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#1: The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Jesse Martin /  2 hours 25 minutes

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our... Read More »

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#2: We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by Beresford Bennett /  13 hours 37 minutes

In this “urgently relevant”* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

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#3: Wow, No Thank You.

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By Samantha Irby
10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read More »

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#4: The Witches Are Coming

By Lindy West
6 hours 27 minutes

The Witches Are Coming

“The Witches Are Coming is a timely and engaging collection of essays (read by the author Lindy West in the audiobook version, which I highly recommend). With a great balance of rage, humor, optimism, and urgency, West addresses the state of American culture and how we can move forward, specifically with regard to how women are framed in the narrative that has been written throughout the past hundred years. But she also talks about race, climate change, getting her book Shrill made into a TV show, Adam Sandler, and a number of other topics. West's book is a rally cry for witches; it will make you feel like picking up a broom and flying off to a coven meeting.”

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#5: Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer /  16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read More »

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#6: The Book of Delights

By Ross Gay
Narrated by Ross Gay /  5 hours

The Book of Delights

“Ross Gay's Book of Delights is my lifeline to joy (delights!) during my commute. I may plan to chip away at work tasks, or read the newspaper, or scroll through Facebook, but Ross' voice calls to me and I click on The Book of Delights. Only one entry soothes my soul, but I usually can't stop at just one...”

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#7: Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
By R. Eric Thomas
7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny . . . [R. Eric Thomas] is one of... Read More »

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#8: You Can't Touch My Hair

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
By Phoebe Robinson & Jessica Williams
Narrated by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams & John Hodgman /  7 hours 41 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • "A must-read…Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you." –Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope...
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#9: Calypso

By David Sedaris
6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“We, your concerned booksellers, want to make sure you are in tip-top reading shape before David Sedaris visits Main Street Books. Much like a runner must train for a marathon, you must exercise your sense of humor, so as not to pull something in David's presence. Tune up your funny bone with Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, or any of the other great Sedaris collections on Libro.fm. ”

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#10: Bad Feminist

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By Roxane Gay
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 46 minutes

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

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#11: This Will Be My Undoing

Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
By Morgan Jerkins
Narrated by Morgan Jerkins /  7 hours 5 minutes

This Will Be My Undoing

“This book ravaged and then healed my weary soul. A micro and macro look at the exhaustion and triumph of black womanhood, Jerkins' essays are poignant enough on their own. When linked together in her book, the pieces become the subtle knife cutting through the membrane of gender and racial disparity that covers our country. Jerkins uses herself not simply as a reference point, but as a dissection, laid on the table and explained.”

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#12: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

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By Samantha Irby
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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#13: Meaty

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By Samantha Irby
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  7 hours 39 minutes

Smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby explodes off the printed page in her uproarious first collection of essays. 

Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood: chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation,... Read More »

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#14: Trace

Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
By Lauret Savoy
Narrated by Allyson Johnson /  6 hours 6 minutes

Sand and stone are Earth's fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent's past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors... Read More »

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#15: This Will Only Hurt a Little

By Busy Philipps
7 hours 56 minutes

A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest memoir and New York Times bestseller by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougar Town who has become “the breakout star of Instagram stories...Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

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#16: The Groom Will Keep His Name

And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance
By Matt Ortile
Narrated by Matt Ortile /  9 hours 26 minutes

A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" (Bitch Magazine) essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America learning that everything is about sex--and sex is about power

When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed he could... Read More »

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#17: Surviving Autocracy

By Masha Gessen
5 hours 45 minutes

The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book.” —The Washington Post

“An indispensable voice of and for this moment.” –Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

A bestselling, National Book Award-winning journalist’s essential guide to understanding, resisting, and recovering from the ravages of our tumultuous times.

