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The Angel Tree

61 ratings

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Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

©1995 Lucinda Riley (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
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The Poet

192 ratings

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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY BOSCH AND LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES An electrifying standalone thriller that breaks all the rules! With an introduction by Stephen King. Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write - and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he couldn't crack. The killer's calling card: a quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. And his last...may be McEvoy himself.

©1996 by Michael Connelly. (P)1996 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
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Intellectuals and Race

17 ratings

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Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. Intellectuals have played a major role in racial issues throughout the centuries. Though their individual views may differ, as a whole their views tend to group, and just over the course of the twentieth century, they have shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other. Surprisingly, these radically different views of race were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were often very similar. Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, and economic evidence - all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially at their highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. Sowell’s ultimate concern is the impact of intellectual movements on the larger society, both past and present. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to “social justice” and multiculturalism. In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

©2013 Thomas Sowell (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Proof of Conspiracy

21 ratings

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Instant New York Times best seller "A richly documented indictment of power and corruption." (Kirkus Reviews) Through diligent research, Seth Abramson exposes a story that US media has largely missed: a pre-election geopolitical conspiracy involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Russia that sought to put Trump in the White House - and succeeded. In late 2015, convicted pedophile, international dealmaker, and cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation George Nader convened a secret meeting aboard a massive luxury yacht in the Red Sea. Nader pitched Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and other Middle Eastern leaders a plan for a new pro-US, pro-Israel alliance of Arab nations that would fundamentally alter the geopolitics of the Middle East while marginalizing Iran, Qatar, and Turkey. To succeed, the plan would need a highly placed American politician willing to drop sanctions on Russia so that Vladimir Putin would in turn agree to end his support for Iran. They agreed the perfect American partner was Donald Trump, who had benefited immensely from his Saudi, Emirati, and Russian dealings for many years, and who, in 2015, became the only US presidential candidate to argue for a unilateral end to Russian sanctions and a far more hostile approach to Iran. So begins New York Times best-selling author Seth Abramson’s explosive new audiobook, Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Threatens American Democracy, a story of international intrigue whose massive cast of characters includes Israeli intelligence operatives, Russian oligarchs, Saudi death squads, American mercenary companies, Trump’s innermost circle, and several members of the Trump family as well as Trump himself - all part of a clandestine multinational narrative that takes us from Washington, DC, and Moscow to the Middle Eastern capitals of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem, Cairo, Tehran, and Doha. Proof of Conspiracy is a chilling and unforgettable depiction of the dangers America and the world now face.

©2019 Seth Abramson (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Crown of Feathers

31 ratings

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An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors who ride phoenixes into battle. I had a sister once.... In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders - legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire - until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.  I promised her the throne would not come between us. Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders - even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.  But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled. Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.  Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken. Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save - or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

©2019 Nicki Pau Preto (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Heart of Flames

11 ratings

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Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders in this fiery sequel to Crown of Feathers, which number one New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake calls "absolutely unforgettable!" You are a daughter of queens. The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders. Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire. Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost - even if it means inciting the war herself. Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin. As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire - and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go - and what they’re willing to lose in the process. I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

©2020 Nicki Pau Preto (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Reaganland

2 ratings

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A New York Times notable book of 2020 From the best-selling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power. Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga's final installment, he has delivered yet another stunning literary and historical achievement.  In late 1976, Ronald Reagan was dismissed as a man without a political future: defeated in his nomination bid against a sitting president of his own party, blamed for President Gerald Ford's defeat, too old to make another run. His comeback was fueled by an extraordinary confluence: fundamentalist preachers and former segregationists reinventing themselves as militant crusaders against gay rights and feminism; business executives uniting against regulation in an era of economic decline; a cadre of secretive "New Right" organizers deploying state-of-the-art technology, bending political norms to the breaking point - and Reagan's own unbending optimism, his ability to convey unshakable confidence in America as the world's "shining city on a hill". Meanwhile, a civil war broke out in the Democratic party. When President Jimmy Carter called Americans to a new ethic of austerity, Senator Ted Kennedy reacted with horror, challenging him for reelection. Carter's Oval Office tenure was further imperiled by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, near-catastrophe at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, aviation accidents, serial killers on the loose, and endless gas lines.   Backed by a reenergized conservative Republican base, Reagan ran on the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" - and prevailed. Reaganland is the story of how that happened, tracing conservatives' cutthroat strategies to gain power and explaining why they endure four decades later.

©2020 Eric S. Perlstein. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Night Swim

44 ratings

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"Narrators Bailey Carr, Samantha Desz, and January LaVoy are the perfect trio to narrate Megan Goldin's latest thriller involving a true-crime podcaster and her coverage of a rape trial in a North Carolina town." (AudioFile Magazine)  In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the “gripping and unforgettable” (Harlen Coben) The Escape Room, a true-crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.  Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name - and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.  The new season of Rachel's podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make season three a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation - but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister 25 years ago.  Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered - and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases - and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.  Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?  A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

©2020 Megan Goldin (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Author: Megan Goldin
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Because You're Mine

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An “insidious, suspenseful tale” (J.T. Ellison) with a “shocker of an ending you won’t see coming” (Michele Campbell), Because You're Mine by Rea Frey, the author who “brings to mind Jodi Picoult” (Booklist) and “will appeal to readers of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen” (Sally Hepworth) is an audiobook about how the truth will set you free.  But it’s the lies that keep you safe. Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything - anything - to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.  But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt? Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor - the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed - is more than happy to stay with him.  Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.  But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret - one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it's no mystery someone is gone after all.... Because You're Mine is a breathtaking audiobook of domestic drama and suspense.  Prepare to stay up all night.

