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Best Audiobooks of 2021 (So Far)

Black, white, and the Grey : the story of an unexpected friendship and a beloved restaurant / Mashama Bailey
Read by John O. Morisano
A story about the trials and triumphs of a Black chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island, who built a relationship and a restaurant in the Deep South, hoping to bridge biases and get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture.  (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

The four windsKristin Hannah
Read by Julia Whelan
A Depression-era woman confronts a wrenching choice between fighting for the Dust Bowl-ravaged land she loves in Texas or pursuing an uncertain future in California. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale.   (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive and on Audio CD.)

Klara and the sun / Kazuo Ishiguro
Read by Sura Siu
The first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?  (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

One last stop / Casey McQuiston
Read by Natalie Naudus
Cynical August starts to believe in the impossible when she meets Jane on the subway, a mysterious punk rocker she forms a crush on, who is literally displaced in time from the 1970s and is trying to find her way back.  This is a smart, thoughtful, hilarious romance. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive and on Audio CD.)

We should all be millionaires / Rachel Rodgers
Read by Rachel Rodgers
Rodgers–mother of four, attorney, business owner, and self-made Black millionaire–shares the lessons she’s learned both in her own journey to wealth and in coaching hundreds of women through their own journeys to seven figures. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

Crying in H mart / Michelle Zauner
Read by Michelle Zauner
This is Zauner’s searingly candid coming-of-age story: of growing apart from, and then back together with, her Korean identity and of forging her own path in the wake of a devastating loss. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up Asian American, straining to meet her mother’s expectations, moving across the country, and returning home to reckon with grief. She recalls treasure childhood holidays spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul and-now in adulthood-learning to cook the Korean dishes that revive and nourish those memories. She savors the unexpected solace of weekly trips to her favorite Asian grocery store. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)