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Princes at War

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King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict between George VI and his older brother.

©2015 Deborah Cadbury (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing

Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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Love's Executioner

30 ratings

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The collection of 10 absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient. The audio version of the book includes an exclusive interview with Dr. Yalom.

©1989 Irvin Yalom (P)2013 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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Consider the Lobster

12 ratings

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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

©2017 David Foster Wallace (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

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For listeners of Mindy Kaling, Jenny Lawson, and Roxane Gay, a debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, "a land of ice and casual racism", by the irreverent, hilarious cultural observer and incomparable rising star Scaachi Koul. In One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi deploys her razor-sharp humour to share her fears, outrages, and mortifying experiences as an outsider growing up in Canada. Her subjects range from shaving her knuckles in grade school, to a shopping trip gone horribly awry, to dealing with Internet trolls, to feeling out of place at an Indian wedding (as an Indian woman), to parsing the trajectory of fears and anxieties that pressed upon her immigrant parents and bled down a generation. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color, where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn. Where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, forcing her to confront questions about gender dynamics, racial tensions, ethnic stereotypes and her father's creeping mortality - all as she tries to find her feet in the world. With a clear eye and biting wit, Scaachi Koul explores the absurdity of a life steeped in misery. And through these intimate, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny dispatches, a portrait of a bright new literary voice emerges.

©2017 Scaachi Koul (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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Y en n'aura pas de miracle!

20 ratings

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Dès leur mise en ligne, les capsules Cours Toutoune de Geneviève Gagnon sont visionnées par des dizaines de milliers d'internautes. Franche et directe, l'humoriste ne mâche pas ses mots. Son message est simple : « Prends-toi en main, enfile tes running-tchou et sors dehors ! » Comment expliquer un tel succès ? Y en n'a pas de miracle. Tout le monde se reconnaît dans la toutoune, le discours est motivant, et l'humour toujours au rendez-vous. L'ouvrage présente 52 chroniques humoristiques pour arrêter de se trouver des excuses, pour garder sa motivation et pour mettre de côté ses complexes, même si on a les bras mous et les cuisses dépendantes affectives. 

©2016 Geneviève Gagnon et Les Publications Modus Vivendi inc. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Under the Duvet

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High heels, movie deals, wagon wheels, shoes, reviews, having the blues, builders, babies, families and other calamities... Many think that Marian leads a glitzy life of limos, television, and showbiz parties - but she would argue that she spends the majority of her life writing alone, wearing her PJs, and eating bananas with a laptop on a pillow in front of her. Under the Duvet is a wide collection of her journalism and stories, all personal, closely observed, and painfully funny...

©2001 Marian Keyes (P)2002 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Marian Keyes
Author: Marian Keyes
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Feel Free

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From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right. Arranged into four sections - In the World, In the Audience, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free - this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network - and Facebook itself - really about? "It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore." Why do we love libraries? "Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay." What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? "So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we'd just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes - and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat." Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, "Joy," and, "Find Your Beach," Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive - and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.

©2018 Zadie Smith (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Author: Zadie Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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The Braindead Megaphone

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America" - not to mention an official "Genius" - his first nonfiction collection ever.  George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the listener across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.

©2007 George Saunders (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: George Saunders
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Genius and Ink

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Foreword by Ali Smith.  With an introduction by Francesca Wade.    Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?   In the early years of its existence, the Times Literary Supplement published some of the finest writers in English: T. S. Eliot, Henry James and E. M. Forster among them. But one of the paper’s defining voices was Virginia Woolf, who produced a string of superb essays between the two World Wars. The weirdness of Elizabethan plays, the pleasure of revisiting favourite novels, the supreme examples of Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad: all are here, in anonymously published pieces, in which may be glimpsed the thinking behind Woolf’s works of fiction and the enquiring, feminist spirit of A Room of One’s Own.  Here is Woolf the critical essayist, offering, at one moment, a playful hypothesis and, at another, a judgement laid down with the authority of a 20th-century Dr Johnson. Here is Woolf working out precisely what’s great about Hardy and how Elizabeth Barrett Browning made books a 'substitute for living' because she was 'forbidden to scamper on the grass'. Above all, here is Virginia Woolf the reader, whose enthusiasm for great literature remains palpable and inspirational today.

©2019 Virginia Woolf (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Olivia Dowd
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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I Like to Watch

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From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. "Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic - smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful." (David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon) Named one of the Best Books of the Year NPR • Chicago Tribune • Esquire • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews From her creation of the "Approval Matrix" in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize-winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking at TV. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path. She explores the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality television president. There are three big profiles of television showrunners - Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy - as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The audiobook also includes a major new essay written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster. More than a collection of reviews, the audiobook makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the "idiot box", even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over 15 years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylized). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of "prestige television", searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition - one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It’s an audiobook that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean. Finalist for the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay "This collection, including some powerful new work, proves once and for all that there’s no better American critic of anything than Emily Nussbaum. But I Like to Watch turns out to be even greater than the sum of its brilliant parts - it’s the most incisive, intimate, entertaining, authoritative guide to the shows of this golden television age." (Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland) "Reading Emily Nussbaum makes us smarter not just about what we watch, but about how we live, what we love, and who we are. I Like to Watch is a joy." (Rebecca Traister)

©2019 Emily Nussbaum (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Emily Nussbaum
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
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Essays

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The articles collected in George Orwell’s Essays illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who elevated political writing to an art. This outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes “My Country Right or Left”, “Decline of the English Murder”, “Shooting an Elephant", and “A Hanging”.  With great originality and wit, Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defense of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell’s essays created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move, and entertain.

©1984 Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Hyde-White
Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
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The Western Canon

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Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. He argues against ideology in literary criticism; he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards; he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afrocentrism, and the New Historicism. Insisting instead upon "the autonomy of aesthetic," Bloom places Shakespeare at the center of the Western Canon. Shakespeare has become the touchstone for all writers who come before and after him, whether playwrights, poets, or storytellers. In the creation of character, Bloom maintains, Shakespeare has no true precursor and has left no one after him untouched. Milton, Samuel Johnson, Goethe, Ibsen, Joyce, and Beckett were all indebted to him; Tolstoy and Freud rebelled against him; and while Dante, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Whitman, Dickinson, Proust, and the modern Hispanic and Portuguese writers Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa are exquisite examples of how canonical writing is born of an originality fused with tradition. Listen to a conversation with Harold Bloom.

©1994 by Harold Bloom (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: James Armstrong
Author: Harold Bloom
Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
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What the Dog Saw

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Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his number one best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers and listeners. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.  Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.  For the millions of Malcolm Gladwell fans, this anthology is like a greatest hits compilation - a mixtape from America's alpha mind.

©2009 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2009 Hachette Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Coventry

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From Rachel Cusk, her first collection of essays about motherhood, marriage, feminism, and art Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three “literary masterpieces” (Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the listener. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance. Now, in Coventry, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, social, and artistic questions. Coventry encompasses memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, gender, and politics, and on D. H. Lawrence, Françoise Sagan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Named for an essay Cusk published in Granta (“Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. There’s a funny phrase for this phenomenon in England: it’s called being sent to Coventry”), this collection is pure Cusk and essential listening for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold.

©2019 Rachel Cusk (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Antonia Beamish
Author: Rachel Cusk
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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The Collected Schizophrenias

18 ratings

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Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

©2019 Esmé Weijun Wang (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Vesper Flights

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Animals don’t exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.  In Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.  By one of this century’s most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us. 

©2020 Helen Macdonald (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Essential

32 ratings

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The best of the Minimalists! This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some long - from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com. This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that's considerably different from reading individual selections online. From simple living, decluttering, and finances to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional life.

©2015 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (P)2016 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Narrator: Justin Malik
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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Mr. Know-It-All

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"Cheerfully lewd and sincerely disingenuous, cult filmmaker, comic, and lifelong raconteur John Waters narrates his latest memoir/tell-all with a good-natured wink and a well-earned dab of sentimentality." (AudioFile Magazine)  "[Just] like reading a description of a Waters film is nothing like seeing it on the screen, listening to him tell his own stories brings the context and inflection needed to truly appreciate his art. A singular experience." (Booklist) This program is read by the author and includes a bonus conversation. No one knows more about everything - especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling - than John Waters.   The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All, he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: "Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all." Studded with cameos of Waters’ stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’ most hypnotic, upsetting, revelatory audiobook yet - another instant Waters classic. Praise for John Waters: "Waters doesn’t kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird.... [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent." (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post) "Carsick becomes a portrait not just of America’s desolate freeway nodes - though they’re brilliantly evoked - but of American fame itself." (Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 John Waters (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: John Waters
Author: John Waters
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

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In her first memoir, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li offers a journey of recovery through literature: a letter from a writer to like-minded readers. “A meditation on the fact that literature itself lives and gives life.” (Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead) “What a long way it is from one life to another, yet why write if not for that distance?” Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is a luminous account of a life lived with books. Written over two years while the author battled suicidal depression, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living. Yiyun Li grew up in China and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. She has been a scientist, an author, a mother, a daughter - and through it all she has been sustained by a profound connection with the writers and books she loves. From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Søren Kierkegaard and Philip Larkin, Dear Friend is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together. Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live? Praise for Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life: “Li has stared in the face of much that is beautiful and ugly and treacherous and illuminating - and from her experience she has produced a nourishing exploration of the will to live willfully.” (The Washington Post) “Li’s transformation into a writer...is nothing short of astonishing.’” (The New York Times Book Review) “An arrestingly lucid, intellectually vital series of contemplations on art, identity, and depression.” (The Boston Globe) “Li is an exemplary storyteller and this account of her journey back to equilibrium, assisted by her closest companion, literature, is as powerful as any of her award-winning fiction, with the dark fixture of her Beijing past at its centre.” (Financial Times) “Every writer is a reader first, and Dear Friend is Li’s haunted, luminous love letter to the words that shaped her.... Her own prose is both lovely and opaque, fitfully illuminating a radiant landscape of the personal and profound.” (Entertainment Weekly) “Yiyun Li’s prose is lean and intense, and her ideas about books and writing are wholly original.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

©2017 Yiyun Li (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Author: Yiyun Li
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Henry David Thoreau Collection

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Henry David Thoreau was a 19th-century American writer and lifelong advocate for the abolition of slavery. His written works are many and varied but he is perhaps best known for works such as Walden, a book which promotes the idea of simple living in natural surroundings and for Civil Disobedience, which argues that the general population should not simply sit idle while those elected to government ride roughshod over their wishes. Of his other published work, Walking stands out as one which deals with the importance of nature to mankind, something which we are becoming increasingly aware of, and the reason that we cannot survive without it, either physically, mentally, or spiritually. Now, you can own all four of these perceptive and illuminating works in Henry David Thoreau Collection: Walden, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Walking, and Cape Cod. Each is a work that is well ahead of its day in terms of thought and each reflects much of what we still face in the world today. Allow the ideas of Henry David Thoreau to show the path that we should be taking and to shine a light in the darkest corners with this great audiobook collection!