©2019 Rea Frey (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Rea Frey
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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Not Her Daughter

7 ratings

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Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey raises the question of what it means to be a mother - and how far someone will go to keep a child safe. Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June. Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.   Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper. Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her - far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?   Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back. Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace. As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?  

©2018 Rea Frey (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Rea Frey
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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On Grief and Grieving

11 ratings

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Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and 16 books ago, Kübler-Ross' groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief.  On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross' and Kessler's professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief.  "I know death is close", Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, "but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window.... I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages.... It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived."  In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, "The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I'm learning about receiving love." On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's final legacy, one that brings her life's work profoundly full circle.

©2005 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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The Mueller Report

13 ratings

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The Crucial #1 New York Times Best Seller The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most complete and authoritative available. Includes a PDF of documents and other reference materials. Listen to the findings of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning. This edition from The Washington Post, Scribner, and Simon & Schuster Audio contains: The long-awaited report An introduction by The Washington Post titled “A President, a Prosecutor, and the Protection of American Democracy” A timeline of the major events of the Special Counsel’s investigation from May 2017, when Robert Mueller was appointed, to the present day A guide to individuals involved, including in the Special Counsel’s Office, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Trump Campaign, the White House, the Trump legal defense team, and the Russians Key documents in the Special Counsel’s investigation, including filings pertaining to General Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and the Russian internet operation in St. Petersburg. Each document is introduced and explained by Washington Post reporters. One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country’s most seasoned prosecutors. The special counsel’s investigation looms as a turning point in American history. The Mueller Report is essential listening for all citizens concerned about the fate of the presidency and the future of our democracy.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 The Washington Post (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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All the Impossible Things

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A bit of magic, a sprinkling of adventure, and a whole lot of heart collide in All the Impossible Things, Lindsay Lackey's extraordinary middle-grade novel about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs. "Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish." (Katherine Applegate, New York Times best-selling author of Wishtree) An Indies Introduce Selection Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby "Red" Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how. This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red’s heart. But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now, Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.

©2019 Lindsay Lackey (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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The Somerset Girls

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“Foster convincingly brings her characters to life against the idyllic backdrop of Kentucky farmland. This down-to-earth romance will especially appeal to animal lovers.” (Publishers Weekly) No one knows you quite like a sister.... Summer in Sunset, Kentucky, means long, hot days - and sometimes surprising new beginnings. Through it all, the ties of sisterhood will be there, guiding Autumn and Ember to the lives, and loves, they need.... When they’re running the animal-rescue farm they inherited from their grandparents, Autumn and Ember Somerset are perfectly in sync. At all other times, not so much. Dependable Autumn would rather curl up with a good book than paint the town red with Ember. After the disaster that was Autumn’s last relationship, it’s pure self-protection. But when her high-school crush comes back to town with his adorable young daughter, igniting memories best left forgotten, there’s only one person to whom Autumn can turn.... Beneath Ember’s free-spirited facade is a layer of deep hurt. She’ll gladly nudge Autumn toward a second chance. But risk her own heart? Not likely. The closer Autumn gets to her own happily-ever-after, the more Ember wonders what she might be missing - and if it isn’t her time to be bold, too.

©2020 Lori Foster (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Lori Foster
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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The Boatman's Daughter

6 ratings

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A "lush nightmare" (Paul Tremblay) of a supernatural thriller about a young woman facing down ancient forces in the depths of the bayou. Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm. But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda’s peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe. With the heady mythmaking of Neil Gaiman and the heartrending pacing of Joe Hill, Andy Davidson spins a thrilling tale of love and duty, of loss and discovery. The Boatman's Daughter is a gorgeous, horrifying novel, a journey into the dark corners of human nature, drawing our worst fears and temptations out into the light.

©2020 Andy Davidson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Strike Me Down

2 ratings

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In this “whip-smart thriller featuring a brilliant female protagonist, a finely-tuned plot, and some truly spectacular writing” (Cristina Alger, USA Today best-selling author) from the author of Leave No Trace, a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike. An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major tournament with 20 million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. But Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind in the form of a young trainer. When the prize money goes missing days before the tournament begins, Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money - but Nora has a secret connection to Strike. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way. A tense and unpredictable thriller, Strike Me Down “crackles with obsession, greed, lust, and plenty of ambition, and it’s loaded with more twists and turns than a spy novel” (Kirkus Reviews).

©2020 Mindy Mejia (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Author: Mindy Mejia
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Socialism 101

1 rating

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Socialism 101 is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the historical and modern applications of socialism. In today’s political climate, more and more presidential candidates are espousing socialist - or democratic socialist - policies. Once associated with oppression, socialism is now a current topic of conversation with everyday Americans, including policies like taxing the rich and healthcare for all. But what exactly is socialism and why does it spark such an intense debate?  Socialism 101 provides an easy-to-understand, unbiased overview to the nearly 300-year-old origins of this mode of government, its complex history, basic constructs, modern-day interpretations, key figures in its development, and up-to-date concepts and policies in today’s world. As capitalism has become less appealing and socialism experiences a surge in popularity, the need for clarification of what it means has never been more necessary than now.

