Recent audiobooks of note:
HEMINGWAY STORIES, by Ernest Hemingway, read by John Bedford Lloyd. (Simon & Schuster Audio.) New recordings of two dozen classic Hemingway short stories, including “The Good Lion,” “The Faithful Bull” and “The Butterfly and the Tank.”
SOMEONE WE KNOW, by Shari Lapena, read by Kirsten Potter. (Penguin Audio.) Lapena’s menacing suspense thriller traces the consequences — including murder — when a teenager in suburban New York breaks into his neighbors’ homes and snoops through the secrets on their computers.
A POLAROID GUY IN A SNAPCHAT WORLD, by David Spade, read by the author. (Audible.) In his comic memoir, available only on audiobook, the actor and comedian (who rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live”) considers the joys and sorrows of life in his 50s.
NEVER HAVE I EVER, by Joshilyn Jackson, read by the author. (HarperAudio.) The heroine of Jackson’s thriller has a happy family life — and a dark secret that a newcomer to her book club is determined to unveil.
BABY-SITTERS CLUB, by Ann M. Martin, read by Elle Fanning and others. (Audible.) Millennials, listen up: All 131 books about your beloved enterprising suburban preteens have been recorded in audio for the first time since their original publication between 1986 and 2000.
What we’re reading:
In Catherine Chung’s THE TENTH MUSE, Katherine is a Chinese-American girl in 1950s Michigan with a standout talent for math. One day, her mother leaves without explanation. As an adult, Katherine pursues two mysteries: her family lineage, and a famous math problem that leads her to a Ph.D. and beyond. Both quests take her to postwar Germany as the novel tackles questions of identity, betrayal, ambition and loneliness, charting the mathematician’s efforts to make her mark in a male-dominated field and be taken seriously while dating a celebrated professor.
Historical details animate the story, from Katherine’s childhood fixation with Laika, the Soviet space dog, to her admiration for women like Emmy Noether, the mathematician who made major contributions to physics and fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Number games and logic puzzles are embedded throughout, offering something distinctive in an absorbing summer read.
—Rebecca R. Ruiz, investigative reporter
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