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The Talk

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This powerful collection of short stories, essays, and poems is a call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racist and advocates for change. Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators - including Renee Watson (Piecing Me Together), Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), and Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor's Tale) - engage young people in frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem. Featuring stories filled with love, acceptance, truth, peace, and an assurance that there can be hope for a better tomorrow, The Talk is an inspiring anthology and must-have resource published in partnership with Just Us Books, a black-owned children's publishing company that's been in operation for over 30 years. Just Us Books continues its mission grounded in the same belief that helped launch the company: Good books make a difference. So, let's talk. Featured contributors: Selina Alko, Tracey Baptiste, Derrick Barnes, Natacha Bustos, Cozbi A. Cabrera, Raúl Colón, Adam Gidwitz, Nikki Grimes, Rudy Gutierrez, April Harrison, Wade Hudson, Gordon C. James, Minh Lê, E. B. Lewis, Grace Lin, Torrey Maldonado, Meg Medina, Christopher Myers, Daniel Nayeri, Zeke Peña, Peter H. Reynolds, Erin K. Robinson, Traci Sorell, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, MaryBeth Timothy, Duncan Tonatiuh, Renée Watson, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Sharon Dennis Wyeth Features original music by Curtis Hudson. This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of sources and notes from the authors. "The go-to book for talking to kids about race and privilege. Thoughtful. Thought-provoking. A must-read for every family." (Ellen Oh, editor of Flying Lessons & Other Stories and cofounder of We Need Diverse Books) "The ingredients are all here. May this magnificent collection inspire us to move from dialogue to deep action." (Kirkus starred review) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (P)2020 Listening Library

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Ragged Company

145 ratings

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Four chronically homeless people - Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger - seek refuge in a warm movie theater when a severe Arctic front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world and, once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favor of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed. Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past, told by an accomplished full cast which includes, in order of appearance:  Monique Mojica as AMELIA ONE SKY Benjamin Blais as DIGGER J.D. Nicholsen as TIMBER Douglas Hughes as GRANITE Wesley French as DOUBLE DICK 

©2009 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Anchor Canada

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize Finalist for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize National best seller A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree A GOOP Book Club Pick "A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Belongs on a shelf all of its own." (NPR) "Outstanding." (The Washington Post) "Arresting, beautiful." (The New York Times) "Revolutionary... A visionary addition to American literature." (Star Tribune) An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape - trying not just to survive but to find a home. Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their Western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

©2020 C Pam Zhang (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: C Pam Zhang
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Last Tang Standing

12 ratings

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Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's 30s intact, and opening oneself up to love. At 33, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore's hottest clubs. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. And if she's about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan - a disappointment her meddling Chinese Malaysian family won't let her forget - well, she doesn't need a man to complete her. Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now, Andrea can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

©2020 Lauren Ho (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Lauren Ho
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 13

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The best of the year's science fiction and fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. Distant worlds, time travel, epic adventure, unseen wonders, and much more! The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past 12 months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.  Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Roberts, Ellen Klages, and many many more. With this volume the series comes to a new home at Solaris, publishers of Jonathan Strahan's award-winning original Infinities SF anthologies and the and Fearsome fantasy anthologies.

©2019 Jonathan Strahan (P)2019 Recorded Books

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

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"Intimate and epic. It compels you to read on." (Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons) "Villoso's cunning, exciting debut is a new fantasy epic that readers will clamor for." (Library Journal, starred review)  From "a powerful new voice in fantasy" (Kameron Hurley) comes the tale of a queen who must unite her divided land, even if she's hated by the very people she's trying to protect. "They called me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king the night before they crowned me."  Born under the crumbling towers of her kingdom, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves. It nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage to the son of a rival clan heralds peace. However, he suddenly disappears before their reign can begin, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair. Years later, he sends a mysterious invitation to meet. Talyien journeys across the sea in hopes of reconciling their past. An assassination attempt quickly dashes those dreams. Stranded in a land she doesn't know, with no idea whom she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake. A Wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed. "Intricate, intimate, and intensely plotted." (Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld) The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen The Wolf of Oren-yaro The Ikessar Falcon