©2019 Kathleen Sears (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Until I Find You

1 rating

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In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home. Two floors. 55 steps to go up. 40 more to the crib.  Since Rebecca Gray was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, everything in her life consists of numbers. Each day her world grows a little darker and each step becomes a little more dangerous.  Following days of feeling like someone’s watching her, Bec awakes at home to the cries of her son in his nursery. When it’s clear he’s not going to settle, Bec goes to check on him.  She reaches in. Picks him up.  But he’s not her son. And no one believes her.  One woman’s desperate search for her son...In a world where seeing is believing, Bec must rely on her own conviction and a mother’s instinct to uncover the truth about what happened to her baby and bring him home for good.  A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Griffin

©2020 Rea Frey (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Rea Frey
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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The White Christmas Inn

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In this heartwarming feel-good novel, a snowstorm brings a cast of very different characters together at a sleepy New England inn, just in time for Christmas - and maybe even in time for a Christmas miracle.  A New England inn seems like the picture-perfect place to spend the holidays. But when a snowstorm shuts the roads and keeps them all inside, the guests find themselves worrying that this Christmas may not be exactly what they dreamed.  Molly just needs to keep her head down and finish her latest book, but her writer’s block is crippling. The arrival of Marcus, a handsome widower with two young girls, is exactly the distraction she doesn't need. Hannah was hoping for a picturesque winter wedding, but her plans come crashing down when her fiancé calls everything off. She reconnects with her childhood friend, Luke, when he comes to check on his grandmother before the storm. Jeanne and Tim don't know how they're going to keep the inn open another year - or how to bridge the distance between them in their marriage. With a flurry of unexpected guests, they'll have to work together to fix all the problems that crop up. But will it be enough to rekindle their relationship? As the characters’ stories intertwine, they start to find hope where they thought it had been lost. With faith, and a little bit of Christmas magic, the inn - and its inhabitants - might just make it through the holidays after all. 

©2018 Colleen Wright (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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The Better Sister

9 ratings

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From Alafair Burke - New York Times best-selling author of the runaway hit The Wife - comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters - one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex - must set aside mistrust and old resentments...but can they escape their past? Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor-roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless...and more than a little reckless - the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man and stayed close to home in Cleveland. For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers. Now, more than 15 years later, their lives are drastically different - and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson’s biological mother - her estranged sister, Nicky - back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite...and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.

©2019 Alafair Burke (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Radical Focus

10 ratings

Summary

How do you inspire a diverse team to work together, going all out in pursuit of a single, challenging goal? How do you get your team to commit to bold goals? How do you stay motivated despite setbacks and disappointments? And what do you do when it looks like you're headed for failure? In Radical Focus, Christina Wodtke combines her hard earned experience as an executive at Zynga, Linkedin and many of Silicon Valley's hottest companies to answer those questions. It's not about to-do lists and accountability charts. It's about creating a framework for regular check-ins, key results, and most of all, the beauty of a good fail - and how to take a temporary disaster and turn it into a future success.  In this book, Wodtke takes you through the fictional case study of Hanna and Jack, who are struggling to survive in their own startup. They fight shiny object syndrome, losing focus, and dealing with communication issues. After hard lessons, they learn the practical steps they need to take to do what must be done. The second half of the book demonstrates how to use objectives and key results (OKRs) to help teams realize big goals in a methodical way, leaving nothing to chance. Laid out in a practical but compelling way, she makes the lessons of Hanna and Jack's story clear and actionable.  Ready to move your team in the right direction? Listen to this, and learn the system of creating your focus - and finding success.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Christina Wodtke (P)2016 Christina Wodtke

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Summer Again: A St. Caroline Novel

Summary

The town of St. Caroline had never felt like home to Sterling Matthew. Even though the Matthew family could date their residence back nearly 100 years, Sterling had grown up in boarding schools - and promptly decamped for the ski slopes of Europe after college. When his father falls ill, his mother calls him home to run the family business, the renowned Chesapeake Inn. What Sterling finds, though, is a business on shaky financial footing and a staff resistant to the radical changes he has to make. No matter. He'll do what needs to be done...and then leave St. Caroline for good. For years, Lucy Wyndham wondered whether she'd ever catch another glimpse of the boy she'd crushed on at the Chesapeake Inn's summer camp for disadvantaged kids. He'd been tall and quiet. Mysterious and aloof. And the owner's son. Now he's her boss and the attraction is just as strong - but they're no more compatible today than they were as teenagers. When he informs her that the camp must be eliminated to improve the resort's bottom line, she embarks on an ambitious campaign to save it. Even if the price is her job...and her heart. Contains mature themes.

