The Bitterwine Oathby Hannah West; narrated by Reba Buhr Tantor Media, Inc. Released: February 16, 2021 ISBN: 9781705222904
San Solano, Texas is a quaint little town with a sordid and violent history. That violent history is its greatest appeal. Decades ago twelve men were murdered as they took Holy Communion, and town residents are sure the minister’s daughter, Malachi, was responsible. Fast forward to present day San Solano, and as the anniversary of the massacre approaches, fear grows that another 12 men will meet their gory demise. Nat has assiduously avoided both the hoopla surrounding the anniversary and the Wardens, a cult of women famously connected to the slaughter, in service to a promise she made to her grandmother. That is a promise sorely tested when her father and the boy she falls in love with are marked for death.
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Between Perfect and Real. By Ray Stoeve. Read by MW Cartozian Wilson. Recorded Books, LLC/Recorded Books, Inc., $70 (9781705028339).
Dean is a trans guy struggling with coming out to his friends and family. Exploring the internet and joining community groups allows him to more clearly define himself while acting as Romeo in a play helps his self discovery. Wilson’s voice is well matched and he skillfully narrates this emotional story.
Black Girl, Call Home. By Jasmine Mans. Read by Jasmine Mans. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group/Penguin Audio, $22.80 (9780593346884).
Mans calls herself and other Black girls home in this love letter and essential companion to girls and women on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing. Mans narrates this powerful and painful collection with many poems read and produced in unique ways.
Love in English by Maria E. Andreu; narrated by Frankie Corzo Balzer + Bray Publication Date: February 1, 2021 ISBN: 978-0063058118
Sixteen year-old Ana and her mom arrive in New Jersey from Argentina to reunite with Ana’s father, who has been in the United States for three years. Ana starts her junior year in a new country, in a new school, speaking a new language, and has to navigate her new surroundings. Ana makes a couple friends but grounds herself by writing poetry, which she uses to help her understand American conventions at school as well as shifting relationships at home.
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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson; narrated by Bailey Carr, Marisa Calin, Michael Crouch, Gopal Divan, Robert Fass, Kevin R. Free, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Carol Monda, Patricia Santomasso, Shezi Sardar, and Amanda Thickpenny Listening Library Publication date: February 4, 2020 ISBN: 978-1984896360
Pippa has never felt settled about a murder in her town that happened 5 years ago. A girl went missing, and the prime suspect died from apparent suicide before a trial was held.
As part of a school project she takes on trying to find out what really happened. She ends up working alongside the younger brother of the accused murderer and they uncover a twisting tale finding many people in unfavorable light. Through Pippa’s notebook entries, interviews, and more we hear the story unfold.
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Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning Poppy / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 7, 2020 ISBN: 978-0316529501
Rodinsky has been kicked off the softball team and out of her private school
after one wrong decision. Now her only chance of getting a softball scholarship
rests on convincing the Northland softball coach to let her on the team. The
only way to do that is to show the coach she can be a team player. Luckily for Liv, Grey Worthington,
Northland’s quarterback has a plan that helps both of them: become his
temporary replacement as quarterback until he’s cleared to play again and he’ll
help convince the softball coach (his mother) to let Liv join the team. Liv
soon has to navigate training and making a place for herself in a
male-dominated sport while keeping it a secret from her family.