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The Girl who Chased the Moon ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rebecca Lowman
6 discs

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, a reclusive, real-life gentle giant, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

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The Help ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell
15 discs

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women–black and white, mothers and daughters–view one another.

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The Mermaid Chair ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Eliza Foss

11 discs

Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.   Jessie Sullivan is called home to Egret Island to cope with her mother performs a startling and enigmatic act of violence at the abbey.   Amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks Jessie becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past and put her own marriage in jepoardy.

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On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Sally Darling

afternoonAn elderly lady sits in her parlor, contemplating the events that shaped her life. Born in the 1830s, Emma Garnet Tate Lowell is the eldest daughter of a poor but aristocratic Southern belle and a rich, opinionated, abusive father. The Tate household is held together by Clarisse, a free black woman, who knew Mr. Tate “when.” Tate attempts to control and dominate his wife and children with brute force and harsh words. However, Emma’s mother and older brother conspire to nurture Emma’s native curiosity and love of learning, until fate brings a Northerner, Quincey Lowell, fresh out of medical school, to Emma’s doorstep. At age 17, she marries him and takes Clarisse with her. A new household; three children with a liberal, generous, loving husband; the Civil War; death; and good deeds and bad all pass through her thoughts in a death bed recollection/confession of a life abundantly lived.

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Light in August ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Mark Hammer

alightA novel about hopeless perseverance in the face of mortality.  There is the guileless Lena Grove as she searches for the father of her unborn child, Reverend Hightower who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and then there is the drifter Joe Christmas who is consumed by his mixed ancestry all of them converge in an unforgettable series of tragedies that lead to redemption for the youngest of them all.

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The Little Friend ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Karen White

alittleThe death of nine-year-old Robin Cleve Dufresnes, found hanging from a tree in his own backyard in Alexandria, Miss., has never been solved. The crime destroyed his family: it turned his mother into a lethargic recluse; his father left town; and the surviving siblings, Allison and Harriet, are now largely being raised by their black maid and a matriarchy of female relatives headed by their domineering grandmother and her three sisters.  Like many preadolescents, Harriet is fascinated by secrets. She vows to solve the mystery of her brother’s death and unmask the killer, whom she decides, without a shred of evidence, is Danny Ratliff, a member of a degenerate, redneck family of hardened criminals. (The Ratliff brothers are good to their grandmother, however; their solicitude at times lends the novel the antic atmosphere of a Booth cartoon.) Harriet’s pursuit of Danny, at first comic, gathers fateful impetus as she and her best friend, Hely, stalk the Ratliffs, and eventually, as the plot attains the suspense level of a thriller, leads her into mortal danger.

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