©2013 Julia Gabriel (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Two of Hearts

Summary

Cassidy Trevor is the backbone of her family's quilt shop, the one everyone relies on, the person who makes the trains run on time. She has a good life with loving parents and sisters, a job for life that she enjoys, and respect as a capable businesswoman within the community. Still, she can't help wondering...is there something more out there?   Matt Wolfe has spent his entire life living down to everyone's expectations. He's the body, the workhorse, the guy who always says yes. As a member of a firefighting family, he's also seen too many people lose everything they hold dear within the space of a heartbeat. He knows it's easier to let go of things if you never really wanted them in the first place.    When Cassidy and Matt are volunteered to cochair a holiday event, their working relationship slides into a secret friendship...with benefits. For Matt, a fling with Cassidy is perfect - the built-in expiration date means no messy breakup and no disappointment when expectations aren't fulfilled. It's perfect for Cassidy, too. She doesn't want anything - or anyone - tying her down. But now, the one person who "gets" her, who supports her dream to leave St. Caroline, is the one person Cassidy can't bear the thought of leaving. And for the first time in his life, Matt is discovering expectations he wants to live up to: his own.

©2018 Julia Gabriel (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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The Toltec Way

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This program includes an introduction read by the author Achieve personal freedom using Toltec wisdom The gift of the Toltec is the ability to transcend ordinary human awareness and achieve personal freedom - the ability to choose how to act rather than react to the events in your life. The three Toltec Masteries of Awareness, Transformation, and Intent are the key to transcending your limitations and experiencing yourself as the creator of your life. Designed to make Toltec wisdom accessible and simple, this audiobook is about change, transforming yourself, and the wildly empowering freedom of personal responsibility. Included in each chapter are exercises and guided visualizations, along with parable-like stories that are powerful sources of wisdom. Susan Gregg's new edition of The Toltec Way is part of the Essential Wisdom Library, a collection of books bringing sacred wisdom to modern readers and listeners. Refreshed with a new introduction by the author, along with a foreword by don Miguel Ruiz, The Toltec Way will introduce a new generation of listeners to the power of Toltec wisdom.  A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Susan Gregg (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Hearts on Fire

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Becca Trevor never intended to come back to pretty little St. Caroline, Maryland, and her family's quilt shop. Growing up, she was the wild child...and the black sheep of the family...and the girl who couldn't get anything right.   And she definitely never intended to see Jack Wolfe again. Those 15 minutes she'd spent with him at a graduation party seven years ago? Unforgettable - for a whole lot of reasons.   Jack Wolfe was the golden boy of St. Caroline. Smart, Ivy League-educated, law school-bound. He's home from California for a family emergency, a situation that would not be improved by the news that he's not the hotshot corporate attorney everyone thinks he is. If he can keep his real job a secret until the end of summer, he'll still be golden, and no one else will be the wiser.    But Becca has an even bigger secret of her own...one that will change Jack's life forever.   Contains mature themes.

©2017 Julia Gabriel (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Goodbye to Budapest

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Family and freedom. It's worth fighting for what really matters. Budapest, 1952. When Katalin and her father, Márton, are woken by the ringing of the doorbell in the dead of night, it can mean only one thing. The Secret Police have come to arrest him on charges of subversion. But Katalin knows her father is innocent. In a communist society where ordinary people live in fear of the dreaded Secret Police, suspicion and betrayal are rife. While Márton endures the injustice of being wrongly accused, Katalin must find out who among her friends and acquaintances she can truly trust. But there is a glimmer of hope in the darkness. The death of Stalin is a spark that ignites a fuse. For the first time it seems that change is possible. In October 1956, a student-led demonstration soon turns into a bloody battle to overthrow the hated communist regime. Confronted by Soviet tanks, young and old take to the streets, armed with Molotov cocktails, bravery, and cunning. Katalin and those she loves must fight for freedom. They must fight to survive. Packed with authentic historical details, Goodbye to Budapest is a panoramic novel of courage, sacrifice, and the indomitable human quest for freedom.

©2019 Margarita Morris (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Abigail

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From the author of The Door, a beloved coming-of-age tale set in WWII-era Hungary. Abigail, the story of a headstrong teenager growing up during World War II, is the most beloved of Magda Szabo's books in her native Hungary. Gina is the only child of a general, a widower who has long been happy to spoil his bright and willful daughter. Gina is devastated when the general tells her that he must go away on a mission and that he will be sending her to boarding school in the country. She is even more aghast at the grim religious institution to which she soon finds herself consigned.  She fights with her fellow students, she rebels against her teachers, finds herself completely ostracized, and runs away. Caught and brought back, there is nothing for Gina to do except entrust her fate to the legendary Abigail, as the classical statue of a woman with an urn that stands on the school's grounds has come to be called. If you're in trouble, it's said, leave a message with Abigail and help will be on the way. And for Gina, who is in much deeper trouble than she could possibly suspect, a life-changing adventure is only beginning.

©1970 Magda Szabó (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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The Impaler's Wife

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A young woman is swept into a life of intrigue, revenge, passion, and betrayal when she falls for the world's most notorious prince, Vlad Dracula. The year is 1464. King Matthias controls Hungary, his family, and the fate of the world's most notorious political prisoner, Prince Vlad Dracula. Ilona Szilágy, the king's cousin, is young and ambitious. Dracula is determined to marry into the family. It is love at first sight, but the king has other plans. The Impaler Prince, however, never takes no for an answer. This begins Ilona's journey into the treacherous world of court intrigues, family betrayals, and her husband's dark desires. Eager to become Vlad's trusted confidant, Ilona soon discovers that marriage to a man tortured by his past comes with a price. Woven throughout is a peek into the life and times of one of the world's most enigmatic and maligned rulers...the man before the legend. The Impaler's Wife offers a fierce yet sensuous glimpse into the violent 15th century. Contains mature themes.