Public Domain (P)2020 Hanley Media

Narrator: Drake Johnson
Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
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Goodbye, Again

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The wonderfully original author of Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too gives us a collection of touching and hilarious personal essays, stories, poems - covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong. Jonny Sun is back with a collection of essays and other writings in his unique, funny, and heartfelt style. The pieces range from long meditations on topics like loneliness and being an outsider, to short humor pieces, conversations, and memorable one-liners. Jonny's honest writings about his struggles with feeling productive, as well as his difficulties with anxiety and depression will connect deeply with his fans as well as anyone attempting to create in our chaotic world.     It also features a recipe for scrambled eggs that might make you cry. 

©2020 Jonny Sun (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Jonny Sun
Author: Jonny Sun
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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How to Be Alone

34 ratings

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The former sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan and host of the wildly popular comedy show Tinder Live with Lane Moore presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first audiobook. Lane Moore is a rare performer who is as impressive onstage - whether hosting her iconic show Tinder Live or being the enigmatic front woman of It Was Romance - as she is on the page, as both a former writer for The Onion and an award-winning sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan. But her story has had its obstacles, including being her own parent, living in her car as a teenager, and moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. Through it all, she looked to movies, TV, and music as the family and support systems she never had. From spending the holidays alone to having better “stranger luck” than with those closest to her to feeling like the last hopeless romantic on Earth, Lane reveals her powerful and entertaining journey in all its candor, anxiety, and ultimate acceptance - with humor always her bolstering force and greatest gift. How to Be Alone is a must-listen for anyone whose childhood still feels unresolved, who spends more time pretending to have friends online than feeling close to anyone in real life, who tries to have genuine, deep conversations in a roomful of people who would rather you not. Above all, it’s an audiobook for anyone who desperately wants to feel less alone and a little more connected through listening to her words. 

©2018 Lane Moore. All rights reserved. (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Lane Moore
Author: Lane Moore
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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Art Matters

4 ratings

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A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” (Neil Gaiman) Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multimedia artist’s vision - an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives. Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry:  “Credo”, his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings “Make Good Art”, his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts “Making a Chair”, a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come  “On Libraries”, an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers. Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity and dares us to choose to be bold.

©2018 Neil Gaiman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Length: 49 mins
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The Source of Self-Regard

6 ratings

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Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection - a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades. The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: The first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin.   In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "Black matter(s)", and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here, too, is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars.  In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.

©2019 Toni Morrison (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
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Simplicity

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Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - The Minimalists - left their six-figure careers, jettisoned many of their material possessions, and started focusing on life's most important aspects. And they never looked back. Simplicity: Essays is The Minimalists' fifth book and second essay collection, a follow-up to their bestselling Minimalism: Essential Essays. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living. Simplicity: Essays serves as a "best of" collection for their most important collaborative writings. This 152-page book contains 46 edited and revised essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including "UnAmerican Dream," "Asking Friends & Family to Embrace Change," and "I Am Not the Center of the Universe." It also includes a special forward by The Minimalists and two unpublished essays that can't be found anywhere else: "Simplicity" and "The Worst Christmas Ever." The order of the essays in this collection is deliberate; they are meant to be read in sequence from beginning to end. Doing so will result in an experience that is different from reading these essays individually throughout the web, connecting various concepts that may otherwise seem unconnected. These essays were written to encourage readers to think critically about the excess in their lives and, ultimately, to take action towards living more intentionally. This collection is short enough to be read in a few sittings, or it can be digested slowly, reading one essay a day for six weeks, applying its principals each day to your own life.

©2012 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus (P)2012 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

Narrator: Simon Whistler
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out, a collection of true narratives, reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks", first births, and first deaths and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession. The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more "important" procedures while another questions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS. And a home-care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

©2013 Creative Nonfiction Foundation (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Author: Lee Gutkind
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
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From Our Land to Our Land

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Luis J. Rodriguez writes about race, culture, identity, and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. His passion and wisdom inspire us with the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. As he writes in the preface, "Like millions of Americans, I'm demanding a new vision, a qualitatively different direction, for this country. One for the shared well-being of everyone. One with beauty, healing, poetry, imagination, and truth." The pieces in From Our Land to Our Land capture that same fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration.

©2020 Luis J. Rodriguez (P)2021 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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On the Origin of Species

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Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form. Dawkin's passion for his subject and hero are clear and exciting for listeners, who, whatever their religious or scientific views, will be intrigued and captivated by this involving production of arguably one of the most important books of all time.

©2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd. (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Narrator: Richard Dawkins
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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Why Men Are Suspicious of Yoga: And Other Very, Very Funny Stories

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We live in a world where smart fridges are more articulate than most politicians, where the leaders of two nuclear powers engage in a battle of elementary school wits, and where every fact can be dismissed as fake news. Sometimes it seems like the only humor left is tinged with bitterness and despair.  Robert Isenberg doesn’t believe that’s true. He knows it’s possible to find humor - true humor - everywhere.  Why is it that a politician’s choice of food makes or breaks his or her career, and why should we care? How important is it to attend a funeral if it means canceling your regular Sunday tennis game? What drives a man’s suspicions of yoga, and, perhaps more importantly, why are wives so determined to overcome such reservations? Robert, aka “robear”, has two wives. Esther is his real-life wife. Esther doesn’t want to have anything to do with his imaginary wife, Dana, who is featured in his essays. Robert created Dana to do and say what he wants, but Dana says and does whatever pleases Dana.  Isenberg is an affable guy - the kind of man who tries to get along with automated help systems. From his obsession with “As seen on TV!” products to his exploration of the differences between the sexes, he’s instantly recognizable to listeners. We all have a Robert Isenberg in our life, and that’s a good thing - because we need to laugh.  Judge this book by its cover! We all have a Robert Isenberg in our lives. He's the one who sees things a little differently than the rest of us. He's the one who makes you laugh when he tells you what he's thinking. Robert actually asserts that elections are won and lost once the public discovers what the candidates are eating. He insists that had Hillary Clinton had said, "Hold the kale and bring on the iceberg," she would definitely have won by a landslide!

©2018 Robert Isenberg (P)2018 Robert Isenberg

Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Modern Love, Revised and Updated (Media Tie-In)

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The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past 15 years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column - including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man’s promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorcée in her 70s looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times "Modern Love" column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and - when we’re lucky - endure. Edited by longtime "Modern Love" editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors - including Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more - this is the perfect audiobook for anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

©2019 Daniel Jones, Andrew Rannells, Ayelet Waldman, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Veronica Chambers (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Hollywood vs. The Author

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It’s no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliché that “the book was better than the movie” holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know. When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving back the way they came at breakneck speed. This is probably because Hollywood just doesn’t “get it.” Its vision for the film or TV series rarely seems to match the vision of the author. And for those rare individuals who’ve had the fortune of sitting across the desk from one of the myriad, interchangeable development execs praising the brilliance of their work while ticking off a never-ending list of notes for the rewrite, the pros of pitching their work to Hollywood rarely outweigh the cons. Stephen Jay Schwartz has sat on both sides of that desk - first as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen, then as a screenwriter and author pitching his work to the film and television industry. He’s seen all sides of what is known in this small community as “Development Hell.” The process is both amusing and heartbreaking. Most authors whose work contains a modicum of commercial potential eventually find themselves in “the room” taking a shot at seeing their creations re-visualized by agents, producers or development executives. What they often discover is that their audience is younger and less worldly as themselves. What passes for “story notes” is often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put the producer’s personal stamp on the project. Hollywood vs. The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand - some who have successfully managed to straddle the two worlds, seeing their works morph into the kinds of feature films and TV shows that make them proud, and others who stepped blindsided into that room after selling their first or second novels. All the stories in this collection illustrate the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen. They underscore the insanity of every crazy thing you’ve ever heard about Hollywood. For insiders and outsiders alike, Hollywood vs. The Author delivers the goods.

©2018 Stephen Jay Schwartz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Figures in a Landscape

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A delectable collection of Theroux's recent writing on great places, people, and prose  In the spirit of his much-loved Sunrise with Seamonsters and Fresh Air Fiend, Paul Theroux's latest collection of essays leads the listener through a dazzling array of sights, characters, and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics that showcase Theroux's sheer versatility as a writer. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.  An extended mediation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux's constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.

©2018 Paul Theroux (P)2018 Recorded Books

Author: Paul Theroux
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
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Other People

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An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation. Can one person know another person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the gap between people? If not, can art fill that gap? Grappling with these questions, David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: 70-plus essays, written over the last 35 years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos. Whether he is writing about sexual desire or information sickness, George W. Bush or Kurt Cobain, women's eyeglasses or Greek tragedy, Howard Cosell or Bill Murray, the comedy of high school journalism or the agony of first love, Shields' sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.

©2017 David Shields (P)2020 David Shields

Narrator: John Dellaporta
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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The Possessed

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One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year The true but unlikely stories of lives devoted - absurdly! Melancholically! Beautifully! - to the Russian classics No one who read Elif Batuman's first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. "Babel in California" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of King Kong, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, comic, humane, ironic, charming, poignant, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature. Batuman's subsequent pieces - for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the London Review of Books - have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has 100 different words for crying; and see an 18th-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva. Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their places in The Possessed. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence - including her own. Jacket Illustration © 2017 Roz Chast

©2017 Elif Batuman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Elif Batuman
Author: Elif Batuman
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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Birds by the Shore

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From the best-selling author of The Genius of Birds, the revised and reissued edition of her beloved book of essays describing her forays along the Delaware shore For three years, Jennifer Ackerman lived in the small coastal town of Lewes, Delaware, in the sort of blue-water, white-sand landscape that draws summer crowds up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Birds by the Shore is a book about discovering the natural life at the ocean's edge: the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. Against this landscape's rhythms, Ackerman revisits her own history - her mother's death, her father's illness, and her hopes to have children of her own. This portrait of life at the ocean's edge will be relished by anyone who has walked a beach at sunset, or watched a hawk hover over a winter marsh, and felt part of the natural world. With a quiet passion and friendly, generous intelligence, it explores the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions and shows that home ground is often where we feel the deepest response to the planet.

