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Bad Mothers

Bad Mothers

Do you flail through life thinking you're a bad mother? Take a listen to one of these books, each has a mother who's (probably) worse than you. But don't listen with the kids around.

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Geek Love

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By Katherine Dunn
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 15 hours 28 minutes

Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy,... Read more »

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Sharp Objects

A Novel

By Gillian Flynn
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

Sharp Objects

“My favorite book by Flynn, also one of my favorite books ever. Journalist Camille is trying to find a new normal after inpatient treatment for a self-harm addiction (this is a very present part of the book, please read responsibly). Her life is made worse by an assignment to investigate murders in her hometown, where she’s forced to confront longtime dysfunctional relationships with her mother, sister, and self. The final lines of this novel are the best I’ve ever read. Not an easy book to read, but a good one.”

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The School for Good Mothers

A Novel

By Jessamine Chan
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

If you enjoyed The Power, then you’ll love The School for Good Mothers.

“This book was absolutely wild. Chan really makes you examine motherhood and how subjective it can be. With her fictional school and its excessive tactics, you wonder how you can judge mothers - is it possible to learn how to be a 'good' mother and what does 'good' even mean. Every moment of this book will stress you out a little (in a good way) and get you thinking.”

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Lolita

By Vladimir Nabokov
Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
Length: 11 hours 26 minutes

Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of... Read more »

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Carrie

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge. Read more »

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Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 11 hours 26 minutes

Little Fires Everywhere

“Little Fires Everywhere is a breathtaking novel about art, motherhood, and truth. Mia and her daughter, Pearl, move to the perfectly planned community of Shaker Heights as the last stop on their nomadic adventure, bringing some much-needed permanence to teenager Pearl's life. They both find friendship, but the connections they create with their landlord's family will soon change all of their lives. Impossible to put down or stop thinking about. A great read.”

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Olive Kitteridge

Fiction

By Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Olive, Again
 
“Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You’ll never forget her.”—USA Today
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World USA... Read more »

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East of Eden

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By John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 25 hours 18 minutes

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Read more »

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