©2019 Autumn Bardot (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
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Carnival of Dead Girls

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When a traveling carnival stops in the sleepy countryside, 16-year-old Josie Crowley is psyched to go with her new friend, Freya. But what started out as a fun-filled night of games, candied apples, and Ferris wheel rides quickly spirals into a gut-wrenching encounter with one of the carnival attractions. Once the excitement is over, Lamison is missing one of its residents. When Freya is nowhere to be found, Josie suspects the carnival has something to do with her disappearance. Her goal to track down the elusive show leads to an alarming revelation - there is no record of it ever existing. And as she digs deeper, Josie is led to a mysterious town with a tainted past - Flocksdale. Buried in Flocksdale's sick, twisted history is where Josie may find the truth. Creepy clowns, disfigured freaks, and a terrifying haunted house are the least of Josie's problems...now she has to deal with a group of real-life monsters, otherwise known as the evil Garrett family, and a new, rising generation of hell-bound freaks. If Josie is pulled into their world, she may become another member of a carnival of dead girls, where she goes in and never comes out....

©2015 Carissa Ann Lynch (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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The Mythic Dream

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An all-new anthology of 18 classic myth retellings featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers. Madeleine L’Engle once said, “When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe.” The Mythic Dream gathers together 18 stories that reclaim the myths that shaped our collective past, and use them to explore our present and future. From Hades and Persephone to Kali, from Loki to Inanna, this anthology explores retellings of myths across cultures and civilizations.  Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed writers such as Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, JY Yang, Alyssa Wong, Indrapramit Das, Carlos Hernandez, Sarah Gailey, Ann Leckie, John Chu, Urusla Vernon, Carmen Maria Machado, Stephen Graham Jones, Arkady Martine, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, and more, The Mythic Dream is sure to become a new classic. 

©2019 Dominik Parisien, Navah Wolfe (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The Team That Managed Itself: A Story of Leadership

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"In this new book, Christina has tackled what I consider the most important problem in the tech industry. Only a small fraction of product teams are working at their potential, and while there are many reasons, this is the responsibility of management, or the lack thereof. People that care enough to provide the level of coaching to help their people become first competent, and then exceptional at their craft." (Marty Cagan, author of Inspired and founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group) "What if you could learn the secrets of self-managing teams like the best ones you hear about in tech startups? And what if you could learn them through a simple and compelling story about someone like you who is dealing with familiar challenges every day? And what if you could learn them from someone who has spent decades practicing, learning, and teaching these principles to those great teams? That’s exactly what you’ll get in Christina Wodtke’s tour de force, The Team that Managed Itself." (Bruce McCarty, internationally renowned speaker and author of Product Management and founder of Product Culture) An actionable leadership book in the form of a fable... In The Team That Managed Itself, Christina Wodtke teaches leaders how to build and lead high performing teams based on her long career in the trenches in Silicon Valley. Her book is engaging, actionable - and built around a story you’ll want to listen to. After her boss leaves suddenly, Allie finds herself responsible for the casual gaming titan Quiltworld and the dozens of people working on the highly dysfunctional team. Can Allie learn to competently hire, fire, and give feedback in time to make the product’s big sales goals? Or will the team, the buggy code, and the beloved game fall apart while Allie’s job goes up in smoke? Learn to lead a team along with Allie as she tackles one challenge after another while the clock ticks down. How do you build the right team and choose the goals to pull them to greatness, even if you’re dealing with a toxic environment? How do you keep your people moving in the right direction without burning out or burning it all down? As Allie finds out, even in the face of overwhelming pressure it’s about setting expectations, giving good feedback, checking in against goals, and learning as a team. Leading so well that your team learns to manage itself? That’s no fable. Learn how from Christina Wodtke. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Christina R Wodtke (P)2019 Christina R Wodtke

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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Mom Genes

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"For anyone who is a mother, or who has a mother, [Mom Genes] is an eye-opening tour through the biology and psychology of a role that is at once utterly ordinary and wondrously strange." (Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins)  From the New York Times best-selling author of The Lion in the Living Room comes a fascinating and provocative exploration of the biology of motherhood. Everyone knows how babies are made, but scientists are only just beginning to understand the making of a mother. Mom Genes reveals the hard science behind our tenderest maternal impulses, tackling questions such as whether a new mom’s brain ever really bounces back, why mothers are destined to mimic their own moms (or not), and how maternal aggression makes females the world’s most formidable creatures. Part scientific odyssey, part memoir, Mom Genes weaves the latest research with Abigail Tucker’s personal experiences to create a delightful, surprising, and poignant portrait of motherhood. It’s vital listening for anyone who has ever wondered what rocks the hand that rocks the cradle. 

©2021 Abigail Tucker. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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The Widow of Rose House

2 ratings

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**A "MOST ANTICIPATED ROMANCE" of 2019 (BookPage)** A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this effervescent Gilded Age romantic comedy debut It’s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time.  However, fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor Samuel Moore appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn’t need any more complications in her life - especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it, Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva’s new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva’s history - and her heart.  Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of Rose House is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers.

