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June 2018

 

Fiction: 

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

DB 87581

Read by Ellen Archer. Reading time 9 hours, 2 minutes.

Owen and Lucy have been married for nine years and are parents of an autistic son. They decide to experiment with an open marriage, setting a strict six-month time limit and ground rules, including no falling in love. But things don't go as planned. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

DB 90131

Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie. Reading time: 9 hours, 41 minutes.

Another look at the residents of 44 Scotland Street, Edinburgh. Bertie's mother, Irene, has returned from abroad. She is resolved to set a rigorous course of improvement for Bertie, but she should be more concerned about the state of her marriage. 44 Scotland St. series, book 11. Unrated. 2017.

 

Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Novel by Bunmi Laditan

DB 88777

Read by Carol Dines. Reading time: 10 hours, 7 minutes.

Stay-at-home mom Ashley Keller feels like a failure when comparing herself to the mothers she sees online. She enrolls in a boot camp called Motherhood Better, run by famous blogger and TV host Emily Walker. Ashley hopes to learn how to become the perfect mom. Some strong language. 2017.

 

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

DB 88966

Read by Catherine Byers. Reading time: 9 hours, 9 minutes.

LP 33164; 423 pages.

After Hanna and Will broke up in front of millions of people while appearing together on a reality TV show, Hanna returns home. Will follows her to her father's Minnesota farm, hoping she will forgive him and agree to a pretend engagement to save both their reputations. 2017.

 

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

DB 89015

Read by Vikas Adam. Reading time: 14 hours, 42 minutes.

A filmmaker insinuates himself into the Greenwich Village mansion of the Golden family. Nero Golden is an eccentric billionaire with three adult sons: alcoholic Petya, artist Apu, and D, whose mother is known only to Nero. Nero's new wife, Russian expat Vasilisa, enters the household. Unrated. 2017.

 

Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

DB 89584

Read by Lorelei King. Reading time: 6 hours, 11 minutes.

LP 33108; 326 pages.

Professional grave robber and semiprofessional loon Simon Diggery won't let bounty hunter Stephanie Plum take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Meanwhile, funeral home and morgue corpses that have had the heads removed appear around town, and a homeless man is murdered. Strong language, some violence, and descriptions of sex. Stephanie Plum, book 24. 2017.

 

The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak

DB 87317

Read by Julian Thompson. Reading time: 7 hours, 46 minutes.

In 1980s New Jersey, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin is obsessed with computer programming, acquiring the Vanna White issue of Playboy, and girls. The three unexpectedly converge when Billy, in pursuit of the elusive magazine, meets fellow teen programmer Mary at her father's store. Some strong language. 2017.

 

Made for Love: A Novel by Alissa Nutting

DB 89062

Read by Paige O’Malley. Reading time: 9 hours, 31 minutes.

Hazel has left her tech-CEO husband, Byron, to move in with her father, who lives in a trailer and has an unhealthy attachment to a sex doll. Byron wants her back, claiming to have installed a chip in her brain. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta

BR 22058; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.

DB 88867

Read by Jon Pinnow. Reading time: 9 hours, 56 minutes.

Eve Fletcher is a divorced woman whose only child has just left for college. When Eve receives an anonymous, amorous text from an admirer, it leads her online for a journey of sexual discovery. Meanwhile, Eve's son has trouble adjusting at college. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

DB 87344

Read by Fiona Hardingham. Reading time: 12 hours.

Katie Brenner is envious of her successful boss, Demeter, and frustrated with her own chaotic life. When Demeter fires her, Katie heads home to her family's farm to help them start a new vacation business. Everything seems to be going well until her ex-boss arrives. Unrated. 2017.

 

 

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

DB 88748

Read by Abigail Maupin. Reading time: 7 hours, 34 minutes.

Hitomi works for Mr. Nakano in a Tokyo thrift store, and she develops a crush on coworker Takeo. She turns to Mr. Nakano's older sister, Masayo, for relationship advice, but Masayo has interesting notions. Translated from the Japanese edition. 2016.

 

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

BR 21896; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.

DB 87353

Read by Nicola Daval. Reading time: 8 hours, 25 minutes.

Faith Frankel moves back to her Massachusetts hometown and buys a house. Her fiancé, off on a cross-country walkabout, is unsympathetic when Faith discovers the house has a spooky past. Luckily, her charming new officemate Nick is on hand to help. Some strong language. 2017.

 

Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate by Anne Ostby

DB 89148

Read by Jilly Bond. Reading time: 9 hours, 31 minutes.

In their sixties, five lifelong friends decide to live out the rest of their days in Fiji where they start a chocolate business. From recently widowed Kat--who extends the invitation--to single mom Sina, all the friends must deal with changes in life. Unrated. 2017.

 

Repo Madness by Bruce W. Cameron

BR 21913; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.

DB 87490

Read by R.C. Bray. Reading time: 10 hours.

In this sequel to The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (DB 80722), Ruddy McCann works with his deceased soon-to-be father-in-law, Alan, to bring down a corrupt banker, win back Katie's love, and stop a serial killer. Ruddy McCann series, book 2.  Some strong language. 2016.

 

Rich People Problems: A Novel by Kevin Kwan

DB 88061

Read by Lydia Look. Reading time: 16 hours, 4 minutes.

