Little Beach Street Bakery
By Jenny Colgan
DB 89863, Available as BARD Download
After getting out of a toxic relationship, Polly moves to a small seaside town in Cornwall, where she rents an apartment above an abandoned shop. She finds solace in baking bread, and soon discovers her hobby brings her friends--and maybe even a new business. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.
Little Beach Street Bakery
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
By Aimee Bender
DB 71699, LT 11239, Available as BARD Download
On her ninth birthday, Rose realizes she can taste her mother's emotions baked into a slice of cake. Eating becomes agonizing for Rose as she uncovers everyone's feelings. But she learns in adulthood to put her ability to good use. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
By Marsha Mehran
DB 64270, Available as BARD Download
1986. Three young Aminpour sisters escape the Iranian Revolution and immigrate to Ireland. There they open a Middle Eastern cafe in a small seaside village. Despite the cultural difference, Layla, Marjan, and Bahar charm all the locals except for pub owner Thomas McGuire. Includes recipes. 2005.
By Robin Sloan
DB 89026, LT 22841, Available as BARD Download
Software engineer Lois Clary works long, solitary hours programming at a San Francisco robotics company. When the two brothers who run a local take-out restaurant are deported, she inherits their sourdough starter, learns to bake, and changes her life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Sugar Queen
By Sarah Addison Allen
DB 67522, BR 18155, Available as BARD Download
Living with her domineering mother, twenty-seven-year-old Josey keeps a secret stash of candy and travel magazines and has been in love with Adam the mailman for three years. When she discovers waitress Della Lee inexplicably hiding in her bedroom closet, Josie's life takes a magical turn. Some strong language. 2008.
Sweetbitter: A Novel
By Stephanie Danler
DB 84510, LT 20881, Available as BARD Download
Tess is twenty-two when she arrives in Manhattan from the Midwest. She gets a job at an upscale restaurant, where she experiences drink, drugs, love, and heartache, and finds fellowship among the ranks of overworked wait staff. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Before I Forget
By Leonard Pitts
DB 71387, Available on BARD
Former soul singer Moses "Mo" Johnson learns he has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Mo collects his teenage son Trey, an unmarried father facing armed robbery and murder charges, for a road trip to visit Mo's estranged and dying dad and find forgiveness. Strong language and some violence. 2009.
By Rebecca Makkai
DB 83480, Available on BARD
Children's librarian Lucy Hull discovers ten-year-old Ian Drake hiding out in the stacks after closing one night. Ian is determined to get away from his controlling parents, who try to restrict what he reads to anti-gay literature. Ian draws Lucy into his plan. Some strong language. 2011.
By Sloane Crosley
DB 83454, LT 19626, Available on BARD
College friends Victor, Nathaniel, and Kezia reunite at a wedding. Victor hears about a valuable necklace that disappeared in France in WWII and convinces the others they need to go on a road trip to find it. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.