a crushing work of immense heart.” —Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review 

How to Win This Audio CD

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  2. Put the words “Rabbit” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by May 31, 2019. Open to the US only.
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April Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to  Tryphine Olson Schruba, winner of last month’s giveaway, Bivouac. Thanks to all who participated!

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Featured Audio Giveaway—April 2019—Bivouac

April 1st, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Beresford Bennett

The award-winning author of City of Bones presents his latest work.

“With…dreamlike sequences, this is best suited for readers who enjoy character studies as well as lovers of Jamaican fiction.” —Booklist

How to Win This Audio CD

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Entries must be received by April 30, 2019. Open to the US only.
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March Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to  Sherry Oliver,  winner of last month’s giveaway, The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—March 2019—The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King

March 4th, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Danny Campbell

Raising the literary bar to a new level, Jerome Charyn re-creates the voice of Theodore Roosevelt, the New York City police commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-be twenty-sixth president through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly combining superhero dialogue with haunting pathos.

“A rendering of Teddy Roosevelt’s early life that spotlights formative moments in colorful, entertaining episodes. Charyn makes artful use of historical fact and fiction’s panache to capture the man before he became one of the great U.S. presidents and a face on Mount Rushmore.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review 

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Entries must be received by March 31, 2019. Open to the US only.
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February Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Jay French winner of last month’s giveaway, Sounds Like Titanic. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—February 2019—Sounds Like Titanic

February 7th, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Elizabeth Wiley

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician—or so she thinks.

“It’s difficult to write a funny, angry book. It’s even harder to write a merciless, empathetic book. But here comes Jessica Hindman, doing the impossible with a funny, angry, merciless, empathetic book that’s not only a hugely entertaining memoir, but an insightful meditation on a time in our nation’s recent history whose strange and ominous influence grows more apparent by the day.” —Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and coauthor of The Disaster Artist

How to Win This Audio CD

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Entries must be received by February 28, 2019. Open to the US only.
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January Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sherry Oliver winner of last month’s giveaway, The Current. Thanks to all who participated.

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