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Love Across Borders

Passports, Papers, and Romance in a Divided World

By: Anna Lekas Miller
Narrated by: Anna Lekas Miller
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

With deep empathy, rigorous reporting, and the irresistible perspective of a true romantic, journalist Anna Lekas Miller spotlights couples around the world who confront frustrating immigration systems to be together—as she did to be with her husband. ​

We are told that love conquers all, but what happens when you don’t have the right... Read more

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Young and Restless

The Girls Who Sparked America's Revolutions

By: Mattie Kahn
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

NPR's Books We Love 2023

Glamour's "The 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2023, So Far"

Vogue's "Best Books of 2023 (So Far)"

Town & Country's "The Best Books of 2023"

A "heartening inspiration"(The New York Times), the untold story of the people who have helped spark America’s most transformative social movements throughout history: teenage girls


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Althea

The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

By: Sally H. Jacobs
Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
Length: 19 hours 2 minutes

"Chanté McCormick rises to the challenge of narrating Jacobs's comprehensive biography of Althea Gibson with grace, energy, and a rich voice."- AudioFile

“A captivating book that brilliantly reveals an American sports legend long overlooked. Sally Jacobs tells the riveting story of Althea Gibson, my personal shero, who overcame daunting odds –... Read more

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You Could Make This Place Beautiful

A Memoir

By: Maggie Smith
Narrated by: Maggie Smith
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

“The story of Maggie Smith's divorce (the American poet, not the British actress) is absolutely breathtaking. I sent it immediately to my best friend, labeled 'Required Reading Drop Everything'! If you like Glennon Doyle's books and podcast, if you liked Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, you will love this. I can not recommend more highly. Read more

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Black Chameleon

Memory, Womanhood, and Myth

By: Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Narrated by: Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

This program is read by the author.

In the literary tradition of Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, and Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped, this debut memoir confronts both the challenges and joys of growing up Black and making your own truth.


Growing up as a Black girl in America, Deborah Mouton felt... Read more

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Soil

The Story of a Black Mother's Garden

By: Camille T Dungy
Narrated by: Camille T Dungy
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

“Part nature writing, part exploration of the African diaspora and Black identity, part memoir, Dungy puts herself in conversation with all the white nature writers who've come before - Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson - and exposes how a monoculture in both cultivars and cultural backgrounds threatens us and... Read more

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Mother Tongue

The Surprising History of Women's Words

By: Jenni Nuttall
Narrated by: Beth Hicks
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

“A fascinating look at how we talk about women. . . . Dense with information and anecdotes, Mother Tongue touches on the hilarious and the devastating, with ample dashes of an ingredient so painfully absent from most discussions of sex and gender: humor.” ―Lisa Selin Davis, The Washington Post

“[Nuttall] examines the origins of words used over...
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Mom Rage

The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood

By: Minna Dubin
Narrated by: Minna Dubin
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

A frank, feminist examination of the hidden crisis of rage facing American mothers—and how we can fix it  Mothers aren’t supposed to be angry. Still, Minna Dubin was an angry mom: exhausted by the grueling, thankless work of full-time parenting and feeling her career slip away, she would find herself screaming at her child or exploding at her... Read more

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The Deadline

Essays

By: Jill Lepore
Narrated by: Jill Lepore
Length: 22 hours 30 minutes

A book to be listened to and kept for posterity, The Deadline is the art of the essay at its best. Few, if any, historians have brought such insight, wisdom, and empathy to public discourse as Jill Lepore. Arriving at The New Yorker in 2005, Lepore, with her panoptical range and razor-sharp style, brought a transporting freshness and a literary... Read more

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The God of Good Looks

A Novel

By: Breanne Mc Ivor
Narrated by: Varia Williams & Alexis Rodney
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

“Bianca is an educated and accomplished Chinese-Trinidadian twenty-something who delves into increasingly erotic modeling after her relationship with a politician ignites a scandal that ruins her editorial career. She spends her free time writing a novel about her beloved (late) mother, journaling, wishing things were different. When a local... Read more