©2019 Jennifer Ackerman (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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Hungry Hearts

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Sixteen innovators, creatives, and thought leaders - Austin Channing Brown, Sue Monk Kidd, and Luvvie Ajayi Jones, among others - share intimate stories of uncovering beauty and potential through moments of fear, loss, heartbreak, and uncertainty. Over the course of four years, the traveling love rally called Together Live brought together diverse storytellers for epic evenings of laughter, music, and hard-won wisdom to huge audiences across the country. Well-known womxn (and the occasional man) from all walks of life shared their most vulnerable truths in a radical act of love, paving the way for healing in the face of adversity. Now, off the stage and on the pages of Hungry Hearts, 16 of these beloved speakers offer moving, inspiring, deeply personal essays as a reminder that we can heal from grief and that divisions can be repaired. Bozoma Saint John opens herself up to love after loss; Cameron Esposito confronts the limits of self-reliance in the wake of divorce; Ashley C. Ford learns to trust herself for the first time. A heartfelt anthology of transformation, self-discovery, and courage that also includes essays by Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Amena Brown, Austin Channing Brown, Natalie Guerrero, Sue Monk Kidd, Connie Lim (MILCK), Nkosingiphile Mabaso, Jillian Mercado, Priya Parker, Geena Rocero, Michael Trotter and Tanya-Blount Trotter of The War and Treaty, and Maysoon Zayid, Hungry Hearts shows how reconnecting with our own burning, undeniable intuition points us toward our unique purpose and the communities where we most belong. Audiobook Table of Contents: Introduction by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, read by the author "Women on the Loose" by Sue Monk Kidd, read by Cassandra Campbell  "Reaching for Ambition" by Austin Channing Brown, read by Nicole Lewis  "Making Room" by Ashley C. Ford, read by Shayna Small  "The Freedom of Me" by Tanya Blount-Trotter, read by the author "Period Playlist" by Amena Brown, read by the author "On the Horrors of Fitting In" by Cameron Esposito, read by the author "The View" by Michael Trotter, Jr., read by the author "That Traveling Heat" by Connie Lim (MILCK), read by the author "Flying Free" by Jillian Mercado, read by Frankie Corzo  "My Funny Valentine" by Maysoon Zayid, read by the author "Wake Up, Love" by Bozoma Saint John, read by the author "Lucy, Full of Life" by Geena Rocero, read by the author "Choosing Love" by Nkosingiphile Mabaso, read by the author "When Sisterhood Ends" by Luvvie Ajayi Jones, read by the author "The Wisdom of a Group and the Wisdom of the Self" by Priya Parker, read by Soneela Nankani  "On Silence" by Natalie Guerrero, read by the author Epilogue by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, read by the author About the Contributors read by Frankie Corzo

©2021 Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Essays After Eighty

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Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the "unknown, unanticipated galaxy" of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight. Hall paints his past: "Decades followed each other - 30 was terrifying, 40 I never noticed because I was drunk, 50 was best with a total change of life, 60 extended the bliss of 50...." And, poignantly, often joyfully, he limns his present: "When I turned 80 and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and gained four inches." Most memorably, Hall writes about his enduring love affair with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm, and with the writing life that sustains him every day.

©2014 Donald Hall (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Author: Donald Hall
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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Unholy Ghosts

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The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot water. Chess owes a lot of money to a dangerous drug lord who wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in a dangerous attraction to the drug lord’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

©2009 Stacey Fackler (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Author: Stacia Kane
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Mrs Griffin Sends her Love

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From organising the school summer fete - 'Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand' - to the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood - 'I collect stones with holes in them' - Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can. This collection also includes extracts from her letters: 'Michael Joseph wrote after the Observer thing and is throwing out feelers for a book. I shall know if he still feels like it - me too! - after we've met'. It will also include an Introduction on how 'Miss Read' was first created: Miss Read was born fully clothed in sensible garments and aged about forty. She was born, in fact, when I was struggling to write my first book and needed a village schoolmistress as the narrator.

©2013 Miss Read (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Jilly Bond
Author: Miss Read
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Panic

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During the Depression, economic anxieties found an outlet in a series of child murders that triggered an irrational nationwide hysteria: pedophiliac psychopaths were overrunning the country. As America was brought to rage and fury by the press and the FBI, lynch mobs took to the streets, reason gave way to doomsday scenarios, and one father was even driven to murder his three daughters to “save them” from a degenerate crime wave. A terrifying cautionary essay, Panic explores the combustible mix of unfounded fears, moral crusades, and the dangers of collective thinking. Panic is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Steven Weber
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Courage Is Contagious

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A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham Michelle Obama's legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her genre-busting personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. In an extension of his popular T, The New York Times Style Magazine feature, Nick Haramis has assembled 19 essays from prizewinning writers, Hollywood stars, and political leaders - all of whom have been moved and influenced by Mrs. Obama's extraordinary example of grace in power. Here are original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne tha God, among others. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham supplies historical perspective. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross suggests that Mrs. Obama "provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries." Anna Wintour and designer Jason Wu celebrate the former first lady's impact as an international fashion icon. Two ninth-grade girls - one in training to be a boxer - talk about how Mrs. Obama has emboldened them to be themselves. Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman. Read by the authors and a full cast of narrators: Lena Dunham Nick Haramis Alice Waters Janet Mock Issa Rae Charlamagne tha God Gloria Steinem Patton Oswalt Rashida Jones Jon Meacham Gabourey Sidibe Adasendis De La Cruz Laura Camacho Adenrele Ojo Hillary Huber Kimberly Farr Erin Spencer Raymond Lee Zainab Jah

©2017 Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Nick Haramis (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Where I Come From

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From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All over but the Shoutin' and The Best Cook in the World, a collection of his irresistible columns from Southern Living and Garden & Gun. Celebrated author and newspaper columnist Rick Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with “eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well” (USA Today) and written with honesty, wit, and deep affection.  A collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns — from Bragg’s love of Tupperware (his mother preferred margarine tubs and thought Tupperware was “just showing off”) to the decline of country music, from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck to the best way to kill fire ants — Where I Come From is a book that will be treasured by fans old and new.

©2020 Rick Bragg (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rick Bragg
Author: Rick Bragg
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Still Happy

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Still Happy is Elizabeth's second collection of Facebook posts. Her first, Make Someone Happy, did indeed make many people happy, and so, due to popular demand, she has put together a second volume, which includes "The Book of Homer", a tribute to her beloved dog who recently died. Still Happy, like Make Someone Happy, exemplifies Berg's gift, as the Boston Globe said, "in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday."

©2017 Elizabeth Berg (P)2017 Recorded Books

Narrator: Elizabeth Berg
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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Autumn

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From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons. August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you. I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees. You will come to see it in your own way, you will experience things for yourself and live a life of your own, so of course it is primarily for my own sake that I am doing this: Showing you the world, little one, makes my life worth living. Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter, showing her what to expect of the world. He writes one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerizing intensity that have become his trademark. He describes with acute sensitivity daily life with his wife and children in rural Sweden, drawing upon memories of his own childhood to give an inimitably tender perspective on the precious and unique bond between parent and child. The sun, wasps, jellyfish, eyes, lice - the stuff of everyday life is the fodder for his art. Nothing is too small or too vast to escape his attention. This book is a personal encyclopedia on everything from chewing gum to the stars. Through close observation of the objects and phenomena around him, Knausgaard shows us how vast, unknowable, and wondrous the world is.

©2015 Karl Ove Knausgaard and Forlaget Oktober; 2017 Ihgvild Burkey (translation) (P)2017 Recorded Books

Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Dad Is Fat

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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

©2013 Jim Gaffigan (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jim Gaffigan
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
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Essays One

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A selection of essays on writing and reading by the master short-fiction writer Lydia Davis Lydia Davis is a writer whose originality, influence, and wit are beyond compare. Jonathan Franzen has called her "a magician of self-consciousness," while Rick Moody hails her as "the best prose stylist in America." And for Claire Messud, "Davis's signal gift is to make us feel alive."   Best known for her masterful short stories and translations, Davis's gifts extend equally to her nonfiction. In Essays One, Davis has, for the first time, gathered a selection of essays, commentaries, and lectures composed over the past five decades.   In this first of two volumes, her subjects range from her earliest influences to her favorite short stories, from John Ashbery's translation of Rimbaud to Alan Cote's painting, and from the Shepherd's Psalm to early tourist photographs. On display is the development and range of one of the sharpest, most capacious minds writing today.

©2019 Lydia Davis (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Janet Metzger
Author: Lydia Davis
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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Mythologies

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What is astrology? Fiction for the bourgeoisie. The Tour de France? An epic. The brain of Einstein? Knowledge reduced to a formula. Like iconic images of movie stars or the rhetoric of politicians, they are fabricated. Once isolated from the events that gave birth to them, these "mythologies" appear to be what they are: the ideology of mass culture. When Roland Barthes's groundbreaking Mythologies first appeared in English in 1972, it was immediately recognized as one of the most significant works in French theory - yet nearly half of the essays from the original work were missing. This new edition of Mythologies is the first complete, authoritative English version of the French classic. It includes the brilliant "Astrology", never published in English before. Mythologies is a lesson in clairvoyance. In a new century, in which the virtual dominates social interactions and advertisement defines popular culture, it is more relevant than ever.

©1957 Éditions du Seuil (P)2012 Tantor

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Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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The Best of Me

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David Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career - as selected by the author himself For more than 25 years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to hear without laughing.  Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say “give it to me” in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird.  But if all you expect to find in Sedaris’s work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In this audiobook, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms - at long last - with the other.  Taken together, the stories in The Best of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected - it’s often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder - but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful.  Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing - quite often at himself - and invites listeners deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

©2020 David Sedaris (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Narrator: David Sedaris
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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The Opposite of Loneliness

3 ratings

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Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness", went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem­blage of Marina's essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

©2014 Tracy and Kevin Keegan (P)2014 Tantor

Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

5 ratings

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A Finalist for the NAACP Image Award Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay An NPR Best Book of the Year A Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite of the Year From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be black (and male) in America. For Damon Young, existing while black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young’s efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It’s a condition that’s sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the “being straight” thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly black to “Portlandia...but with pierogies.”   At its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe his mother would be alive today if she were white. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.

