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Inspiring Lives: Memoir & Personal Narrative

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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Life in the Garden

By Penelope Lively
Narrated by: Heather Lloyd
Length: 5 hours 56 minutes

From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life

Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage... Read more »

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Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren
Narrated by: Hope Jahren
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

Lab Girl

“This book has it all: nature, love, science, drama, heartbreak, joy, and plenty of dirt. Not since Cheryl Strayed's Wild have I read such a rich and compelling nonfiction narrative. Lab Girl is the story of Jahren's life in science, and her writing on the wonders of nature will renew your sense of awe. But more than that, it is an exploration of friendship, mental illness, parenthood, and the messiness of life. The only flaw -- these pages fly by too quickly, leaving you wondering what you could possibly read next that will be just as good.”

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes

A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss

By Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
Narrated by: Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she... Read more »

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Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Third Edition

By Gloria Steinem
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Gabra Zackman, Gloria Steinem, Robin Miles & Soneela Nankani
Length: 14 hours 7 minutes

"...powerful and necessary inspiration for the contemporary listener." — AudioFile Magazine

An updated, third edition of the renowned feminist’s most diverse and timeless collection of essays, with a new foreword written by Emma Watson, and new material written and read by Gloria Steinem.


Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
has sold over half... Read more »

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My Life on the Road

By Gloria Steinem
Narrated by: Debra Winger & Gloria Steinem
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the... Read more »

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou
Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute... Read more »

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I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to... Read more »

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Dreams From My Father; The Audacity of Hope - Abridged

A Story of Race and Inheritance; Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By Barack Obama
Narrated by: Barack Obama
Length: TBA

Dreams From My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance

*Winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album*

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that... Read more »

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Expecting Adam

A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

By Martha Beck
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

"He says you'll never be hurt as much by being open as you have been by remaining closed."

The messenger is a school janitor with a master's in art history who claims to be channeling "from both sides of the veil." "He" is Adam, a three-year-old who has never spoken an intelligible word. And the message is intended for Martha Beck, Adam's... Read more »

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Leaving the Saints

By Martha Beck
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes

Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman’s spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As “Mormon royalty” within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church’s high elders—known as the apostles—and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct. Wearing... Read more »

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Educated

A Memoir

By Tara Westover
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“This well-written memoir moved me deeply. The author not only relates the hardships which she endured but also exposes her own character flaws which made her incredible journey even more amazing. The audiobook version which I downloaded from Libro.fm is narrated by Julia Whelan who also narrated "Far from the Tree" (which I loved) and over 100 more audiobooks available at Libro.fm.”

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H Is for Hawk

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

When Helen Macdonald’sfather died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experiencedfalconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she’d never before been temptedto train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, shesaw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving topurchase and raise... Read more »

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When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi & Abraham Verghese
Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

When Breath Becomes Air

“With a message both mournful and life-affirming, When Breath Becomes Air chronicles a young doctor's journey from literature student to promising neurosurgeon and finally to a patient in his own hospital after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Always profound, never sentimental, this important book refuses to take refuge in platitudes, instead facing mortality with honesty and humility. Written in engaging prose and filled with penetrating insights, this story is relevant to everyone and will captivate fans of memoir, literature, philosophy, and popular science alike. Lyrical passages of great beauty and vulnerability are deftly balanced by bright, candid moments of joy and even humor. Come prepared with plenty of tissues; over and over again this exquisite book will break your heart.”

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

By Jeanette Winterson
Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most acclaimed books of the last three decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is considered... Read more »

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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)

A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson
Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice...
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Hourglass

Time, Memory, Marriage

By Dani Shapiro
Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

Hourglass

“As I consider the themes of memory and marriage in my own life, I realize that Dani Shapiro has reached across time to touch me with her insight and candor, and this is how Hourglass will touch every reader who is lucky enough to find this special little gem of a book. What a particular and original voice she has shared, reflecting on questions like, how are relationships formed? How does love burn and transform you? How does marriage, that age-old subject, play out between creators in the race against time? Through fragments, touching bits of memory, and poetic flights of fancy, this memoir honors the genre and elevates the form. I couldn't put it down and devoured it in one sitting.”

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Devotion

A Memoir

By Dani Shapiro
Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

In her midforties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was—a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean?

Having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal... Read more »

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Marrow

A Love Story

By Elizabeth Lesser
Narrated by: Elizabeth Lesser & Sally Field
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

The author of the New York Times bestseller Broken Open returns with a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant—one the donor and one the recipient—begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and most of all, love.

A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of... Read more »

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Love Warrior

A Memoir

By Glennon Doyle & Glennon Doyle Melton
Narrated by: Glennon Doyle
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

An Oprah Bookclub 2016 Selection

The highly anticipated memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so... Read more »

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