As Nicholas Young's grandmother, Su Yi, lies dying, he joins his extended family at her bedside. But not everyone is there to mourn, as Su Yi is matriarch of one of the richest families in the world. Toxic relationships and intrigues abound. Some strong language. 2017.

 

South Pole Station: A Novel by Ashley Shelby

DB 89284

Read by Eva Wilhelm. Reading time: 12 hours, 18 minutes.

Reeling from a tragedy, painter Cooper Gosling decides to head to Antarctica as part of a National Science Foundation program to bring artists and writers to the South Pole. She bonds with her fellow misfits, all fleeing something. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

Spoonbenders: A Novel by Daryl Gregory

DB 88359

Read by Ari Fliakos. Reading time: 14 hours, 5 minutes.

The Telemachus family, psychics for generations, were celebrities until a public fall from grace caused them to withdraw from the spotlight. When the family faces threats from the CIA, the Mafia, and a skeptic determined to debunk their abilities, young Matty must save them. Strong language, Violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

Standard Deviation: A Novel by Katherine Heiny

DB 88151

Read by Cassandra Campbell. Reading time: 10 hours, 17 minutes.

Graham Cavanaugh did his one spontaneous thing when he divorced his wife, Elspeth, to marry his girlfriend, Audra. Now Audra is trying to become friends with Elspeth, and Graham can't help but compare the two very different women. Did he make the right choice? Unrated. 2017.

 

Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir

DB 88370

Read by Eliana Marianes. Reading time: 6 hours, 51 minutes.

Three people are caught up in a scandal in the tech world. Entrepreneur Mack is ready to launch his business, TakeOff, into the next round of funding. Newly hired Sabrina tries to navigate the testosterone-laden culture of TakeOff, while one of her journalist husband's employees, Katya, digs into the rumors. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

DB 90228

Read by Fiona Hardingham. Reading time 11 hours, 31 minutes.

Sylvie and Dan have been together for ten years and have a great life. After considering how many more years they might have, the pair decides to try to continually surprise each other to keep things fresh. However, the surprises gradually turn into uncomfortable truths. Unrated. 2018.

 

Touch by Courtney Maum

DB 88152

Read by Kristen Sieh. Reading time: 9 hours, 46 minutes.

Trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen gets paid a lot of money by companies who want to hear her opinions about the future. Her forecasts have advocated childlessness and celebrated digital life in the past, but she is now sensing that people actually want more personal connection. 2017.

 

Nonfiction:

Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour through the World of Pun Competitions by Joe Berkowitz

DB 89447

Read by Stephen Van Doren. Reading time 8 hours, 12 minutes.

The author surveys the subculture of pun competitions around the world. Discusses specific competitions, including the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship in Texas. Examines individual punsters, the pervasiveness of puns in humor, and more. Culminates with the author's participation in a pun competition. 2017.

 

Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry

BR 21974; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB 87795

Read by Dick Hill. Reading time: 4 hours, 49 minutes.

Author of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty (DB 78486) examines his home state of Florida and discusses the weird, legendary, and screwball happenings of the Sunshine State. Topics include the proliferation of "Florida Man" news stories, attractions like Gatorland, and the Miami nightclub scene. Some strong language. 2016.

 

Cheech is Not My Real Name but Don’t Call Me Chong by Cheech Marin

DB 87774

Read by Cheeck Marin. Reading time: 7 hours, 31 minutes.

The comedian talks about his life and career, including his experiences as half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, who were known for "stoner humor." Stories include how he met Chong in Canada, where he had fled to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War. Unrated. Bestseller.  2017.

 

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in her Life by Annie Spence

DB 86951

Read by Nicola Daval. Reading time: 5 hours, 37 minutes.

A collection of letters addressed to books from the librarian author along with several essays on book-related subjects, such as books with bad covers. Includes love letters to The Goldfinch (DB 77453) and Matilda (DB 31793), as well as a couple snarky breakup letters. 2017.

 

Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

DB 85480

Read by Carol Jacobanis. Reading time 11 hours, 12 minutes.

LP 30904; 471 pages.

A history of the popular television sitcom Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998. Covers the time from its beginnings as a star vehicle for stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld through the years it was "must-see TV," and discusses as well the show's lasting cultural impact. Bestseller.  2016.

 

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

DB 88081

Read by David Sedaris. Reading time: 13 hours, 54 minutes.

Humorist and author of autobiographical essay collections such as Me Talk Pretty One Day (DB 50514) presents the first volume of his diaries. He has selected entries from the thirty-five-year period that took him from broke dropout to bestselling author. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

 

Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches by Denis Leary

DB 87972

Read by Denis Leary. Reading time: 6 hours, 39 minutes.

A comedian takes a humorous look at both liberals and conservatives, ripping apart the early twenty-first century "Right Wing Nutjob versus Left Wing Snowflake" approach to politics. Unrated. 2017.

 

You Can’t Spell America without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as Donald J. Trump by Alec Baldwin

DB 89948

Read by Oliver Wyman. Reading time: 6 hours.

A satirical presidential memoir from the fictional perspective of President Donald Trump. Discusses Trump's first year as president, his campaign, his relationship with the media, his family relationships, and more. Unrated. 2017.

 

You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins

DB 88324

Read by Marlo Thomas. Reading time: 4 hours, 44 minutes.

A documentary producer discusses the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field and growing older in a youth-obsessed culture. Also explains what being a feminist means to her, among other topics. Read by a host of celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, and more. Some strong language. 2017.