©2019 Damon Young (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Damon Young
Author: Damon Young
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Ex Libris

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Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays.  “An ebullient celebration of books and reading.” (Publishers Weekly)  “Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical eras”, Kakutani writes in her introduction to Ex Libris. Here listeners will discover novels and memoirs by some of the most gifted writers working today; favorite classics worth listening or relistening; and nonfiction works, both old and new, that illuminate our social and political landscape and some of today’s most pressing issues, from climate change to medicine to the consequences of digital innovation.  There are essential works in American history (The Federalist Papers, The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.); books that address timely cultural dynamics (Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, Daniel J. Boorstin's The Image, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale); classics of children's literature (the Harry Potter novels, Where the Wild Things Are); and novels by acclaimed contemporary writers like Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Ian McEwan. Ex Libris is an impassioned reminder of why books matters more than ever. 

©2020 Michiko Kakutani (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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New Yorkers

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From the best-selling author of Londoners, an epic portrait of today's New York told through the boisterous voices and true stories of its people. Ten years in the making, New Yorkers is a compulsively enjoyable portrait of New York that is as lively and vibrant as the city itself. Acclaimed writer and editor Craig Taylor ventured into nearly every corner of the city, getting some of its best talkers - rich and poor, old and young, native and immigrant - to share indelible tales about New York in our time. Here you'll find a blind man on navigating the city by smell, a rapper on the sound of New York, a cop on the long aftermath of 9/11, and a boxer on first entering Madison Square Garden. Here are the voices of the people who make the city go: a subway conductor, a window-washer on Rockefeller Center, and an electrician who keeps the lights on at the top of the Empire State Building. And here are unforgettable glimpses of the city, including the Statue of Liberty as seen by one of its security guards, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a balloon handler, the Marathon from a runner through all five boroughs, and Christmas in New York as seen by a Salvation Army bell-ringer on 42nd and Fifth.  New Yorkers is a symphony of the city that dares call itself the greatest in the world.

©2021 Craig Taylor (P)2021 Penguin Random House Canada

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Summer

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"2 June - It is completely dark out now. It is twenty-three minutes to midnight and you have already slept for four hours. What you will dream of tonight, no one will ever know. Even if you were to remember it when you wake up, you wouldn't have a language in which to communicate it to us, nor do I think that you quite understand what dreams are, I think that is still undefined for you, that your thoughts haven't grasped it yet, and that it therefore lies within that strange zone where it neither exists nor doesn't exist." The conclusion to one of the most extraordinary and original literary projects in recent years, Summer once again intersperses short, vividly descriptive essays with emotionally raw diary entries addressed directly to Knausgaard's newborn daughter. Writing more expansively and, if it is possible, even more intimately and unguardedly than in the previous three volumes, he mines with new depth his difficult memories of his childhood and fraught relationship with his own father. Documenting his family's life in rural Sweden and reflecting on a characteristically eclectic array of subjects - mosquitoes, barbecues, cynicism, and skin, to name just a few - he braids the various threads of the previous volumes into a moving conclusion.  At his most voluminous since My Struggle, his epic sensational series, Knausgaard writes for his daughter, striving to make ready and give meaning to a world at once indifferent and achingly beautiful. In his hands, the overwhelming joys and insoluble pains of family and parenthood come alive with uncommon feeling.

©2016 Karl Ove Knausgaard and Forlaget Oktober Translation 2018 Ingvild Burkey (P)2018 Recorded Books

Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Ecrits vagabonds

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Esprit libre, scientifique de renom, curieux de philosophie et d'humanités, Carlo Rovelli est aussi un formidable conteur. Sa curiosité l'amène à s'interroger sur le monde qui nous entoure, sur la nature du temps qui passe, et jusqu'aux grandes questions philosophiques aux réponses incertaines. Il rassemble ses réflexions dans ces Écrits vagabonds, un recueil de textes accessibles, composés au long cours, qui va des trous noirs à la Lolita de Nabokov, du LSD au plaisir de voyager en Afrique, de l'athéisme à l'alchimie de Newton, de la philosophie analytique aux erreurs d'Einstein. Dans ce journal de bord d'une intelligence toujours en mouvement, le lecteur fera l'expérience d'une pensée qui s'intéresse à tout, subtile, profondément contemporaine. Il rencontrera un esprit en quête continuelle d'une cohérence où science, littérature et philosophie dialoguent harmonieusement. Un précipité de connaissance et d'inventivité. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2019 Flammarion (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Laurent Jacquet
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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My Southern Journey

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From celebrated New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Bragg comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the South. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, Bragg explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions with college football and fishing to mayonnaise and spoonbread to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging listen, especially for Southerners (or Southerners at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Rick Bragg
Author: Rick Bragg
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Sightlines

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In Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field - from her native Scottish "byways and hills" to the frigid Arctic in 14 enthralling essays. She dissects whatever her gaze falls upon - vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, orcas rounding a headland, the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. In so doing, she questions what, exactly, constitutes "nature", and upends the idea that it is always picturesque. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges the listener: "Keep looking, even when there's nothing much to see."

©2012, 2013 Kathleen Jamie (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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A Town Called Dehra

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In this delightful collection, Ruskin Bond introduces us to the Dehradun he knows intimately and loves unreservedly - the town in which he had spent many years of his childhood and youth. A town which, when he knew it, was one of pony-drawn tongas and rickshaws; a town fond of gossip but tolerant of human foibles; a town of lush lichi trees; charming winter gardens and cool streams; a small town; a sleepy town; a town called "Dehra". With classic stories and poems like "Masterji"; "Growing Up with Trees"and "A Song for Lost Friends" and previously unpublished treasures like "Silver Screen"; "Dilaram Bazaar" and "Lily of the Valley"; this anthology is replete with journal entries; extracts from the author’s memoirs; and of course, poetry, nonfiction, and stories set in or inspired by Dehra. Evocative, wistful, and witty as only Ruskin Bond can be, A Town Called Dehra is a celebration of a dearly loved town as well as an elegy for a way of life gone extinct.

©2008 Ruskin Bond (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Sumit Kaul
Author: Ruskin Bond
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
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DC Home, Volume 2

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This collection of DC Home’s second season is the audio version of a man trying to hold back an avalanche with a distraction. After launching DC Home’s first season, I returned for a season filled with more Trump than I could bear. Nobody warned me about the pandemic. And, despite my plots, despite my improvs, despite my rants, COVID-19 took DC Home as it took the United States, painfully unprepared. After losing her bar in Season One and finding herself and her nephew homeless, living in a storage unit down by the shops in Fort Lincoln, Sherry Finn was supposed to have a better year. Her son was supposed to fall in love. So was Old Herbert. There are seeds of these possibilities scattered throughout the season, which paints the stories with a sense of regret common during this pandemic. If Sherry is my Job, it’s only fair that a plague got involved. My name is Ken La Salle and I write the stories of DC Home. I had a front-row seat for the lives of Sherry, Sean, and Old Herbert, as they watched Rush Limbaugh be awarded for his hate, as I explained nuance through Mike Pence’s horrific rape of Donald Trump, as I told my own COVID-19 story, and much more. I look very much forward to having nothing to write about in volume 3.

©2020 Ken La Salle (P)2020 Ken La Salle

Narrator: Ken La Salle
Author: Ken La Salle
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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Frische Feigen

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In seinem Essay über das Essen berichtet Walter Benjamin über den Genuss frischer Feigen, Café Creme, Falerner und Stockfisch, Borscht, Pranzo caprese und Maulbeer-Omelette. Regie: Juliua Albert Flach

©gemeinfrei (P)1962 SWR

Narrator: Kurt Lieck
Length: 27 mins
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Take Out Your Earrings Before You Fight

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Public school is a daunting, tedious, occasionally bloody experience shared by millions of students, current and former. Classroom fights, incompetent teachers, sex in bathrooms, rigid social castes - it's shocking most of us graduated able to read. Take Out Your Earrings Before You Fight takes a dry, witty look at all the things you learn - and everything you don't - while slogging through the K-12 system.

©2012 Thought Catalog (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Up in the Old Hotel, and Other Stories

2 ratings

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Saloon keepers, street preachers, gypsies, steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady, and a 93-year-old "seafoodetarian" who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for the New Yorker and in four books - McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould's Secret - that are still renowned for their respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens - as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
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Homo Irrealis

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This program includes an introduction read by the author. The New York Times best-selling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with his collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works. Irrealis moods are the set of verbal moods that indicate that something is not actually the case or a certain situation or action is not known to have happened.... André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis to explore what the present tense means to artists who cannot grasp the here and now. Irrealis is not about the present, or the past, or the future, but about what might have been but never was - but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination’s power to shape our memories under time’s seemingly intractable hold. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2021 André Aciman (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Winter

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The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughter 2 December - It is strange that you exist, but that you don't know anything about what the world looks like. It's strange that there is a first time to see the sky, a first time to see the sun, a first time to feel the air against one's skin. It's strange that there is a first time to see a face, a tree, a lamp, pajamas, a shoe. In my life it almost never happens anymore. But soon it will. In just a few months, I will see you for the first time. In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as he waits for the birth of his daughter. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it as if for the first time. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about the moon, water, messiness, owls, birthdays - to name just a handful of his subjects. These oh-so-familiar objects and ideas he fills with new meaning, taking nothing for granted or as given. New life is on the horizon, but the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return, and so a contradictory melancholy inflects his gaze. Startling, compassionate, and exquisitely beautiful, Knausgaard's writing is like nothing else. Somehow, he shows the world as it really is, at once mundane and sublime.

©2015 Karl Ove Knausgaard and Forlaget Oktober; 2017 Ingvild Burkey (translation) (P)2018 Recorded Books

Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Taking the World in for Repairs

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From Richard Selzer, professor of surgery and writing at Yale and award-winning author, comes 13 insightful essays that guide listeners on a fascinating tour of the world - from the deepest mysteries of faith to the inner workings of a slaughter house. In these sometimes outlandish slices of life from around the globe, Richard Selzer tantalizes listeners with observations that will encourage deep thought and a new understanding of the world around us.