In the run-up to the 2016... Read More »

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#18: Shrill

Notes from a Loud Woman
By Lindy West
6 hours 9 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
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ESQUIRE, The LA Times, and NEWSWEEK

WINNER OF THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be... Read More »

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#19: Something That May Shock and Discredit You

By Daniel Mallory Ortberg
6 hours 47 minutes

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, Yahoo Lifestyle, and Bitch Media

“A delightful hybrid of a book… You’ll laugh, you'll cry, often both at once. Everyone should read this extraordinary book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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#20: Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion
By Jia Tolentino
9 hours 45 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire
 
“A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.”—Vulture


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#21: Dear Girls

Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
By Ali Wong
6 hours 20 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

“Knife-sharp . . . a genuine...
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#22: Bossypants

By Tina Fey
Narrated by Tina Fey /  5 hours 31 minutes

Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and SNL" (Sunday Telegraph).

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that...
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#23: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

By Mindy Kaling
Narrated by Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Michael Schur & Brenda Withers /  4 hours 36 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  In this hilarious instant classic, the creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood.

“[Kaling is] like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron.”—The New York Times

 
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#24: The Source of Self-Regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
By Toni Morrison
16 hours 1 minute

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... Read More »

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#25: Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why

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By Alexandra Petri
Narrated by Rebecca Gibel / 

These impossibly cheerful essays on the routine horrors of the present era explain everything from the resurgence of measles to the fiasco of the presidency. In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will... Read More »

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#26: Gathering Moss

A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer /  7 hours 46 minutes

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide,... Read More »

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#27: Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies

And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There
By Tara Schuster
11 hours 42 minutes

Brutally honest, often hilarious, hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself from a young vice president at Comedy Central who was called “ahead of her time” by Jordan Peele

“Compelling, persuasive, and useful no matter where you are in your life.”—Chelsea Handler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Life Will Be the Death of... Read More »

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#28: The Truth About Animals

Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
By Lucy Cooke
10 hours 28 minutes

Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral... Read More »

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#29: The Practicing Stoic

A Philosophical User's Manual
By Ward Farnsworth
9 hours 57 minutes

The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for... Read More »

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#30: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

By Issa Rae
Narrated by Issa Rae /  5 hours 49 minutes

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure.

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously... Read More »

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#31: A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
By Ben Folds
Narrated by Ben Folds /  8 hours 33 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

“A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.”—Sara Bareilles

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND PASTE

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#32: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

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By Alexander Chee
8 hours 28 minutes

An essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist-and how we form our identities in life and in art.

As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as "masterful" by Roxane Gay, "incendiary" by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the Washington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection... Read More »

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#33: I Can't Date Jesus

Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé
By Michael Arceneaux
Narrated by Michael Arceneaux /  6 hours 9 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media.

In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can’t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I’m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and... Read More »

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#34: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

By Mona Eltahawy
8 hours 13 minutes

A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they've been trained to avoid.

Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, feminist activist Mona Eltahawy advocates a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching women and girls to harness their... Read More »

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#35: Fight of the Century

Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
By Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
11 hours 2 minutes

To mark its 100-year anniversary, the American Civil Liberties Union partners with award-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman to bring together many of our greatest living writers, each contributing an original piece inspired by a historic ACLU case and read by an all-star cast.

The all-star cast of readers includes: Annaleigh... Read More »

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#36: Madame Clairevoyant's Guide to the Stars

Astrology, Our Icons, and Our Selves
By Claire Comstock-Gay
Narrated by Lori Prince /  6 hours 21 minutes

A soulful exploration of the twelve astrological signs embodied by our living “stars”—from divas to philosophers, poets to punks—and the ways they can help us better understand ourselves and each other, from the wildly popular astrology columnist for New York magazine’s The Cut.

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#37: Gods, Wasps and Stranglers

The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees
By Mike Shanahan
Narrated by James Cameron Stewart /  4 hours 43 minutes

Over millions of years, fig trees have shaped our world, influenced our evolution, nourished our bodies and fed our imaginations. And as author and ecologist Mike Shanahan proclaims, “The best could be yet to come.”