©2019 K. S. Villoso (P)2020 Orbit

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 14 hrs
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Together, Apart

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A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today's most popular YA authors. Erin Craig "delivers" on a story about a new girl in town and the cute pizza delivery boy, Auriane Desombre captures our hearts with teens communicating through window signs, and Bill Konigsberg takes us along on daily walks with every step bringing us closer to love. There's flirting and romance from Rachael Lippincott, a tale of a determined girl with a mask-making business from Erin Hahn, and a music-inspired love connection from Sajni Patel. Brittney Morris turns enemies to lovers with the help of a balcony herb garden, Jennifer Yen writes an unconventional romance that starts outside a hospital, and Natasha Preston's teens discover each other - and their love story - in a storybook oak tree.  Romantic, realistic, sweet, and uplifting, Together, Apart is a collection of finding love in unexpected places during an unprecedented time...each with the one thing we all want: a guaranteed happy ending. Stories:  "Love, Delivered" by Erin A. Craig - read by Caroline Hewitt  "The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade" by Bill Konigsberg - read by Christopher Gebauer  "One Day" by Sajni Patel - read by Nikki Massoud  "The Rules of Comedy" by Auriane Desombre - read by Catherine Ho  "The New Boy Next Door" by Natasha Preston - read by Nikki Massoud  "Love with a Side of Fortune" by Jennifer Yen - read by Catherine Ho  "The Green Thumb War" by Brittney Morris - read by Cary Hite and Keylor Leigh  "Stuck with Her" by Rachael Lippincott - read by Caroline Hewitt  "Masked" by Erin Hahn - read by Rachel Music and Christopher Gebauer 

©2020 Erin A. Craig, Auriane Desombre, Erin Hahn, Bill Konigsberg, Rachael Lippincott, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Natasha Preston, and Jennifer Yen (P)2020 Listening Library

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Modern Love, Revised and Updated (Media Tie-In)

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The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past 15 years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column - including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man’s promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorcée in her 70s looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times "Modern Love" column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and - when we’re lucky - endure. Edited by longtime "Modern Love" editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors - including Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more - this is the perfect audiobook for anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

©2019 Daniel Jones, Andrew Rannells, Ayelet Waldman, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Veronica Chambers (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Jinxed

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The Golden Compass for the digital age! When a coding star enters an elite technology academy, she discovers a world of competition, intrigue, and family secrets - plus a robotic companion that isn't what it seems.  Lacey Chu has always dreamed of working as an engineer for MONCHA, the biggest tech firm in the world and the company behind the "baku" - a customizable "pet" with all the capabilities of a smartphone. But when Lacey is rejected by the elite academy that promises that future, she's crushed.  One night, Lacey comes across the broken form of a highly advanced baku. After she repairs it, the cat-shaped baku she calls Jinx opens its eyes and somehow gets her into her dream school. But Jinx is different than any other baku she's ever seen.... He seems real.  As Lacey settles into life at school, competing with the best students in a battle of the bakus that tests her abilities, she learns that Jinx is part of a dangerous secret. Can Lacey hold on to Jinx and her dreams for the future?

©2020 Amy Alward Limited (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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The Ikessar Falcon

2 ratings

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"Intricate, intimate, and intensely plotted." (Nicholas Eames on The Wolf of Oren-yaro) "The Ikessar Falcon retains the excellent characterization and intrigue of The Wolf of Oren-yaro while expanding both its world and the plot at a head-spinning rate. It does everything the middle book of a trilogy should with an uncommon degree of authorial skill, and is a thoroughly entertaining read in its own right." (BookPage) The stunning sequel to The Wolf of Oren-yaro where the queen of a divided land struggles to unite her people. Even if they despise her. K. S. Villoso is a "powerful new voice in fantasy." (Kameron Hurley) The spiral to madness begins with a single push. Abandoned by her people, Queen Talyien's quest takes a turn for the worst as she stumbles upon a plot deeper and more sinister than she could have ever imagined, one that will displace her king and see her son dead.  The road home beckons, strewn with a tangled web of deceit and impossible horrors that unearth the nation's true troubles - creatures from the dark, mad dragons, and men with hearts hungry for power.  To save her land, Talyien must confront the myth others have built around her: Warlord Yeshin's daughter, symbol of peace, warrior and queen, and everything she could never be. The price of failure is steep. Her friends are few. And a nation carved by a murderer can only be destined for war.  The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen The Wolf of Oren-yaro The Ikessar Falcon 