©1986 Richard Selzer (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Sam Gray
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

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A hilarious collection of stories from the life of the New York Times best-selling author of Look Again At last, together in one collection, are Lisa Scottoline's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns. In her column, Lisa lets her hair down, roots and all, to show the humorous side of life from a woman's perspective. The Sunday column debuted in 2007, and on the day it started, Lisa wrote, "I write novels, so I usually have 100,000 words to tell a story. In a column there's only 700 words. I can barely say hello in 700 words. I'm Italian." The column gained momentum and popularity. Word of mouth spread, and readers demanded a collection. Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog is that collection. Seventy vignettes. Vintage Scottoline.In this collection, you'll laugh about: Being caught braless in the emergency room Betty and Veronica's Life Lessons for Girls A man's most important body part Interrupting as an art form A religion men and women can worship Real estate ads as porn Spanx are public enemy number one And so much more about life, love, family, pets, and the pursuit of jeans that actually fit!

©2009 Lisa Scottoline (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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An Unsuitable Boy

9 ratings

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Karan Johar is synonymous with success, panache, quick wit, and outspokenness, which sometimes inadvertently creates controversy and makes headlines. KJo, as he is popularly called, has been a much-loved Bollywood film director, producer, actor, and discoverer of new talent. With his flagship Dharma Production, he has constantly challenged the norms, written and rewritten rules, and set trends. But who is the man behind the icon we all know? Baring all for the first time in his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy, KJo reminisces about his childhood, the influence of his Sindhi mother and Punjabi father, obsession with Bollywood, foray into films, friendships with Aditya Chopra, SRK and Kajol, his love life, the AIB roast, and much more. In his trademark frank style, he talks about the ever-changing face of Indian cinema, challenges, and learnings, as well as friendships and rivalries in the industry. Honest, heart-warming and insightful, An Unsuitable Boy is both the story of the life of an exceptional filmmaker at the peak of his powers and of an equally extraordinary human being who shows you how to survive and succeed in life. 

©2017 Karan Johar (P)2018 Random House Audio

Author: Karan Johar
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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H. P. Lovecraft

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"Howard Phillips Lovecraft constitue un exemple pour tous ceux qui souhaitent apprendre à rater leur vie et, éventuellement, à réussir leur oeuvre. Encore que, sur ce dernier point le résultat ne soit pas garanti." Auteur de L'appel de Cthulhu, de Dagon et des Montagnes hallucinées, H. P. Lovecraft, maître incontesté de l'horreur et du fantastique, reste l'objet d'une fascination toute particulière chez nos contemporains, notamment chez Michel Houellebecq, qui le découvrit à l'âge de seize ans pour ne plus cesser de le lire. Dans ce bref essai, l'auteur retrace un itinéraire hors du commun et nous livre les prémices de cet univers désenchanté qui a fait le succès des Particules élémentaires.

©1991 Editions du Rocher (P)2020 Editions Gallimard

Narrator: Franck Desmedt
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
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The Stars in Our Pockets

1 rating

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What shapes our sense of place, our sense of time, and our memory? How is technology changing the way we make sense of the world and of ourselves? Our screens offer us connection, especially now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are certain depths of connection our screens can’t offer - to ourselves, to the natural world, and to each other. In this personal exploration of digital life’s impact on how we see the world, Howard Axelrod marshals science, philosophy, art criticism, pop culture, and his own experience of returning from two years of living in solitude in Northern Vermont. The Stars in Our Pockets is a timely reminder of the world around us and the worlds within us - and how, as alienated as we may sometimes feel, they were made for each other.

©2020 Howard Axelrod (P)2020 Beacon Press

Narrator: Tom Taylorson
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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The Perils of Being Moderately Famous

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What is it like to be known as Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter? Or to have a mother as famous as Sharmila Tagore? Or to be recognized as Saif Ali Khan's sister? Or as Kareena Kapoor's sister-in-law? And where do I stand among them? Actor Soha Ali Khan's debut audiobook is at heart a brilliant collection of personal essays where she recounts with self-deprecating humor what it was like growing up in one of the most illustrious families of the country. The Perils of Being Moderately Famous takes us through some of the most poignant moments of Soha's life - from growing up as a modern-day princess and her days at Balliol College to life as a celebrity in the times of social media culture and finding love in the most unlikely of places - all with refreshing candor and wit. 

©2017 Soha Ali Khan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Mary Joseph
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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Heart of the City

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The handsome Texas sailor who offers dinner to a runaway in Central Park. The Midwestern college girl who stops a cop in Times Square for restaurant advice. The Brooklyn man on a midnight subway who helps a weary tourist find her way to Chinatown. The Columbia University graduate student who encounters an unexpected object of beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.... A public place in the world’s greatest city. A chance meeting of strangers. A marriage. Heart of the City tells the remarkable true stories of nine ordinary couples—from the 1940s to the present—whose matchmaker was the city of New York. Intrigued by the romance of his own parents, who met in Washington Square Park, award-winning author Ariel Sabar set off on a far-ranging search for other couples who married after first meeting in one of New York City’s iconic public spaces. Sabar conjures their big-city love stories in novel-like detail, drawing us into the hearts of strangers just as their lives are about to change forever. In setting the stage for these surprising, funny, and moving tales, Sabar, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, offers a fascinating look at the role of place in how—and whether—people meet and fall in love.

©2011 Ariel Sabar (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Neil Shah
Author: Ariel Sabar
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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The Writer's Library

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Performed by Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager and a multi-cast that includes book contributors Luis Alberto Urrea, Siri Hustvedt, Laurie Frankel, Vendela Vida, and Richard Ford. The Writer’s Library audiobook also features real conversations with Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Laila Lalami. With a foreword by Susan Orlean, 23 of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives in this intimate, moving, and insightful collection from "American's Librarian" Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager that celebrates the power of literature and reading to connect us all.  Before Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jonathan Lethem became revered authors, they were readers. In this ebullient book, America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted-playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.  The Writer’s Library is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors - the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is.  A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, The Writer’s Library is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word.  The authors in The Writer’s Library are: Russell Banks, TC Boyle, Michael Chabon, Susan Choi, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Laurie Frankel, Andrew Sean Greer, Jane Hirshfield, Siri Hustvedt, Charles Johnson, Laila Lalami, Jonathan Lethem, Donna Tartt, Madeline Miller, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Luis Alberto Urrea, Vendela Vida, Ayelet Waldman, Maaza Mengiste, and Amor Towles.

©2020 Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Slouching Towards Los Angeles

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In The White Album, Joan Didion famously wrote that "a place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively...loves it so radically that he remakes it in his image." Cruising in her Daytona yellow Corvette Stingray, taking it all in behind dark glasses, Joan Didion claimed California for all time. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a multi-faceted portrait of the literary icon who, in turn, belongs to us.   This collection of original essays covers the turf that made Didion a sensation - Hollywood and Patty Hearst; Malibu, Manson and the Mojave; the Summer of Love and the Central Park Five - while bringing together some of the finest voices of today's Los Angeles and beyond. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a love letter and thank you note; personal memoir and social commentary; cultural history and literary critique. Fans of Didion, lovers of California, and fellow writers alike will all find something to dig into, in this rich exploration of the inner and outer landscapes Joan Didion traveled, shaping our own journeys in the process.

©2020 Steffie Nelson (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland

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"Denn das Christentum ist eine Idee und als solche unzerstörbar und unsterblich wie jede Idee. Was ist aber diese Idee? Eben weil man diese Idee noch nicht klar begriffen und Äußerlichkeiten für die Hauptsache gehalten hat, gibt es noch keine Geschichte des Christentums." (Heinrich Heine: Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland) Die hellsichtige Prosa, die unkonventionellen Einsichten des Heinrich Heine in die Grundzüge, die Mentalitäten der abendländisch-christlichen Kultur sind bis heute gültig - und wenig gelesen. Auch das ist ein Movens für diese Volltextausgabe des onomato-Verlags: Sprache und Gedanken des stilistisch "begeisternden" Textes in der Fortführung des Ältesten, der "oral tradition", zu erinnern.

©2005 onomato Verlag (P)2005 onomato Verlag

Narrator: Axel Grube
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Sobre el amor [About Love]

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Ideas que han cambiado el mundo. A lo largo de la historia, algunos libros han cambiado el mundo. Han transformado la manera en que nos vemos a nosotros mismos y a los demás. Han inspirado el debate, la discordia, la guerra y la revolución. Han iluminado, indignado, provocado y consolado. Han enriquecido vidas, y también las han destruido. Taurus publica las obras de los grandes pensadores, pioneros, radicales y visionarios cuyas ideas sacudieron la civilización y nos impulsaron a ser quienes somos. Considerado el más influyente escritor de la literatura en español, Cervantes se revela en estos textos en torno al tema del amor como un autor inusitadamente moderno, que se burla del modelo cortés y se aleja del romanticismo al uso para ofrecer una mirada realista, irónica y profundamente original.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.  

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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Native

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Sayed Kashua has been praised by The New York Times as "a master of subtle nuance in dealing with both Arab and Jewish society". An Arab-Israeli who lived in Jerusalem for most of his life, Kashua started writing with the hope of creating one story that both Palestinians and Israelis could relate to, rather than two that cannot coexist together. He devoted his novels and his satirical weekly column published in Haaretz to telling the Palestinian story and exploring the contradictions of modern Israel while also capturing the nuances of everyday family life in all its tenderness and chaos. With an intimate tone fueled by deep-seated apprehension and razor-sharp ironic wit, Kashua has been documenting his own life as well as that of society at large: He writes about his children's upbringing and encounters with racism, about fatherhood and married life, the Jewish-Arab conflict, his professional ambitions, travels around the world as an author, and - more than anything - his love of books and literature. He brings forth a series of brilliant, caustic, wry, and fearless reflections on social and cultural dynamics as experienced by someone who straddles two societies. Written between 2006 and 2014, Native is like an unrestrained, profoundly thoughtful personal journal.

