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Winter Sojourn 2021

Winter Sojourn 2021

Enjoy all the books that will be featured in the 2021 Winter Sojourn!

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Grunt

The Curious Science of Humans at War

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

Bestselling author Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them....

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My Planet

Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 4 hours 41 minutes

From acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Mary Roach comes the complete collection of her “My Planet” articles published in Reader’s Digest. She was a hit columnist in the magazine, and this audiobook features the articles she wrote in that time. Insightful and hilarious, Mary explores the ins and outs of the modern world: marriage,...

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Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food... Read more »

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Packing for Mars

The Curious Science of Life in the Void

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Sandra Burr
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers?... Read more »

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Bonk

The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Sandra Burr
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred...

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Spook

Science Tackles the Afterlife

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

“What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that’s that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my laptop?”

In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary...

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Stiff

The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory... Read more »

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We Run the Tides

A Novel

By Vendela Vida
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 6 hours 34 minutes

We Run the Tides

We Run the Tides kept me listening late into the night—actually into the morning. I wanted to know what Eulabee would choose: the truth or keeping her friend, and what would be the consequences of that choice and those she had already made. In this coming-of-age story, Eulabee navigates the world of her posh San Francisco neighborhood, exclusive girls’ school, and friends with more wealth than she. An unremarkable encounter with a man asking Eulabee and her friends what time it is on their walk to school one morning begins a series of events that become serious and even tragic. In the eighth grade in the early 1980s, the girls are transitioning from childhood, still protected and privileged, and entering a world changing as rapidly and dramatically as they are. Eulabee narrates the novel and through her eyes, we come to know the stories and secrets of the other characters. The novel’s resolution comes nearly 40 years later, in 2019, with a chance meeting between Eulabee and Maria Fabiola. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel of adolescent female friendship, accurately reflecting the inherent joys, pains, and betrayals. It will resonate with many of us of a ‘certain age.’”

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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

By Vendela Vida
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 5 hours 27 minutes

In Vendela Vida's taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a women travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the women is robbed of her wallet and passport all of her money and identification. Though the police investigate, the women senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the... Read more »

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The Lovers

By Vendela Vida
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

“Vendela Vida has written a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American woman’s voyage to self-discovery.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

 

“Stunning. A masterful meditation on grief and love. The Lovers is a sensational novel from one of our finest writers at the height of her craft.”
—Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries

 

In 2007, Vendela...

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The Shadow King

By Maaza Mengiste
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 9 minutes

"A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It's also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days." ? Salman Rushdie In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But... Read more »

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Beneath the Lion's Gaze

A Novel

By Maaza Mengiste
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of... Read more »

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The Cold Millions

A Novel

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Gary Farmer, Marin Ireland, Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Mike Ortego, Rex Anderson, Charlie Thurston & Frankie Corzo
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

The Cold Millions

“The gorgeous writing, vivid setting, compelling characters, and engrossing story aren’t even the best parts of this novel. Instead, I just keep marveling at how Jess Walter takes events from history to illuminate our present while keeping them rooted in their own time, from the labor movement to class, race, and gender equality and civil rights issues, to protests and freedom of speech. The northwest in 1909 has never been so relevant. Beautiful Ruins was a hard act to follow but, amazingly, Walter manages it with aplomb.”

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We Live in Water

Stories

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini & Jess Walter
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes

ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter—a suite of diverse and searching stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit, keen eye, and generosity of spirit that has made him...

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Beautiful Ruins

A Novel

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 12 hours 53 minutes

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his  funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  

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The Financial Lives of the Poets

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Jess Walter
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

“Darkly funny, surprisingly tender . . . witheringly dead-on.” — Los Angeles Times

Named one of the year’s best novels by: Time • Salon.com • Los Angeles Times • NPR/Fresh Air • New West • Kansas City Star • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A comic and heartfelt novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins and Cold Millions about...

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The Zero - Abridged

A Novel

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

From its opening scene—when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head—novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the...

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