June is Audio Book Month – Try One


junepictopBefore the Fall / Noah Hawley

Eleven people – ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs – the painter – and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

My Name is Lucy Barton: a novel / Elizabeth Strout

Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.

Here I Am: a novel / Jonathan Safran Foer

The story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home, and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

The Trespasser / Tana French

Aislinn Murray is beautiful, lives in a picture-perfect cottage, and has a boy she’s crazy about. Antoinette Conway is a tough member of the Dublin Murder Squad who knows no one likes her and says she doesn’t care. When Aislinn is murdered, Conway and her partner Steve Moran take the case and start listening to all the stories about Aislinn. Which ones are true? Was she in love and with whom? Are the stories we tell ourselves and others anywhere near the truth?

The Underground Railroad: [a novel] / Colson Whitehead

Chronicles the daring survival story of a cotton plantation slave in Georgia, who, after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave-catcher close behind.

Behind Her Eyes : a novel / Sarah Pinborough

Louise meets a charming man in a bar and is smitten. The attraction is mutual, but David confesses he is married. They go their separate ways…until the next morning when Louise goes to work and realizes that the new psychiatrist who has been hired by the practice is David. Adele, David’s wife, is struggling to keep their marriage alive, but David has tired of her lies. A friendship begins between Adele and Louise. David and Louise are still attracted to each other and the triangle is complete.

 

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: a mother and son talk about life, love, and loss / by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper’s intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS’ 60 Minutes affords him little time to spend with his ninety-one year old mother. After she briefly fell ill, he and Gloria began a conversation through e-mail unlike any they had ever had before, a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discussed their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Mischling  / Affinity Konar

Its 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

The Pigeon Tunnel: stories from my life / by John le Carré

In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Best of all, he gives listeners a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: a true story / Douglas Preston

The co-author of the FBI Agent Pendergast series presents a high-suspense account of the discovery of a lost civilization, contemporaries of the Mayans who lived deep in the Honduran jungle.

Today Will Be Different / Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood is going to re-examine her life, clean up her act, get dressed, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself, all in one day.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye: a Bosch novel / Michael Connelly

Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls come calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he’s seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story, and finds uncanny links to his own past, he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

Lilac Girls/ Martha Hall Kelly

This is story of the Ravensbruck Rabbits: seventy-four women prisoners in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Using alternating first-person narratives, the characters relate their experiences from 1939 through 1959. Drawing upon a decade of research, Hall reconstructs what life was like in Ravensbruck. More than a war story, this is a tale of how the strength of women’s bonds can carry them through even the most difficult situations. The novel inspired by the life of debutante turned unlikely WWII hero Caroline Ferriday.

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Just In – June 2017


 

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Ginny Moon / Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon, an autistic teenager, has found her forever home, but takes measures to exploit the good intentions of those who try to care for her.

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit /
Michael Finkel

The true story of a man who endured a hardscrabble, isolated existence in a tent in the Maine woods, never speaking with others and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins, for 27 years, in a portrait that illuminates the survival means he developed and the reasons behind his solitary life.

The Leavers: a novel / Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, it is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away.

Salt Houses / Hala Alyan

Foreseeing blessings and troubles in the lives of her daughter and grandchildren, Salma endures hardships stemming from the Six-Day War of 1967 in Palestine before rebuilding in Kuwait, before the family is scattered by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Jersey Brothers : a missing naval officer in the Pacific and his family’s quest to bring him home / Sally Mott Freeman

Documents the extraordinary story of three brothers in World War II who found themselves at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments, describing the rescue mission launched by the elder two when their youngest brother was declared missing in action in the Philippines.

Exit West: a novel / Mohsin Hamid

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

The Light we Lost / Jill Santopolo

Lucy and Gabe, two Columbia University students who meet as seniors, decide they want their lives to mean something, launching a thirteen-year journey of dreams, betrayals, and love that brings Lucy to a point where she must make a life-altering choice.

The Stars are Fire: a novel / Anita Shreve

Grace, a young woman with two small children, lives by the coast in Maine in 1947. Her marriage isn’t very happy, but she’s dutiful and devoted to her children. After escaping a devastating fire that wiped out her town and nearby forests, Grace has to become braver, stronger, and more resourceful than she’s ever had to be before. She manages it, and it’s lovely to watch happen, until something unexpected makes her life contract once more. A real window on what it would have been like to be a woman in a small town in the 1940s.

Jazz Fiction


jazz2Half-Blood Blues: a novel / Esi Edugyan

In the aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940, Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen, and black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero’s bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin.

Bertie Plays the Blues: a 44 Scotland Street Novel / Alexander McCall Smith

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, currently running in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang, especially with an invitation to one of Scotland’s premier jazz festivals.

Of Song and Water: a novel / Joseph Coulson

Moving from the Great Lakes to the jazz bars of Detroit and Chicago, Of Song and Water is a tale of singlehanded sailors and jazz musicians, of working-class dreams blighted by family duty, personal betrayals, and the untold violence between fathers and sons. The novel follows the life of Coleman Moore, a jazz guitarist of early fame who finds himself adrift and in the company of ghosts: his mentor, a black jazz legend trying to live peacefully on the edge of a white town; his grandfather, a Prohibition rumrunner turned ruthless entrepreneur; and his first love, a clear-headed woman who refuses to live in the dark tunnels of the past.

Shout Down the Moon: a novel / Lisa Tucker

After her tumultuous childhood and a destructive teenage romance, Patty Taylor is struggling to build a new life for herself and her two-year-old son, but finds her new world undermined by the reappearance of her son’s father.

The Wicked City / Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

Written in Dead Wax / Andrew Cartmel

He is a record collector — a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client. Given that he’s just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our heroes full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all.

The Haters / Jesse Andrews

A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

The Jazz Palace: a novel / Mary Morris

The son of a grieving Jewish family in jazz age Chicago impresses patrons of a mob-controlled saloon with his piano talents, which become subject to a changing music era, his need to survive, and exacting mob demands.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: the Grantchester Mysteries / James Runcie

It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II. Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot. Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz – as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior.

Saint Monkey: a novel / Jacinda Townsend

Two friends from the mountains of eastern Kentucky try to retain their friendship when one of them is invited to play the Apollo with a jazz group while the other sinks lower in her poor, backward, backwoods life.

Rainey Royal / Dylan Landis

Living in a decaying 1970s brownstone with her cultish jazz musician father, 14-year-old Rainey endures unwanted advances from her father’s friend while pursuing her own creative ambitions and struggling to build a substitute family.

2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas: a novel / Marie-Helene Bertino

Traces the unlikely bond between a precocious nine-year-old jazz singer, a divorced teacher hoping to reunite with her high-school sweetheart, and a club owner facing the imminent loss of his Philadelphia business.

Last night at the Blue Angel / Rebecca Rotert

In early 1960s Chicago, Naomi Hill, a fiercely ambitious, yet extremely self-destructive jazz singer at the Blue Angel club, embarks on a desperate journey to stardom, while her 10-year-old daughter Sophie becomes even more anxious as she struggles for her mother’s love.

Tiger Rag: a novel / Nicholas Christopher

Faced with her disintegrating family life, Dr. Ruby Cardillo enlists her daughter to accompany her on a trip up the East Coast to discover her family’s ties to a long-rumored Edison cylinder recording of jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

Cinnamon Roll Murder / Joanne Fluke.

When the keyboard player for the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band is murdered after a tour bus accident on the way to Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen investigates and comes up with several local suspects.jazz1