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Adult Non-Fiction Picks for Growth & Inspiration

These are non-fiction picks that are all about learning something new, self-improvement, challenging narratives, becoming better versions of ourselves.

The Artist's Way - Abridged

A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Artist's Way

By: Julia Cameron
Narrated by: Julia Cameron
Length: 3 hours 6 minutes

"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital todayor perhaps even more sothan it was when it was first... Read more

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My Beloved World

By: Sonia Sotomayor
Narrated by: Rita Moreno
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary... Read more

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Not My Father's Son

A Memoir

By: Alan Cumming
Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Equal parts memoir, whodunnit, and manual for living . . . a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us who we are, and how we make ourselves.”  --Neil GaimanIn his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated... Read more

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The Measure of My Powers

A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris

By: Jackie Kai Ellis
Narrated by: Jackie Kai Ellis
Length: 4 hours 58 minutes

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 TASTE CANADA AWARDS AND THE RAKUTEN KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE. For fans of Eat Pray Love, Wild, and H is for Hawk, The Measure of My Powers is the story of one woman's search for self-love, experienced through food and travel.

"With searing vulnerability and unflinching honesty, Jackie Kai... Read more

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Feeding the Mind

By: Lewis Carroll
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 13 minutes

A manuscript of a brief lecture Lewis Carroll once gave, 'Feeding the Mind' discusses the importance of not only feeding one's body, but their minds as well. He wittily puts forth connections between the diet of the body and mind, and gives helpful tips on how to best digest knowledge in the brain. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was an... Read more

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How to Be a Leader

An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

By: Plutarch
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

The ancient biographer and essayist Plutarch thought deeply about the leadership qualities of the eminent Greeks and Romans he profiled in his famous—and massive—Lives, including politicians and generals such as Pericles, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Luckily for us, Plutarch distilled what he learned about wise leadership... Read more

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David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

By: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
Length: 7 hours 1 minute

Audie Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2014

Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell's dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives, from the bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia.

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with... Read more

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The Color of Law

A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By: Richard Rothstein
Narrated by: Adam Grupper
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation-that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate... Read more

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Across That Bridge

A Vision for Change and the Future of America

By: John Lewis
Narrated by: Keith David
Length: 5 hours 27 minutes

“John Lewis narrating his insightful words pulls the reader into his experiences as a civil rights icon. Across that Bridge was an incredibly compelling and encouraging narrative of why the civil rights protests worked and how we can apply the same principles to today's continuing fight for equal rights and justice. I highly, highly recommend... Read more

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White Fragility

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

By: Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white... Read more

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 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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The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

By: Thomas King
Narrated by: Lorne Cardinal
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from... Read more

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Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

American Empire Project

By: Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian
Narrated by: Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers

In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: the future of democracy in the Arab world, the implications of the Fukushima nuclear... Read more

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The Anti-Chomsky Reader

By: Peter Collier & David Horowitz
Narrated by: Kirk Jordan
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

Noam Chomsky’s defense of Pol Pot and the genocidal Khymer Rouge, as well as his bizarre associations with Holocaust revisionists, may surprise those who think they know what he believes. Other Chomsky views, such as his claim that the United States has taken the place of Nazi Germany on the world stage, will be more familiar. With Chomskyism... Read more

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The Science of the Sacred

Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles

By: Nicole Redvers, N.D.
Narrated by: Essie Bartosik
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Indigenous naturopathic doctor Nicole Redvers pairs evidence-based research with traditional healing modalities, addressing modern health problems and medical processes

Modern medical science has finally caught up to what traditional healing systems have known for centuries. Many traditional healing techniques and medicines are often assumed to... Read more

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction

By: Gabor Maté, MD
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 16 hours 18 minutes

In this timely and profoundly original new book, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours.

For over seven years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland... Read more

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Against Interpretation, and Other Essays

By: Susan Sontag
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag’s first collection of essays and is a modern classic. Originally published in 1966, it has never gone out of print and has influenced generations of readers all over the world. It includes the famous essays “Notes on Camp” and “Against Interpretation,” as well as her impassioned discussions of Sartre,... Read more

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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

By: Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 15 hours 17 minutes

“I don't own many books. I read books and give them away. However, I will NOT be giving away my copy of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. It's a keeper! Sapiens was an intense read for me. I found myself taking breaks every dozen pages or so. Not because I was bored - just the opposite. I needed time to let the author's perspective on the... Read more

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The Age of Empathy

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

By: Frans de Waal
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
Length: 10 hours 1 minute

Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behavior is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and "survival of the fittest," but, in fact, humans are equally hard-wired for empathy.

Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, animal... Read more

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

By: Shoshana Zuboff
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 24 hours 16 minutes

The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the... Read more

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