©2016 Sayed Kashua. Translation 2014 by Haaretz. First published as Ben Haaretz by Keter Publishing House in 2015. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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India Grows at Night

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India's is a tale of private success and public failure. Prosperity is, indeed, spreading across the country even as governance failure pervades public life. But how could a nation become one of the world's fastest-growing economies when it's governed by a weak, ineffective state? And wouldn't it be wonderful if India also grew during the day - in other words, if public policy supported private enterprise? What India needs, Gurcharan Das argues, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. However, India has always had a weak state and a strong society, says Das, which means that achieving something better will be an uphill struggle.

©2013 Gurcharan Das (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Suyash Mohan
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Sister Mother Husband Dog

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In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. In "Sister," she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion, Nora. "Blame It on the Movies" is Ephron's wry and romantic essay about becoming a writer and finding a storybook ending to her twenties, though it was just the beginning of a lifetime of taking notes. "Bakeries" is both a lighthearted tour through her favorite downtown patisseries and a thoughtful, deeply felt reflection on the dilemma of "having it all." From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron's eloquent style and voice illuminate every moment of this superb and singular work.

Recorded by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. Stories previously published in the New York Times: "Name-Jacked" (originally titled "Hey, You Stole My Name!"), "The Banks Taketh" (originally titled "The Banks Taketh, But Don't Giveth"), "Hit & Run," "If My Dad Could Tweet," "Your Order Has Been Shipped" (originally titled "The Hell of Online Shopping"). Previously published in the Wall Street Journal: "Upgrade Hell."

©2013 Delia Ephron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Meg Ryan
Author: Delia Ephron
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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A House of My Own

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From the author of The House on Mango Street, a compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography - an intimate album of a beloved literary legend. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries", the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection - spanning three decades and including never-before-published work - Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark lyricism, these signature pieces recall transformative memories as well as reveal her defining artistic and intellectual influences. Poignant, honest, and deeply moving, this is an exuberant celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest.

©2015 Sandra Cisneros (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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The Common Reader Volume 1

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This is Virginia Woolf’s first collection of essays, published in 1925. In them, she attempts to see literature from the point of view of the ‘common reader’ - someone whom she, with Dr Johnson, distinguished from the critic and the scholar. She read, and wrote, as an outsider: a woman set to school in her father’s library, denied the educational privileges of her male siblings - and with no fixed view of what constitutes ‘English literature’. What she produced is an eccentric and unofficial literary and social history from the 14th to the 20th centuries, with an excursion to ancient Greece thrown in.  She investigates medieval England (The Paston Letters and Chaucer), tsarist Russia (The Russian Point of View), Elizabethan Playwrights, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Modern Fiction and the Modern Essay. When she published this book Woolf’s fame as a novelist was already established: now she was hailed as a brilliant interpretative critic. Here, she addresses ‘the common reader’ in the remarkable prose and with all the imagination and gaiety that are the stamps of her genius. 

©1925 Virginia Woolf Estate (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Mon initiation chez les chamanes

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Dans son Journal d'une apprentie chamane, Corine Sombrun racontait l'incroyable aventure qui l'avait conduite, sur les traces d'un chamane péruvien, au fin fond de la forêt amazonienne. Elle a poursuivi sa quête spirituelle en Mongolie auprès des chamanes Tsaatanes, qui vont lui révéler qu'elle est elle-même chamane et doit suivre leur enseignement. Commence alors pour elle une initiation qui comporte outre l'apprentissage des différents rituels, la vie commune sous le tipi, la garde des rennes, le dressage des chevaux, la transhumance et la maîtrise du froid. C'est autant une vision décapante du monde de la steppe que le récit singulier d'une expérience intérieure au ton absolument inédit.

©2004 Albin Michel (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Ludmila Ruoso
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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RISK!

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A "fascinating" (MetroSource) collection of uncensored, confessional, and at times outrageously funny essays about coming of age, coming out, and the wildest experiences that define us. Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast RISK!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about.  No topics are off-limits in RISK!, no memories too revealing to share. From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport listeners into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap.   In these jaw-dropping stories, edited and introduced by RISK! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more.  A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a best-selling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. By turns cautionary and inspiring, RISK! presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free. 

©2018 Kevin Allison (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Thorns to be Thankful For

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Rediscover the power of perspective with heartfelt stories from people who went through unthinkable circumstances - but came out ahead. This book will motivate you, inspire you, and help you see life from a fresh new lens. Each carefully worded story lets you peer into someone's soul and see how they came out of tough times with their head held high. You're sure to find a story that resonates with you; you owe it to yourself. The complete list of authors includes: Anna George, Anna Jones, Ash Brookway, Cherry-Ann Carew, Dan Klatt, David Lee Martin, Debby Makarius, Debora Humphries, and Deb Lange.

©2014 Rachel Rofe (P)2015 Rachel Rofe

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True Stories & Other Essays

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An irresistible collection of favorite writings from an author celebrated for his bravura style and sheer unpredictability.   Francis Spufford’s welcome first volume of collected essays gathers an array of his compelling writings from the 1990s to the present. He makes use of a variety of encounters with particular places, writers, or books to address deeper questions relating to the complicated relationship between storytelling and truth-telling.  How must a nonfiction writer imagine facts, vivifying them to bring them to life? How must a novelist create a dependable world of story, within which facts are, in fact, imaginary? And how does a religious faith felt strongly to be true, but not provably so, draw on both kinds of writerly imagination?    Ranging freely across topics as diverse as the medieval legends of Cockaigne, the Christian apologetics of C. S. Lewis, and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, Spufford provides both fresh observations and thought-provoking insights. No less does he inspire an irresistible urge to play this audiobook and listen on.

©2017 Francis Spufford (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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The River Always Wins

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A meditation on movement of both society and nature, based on the author’s experiences as an activist. In short, aphoristic chapters, Marquis explores the power of force and collectivity through the metaphor of water. As an activist, David Marquis founded the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas, and has consulted with the Texas Conservation Alliance since 2011. He brings an unerring belief in the connective and healing power of nature to The River Always Wins. "The River Always Wins is an arts-based project - book, music, video, stage, audio book, and visual - designed to inspire people to come together to create positive, lasting social change." (David Marquis)

©2020 David Marquis (P)2021 La Reunion Publishing

Narrator: David Marquis
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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Reflections

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Brought to you by Penguin. Whether reporting from the London cinema, Cotswolds villages, second-hand bookshops, war zones or political trouble spots, Graham Greene's novelistic gifts for detail, drama and compassionate curiosity provide unique and resonant insights into his life and times. To know war on any continent, listen to ‘A Memory of Indo-China’; to glimpse high political chicanery, listen to ‘The Great Spectacular’; to feel the flush and aftermath of revolutionary change, take up his pieces about Cuba.  Reflections provides an extraordinary mirror on the 20th century from one of its greatest observers.

©1990 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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Collected Essays

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Brought to you by Penguin. Collected Essays contains nearly 80 essays, reviews and occasional pieces composed between novels, plays and travel books over four prolific decades. From Henry James and Somerset Maugham to Ho Chi Minh and Kim Philby, the range of subjects is eclectic and stimulating, his subjects brought vividly to life.  The resulting collection is as revealing as autobiography and characteristically rich in humour, insight and doubt.

©1969 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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What on Earth Have I Done?

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Robert Fulghum's new book begins with a question we've all asked ourselves: "What on earth have I done?" As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising. For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world, from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete, looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils blooming in mid-November, and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language. What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of America's great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, "This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours. Hello."

©2007 Robert Fulghum (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Narrator: Robert Fulghum
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Kama: The Riddle of Desire

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A riveting account of love and desire. India is the only civilization to elevate kama - desire and pleasure - to a goal of life. Kama is both cosmic and human energy, which animates life and holds it in place.  Gurcharan Das weaves a compelling narrative soaked in philosophical, historical, and literary ideas in the third volume of his trilogy on life's goals: India Unbound was the first, on artha, "material well-being"; and The Difficulty of Being Good was the second, on dharma, "moral well-being". Here, in his magnificent prose, he examines how to cherish desire in order to live a rich, flourishing life, arguing that if dharma is a duty to another, kama is a duty to oneself. It sheds new light on love, marriage, family, adultery, and jealousy as it wrestles with questions such as these: How to nurture desire without harming others or oneself? Are the erotic and the ascetic two aspects of our same human nature? What is the relationship between romantic love and bhakti, the love of god?  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Gurcharan Das (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rajiv Dadiya
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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Goodbye Europe

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From Paris to Prague, from the past to the present, authors and artists say farewell in this unique collection. In this audiobook you'll find personal letters, reminiscences, poetry, art and brand new fiction from some of the most talented and important voices at work today, including Jessie Burton, Alain de Botton, Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Owen Jones, Mark Kermode, Robert Macfarlane, Kate Mosse, Chris Riddell, Lionel Shriver and many others. A fascinating, funny and moving must-listen for anyone who wants to understand the times we live in, our relationship with the continent, and ourselves. Includes original pieces by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Bradby, Jessie Burton, Ben Collins (aka The Stig), Colonel Tim Collins, Robert Crampton, Adam Dant, Alain de Botton, Kate Eberlen, Matt Frei, Nicci French, Simon Garfield, Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker (Jonathan Lynn), Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Jennifer Higgie, Afua Hirsch, Owen Jones, Oliver Kamm, Alex Kapranos, Mark Kermode, Hari Kunzru, Olivia Laing, Marie Le Conte, Amy Liptrot, Robert Macfarlane, Henry Marsh, Val McDermid, Hollie McNish, Kate Mosse, Jenni Murray, Sarah Perry, Ian Rankin, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Chris Riddell, Andrew Roberts, Will Self, David Shrigley, Lionel Shriver, Sunny Singh, Ece Temelkuran, Rob Temple, Bee Wilson and Sara Winman. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 Orion Publishing Group (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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The Reckonings

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This extraordinary, timely new collection of essays by the award-winning writer of The Other Side - rooted in her own experience with sexual assault - pursues questions of justice, sexual violence, and retribution. In 2014, Lacy Johnson was giving a reading from The Other Side, her “instant classic” (Kirkus Reviews) memoir of kidnapping and rape, when a woman asked her what she would like to happen to her rapist. This collection, a meditative extension of that answer, draws from philosophy, art, literature, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, as well as Johnson’s personal experience, to consider how our ideas about justice might be expanded beyond vengeance and retribution to include acts of compassion, patience, mercy, and grace. From “Speak Truth to Power”, about the condition of not being believed about rape and assault; to “Goliath”, about the concept of evil; to “Girlhood in a Semi-Barbarous Age”, about the sacred feminine, “ideal woman", and feminist art, Johnson creates masterful, elaborate, gorgeously written essays that speak incisively about our current era. She grapples with justice and retribution, truth and fairness, and sexual assault and workplace harassment, as well as the broadest societal wrongs: the BP oil spill, government malfeasance, police killings. The Reckonings is a powerful and necessary work, ambitious in its scope, that strikes at the heart of our national conversation about the justness of society. 