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Good Fortune

A Novel

By: C.K. Chau
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 12 hours 28 minutes

“The best modern day Pride and Prejudice retelling I’ve ever read! Subbing in good jobs for advantageous marriages feels natural, and all the beats of the original story I wanted were there with enough in between to make it feel fresh. Read more

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Queen of Exiles

A Novel

By: Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 17 hours 49 minutes

“You may not know Marie-Louise Christophe but once you have met her, you won’t forget her. Vanessa Riley’s historical novel feels timely and relevant, commemorating a time when Black women were queens.” - Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling authorAcclaimed historical novelist Vanessa Riley is back with another novel based on the life of... Read more

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Heart of the Sun Warrior

A Novel

Celestial Kingdom: Book #2

By: Sue Lynn Tan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 13 hours 51 minutes

The stunning sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess delves deeper into beloved Chinese mythology, concluding the epic story of Xingyin—the daughter of Chang’e and the mortal archer, Houyi—as she battles a grave new threat to the realm, in this powerful tale of love, sacrifice, and hope. After winning her mother’s freedom from the Celestial... Read more

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The Change

A Novel

By: Kirsten Miller
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 15 hours 24 minutes

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK "The Change is like a guttural rage scream (and somehow a soft, tearful hug) of a book, and I couldn't have loved it any more." --Emily HenryBig Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick—a gloriously entertaining and knife-sharp revenge fantasy about three women whose midlife crisis brings unexpected new... Read more

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Mika in Real Life

A Novel

By: Emiko Jean
Narrated by: Sura Siu & Andi Arndt
Length: 10 hours 58 minutes

GOOD MORNING AMERICA and READ WITH MARIE CLAIRE BOOK CLUB PICK!Named a best book by Glamour, Marie Claire, TIME, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, and more!From New York Times bestselling Emiko Jean, a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly heartwarming novel about motherhood, daughterhood, and love—how we find it, keep it, and how it... Read more

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Never Enough

When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic-and What We Can Do About It

By: Jennifer Breheny Wallace
Narrated by: Jennifer Breheny Wallace
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The definitive book on the rise of “toxic achievement culture” overtaking our kids' and parents' lives, and a new framework for fighting back


In the ever more competitive race to secure the best possible future, today’s students face unprecedented pressure to succeed. They jam-pack their schedules with AP... Read more

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Womb

The Inside Story of Where We All Began

By: Leah Hazard
Narrated by: Leah Hazard
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

“Page for page, I may not have ever learned more from a book.... Womb is a history book as well as a biology book but it’s also an adventure and a celebration.” —Rob Delaney, actor and author of A Heart That WorksA groundbreaking, triumphant investigation of the uterus—from birth to death, in sickness and in health, throughout history and into... Read more

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Life in Five Senses

How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World

By: Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project discovers a surprising path to a life of more energy, creativity, luck, and love: by tuning in to the five senses.

“An inspiring and practical guide to living in the moment.”—Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and Quiet

For more than a decade, Gretchen... Read more

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The Power Code

More Joy. Less Ego. Maximum Impact for Women (and Everyone).

By: Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Narrated by: Katty Kay, Claire Shipman & Sandy Rustin
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

Power is not working—for women, for men, or for the world. We don’t need to remake women. We need to remake power.New York Times bestselling authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman are on a mission to reclaim power for women. In the wake of sweeping changes in the way we work, the veteran journalists challenge pre­conceived notions of what power is... Read more

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Wannabe

Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me

By: Aisha Harris
Narrated by: Aisha Harris
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

BEST READS OF 2023: New York Times Book Review • USA Today • The Skimm • Bookpage • St Louis Post-Dispatch / BEST HOLIDAY GIFTS 2023: Publishers Weekly / MOST ANTICIPATED READS OF 2023: ELLE • The Millions • Essence “Aisha Harris is one of our smartest, most entertaining modern cultural critics (…) which might as well be parlance for, “Read me... Read more

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