©2018 K. S. Villoso (P)2020 Orbit

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
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Pirate Queen

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The most powerful pirate in history was a woman who was born into poverty in Guangzhou, China, in the late 1700s.  When pirates attacked her town and the captain took a liking to her, she saw a way out. Zheng Yi Sao agreed to marry him only if she got an equal share of his business. When her husband died six years later, she took command of the fleet. Over the next decade, the pirate queen built a fleet of over 1,800 ships and 70,000 men. On land and sea, Zheng Yi Sao's power rivaled the emperor himself. Time and again, her ships triumphed over the emperor's ships.  When she was ready to retire, Zheng Yi Sao surrendered - on her own terms, of course. Even though there was a price on her head, she was able to negotiate her freedom, living in peace and prosperity for the rest of her days.  Zheng Yi Sao's powerful story is told in lyrical prose by award-winning author Helaine Becker. An author's note provides historical context and outlines the challenges of researching a figure about whom little is known.

©2020 Helaine Becker (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 14 mins
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The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 4

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From Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, the best science fiction stories of the year are collected in a single volume.  Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more - a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.  The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.  Table of Contents  Introduction: A State of the Short SF Field in 2018 When We Were Starless - Simone Heller Intervention - Kelly Robson All the Time We've Left to Spend - Alyssa Wong Domestic Violence - Madeline Ashby Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae - Ian McDonald Prophet of the Roads - Naomi Kritzer Traces of Us - Vanessa Fogg Theories of Flight - Linda Nagata Lab B-15 - Nick Wolven Requiem - Vandana Singh Sour Milk Girls - Erin Roberts Mother Tongues - S. Qiouyi Lu Singles' Day - Samantha Murray Nine Last Days on Planet Earth - Daryl Gregory The Buried Giant - Lavie Tidhar The Anchorite Wakes - R.S.A. Garcia Entropy War - Yoon Ha Lee An Equation of State - Robert Reed Quantifying Trust - John Chu Hard Mary - Sofia Samatar Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling - L.X. Beckett Okay, Glory - Elizabeth Bear Heavy Lifting - A.T. Greenblatt Lions and Gazelles - Hannu Rajaniemi Different Seas - Alastair Reynolds Among the Water Buffaloes, a Tiger's Steps - Aliette de Bodard Byzantine Empathy - Ken Liu Meat and Salt and Sparks - Rich Larson Umbernight - Carolyn Ives Gilman

©2019 Neil Clarke (P)2019 Recorded Books

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3

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As Earth dies, an architect is commissioned to remote build a monument on Mars from the remains of a failed colony; a man who has transferred his consciousness into a humanoid robot discovers he's missing 30 percent of his memories and tries to discover why; bored with life in the underground colony of an alien world, a few risk life inside one of the whales floating in the planet's atmosphere; an apprentice librarian searching through centuries of SETI messages from alien civilizations makes an ominous discovery; a ship in crisis pulls a veteran multibot out from storage with an unusual assignment: pest control; the dead are given a second shot at life, in exchange for a five-year term in a zombie military program.   For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it's a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and 27 of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2017.

©2018 Neil Clarke (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Together in a Sudden Strangeness

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In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives. Featuring 107 poets, from A to Z - Julia Alvarez to Matthew Zapruder - with work in between by Jericho Brown, Billy Collins, Fanny Howe, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, and Jeffrey Yang  As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. Moved and galvanized by the response, the onetime New Yorker poetry editor and recent former director of the Poetry Society of America began collecting the poems arriving in her inbox, assembling this various, intimate, and intricate portrait of our suddenly altered reality. Here, we find poets grieving for relatives they are separated from or recovering from illness themselves, attending to suddenly complicated household tasks or turning to literature for strength, considering the bravery of medical workers or working their own shifts at the hospital, and, as the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the globe, reflecting on the inequities in our society that amplify sorrow and demand our engagement. From fierce and resilient to wistful, darkly humorous, and emblematically reverent about the earth and the vulnerability of human beings in frightening times, the poems in this collection find the words to describe what can feel unspeakably difficult and strange, providing wisdom, companionship, and depths of feeling that enliven our spirits.

