Awards & Recognition October’s LibraryReads are Quirky, Fun Listens!

October’s picks for LibraryReads include a relatable, fun listen about dealing with family during the holidays (with a twist!) and Mr. Tom Hanks himself narrating his debut collection of short stories. As the weather begins to grow cooler, remind your patrons to reach for an excellent pair of headphones, along with their jackets, because these LibraryReads will warm their hearts.

Don’t forget to check out the full list of October LibraryReads picks here. Visit our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks (since the program began).

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By Francesca Hornak
Read by Jilly Bond
On Sale October 17, 2017


LibraryReads review: “The Birch family will be spending the Christmas holiday in quarantine, thanks to eldest daughter Olivia’s recent relief work in a disease-infested Liberia. She has returned to England but must be in quarantine for seven days. This family has not ever spent that much time in each other’s company. Each person has secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the seven days. It is particularly interesting to watch them become the family that they should have been all along: supportive and loving. An enjoyable read.” —Cheryl Braud, Iberia Public Library, New Iberia, LA

Why try the audio? SEVEN DAYS OF US delivers a ton of fun in any format, but having narrator Jilly Bond read it to you on audio is a real treat. She gives a certain warmth and comfort that is necessary with a family tale. Bond brilliantly portrays each character, allowing listeners to sit back and enjoy meeting this unforgettable family.

Praise for SEVEN DAYS OF US:

“Hornak’s wry, masterful portrayal of a family in crisis is filled with flawed and funny characters who will capture–and break–your heart.” — Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse and The Address

“Alternately tender and razor-sharp, SEVEN DAYS OF US will resonate with anyone who regresses the minute they step inside their childhood home.”— Booklist (starred review)

“Perfect for fans of cozy Christmas films like Love Actually and The Family Stone. An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story.”— Kirkus Reviews


By Tom Hanks
Read by the Author and featuring guest appearances by Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari, Cecily Strong, Holland Taylor, and Wilmer Valderrama
On Sale October 17, 2017


LibraryReads review: “Hanks writes about characters that he would love to play in the movies, had they been written. This collection of stories holds a myriad of emotions, settings, and time periods with two common threads: the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women. You love the characters because you have something in common with all of them – some win, some lose, some are heroic and some timid, but they are all borne of the human existence and go largely unnoticed. Hank’s charm and wit come through.” —Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Why try the audio? There’s something irresistible about having Tom Hanks read to you. So to have a collection of great short stories written and read by the two-time Oscar Award winning actor is a delight. There’s something calming about Hanks’ voice that seems suited to the joy of old-fashioned storytelling—like we should gather around a fire to listen. And as an added bonus in his story “Stay With Us,” there are additional performances by Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari, Cecily Strong, Holland Taylor, and Wilmer Valderrama.


“Wait—Tom Hanks can write, too? Funny, moving, deftly surprising stories? That’s just swell. Maybe there’s no crying in baseball, pal, but it’s perfectly acceptable in the book business. That’s how we drown envy.”—Carl Hiaasen

“The stories…possess a real feel for character and a slice-of-life realism that combine to deliver considerable depth beneath the surface. A surprising and satisfying book from a first-time fiction writer.”—Booklist

“Hanks can write the hell out of typing, and his dialogue is excellent, too…While these stories have the all-American sweetness, humor, and heart we associate with his screen roles, Hanks writes like a writer, not a movie star.”—Kirkus

See all ten of October’s LibraryReads 2017 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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