©2019 Diana Biller (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Diana Biller
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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The Atkins 100 Eating Solution

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From the creators of the original ketogenic, low-carb diet, comes the most accessible and flexible approach to the Atkins diet ever: a simplified lower carb and sugar approach based on solid science. Featuring a foreword by Atkins spokesperson and actor Rob Lowe. The latest science continues to support the many health benefits of a low-carb approach to eating, far beyond just weight loss. Simply reducing your carb and sugar intake by two-thirds over the "Standard American Diet" helps avoid the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. While many diet trends can be vague in their approach, The Atkins 100 Eating Solution's fan-favorite program provides a clear-cut way to control your carb intake with 100 grams of net carbs a day and shows you how to make delicious and satisfying food choices that lessen their impact on your blood sugar. This personalized approach is a way of eating you can follow for life. With cutting-edge research and delicious recipes - all of which feature 15 to 20 net carbs - The Atkins 100 Eating Solution provides an exciting and delicious variety of food. You'll also discover how the plan can be easily modified to fit in with most ways of eating, including vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, and more. For the first time ever, you'll even learn how to modify each recipe for the Atkins 40 and Atkins 20 program. This guide is easy to use regardless of food preferences, lifestyle, or cooking abilities. This book is not about following fads or suffering for results; it is a sustainable, delicious program for everyday wellness. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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Old Style Conjure

2 ratings

Summary

Conjure, hoodoo, rootwork - these are all names for Southern American folk magic. Conjure first emerged in the days of slavery and plantations and is widely considered among the most potent forms of magic. Its popularity continues to increase, both in the United States and worldwide. This audiobook is a guide to using conjure to achieve love, success, safety, prosperity, and spiritual fulfillment. Author Starr Casas, a hereditary master of the art, introduces listeners to the history and philosophy of conjure and provides practical information for using it. Featuring Casas' own rituals, spells, and home recipes, the audiobook provides useful information suitable for novices and seasoned practitioners alike. In this audiobook, you'll learn about: Bone reading Candle burning Conjure bags Building your own conjure altar

©2017 Starr Casas (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Starr Casas
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Have You Seen This Girl

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Summary

Wendi Wise is a troubled young woman who snorts her breakfast through a straw and spends more time in rehab than in the real world. Her life is seemingly out of control. But now she has a plan. That plan involves a sharp set of butcher knives. She's going back to where all of her troubles began...Flocksdale.   Wendi was lured away from a local skating rink, at the age of 13, and held captive in a place she calls The House of Horrors. Dumped off blindfolded on the side of a dirt road, Wendi soon discovered that she was addicted to the drugs they fed her while she was captive.   Too scared to go home, and having a new habit to deal with, she hopped on a bus, vanishing from the family she loved. Vanishing from Flocksdale....   The town of Flocksdale is littered with fliers with a grainy image of young Wendi, and the words Have You Seen This Girl? written below.   Now, eight years later, she's on a mission - a mission to find the mysterious house from her youth and the monsters who dwell inside it.

©2015 Carissa Ann Lynch (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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Feast Your Eyes

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One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019  A 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence finalist  A 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist   A 2020 Chautauqua Prize finalist   “A daringly inventive parable of female creativity and motherhood” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Bee Season, a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation. Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalog notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter, Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a lifelong quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition. “A searching consideration of the way that the identities and perceptions of a female artist shift over time” (The New Yorker), Feast Your Eyes shares Samantha’s memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters - a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.   Myla Goldberg has gifted us with “a mother-daughter story, an art-monster story, and an exciting structural gambit” (Lit Hub) - and, in the end, “a universal and profound story of love and loss” (New York Newsday). 

©2019 Myla Goldberg (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Why Did I Get a B?

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“Funny...revealing.... So send this book to your favorite teacher. They’ll know you’re sucking up. They’ll thank you anyway.” (People, Book of the Week)  This hilarious, inspirational, and wise collection of personal essays and humor from a longtime educator explores all the joys, challenges, and absurdities of being a teacher, following in the footsteps of such classics as Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, The Courage to Teach, and Up the Down Staircase. Shannon Reed did not want to be a teacher, but now, after 20 years of working with children from preschool to college, there’s nothing she’d rather be. In essays full of humor, heart, and wit, she illuminates the highs and lows of a job located at the intersection of youth and wisdom. Bringing you into the trenches of this most important and stressful career, she rolls her eyes at ineffectual administrators, weeps with her students when they experience personal tragedies, complains with her colleagues about their ridiculously short lunchbreaks, and presents the parent-teacher conference from the other side of the tiny table.  From dealing with bullies and working with special needs students to explaining the unwritten rules of the teacher’s lounge, Why Did I Get a B? is full of as much humor and heart as the job itself.

©2020 Shannon Reed. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Author: Shannon Reed
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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She Was Like That

Summary

From Kate Walbert, the highly acclaimed National Book Award nominee, comes a dazzling, career-spanning collection of new and selected stories.

In these 12 deft, acutely funny, and often heartbreaking stories, Kate Walbert delves into the hearts and minds of women. Her characters are searchers, uneasy in one way or another. They yearn for connection. They question the definitions assigned to them as wives, mothers, and daughters; they seek their own way within isolated, and often isolating, circumstances, reveling in small, everyday epiphanies and moments of clarity.