©2020 Alice Quinn (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

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They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through 100 years of wars, revolutions, and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the "Father of China", Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right.  Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour, and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape 20th-century China.

©2019 Jung Chang (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Jung Chang
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

2 ratings

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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.  At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.  The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around - she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

©2019 Roselle Lim (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Roselle Lim
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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City of Stone and Silence

4 ratings

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Django Wexler's City of Stone and Silence is the second book in the cinematic fantasy Wells of Sorcery Trilogy featuring a fierce young woman skilled in the art of combat magic on an epic mission to steal a ghost ship. After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton's mysterious destination, the Harbor - a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they're not alone.  Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can't find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor's spymaster before a year is up, her sister Tori's life will be forfeit.  But there's more to Tori's life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor's iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret - the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she's spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka's fate on the line...

©2020 Django Wexler (P)2020 Recorded Books

Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
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New Yorkers

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From the best-selling author of Londoners, an epic portrait of today's New York told through the boisterous voices and true stories of its people. Ten years in the making, New Yorkers is a compulsively enjoyable portrait of New York that is as lively and vibrant as the city itself. Acclaimed writer and editor Craig Taylor ventured into nearly every corner of the city, getting some of its best talkers - rich and poor, old and young, native and immigrant - to share indelible tales about New York in our time. Here you'll find a blind man on navigating the city by smell, a rapper on the sound of New York, a cop on the long aftermath of 9/11, and a boxer on first entering Madison Square Garden. Here are the voices of the people who make the city go: a subway conductor, a window-washer on Rockefeller Center, and an electrician who keeps the lights on at the top of the Empire State Building. And here are unforgettable glimpses of the city, including the Statue of Liberty as seen by one of its security guards, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a balloon handler, the Marathon from a runner through all five boroughs, and Christmas in New York as seen by a Salvation Army bell-ringer on 42nd and Fifth.  New Yorkers is a symphony of the city that dares call itself the greatest in the world.

©2021 Craig Taylor (P)2021 Penguin Random House Canada

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Bestiary

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NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets. “Gorgeous and gorgeously grotesque .... Every line of this sensuous, magical-realist marvel is utterly alive.” (O: The Oprah Magazine) LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • NPR • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews   One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman’s body. She was called Hu Gu Po, and she hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterward, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with snakes in her belly; a brother tests the possibility of flight. All the while, Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighborhood girl with strange powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother’s letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth - and that she will have to bring her family’s secrets to light in order to change their destiny. With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood. Praise for Bestiary “[A] vivid, fabulist debut...the prose is full of imagery. Chang’s wild story of a family’s tenuous grasp on belonging in the U.S. stands out with a deep commitment to exploring discomfort with the body and its transformations.” (Publishers Weekly)

©2020 K-Ming Chang (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: K-Ming Chang
Length: 9 hrs
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Ship of Smoke and Steel

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Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of Django Wexler's cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy Wells of Sorcery trilogy.  In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, 18-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on. When Isoka's magic is discovered by the government, she's arrested and brought to the Emperor's spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: Steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship - a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit. On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship's mysterious captain, but to do it, she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn't expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power.

©2019 Django Wexler (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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Mercy House

4 ratings

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“A life-altering debut featuring fierce, funny, and irreverent women who battle the most powerful institution in the world. This is the book we’ve all been waiting for.” (Amy Schumer) She would stop at nothing to protect the women under her care. Inside a century-old row house in Brooklyn, renegade Sister Evelyn and her fellow nuns preside over a safe haven for the abused and abandoned. Gruff and indomitable on the surface, warm and wry underneath, little daunts Evelyn, until she receives word that Mercy House will be investigated by Bishop Hawkins, a man with whom she shares a dark history. In order to protect everything they’ve built, the nuns must conceal many of their methods, which are forbidden by the Catholic Church.  Evelyn will go to great lengths to defend all that she loves. She confronts a gang member, defies the church, challenges her own beliefs, and faces her past. She is bolstered by the other nuns and the vibrant, diverse residents of the shelter - Lucia, Mei-Li, Desiree, Esther, and Katrina - whose differences are outweighed by what unites them: They’ve all been broken by men but are determined to rebuild.  Amidst her fight, Evelyn discovers the extraordinary power of mercy and the grace it grants, not just to those who receive it, but to those strong enough to bestow it.

