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Alan Minskoff's AudioFile Reviews

Alan Minskoff, as a poet, journalist, teacher, and grandfather, has a penchant for small towns and their old buildings, the people, the food, and, especially, the best sources for pie. These reviews are a selection of his listening habits, having first appeared in AudioFile Magazine.

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Four Hundred Souls

A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

By Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
Narrated by: Various
Length: 14 hours 1 minutes

Four Hundred Souls

“An absolutely stunning history of African America for people who do not normally read history. Compiled of short stories, essays, and poems, it is perfect for someone who is intimidated by lists of names and dates. Each individual voice stands on its own but together they truly make a 'choir' that flows together beautifully. This is a one-of-a-kind history that is essential reading for everyone.”

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Pappyland

A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

By Wright Thompson
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller

From the bestselling author of The Cost of These Dreams

The story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family's heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in...
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Salmon

A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate
Patagonia

By Mark Kurlansky
Narrated by: Mark Kurlansky
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

In what he says is the most important piece of environmental writing in his long and award-winning career, Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Salt and CodThe Big Oyster, 1968, and Milk, among many others, employs his signature multi-century storytelling and compelling attention to detail to chronicle the harrowing yet awe-inspiring life... Read more »

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The Vixen

A Novel

By Francine Prose
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

“No one states problems more correctly, more astutely, more amusingly and more uncomfortably than Francine Prose . . . The gift of her work to a reader is to create for us what she creates for her protagonist: the subtle unfolding, the moment-by-moment process of discovery as we read and change, from not knowing and even not wanting to know or...

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Legends of the North Cascades

By Jonathan Evison
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

Legends of the North Cascades

“A sad, sweet, and ultimately hopeful novel of loss, family, and wilderness. Even while maneuvering through two very different story lines, Legends of the North Cascades is imaginative, endearing, and poignant. This is my new favorite of Evison’s novels.”

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The Free World

Art and Thought in the Cold War

By Louis Menand
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 34 hours 54 minutes

"Narrator David Colacci approaches this opinionated, engrossing audiobook with a practiced voice that lets its numerous stories tell themselves without fanfare...this audiobook is a monumental work." -- AudioFile Magazine

In his follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize
–winning The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand offers a new intellectual and cultural...

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Food Americana

The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America's Favorite Dishes

By David Page
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

What is American cuisine? What national menu do we share? What dishes have we chosen, how did they become "American," and how are they likely to evolve from here? In Food Americana, David Page answers all these questions and more.

America is more than just a fast food nation. Food Americana is the inside story of how generations of Americans... Read more »

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