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Reproduction

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A hilarious, surprising, and poignant love story about the way families are invented, told with the savvy of a Zadie Smith and with an inventiveness all Ian Williams' own, Reproduction bangs lives together in a polyglot suburb of Toronto.  Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. When Felicia's mother dies and Edgar's "Mutter" does not, Felicia drops out of high school and takes a job as Mutter's caregiver. While Felicia and Edgar don't quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son Felicia calls Armistice. Or Army, for short.  Some years later, Felicia and Army (now 14) are living in the basement of a home owned by Oliver, a divorced man of Portuguese descent who has two kids - the teenaged Heather and the odd little Hendrix. Along with Felicia and Army, they form an unconventional family, except that Army wants to sleep with Heather, and Oliver wants to kill Army. Then Army's fascination with his absent father - and his absent father's money - begins to grow as odd gifts from Edgar begin to show up. And Felicia feels Edgar's unwelcome shadow looming over them. A brutal assault, a mortal disease, a death, and a birth reshuffle this group of people again to form another version of the family.  Reproduction is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn't a matter of blood.  This production contains audio effects intended to mimic the author’s intention in writing the novel. These effects are intentional but may be unexpected when you first hear them. Cover image from GRANGER/granger.com

©2019 Ian Williams (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Best Seat in the House

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For 15 years, Tom Stephen had the unique distinction of being both drummer and manager of the Jeff Healey Band. The dual role was fraught with conflicts of interest. One minute, he was leading the debauched life of a rock musician; the next, he was disciplining the band for the havoc they caused. But few knew or understood Jeff Healey - a national icon and one of the world’s best blues guitarists - better. Funny and loyal, with a luminous mind and staggering talent, Healey was also provincial, stubborn, obnoxious, and antagonistic. This book explores both sides with honesty, clarity, and humor and reveals what life for the band was really like: Jeff challenging ZZ Top to a bowling competition - and winning; Bill Clinton inviting the band to the White House, and enjoying a special audience with Queen Elizabeth II. To say nothing of the legendary guitarist’s interactions with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Keith Richards, and more.... Tom Stephen was there for it all. He believes that young fans deserve to experience Healey’s brilliance - to understand the complicated man behind those timeless sounds. Best Seat in the House offers an authentic perspective that fans won’t find elsewhere. 

©2018 Castle Hill Records Limited and Keith Elliot Greenberg (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Andrew Shaw
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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All the Way to Heaven

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What are the Universal Laws? How can you apply them in your life? How will change benefit you? These and other questions are answered in this enthralling book. It is a book about life, its struggles, its heartaches, but mostly about the indomitable spirit that human beings possess to see the goal to its fruition. You will meet many endearing characters from the author’s life: people who have helped shape his destiny and aid in his spiritual growth. And in very simple language you will enter the world of metaphysics: the place beyond the physical, from where derives the whole of existence.

©2017 Andrew Shaw (P)2017 Andrew Shaw

Narrator: Andrew Shaw
Author: Andrew Shaw
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Stress

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This book on stress in the successful Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series offers inspirational stories followed by positive, practical advice. It addresses the number-one lifestyle and health issue in America today: stress.

©2005 Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen (P)2010 Phoenix Books

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