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By Kobo • April 12, 2020Kobo in Conversation Podcast

As Season 2 of Kobo in Conversation draws to a close later this week, we’re releasing bonus episodes featuring different members of Rakuten Kobo’s staff talking about eBooks and audiobooks they recommend

If you’re just joining us, check out all our episodes from Seasons 1 and 2. We’ve spoken to a wide range of authors and they’ve recommended dozens of books. The Kobo in Conversation podcast is available wherever you listen.

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Here are our picks:

Dhalgren by Samuel R Delany

Simon says he loves this very, very long book (which could have been the 21st book on this list) for being a perfect meeting of his interests in highbrow literature and pulp science fiction.

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Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Delina says she thought audiobooks were only for non-fiction, and this book proved her wrong with its incredible tapestry of strong women.

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Courtney, who says her genre is “mundane stories about women” says there’s a lot of emotional weight to this story of a woman trying to opt out of her life by sleeping for most of a year.

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Nastaran, who confesses that she cries “at everything,” says that while listening to Sara Gruen’s depression-era tale she had hair standing up on the back of her neck.

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Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Deandra doesn’t normally go for this kind of book but an insistent friend got her to try it and she was hooked as soon as the author’s voice “completely absorbed” her with this moving story of midlife self-discovery.

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Deepika was craving something with the political backstabbing she enjoyed so much in Game of Thrones. Now that she’s 3 books into this epic series, she’s hooked and plans to read all 20 volumes.

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I'm Just a Person by Tig Notaro

Kerri didn't know Tig's comedy beforehand, but she loved this moving and darkly funny memoir, which kept her company on early morning walks.

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