Gods, Wasps and Stranglers weaves together the mythology, history and ecology of one of the world’s most fascinating—and... Read More »

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#38: How to Ruin Everything

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By George Watsky
Narrated by George Watsky /  5 hours 38 minutes

New York Times Bestseller

"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition."
—Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical

Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing... Read More »

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#39: Cold Harbor to the Crater

The End of the Overland Campaign
The Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
By Gary W. Gallagher, Caroline E. Janney, Robert E. L. Krick, Kathryn Shively Meier, Keith S. Bohannon, Joan Waugh, Gordon C. Rhea, M. Keith Harris, Kevin M. Levin & Stephen Cushman
Narrated by Barry Press /  12 hours 34 minutes

Between the end of May and the beginning of August 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee oversaw the transition between the Overland Campaign-a remarkable saga of maneuvering and brutal combat-and what became a grueling siege of Petersburg that many months later compelled Confederates to abandon Richmond. Although... Read More »

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#40: Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

By Tom Wolfe
Narrated by Harold N. Cropp /  4 hours 5 minutes

In these twodevastatingly funny essays, Tom Wolfe examines political stances, social styles,“black rage,” and “white guilt” in our status-minded world.

In “These Radical Chic Evenings,” Wolfefocuses primarily on one symbolic event: a gathering of the politically correctat Leonard Bernstein’s duplex apartment on Park Avenue to meet spokesmen of... Read More »

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#41: Little Weirds

By Jenny Slate
4 hours 19 minutes

Little Weirds

“Magical, delightful and amusing book of daydreams with a cupful of nonsense.”

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#42: The Collected Schizophrenias

Essays
By Esmé Weijun Wang
Narrated by Esmé Weijun Wang /  7 hours 51 minutes

The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias is a heartbreaking and honest collection about chronic mental illness and its effects on Wang. Through personal narrative and scientific research, Wang has created a collection of essays that are challenging in the sense that they confront you with the reality of a misunderstood condition. Her mission is not to scare, shock, or make the reader feel sorry for her, but to create an environment where mental illness is better understood and destigmatized within our culture. An eye-opening collection of essays from a truly exceptional writer.”

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#43: Cork Dork

A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
By Bianca Bosker
Narrated by Bianca Bosker /  12 hours 16 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK

“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York...
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#44: Scrappy Little Nobody

By Anna Kendrick
Narrated by Anna Kendrick /  6 hours

Scrappy Little Nobody

“Anna Kendrick is so down to earth and engaging. Fun to listen to while snow shoveling and endless dental appointments. Of course, laughing while getting dental work is very unusual. And, much harder for the dentist to get the work done. But, oh so worth the giggle.”

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#45: Well-Read Black Girl

Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
By Glory Edim
5 hours 6 minutes

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of... Read More »

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#46: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio

The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything
By Bianca Del Rio
Narrated by Bianca Del Rio /  4 hours 45 minutes

The cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic—"The Joan Rivers of the Drag World," (New York Times)—who isn’t afraid to shock or offend brings her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to the page in an uproarious collection of advice.

When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and... Read More »

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#47: I'm Judging You

The Do-Better Manual
By Luvvie Ajayi
Narrated by Luvvie Ajayi /  6 hours 48 minutes

*Updated edition includes bonus chapter*

Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Humor

"A truth-riot of a book!"Shonda Rhimes

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#48: Wow, No Thank You.

The #1 New York Times Bestseller
By Samantha Irby
10 hours 3 minutes

THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'Irby might be our great bard of quarantine.' New York Times


'Samantha Irby is the king of sparkling misanthropy and tender, loving dread.' Jia Tolentino

Staring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full 11 hour shift... Read More »

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#49: Like Brothers

By Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass & Mindy Kaling
Narrated by Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass /  6 hours 22 minutes

The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.

“A book that anyone will love . . . You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times (17 Refreshing... Read More »

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#50: Late Migrations

A Natural History of Love and Loss
By Margaret Renkl
Narrated by Joyce Bean /  5 hours 2 minutes

Late Migrations

“Margaret Renkl feels the lives and struggles of each creature that enters her yard as keenly as she feels the paths followed by her mother, grandmother, her people. Learning to accept the sometimes harsh, always lush natural world may crack open a window to acceptance of our own losses. In Late Migrations, we welcome new life, mourn its passing, and honor it along the way.”

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