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Coping With Solitude

Audio books that provide comfort and insight into coping with long periods of solitude.

Playlist Tags: Town House Books genre: Fiction & Literature topic: solitude mood: solace topic: covid 19 mood: being alone

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Journal of a Solitude

By May Sarton
Narrated by: Donna Postel
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

May Sarton's parrot chatters away as Sarton looks out the window at the rain and contemplates returning to her "real" life—not friends, not even love, but writing. In her bravest and most revealing memoir, Sarton casts her keenly observant eye on both the interior and exterior worlds. She shares insights about everyday life in the quiet New... Read more »

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By Henry David Thoreau
Narrated by: Mel Foster
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The story is detailed in its accounts of Thoreau's day-to-day activities, observations, and undertakings to survive out in the wilderness for two years. Thoreau's journal is an exquisite account of a man seeking a more... Read more »

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Desert Solitaire

A Season in the Wilderness

By Edward Abbey
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 11 hours 31 minutes

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road, and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the... Read more »

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By Laurence Gonzales
Narrated by: Abby Craden & Kim Mai Guest
Length: 10 hours 58 minutes

Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees—the bonobos—is running for her life.

A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs . . . She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist.

The rebels have already been there.

Everyone is dead except a young... Read more »

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84, Charing Cross Road

By Helene Hanff
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins, Jill Tanner, Christina Moore, Simon Prebble, Barbara Caruso & Davina Porter
Length: 1 hours 55 minutes

This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a... Read more »

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Arctic Dreams

By Barry Lopez
Narrated by: James Naughton
Length: 17 hours 33 minutes

Winner of the National Book Award

This bestselling, groundbreaking exploration of the Far North is a classic of natural history, anthropology, and travel writing.

The Arctic is a perilous place. Only a few species of wild animals can survive its harsh climate. In this modern classic, Barry Lopez explores the many-faceted wonders of the Far North:... Read more »

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

The Definitive Edition

By Anne Frank
Narrated by: Selma Blair
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust ... remains astonishing and excruciating.”—The New York Times... Read more »

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Crossing to Safety

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By Wallace Stegner
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

By Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Rob McQuay
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and... Read more »

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