©2018 Lacy M. Johnson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Candace Thaxton
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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On Quiet

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International best-selling author Nikki Gemmell writes on the power of quiet in today's shouty world.   Quiet comes as a shock in these troubled times.   Quietism means 'devotional contemplation and abandonment of the will - a calm acceptance of things as they are'. Gemmell makes the case for why quiet is steadily gaining ground in this noisy age: Why we need it now more than ever. How to glean quiet, hold on to it, and work within it.

©2019 Nikki Gemmell (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Nikki Gemmell
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Imaginary Homelands

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Salman Rushdie's Imaginary Homelands is an important record of one writer's intellectual and personal odyssey. The 70 essays collected here, written over the last 10 years, cover an astonishing range of subjects - the literature of the received masters and of Rushdie's contemporaries; the politics of colonialism and the ironies of culture; film, politicians, the Labour Party; religious fundamentalism in America; racial prejudice; and the preciousness of the imagination and of free expression.

©1991 Salman Rushdie (P)2017 Recorded Books

Narrator: John Curless
Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
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Cunning Plans

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Cunning Plans collects several of NYT best-selling author Warren Ellis' lectures on the nature of the haunted future and the secrets of deep history, given in recent years at events in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin.

©2015 Warren Ellis (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sam Devereaux
Author: Warren Ellis
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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Certi momenti

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Quasi una vita, momento per momento, quelli più intensi che nel tempo acquistano ancora più vigore e ritornano in tutta la loro vividezza. Tanti incontri qui offerti nella forma del racconto, ognuno dei quali ha una luce, un'atmosfera e dei personaggi indimenticabili che hanno segnato soprattutto la giovinezza e l'adolescenza di Camilleri. Alcuni conosciuti negli anni più maturi, durante la sua carriera di regista teatrale e televisivo, molti altri sconosciuti, che ci riportano ai tempi del fascismo, della guerra, momenti segnati da storie che nei loro risvolti più umani e sinceri acquistano un tratto epico e la magia del ricordo assoluto perché unico nel costituire una tappa, una svolta nella formazione dello scrittore. L'anarchica, invincibile indifferenza di Antonio, insensibile ai richiami militari e agli orrori della guerra; la bellezza sorprendente dell'incontro con un vescovo libero nella mente e nel cuore; l'indelebile ricordo di quella notte di burrasca quando il padre di Camilleri andò a salvare l'eroico comandante Campanella, dato per disperso; il coraggio della "Sarduzza" e la determinazione nel difenderla dal tenente tedesco; l'ultimo saluto a "Foffa", prostituta per necessità, sola nella vita e negli affetti. Intermezzati gli uni con gli altri ecco l'incontro con Primo Levi e i suoi silenzi, la stravaganza di Gadda e la suscettibilità di D'Arrigo, il franco scontro con Pasolini riguardo alla regia di una sua opera teatrale, poco prima della sua morte, l'impareggiabile bravura di Salvo Randone (senza dimenticare Elio Vittorini, Benedetto Croce e il quasi incontro con Antonio Tabucchi). Tra tanti personaggi si staglia un libro, quello più importante, La condizione umana di André Malraux, la cui lettura fu decisiva nel far crollare la fede fascista di Camilleri.

©2015 Chiarelettere (P)2020 Adriano Salani Editore

Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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We Learn Nothing

19 ratings

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In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders? With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.

©2012 Tim Kreider (P)2014 Seneca and Marcus LLC

Narrator: Tim Kreider
Author: Tim Kreider
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Uncommon Carriers

2 ratings

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From Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee, author of The Founding Fish, comes the fascinating story of an often overlooked, yet vitally important part of America. This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods. McPhee begins his adventure riding with Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of an 18-wheeler hauling nearly 30 tons of highly toxic chemicals from North Carolina to Washington. He continues his journey on a towboat pushing over 1,000 feet of barge up the narrow channel of the Illinois River. He rounds out his account crawling through Nebraska, Kansas, and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming in massive coal trains. Along the way, he tells the stories of the people he meets and the places he visits. McPhee's sense of humor, incisive observations, and historical asides make for a highly entertaining journey across America.

©2006 John McPhee (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Narrator: John McPhee
Author: John McPhee
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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India 2020

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In this ground-breaking vision document, first published in 1998, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S. Rajan offer a blueprint for India to be counted among the world’s top five economic powers by the year 2020. They cite growth rates and development trends to show that the goal is not unrealistic. Past successes - the green revolution and satellite-based communication linking remote regions of the country, for instance - bear them out. The same sense of purpose can make us a prosperous, strong nation in a matter of years, assert Kalam and Rajan. This is an audiobook that every citizen who hopes for a better India must listen to.

©1998, 2014 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Pradeep Kumar
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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Armageddon in Retrospect

2 ratings

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The first and only collection of unpublished works by Kurt Vonnegut since his death - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace, and humanity's tendency toward violence.

©2009 Penguin (P)2008 Kurt Vonnegut

Narrator: Rip Torn
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Fates Worse Than Death

2 ratings

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Kurt Vonnegut presents in Fates Worse than Death a veritable cornucopia of his thoughts on what could perhaps best be summed up as "anti-theology", a manifesto for atheism that details Vonnegut's drift from conventional religion, even a tract evidencing belief in the divine held within each individual self--the deity within each individual person present in a universe that otherwise lacks any real order. Vonnegut was never a real optimist, and with just cause: he had an incredibly difficult life (he had been a prisoner of war, from which he drew the title for his book Slaughterhouse-Five) and suffered from failing health, which only showed him his own mortality even more than he already knew it. Still, most readers find that in the body of Vonnegut's work there is a glimmer of desperate hope. Vonnegut's continued search for meaning surely counts for a great deal as he balances hope and despair. Scholars and fans can read about Vonnegut's experiences during World War II and the after effect he felt it had on him. His religious (or antireligious) ramblings and notations are interesting and, by turns, funny and perceptive. The humor may be dark, but that does not make it any the less funny.

©1991 Kurt Vonnegut (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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The Sopranos Sessions

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On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist's office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranos launched our current age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.  As TV critics for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, New Jersey's Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show's debut, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce The Sopranos Sessions, a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, as well as selections from the authors' archival writing on the series, The Sopranos Sessions explores the show's artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics.  Contains mature themes.

©2019 Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall (P)2020 Tantor

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Black Is the Body

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“Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably.... Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book.”  In these 12 deeply personal, connected essays, Bernard details the experience of growing up Black in the South with a family name inherited from a White man, surviving a random stabbing at a New Haven coffee shop, marrying a White man from the North and bringing him home to her family, adopting two children from Ethiopia, and living and teaching in a primarily White New England college town. Each of these essays sets out to discover a new way of talking about race and of telling the truth as the author has lived it. "Black Is the Body is one of the most beautiful, elegant memoirs I've ever read. It's about race, it's about womanhood, it's about friendship, it's about a life of the mind, and also a life of the body. But more than anything, it's about love. I can't praise Emily Bernard enough for what she has created in these pages." (Elizabeth Gilbert) Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and Kirkus Reviews One of Maureen Corrigan's 10 Unputdownable Reads of the Year 

©2019 Emily Bernard (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Emily Bernard
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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From the Top

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“I’m happy to go to the opera, but I should like to be allowed to wear steel-toed boots with my evening suit. I like to read Harper’s with a chaser of Varmint Hunter Magazine. Maybe that’s why I enjoy a good show under canvas. Here we sit, brain-deep in arts and culture, but we’re also just people hanging out in a tent, some of us wearing logging boots, a few of us wearing Birkenstocks, but best of all we’re breathing free fresh air filled with music.”  From Scandihoovian Spanglish to snickering chickens, New York Times best-selling author and humorist Michael Perry navigates a wide range of topics in this collection of brief essays drawn from his weekly appearances on the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio program. Fatherhood, dumpster therapy, dangerous wedding rings, Christmas trees, used cars, why you should have bacon in your stock portfolio, loggers in clogs - whatever the subject, Perry has a rare ability to touch both the funny bone and the heart.

©2013 Michael Perry (P)2019 Michael Perry

Narrator: Michael Perry
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
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Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country

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Spread over 15 of the country’s 28 states, India’s Maoist movement is now one of the world’s biggest and most sophisticated extreme-left movements. Hardly a week passes without people dying in strikes and counter-strikes by the Maoists - interchangeably known as the Naxalites - and the police and paramilitary forces. In this brilliant and sobering examination of the "Other India", Sudeep Chakravarti combines reportage, political analysis, and individual case histories as he takes us to the heart of Maoist zones in the country - areas of extreme destitution, bad governance and perpetual war. 

©2009 Sudeep Chakravarti (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Abhishek Sharma
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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Mobile Home

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Uprooting ourselves and putting down roots elsewhere has become second nature. Americans are among the most mobile people on the planet, moving house an average of nine times in adulthood. Mobile Home explores one family's extreme and often international version of this common experience. Inspired by Megan Harlan's globe-wandering childhood - during which she lived in 17 homes across four continents, ranging in location from the Alaskan tundra to a Colombian jungle, a posh flat in London to a doublewide trailer near the Arabian Gulf - Mobile Home maps the emotional structures and metaphysical geographies of home. In 10 interconnected essays, Harlan examines cultural histories that include Bedouin nomadic traditions and modern life in wheeled mobile homes, the psychology of motels and suburban tract housing, and the lived meanings within the built landscapes of Manhattan, Stonehenge, and the Winchester Mystery House. More personally, she traces the family histories that drove her parents to seek so many new horizons - and how those places shaped her upbringing.  Her memoir in essays skillfully explores the flexible, continually inventive natures of place, family, and home.