In the riveting opening story, "M&M World", a woman is plunged into panic when she briefly loses one of her daughters at the vast and over-stimulating Times Square store. In "Slow the Heart", a single mother tries to ease tension at the dinner table with Roses and Thorns, the game she knows the Obamas played in the White House. In "Radical Feminists", a woman skating with her two children encounters the man who derailed her career years earlier. And in the poignant "A Mother Is Someone Who Tells Jokes", a mother reflects on the nursery school project that preceded her son’s autism diagnosis. This is a deeply moving, resonant collection from a writer "rightly celebrated for her ability to capture the variety and vulnerability of women’s lives with a combination of lyricism and brawn" (NPR).

©2019 Kate Walbert (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The Best Presidential Writing

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A sweeping, groundbreaking, and comprehensive treasury of the most essential presidential writings, featuring a richly varied mix of the beloved and the little-known, from stirring speeches and shrewd remarks to behind-the-scenes drafts and unpublished autobiographies. From the early years of our nation’s history, when George Washington wrote his humble yet powerful Farewell Address, to our current age, when Barack Obama delivered his moving speech on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, America’s presidents have upheld a tradition of exceptional writing. Now, for the first time, the greatest presidential writings in history are united in one monumental treasury: the very best campaign orations, early autobiographies, presidential speeches, post-presidential reflections, and much more.  Here, we see not only the words that shaped our nation, like Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Infamy speech, but also the words of young politicians claiming their place in our history, including excerpts from Woodrow Wilson’s Congressional Government and Obama’s career-making convention speech, and the words of mature leaders reflecting on their legacies, including John Adams' autobiography and Harry S. Truman’s Memoirs. We even see hidden sides of the presidents that the public rarely glimpses: noted outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt’s great passion for literature or sunny Ronald Reagan’s piercing childhood memories of escorting home his alcoholic father. Encompassing notable favorites like Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address as well as lesser-known texts like Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia and James Polk’s candid White House diary, The Best Presidential Writing showcases America’s presidents as thinkers, citizens, and leaders.  More than simply a curation of essential presidential writings, this unique collection presents the story of America itself, told by its highest leaders. What is America? Who is America for? What will America become? Since our nation’s founding, different presidents have offered different answers. In their writings, we see frontiers expand, ideals transform, and novel ideas take root. Even the most famous speeches find new meanings or fresh connections when read in this sweeping context, making The Best Presidential Writing a trove full of insight and an essential historical document. 

©2020 Craig Fehrman. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Eleanor in the Village

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A vivid and incisive account of a mostly unknown yet critical chapter in the life of Eleanor Roosevelt - when she moved to New York’s Greenwich Village, shed her high-born conformity, and became the progressive leader who pushed for change as America’s first lady. Hundreds of books have been written about FDR and Eleanor, both together and separately, but yet she remains a compelling and elusive figure. And, not much is known about why in 1920, Eleanor suddenly abandoned her duties as a mother of five and moved to Greenwich Village, then the symbol of all forms of transgressive freedom - communism, homosexuality, interracial relationships, and subversive political activity. Now, in this fascinating, in-depth portrait, Jan Russell pulls back the curtain on Eleanor’s life to reveal the motivations and desires that drew her to the Village and how her time there changed her political outlook.  A captivating blend of personal history detailing Eleanor’s struggle with issues of marriage, motherhood, financial independence, and femininity, and a vibrant portrait of one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, this unique work examines the ways that the sensibility, mood, and various inhabitants of the neighborhood influenced the first lady’s perception of herself and shaped her political views over four decades, up to her death in 1962.  When Eleanor moved there, the Village was a neighborhood of rogues and outcasts, a zone of Bohemians, misfits, and artists. But there was also freedom there, a miniature society where personal idiosyncrasy could flourish. Eleanor joined the cohort of what then was called “The New Women” in Greenwich Village. Unlike the flappers in the 1920s, the New Women had a much more serious agenda, organizing for social change - unions for workers, equal pay, protection for child workers - and they insisted on their own sexual freedom. These women often disagreed about politics - some, like Eleanor, were Democrats, others Republicans, Socialists, and Communists. Even after moving into the White House, Eleanor retained connections to the Village, ultimately purchasing an apartment in Washington Square where she lived during World War II and in the aftermath of Roosevelt’s death in 1945.  Including the major historical moments that served as a backdrop for Eleanor’s time in the Village, this remarkable work offers new insights into Eleanor’s transformation - emotionally, politically, and sexually - and provides us with the missing chapter in an extraordinary life.

©2021 Jan Jarboe Russell. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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House of the Lost Girls

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Flocksdale has an evil, ugly past - and history has a way of repeating itself... Not only did her father abandon her five years ago, now 17-year-old Marianna Bertagnoli is being uprooted and forced to move with her mother and new stepdad to a creepy Victorian house they inherited in the even creepier town of Flocksdale. Marianna notices some strange qualities about her new home, and soon realizes she's living in none other than the infamous House of Horrors. The very house where the demented Garrett family ran a drug ring, leading to the kidnappings and murders of 40 young girls. Within a week of moving in, Marianna's mother disappears, one of her small group of new friends is found murdered, and she's attacked by a man wearing a hideous clown mask. As she searches for answers, Marianna wonders if the malevolence still lingers, somehow alive...and how her stepdad came to own the House of Horrors. Caught up in twisted family ties and surrounded by deceit, Marianna is targeted by a new generation of evil. Will Marianna survive long enough to bring the evil to light? Or will she be trapped in the house of the lost girls forever?

