Featured New Audiobooks for April
House of Earth by Woody Guthrie (BOOKS ON CD) -- Finished in 1947, House of Earth is Woody Guthrie's long-lost and only fully realized novel--a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl of America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his songs a part of our national consciousness. It is the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.
Heft by Liz Moore (BOOKS ON CD) -- Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene's unexpected phone call to Arthur that jostles them into action.
A teaspoon of earth and sea by Dina Nayeri (BOOKS ON CD) -- Growing up in a small fishing village in 1980s Iran, eleven-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister Mahtab are fascinated by America. When Saba suddenly finds herself abandoned, alone with her father in Iran, she is certain that her mother and sister have moved to America without her. Bereft, she aches for their company, and for the Western life. Thus, over the next several years, as Saba falls in and out of love and struggles with the limited possibilities available to her as a woman in Iran, she imagines a simultaneous, parallel life, a Western version, for her sister.
Out of the black land : a mystery by Kerry Greenwood (BOOKS ON CD) -- Ptah-hotep, a peasant studying to be a scribe, is appointed by Amenhotep IV as court scribe, where he is surrounded by envious rivals and enemies. Child princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married to the impotent young pharaoh, while the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan to ensure Nefertiti bears royal children.