©2020 Megan Harlan (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Karen White
Author: Megan Harlan
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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The Magic Weight-Loss Pill

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What's the one remedy common to controlling diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney and liver stones, and excess weight? Lifestyle.  Luke Coutinho, coauthor of The Great Indian Diet, shows us that nothing parallels the power and impact that simple sustained lifestyle changes can have on a person who's struggling to lose excess weight or suffering from a chronic disease. The first part of the audiobook concentrates on the reason we get such diseases in the first place, while the second is filled with 62 astonishingly easy and extremely practicable changes that will have you feeling healthier and happier and achieving all your health goals without the rigor and hard work of a hardcore diet or fitness regime. The suggested habits, such as drinking lemon water every day or doing five breathing exercises to fall asleep, are accompanied by detailed explanations on how and why to adopt a habit. Together, these will become your magic weight-loss pill. 

©2019 Luke Coutinho and Anushka Shetty (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club

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Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends - and that's before she even puts on a bra. For the past 10 years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high-school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised she woke up in the first place. The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls ("too cool to be in the Smart Group") unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.

©2002 Laurie Notaro (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Hillary Huber
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Irons in the Fire

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Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless writing, punctuated with a sharp sense of humor and fascinating detail, has earned him legions of fans across the country. Whether he's riding with a cattle brand inspector in wild and wide-open eastern Nevada or following Plymouth Rock through its various sizes, shapes, and resting places, McPhee provides the listener with an intimate glimpse into ordinary people and the extraordinary interests that shape their lives. These delightful pieces, including "Irons in the Fire", "Travels of the Rock", "Release", "In Virgin Forest", "The Gravel Page", "Duty of Care", and "Rinard at Manheim", reveal the fascinating worlds hiding right under our noses. Narrator Nelson Runger's studied voice conveys McPhee's understated and thought-provoking writing. If you have never sampled McPhee's inspired prose, this audiobook will turn you into a lifelong fan.

©1997 John McPhee (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Author: John McPhee
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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This Living Hand

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When the multitalented biographer Edmund Morris (who writes with equal virtuosity about Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Beethoven, and Thomas Edison) was a schoolboy in colonial Kenya, one of his teachers told him, "You have the most precious gift of all - originality." That quality is abundantly evident in this selection of essays. They cover 40 years in the life of a maverick intellectual who can be, at whim, astonishingly provocative, self-mockingly funny, and richly anecdotal. (The title essay, a tribute to Reagan in cognitive decline, is poignant in the extreme.) Whether Morris is analyzing images of Barack Obama or the prose style of President Clinton, or exploring the riches of the New York Public Library Dance Collection, or interviewing the novelist Nadine Gordimer, or proposing a hilarious "Diet for the Musically Obese", a continuous cross-fertilization is going on in his mind. It mixes the cultural pollens of Africa, Britain, and the United States, and propogates hybrid flowers - some fragrant, some strange, some a shock to conventional sensibilities. Repeatedly in This Living Hand, Morris celebrates the physicality of artistic labor, and laments the glass screen that today’s e-devices interpose between inspiration and execution. No presidential biographer has ever had so literary a "take" on his subjects: He discerns powers of poetic perception even in the obsessively scientific Edison. Nor do most writers on music have the verbal facility to articulate, as Morris does, what it is about certain sounds that soothe the savage breast. His essay on the pathology of Beethoven’s deafness breaks new ground in suggesting that tinnitus may explain some of the weird aural effects in that composer’s works. Masterly monographs on the art of biography, South Africa in the last days of apartheid, the romance of the piano, and the role of imagination in nonfiction are juxtaposed with enchanting, almost unclassifiable pieces such as "The Bumstitch: Lament for a Forgotten Fruit" (Morris suspects it may have grown in the Garden of Eden); "The Anticapitalist Conspiracy: A Warning" (an assault on The Chicago Manual of Style); "Nuages Gris: Colors in Music, Literature, and Art"; and the uproarious "Which Way Does Sir Dress?", about ordering a suit from the most expensive tailor in London. This Living Hand is packed with biographical insights into such famous personalities as Daniel Defoe, Henry Adams, Mark Twain, Evelyn Waugh, Truman Capote, Glenn Gould, Jasper Johns, W. G. Sebald, and Winnie the Pooh - not to mention a gallery of forgotten figures whom Morris lovingly restores to "life". Among these are the pianist Ferruccio Busoni, the poet Edwin Arlington Robinson, the novelist James Gould Cozzens, and 16 so-called "Undistinguished Americans", contributors to an anthology of anonymous memoirs published in 1902. Reviewing that book for The New Yorker, Morris notes that even the most unlettered persons have, on occasion, "power to send forth surprise flashes, illuminating not only the dark around them but also more sophisticated shadows - for example, those cast by public figures who will not admit to private failings, or by philosophers too cerebral to state a plain truth." The author of This Living Hand is not an ordinary person, but he too sends forth surprise flashes, never more dazzlingly than in his final essay, "The Ivo Pogorelich of Presidential Biography".

©2012 Edmund Morris (P)2012 Random House Audio

Narrator: Edmund Morris
Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
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A Biography of Innovations

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R. Gopalakrishnan, the best-selling author of The Case of the Bonsai Manager, explores how concepts turn into ideas, which then become prototypes, models, and products. Defining thought as the ancestor of innovation - as without thought, there could be no innovation - he explores the impending questions such as: What happens next? How can you take on challenges and keep your ideas relevant?  The Biography of Innovation is the definitive audiobook on the life cycle of new ideas and transformations. 

©2017 R. Gopalakrishnan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rajiv Dadia
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Magic Hours

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Award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. He takes us from the set of The Big Bang Theory to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace; from the films of Werner Herzog to the film of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial meeting in which Paula Fox’s work was relaunched into the world. Originally published in magazines such as The Believer, The New Yorker, and Harper’s, these essays represent 10 years of Bissell’s best writing on every aspect of creation - be it Iraq War documentaries or video-game character voices - and will provoke as much thought as they do laughter.  What are sitcoms for exactly? Can art be both bad and genius? Why do some books survive and others vanish? Bissell’s exploration of these questions make for a gripping, unforgettable listen.

©2018 Tom Bissell (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Tom Bissell
Author: Tom Bissell
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Tinnes Martha

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In ihrer autobiographischen Erzählung gibt die Autorin Einblicke in das Leben im Kreise der Familie, der Verwandtschaft und der Dorfgemeinschaft in Neunkirchen (Kreis Daun) in der Eifel. Sie berichtet aus dem Schulalltag, erzählt von Pastor und Kirche, vom Zusammenleben mit den Tieren und den alltäglichen anfallenden Arbeiten auf dem Bauernhof. Ausgangspunkt ist dabei die Kindheit und dann die Jugend der "Tinnes Martha" in ihrem Eifeldorf in den 40-er bis 60-er Jahren. Anschaulich erzählt Roos vom frühen Tod der Mutter, und davon, dass der Vater nun sieben Kinder allein ernähren musste. Sie schildert die Not in der Kriegszeit auf dem Land, als man bares Geld kaum kannte. Nachdem auch der Vater starb, begann für Martha das Leben als Dienstmädchen. Erst mit ihrer Heirat konnte sie Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben schöpfen... Martha Roos wurde am 18. Februar 1937 als siebtes Kind einer echten Eifelbauernfamilie aus Neunkirchen (Kreis Daun) geboren. In ihrem autobiografischen Werk erzählt sie von der Kindheit und Jugend in ihrem Eifeldorf in den 40'er bis 60'er Jahren.

©2018 SAGA Egmont (P)2018 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Agnes Vogler
Author: Martha Roos
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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Alone Together

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Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come. Ms. Haupt rallied a diverse roster of more than 90 authors to contribute their work to Alone Together, free of charge, including Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.  Alone Together is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, and Don't Stop. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty holds the possibility of changing us as individuals and a society.  Narrated by a full cast, including Edoardo Ballerini, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Julia Whelan, Adenrele Ojo, Emily Woo Zeller, Thérèse Plummer, Ron Butler, Adjoa Andoh, Christian Barillas, Almarie Guerra, Cynthia Farrell, and Dawn Harvey.

©2020 Podium Audio (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants

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This hilarious, whip-smart collection of essays from a top writer and producer of Six Feet Under crisscrosses from the highly personal (conflating her own loss of virginity and the Kobe Bryant accusations), to the political (what she has in common with Monica and Chandra), to the outrageously Los Angelean (why women wear huge diamonds and what they must do to get them). Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants is a genre-defying combination of personal essay and memoir, or a hilarious, unruly and unapologetic evaluation of society, religion, sex, love, and - best of all - Jill Soloway.

©2006 Jill Soloway (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jill Soloway
Author: Jill Soloway
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Both Flesh and Not

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Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Both Flesh and Not gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not", considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2", which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young", an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers. A sweeping, exhilarating collection of the author's most emotionally immediate work, Both Flesh and Not spans almost 20 years of Wallace's career and reminds us why A.O. Scott called him "The Best Mind of His Generation" (The New York Times).

©2012 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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On Father

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A son's homage to his father.  John Birmingham's father died. And his life fell apart. The next six months were spent grinding through the dark forests of depression until he finally emerged out of the darkness onto sunlit upland. A unique yet universal story, On Father reaches out to everyone who has experienced and survived deep grief. 

©2019 John Birmingham (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: John Birmingham
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Sri Aurobindo & India's Rebirth

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Revolutionary, philosopher, litterateur, and seer, Sri Aurobindo remains one of the brightest minds India has ever had. This book captures the evolution of his thought through excerpts from his political articles and speeches, essays, talks with and letters to disciples and public messages - presented chronologically. It includes his views on Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose; his doubts about Gandhi’s method to attain freedom and insistence on Ahimsa; and his very distinctive contribution to the nascent Nationalist Movement.  Both prophetic of the challenges to come India’s way post-Independence and persuaded of her potential to overcome them, Sri Aurobindo’s vision of a new India melds the spiritual with the political. More than 60 years after his passing, Sri Aurobindo’s penetrating insights on issues such as building on India’s cultural and spiritual foundations, a national agenda for education, Hindu-Muslim coexistence and the need to distinguish reason from a blind imitation of the West continue to resonate.

©2018 Michel Danino (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Raja Sevak
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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On Disruption

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On Disruption is a report on the effects the internet has had on the foundations of life - what has happened, will it keep happening? The internet has shaken the foundations of life: public and private lives are wrought by the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news cycle that means no one is ever off duty. On Disruption is a report from the coalface of that change: what has happened, will it keep happening, and is there any way out of the chaos?

©2018 Katherine Murphy (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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