©2015 Carissa Ann Lynch (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

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The definitive source of information, insight, inspiration, and advice for creative writers from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For 50 years, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshalled its 50 years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career - until now. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the writing bible for writers of all genres and forms, covering topics such as:  How to harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity How to develop your work from initial idea to final draft How to find the best MFA program for you How to publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform How to research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life How to find the right literary agent  How to anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals  How to work successfully with an editor and your publishing team How to market yourself and your work in a digital world How to approach financial planning and taxes as a writer How to find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career And much more.   Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers magazine, this book brings an unrivalled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Sprinkled throughout the book to illustrate their insights are first-person essays from best-selling authors including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Tayari Jones. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the ultimate comprehensive resource.

©2020 Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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The Turnaway Study

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"If you read only one book about democracy, The Turnaway Study should be it. Why? Because without the power to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy." (Gloria Steinem) "Dr. Diana Greene Foster brings what is too often missing from the public debate around abortion: science, data, and the real-life experiences of people from diverse backgrounds.... This should be required reading for every judge, member of Congress, and candidate for office - as well as anyone who hopes to better understand this complex and important issue." (Cecile Richards, cofounder of Supermajority, former president of Planned Parenthood, and author of Make Trouble) A groundbreaking and illuminating look at the state of abortion access in America and the first long-term study of the consequences - emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and psychological - of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women's lives.  What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? Diana Greene Foster, PhD, decided to find out. With a team of scientists - psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars, and public health researchers - she set out to discover the effect of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women's lives. Over the course of a 10-year investigation that began in 2007, she and her team followed 1,000 women from more than 20 states, some of whom received their abortions, some of whom were turned away.  Now, for the first time, the results of this landmark study - the largest of its kind to examine women's experiences with abortion and unwanted pregnancy in the United States - have been gathered together in one place. Here, Foster presents the emotional, physical, and socioeconomic outcomes for women who received their abortion and those who were denied. She analyzes the impact on their mental and physical health, their careers, their romantic lives, their professional aspirations, and even their existing and future children - and finds that women who received an abortion were almost always better off than women who were denied one. Interwoven with these findings are 10 riveting first-person narratives by women who share their candid stories.  As the debate about abortion rights intensifies, The Turnaway Study offers an in-depth examination of the real-world consequences for women of being denied abortions and provides evidence to refute the claim that abortion harms women. With brilliant synthesis and startling statistics - that thousands of American women are unable to access abortions; that 99 percent of women who receive an abortion do not regret it five years later - The Turnaway Study is a necessary and revelatory look at the impact of abortion access on people's lives.

©2007 Diana Greene Foster, PhD. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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Unzip Your Genes

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This guide will show you how to take your health into your own hands. You will no longer sit on the sidelines - instead you can play an active and empowered role in the state of your own health. This book will help you:  Understand how the environment and your genes interact.  Learn how to use your own genetic information to your advantage.  Create an actionable plan based on your genomics to radically transform your health and improve your vitality.  Discover how to improve your health span and lead a productive, happy, and healthy life.  Dr. Jennifer Stagg is an experienced physician and expert in precision medicine - an emerging approach for disease prevention that takes into account an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. In Unzip Your Genes, Dr. Stagg provides insight on how you can take practical steps that can radically transform the state of your health and well-being.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Space Station Down

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When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, NASA expects a $100 million win-win: His visit will bring in much needed funding and publicity. But the tourist venture turns into a scheme of terror. Together with an extremist cosmonaut, the tourist slaughters all the astronauts on board the million-pound ISS - and prepares to crash it into New York City at 17,500 miles an hour, causing more devastation than a hundred atomic bombs. In doing so, they hope to annihilate the world's financial system. All that stands between them and their deadly goal is the lone survivor aboard the ISS, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, a newly divorced astronaut who has barricaded herself in a secure area.

©2020 Ben Bova and Doug Beason (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Samantha Desz
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Heart of Junk

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A hilarious debut novel about an eclectic group of merchants at a Kansas antique mall who become implicated in the kidnapping of a local beauty pageant star. The city of Wichita, Kansas, is wracked with panic over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy Bobo. However, the dealers at The Heart of America Antique Mall are too preoccupied by their own neurotic compulsions to take much notice. Postcards, perfume bottles, Barbies, vinyl records, kitschy neon beer signs - they collect and sell it all. Rather than focus on Lindy, this colorful cast of characters is consumed by another drama: the impending arrival of Mark and Grant from the famed antiques television show Pickin’ Fortunes, who are planning to film an episode at The Heart of America and secretly may be the last best hope of saving the mall from bankruptcy. Yet the mall and the missing beauty queen have more to do with each other than these vendors might think, and before long, the group sets in motion a series of events that lead to surprising revelations about Lindy's whereabouts. As the mall becomes implicated in her disappearance, will Mark and Grant be scared away from all of the drama or will they arrive in time to save The Heart of America from going under? Equally comical and suspenseful, Heart of Junk is also a biting commentary on our current Marie Kondo era. It examines why certain objects resonate with us so deeply, rebukes Kondo's philosophy of wholesale purging, and argues that "junk" can have great value - connecting us not only to our personal pasts but to our shared human history. As author Luke Geddes writes: "A collection was a record of a life lived, maybe not well or happily but at least with attention and passion. It was autobiography made whole." 

©2020 Luke Geddes (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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