©2020 Alena Dillon (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Future Is Yours

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Two best friends create a computer that can predict the future. But what they can’t predict is how it will tear their friendship - and society - apart. “An impossibly addictive brainteaser wrapped in a buttery popcorn kernel.” (Aneesh Chaganty, director and co-writer of Searching and Run) In development as an HBO Max Original Series If you had the chance to look one year into the future, would you?  For Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry, the answer is unequivocally yes. And they’re betting everything that you’ll say yes, too. Welcome to The Future: a computer that connects to the internet one year from now, so you can see who you’ll be dating, where you’ll be working, even whether or not you’ll be alive in the year to come. By forming a start-up to deliver this revolutionary technology to the world, Ben and Adhi have made their wildest, most impossible dream a reality. Once Silicon Valley outsiders, they’re now its hottest commodity. The device can predict everything perfectly - from stock-market spikes and sports scores to political scandals and corporate takeovers - allowing them to chase down success and fame while staying one step ahead of the competition. But the future their device foretells is not the bright one they imagined. Ambition. Greed. Jealousy. And, perhaps, an apocalypse. The question is...can they stop it? Told through emails, texts, transcripts, and blog posts, this bleeding-edge tech thriller chronicles the costs of innovation and asks how far you’d go to protect the ones you love - even from themselves.

©2021 Dan Frey (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Inheritors

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"This splendid story collection is a sword through the heart." (Ben Fountain) From the O. Henry Prize-winning author comes a heartbreakingly beautiful and brutal exploration of lives fragmented by the Pacific side of World War II. Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. Written from myriad perspectives and in a wide range of styles, each of these interconnected stories is designed to speak to the others, contesting assumptions and illuminating the complicated ways we experience, interpret, and pass on our personal and shared histories. A retired doctor, for example, is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions. An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a 50-year-old murder and its shattering aftermath. And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents' wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice more daunting than any he imagined. Serizawa's characters walk the line between the devastating realities of war and the banal needs of everyday life as they struggle to reconcile their experiences with the changing world. A breathtaking meditation on suppressed histories and the relationship between history, memory, and storytelling, Inheritors stands in the company of Lisa Ko, Viet Thahn Nguyen, and Min Jin Lee. This audiobook contains a PDF family tree from the text.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Asako Serizawa (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Hungry Hearts

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From some of your favorite best-selling and critically acclaimed authors - including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco - comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of 13 teens. A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.  Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.  Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.

©2019 Compilation Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Color Outside the Lines

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This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center. When people ask me what this anthology is about, I'm often tempted to give them the complicated answer: It's about race and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it's about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer's much simpler than that. Color Outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love. - Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines

©2019 Soho Press, Inc. (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Curse of the Divine

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Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.  Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity's wrath.  The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin - even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

©2021 Kim Smejkal (P)2021 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Kim Smejkal
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

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Before Carl Linnaeus began classifying organisms, before John James Audubon drew birds from the wild, before Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution, there lived a 13-year-old girl named Maria Merian who loved to draw bugs. With a keen eye and deft hand, she rendered soft green caterpillars, papery-winged moths, and the dazzling, intricate beauty of the butterflies. But drawing these fascinating creatures wasn’t enough for Maria; she wanted to understand their small, mysterious lives. Where did they come from? What did they eat? And perhaps most miraculously of all, was there a connection between creeping caterpillars and beautiful butterflies?    With no formal training or university education, Maria Merian took on the role of artist, adventurer, and scientist in 17th-century Europe - a time when women were rarely allowed responsibilities outside the home, and unusual interests led to accusations of witchcraft. Her intrepid fieldwork and careful observation helped uncover the truth about metamorphosis and changed the course of science forever.        The Newbery Honor-winning author and poet Joyce Sidman masterfully paints a riveting portrait of Maria Merian - the girl who drew butterflies, the woman who has been called the world’s first ecologist.  

