New audiobook releases for August 18: Academic satire, fantastic fiction, and a guide to being alone

This is the time of year when I like to shake the sand out of my brain and light the pilot flame on my synapses, and this week’s new releases make it easy to do just that.  Our literary fiction selection’s biting social satire will remind you why you didn’t choose a career in academia, or if you did, will have you shaking your head in sympathy.  This week’s collection of science fiction short stories tackles the world’s most contentious issues from the sharp edge of fantastic fiction.  And if that’s not enough, our first children’s non-fiction release will teach listeners old and young how to build a spool tank, among other forgotten but treasured skills.  Here are this week’s titles:

Fight for Your Long Day
by Alex Kudera.
Published in print by Atticus Books. Narrated by Mark F. Smith.

“Alex Kudera’s novel makes lemonade out of the knowledge economy’s stingy share of lemons, eking every ounce of catharsis owed to veterans of the core curriculum’s front lines.”– Justin Bauer, books columnist, Philadelphia City Paper

Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland. Published in print by Apex Book Company. Narrated by Linette Geisel.

“Pelland handles difficult topics with assured storytelling chops, bringing us to the brink of tears, fear, desire, and beyond. Worth your time AND money AND sincere attention.” – Steven Gould, Hugo and Nebula-nominated author of Jumper

“Every great book reminds us that we’re all alone in the world. At least this one provides us with the means to entertain ourselves while we’re here.” —Lemony Snicket