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All Adults Here

27 ratings

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An instant New York Times best seller A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year A Parade Best Book of 2020 A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2020 One of USA Today’s 10 Best-selling Novels That Make Perfect Presents A Today Show #ReadwithJenna Book Club Pick! "In a time when all we want is hope, it’s a beautiful book to reach for." (Jenna Bush Hager) “Literary sunshine.” (New York Times) "Brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) also a page turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub's absolute best and the world will love it. I love it." (Ann Patchett)  A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family - as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times best-selling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three now-grown children. But to what consequence? Astrid's youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid's 13-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most. In All Adults Here, Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

©2020 Emma Straub (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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Ecoute ton corps

15 ratings

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Lise Bourbeau consacre sa vie à dépasser ses propres limites et à transmettre aux autres ce qu'elle apprend afin de les aider à atteindre ce à quoi nous aspirons tous : la joie, la paix, la sérénité, la santé, la réalisation de nos rêves et de nos aspirations. Pour ce faire, il s'avère important d'être davantage conscient de vous-même, c'est-à-dire faire l'expérience consciente de ce qui se passe en vous aux niveaux physique, émotionnel, mental et spirituel. Lise Bourbeau met son expérience et ses connaissances au service de leur recherche intérieure. Les enseignements contenus dans cet audio vous donnent les moyens. Placés en fin de chapitre, les exercices pratiques vous aident à devenir conscient de votre façon de vous aimer et d'aimer les autres. Comme vous récoltez ce que vous semez, en aimant, vous récolterez l'amour ! N'est-ce pas ce que nous recherchons tous sur la terre ?

© 1987, Les Editions E.T.C.© 2006, Alexandre Stanké, pour la version audio

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Modern Lovers

2 ratings

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“It’s ‘Friends’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer.” (TheSkimm) From the author of the New York Times best seller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college - and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.  Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing 50, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose - about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them - can never be reclaimed. Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions - be they food, or friendship, or music - never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

©2016 Emma Straub (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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The Vacationers

1 rating

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An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family's two-week stay in Mallorca. For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated. This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.

©2014 Emma Straub (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Author: Emma Straub
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

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The enchanting story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age. In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself. Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.

©2012 Emma Straub (P)2012 Penguin

Narrator: Molly Ringwald
Author: Emma Straub
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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