©2018 Joyce Sidman (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Joyce Sidman
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Ink in the Blood

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Two friends who use tattoo magic to send divine messages must rely on one another to survive when they discover the fake deity they serve is very real - and very angry.  A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake. Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine's will and guide the actions of the recipients. It's considered a noble calling, but 10 years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.  Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time...until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob's now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.  To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all - Profeta itself.

©2020 Jeannette Kim Smeljkal (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Kim Smejkal
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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Unleashed

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The Golden Compass for the digital age in this action-packed sequel to Jinxed. When Lacey Chu wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there, she knows something went really wrong. And with her cat baku, Jinx, missing in action and MONCHA, the company behind the invention of the robot pet, threatening her family, she isn't sure who to turn to for answers.  When Lacey is expelled and her mom starts acting strangely after the latest update from MONCHA, Lacey and her friends work together to get to the bottom of it and discover a sinister plot at the heart of the corporation.  Lacey must use all her skills if she has a chance of stopping MONCHA from carrying out their plans. But can she take on the biggest tech company in North America armed with only a level 1 robot beetle and her friends at her side?

©2019 Amy McCulloch (P)2021 Recorded Books

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Home Remedies

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"An urgent and necessary literary voice." (Alexander Chee, Electric Literature) "Tough, luminous stories." (The New York Times Book Review) "Spectacular." (Vogue) A finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award Shortlisted for the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection Winner of the California Book Awards Gold Medal in First Fiction Winner of the John Zacharis First Book Award Longlisted for the Story Prize  Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Library Journal Xuan Juliana Wang's remarkable debut introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, her dazzling, formally inventive stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are, in a world as vast and varied as their ambitions. In stories of love, family, and friendship, here are the voices, faces, and stories of a new generation never before captured in fiction. What sets them apart is Juliana Wang’s surprising imagination, able to capture the innermost thoughts of her characters with astonishing empathy, as well as the contradictions of the modern immigrant experience in a way that feels almost universal. Home Remedies is, in the words of Alexander Chee, "the arrival of an urgent and necessary literary voice we’ve been needing, waiting for maybe, without knowing." "A radiant new talent." (Lauren Groff) "These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial." (Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son) "Home Remedies doesn’t read like a first collection; like Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, the twelve stories here announce the arrival of an exciting, electric new voice." (Financial Times) "Stylistically ambitious in a way rarely seen in prose fiction.... Writing like this will never stop enlightening us. [Wang’s] voice comes to us from the edge of a new world." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

©2019 Xuan Juliana Wang (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Siege of Rage and Ruin

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This is Django Wexler's third book in the cinematic fantasy Wells of Sorcery Trilogy featuring a fierce young woman skilled in the art of combat magic on an epic mission to steal a ghost ship.   Isoka has done the impossible - she's captured the ghost ship Soliton.   With her crew of mage-bloods, including the love of her life, Princess Meroe, Isoka returns to the empire that sent her on her deadly mission. She's ready to hand over the ghost ship as ransom for her sister Tori's life but arrives to find her home city under siege - and Tori at the helm of a rebellion.   Neither Isoka's mastery of combat magic nor Tori's proficiency with mind control could have prepared them for the feelings their reunion surfaces. But they're soon drawn back into the rebels fight to free the city that almost killed them.

©2021 Django Wexler (P)2021 Recorded Books

Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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How to Breathe Underwater

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A New York Times notable book and winner of the Northern California Book Award for Best Short Fiction, these nine brave, wise, and spellbinding stories make up this debut.  In "When She Is Old and I Am Famous", a young woman confronts the inscrutable power of her cousin's beauty. In "Note to Sixth-Grade Self", a band of popular girls exert their social power over an awkward outcast. In "Isabel Fish", 14-year-old Maddy learns to scuba dive in order to mend her family after a terrible accident.  Alive with the victories, humiliations, and tragedies of youth, How to Breathe Underwater illuminates this powerful territory with striking grace and intelligence.

©2003 Julia Orringer (P)2019 Recorded Books

Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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