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Audiobooks Inspired by Cowboy Carter
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Audiobooks Inspired by Cowboy Carter

Here is a list of audiobooks inspired by Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter, compiled by Traci at The Stacks. For more recommendations, check out @TheStacksPod on Instagram and www.TheStacksPod.com.

Bluebird, Bluebird

A Highway 59 Novel: Book #1

By: Attica Locke
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

“Loved this audiobook. Darren Matthews is such a compelling protagonist, and the cast of characters, pacing, etc of this novel is terrific. Also thought the reader did an excellent job. Now on to Heaven My Home! Read more

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Goodbye Earl

A Revenge Novel

By: Leesa Cross-Smith
Narrated by: Mela Lee, Kamali Minter, Sarah Beth Goer, Erin Bennett, Traci Odom & Julian Thomas
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Four women take fate into their own hands in this big-hearted story of friendship, resilience, and revenge on monstrous men, from the award-winning author of Half-Blown Rose. 

Taking inspiration from the infamous, empowering song, Goodbye Earl follows four best friends through two unforgettable summers, fifteen years apart.
 
In 2004, Rosemarie,... Read more

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Seven Days in June

By: Tia Williams
Narrated by: Mela Lee
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

“Fans of second chances and epic teenage love will fall hard for this book. There is just so much feeling and feelings. Chemistry just crackles off the page. Read more

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Dyscalculia

A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation

By: Camonghne Felix
Narrated by: Camonghne Felix
Length: 2 hours 7 minutes

“Powerful . . . a poetic meditation on how love or attempts at loving can drive us to madness.”—The Boston Globe
 
“We learn about the cracks in Felix’s upbringing, the hurt from the breakup itself, and a pain that spans a lifetime, all through a sharp millennial voice.”—Time

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Time, Chicago Public Library, Electric...
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Friday Black

Stories

By: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Narrated by: Corey Allen & Carra Patterson
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

“Friends, this is it. This is the book we’ve been waiting for. And now I can’t get it out of my head, and the pit of my stomach, and my aching heart. It is that good, that gorgeous, that brutal, surreal, tender, enlightening, bitingly funny, and unbelievably truthful. And it’s short stories, so I urge you to savor them one at a time, if you can.... Read more

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Black Cowboys of the Old West

True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories From History

By: Tricia Martineau Wagner
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

The word cowboy conjures up vivid images of rugged men on saddled horses—men lassoing cattle, riding bulls, or brandishing guns in a shoot-out. White men, as Hollywood remembers them. What is woefully missing from these scenes is their counterparts: the black cowboys who made up one-fourth of the wranglers and rodeo riders. This book tells their... Read more

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Somebody's Daughter

A Memoir

By: Ashley C. Ford
Narrated by: Ashley C. Ford
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

"Ashley C. Ford brings listeners into her life in this outstanding coming-of-age story...Listeners will cheer as Ford attends college and weep as she visits her father in prison, and when he is finally released." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation between the author...
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Breathe

A Letter to My Sons

By: Imani Perry
Narrated by: Imani Perry
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

2020 Chautauqua Prize Finalist

2020 NAACP Image Award Nominee - Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction)

Best-of Lists: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) · 25 Can't-Miss Books of 2019 (The Undefeated)

Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our... Read more

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Another Brooklyn

A Novel

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

“National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson has crafted a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl's coming-of-age in Brooklyn. Effortlessly weaving poetic prose, Woodson tells the story of the relationships young women form, their yearning to belong, and the bonds that are created - and broken. Brooklyn itself is a vivid... Read more

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Sula

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 5 hours 46 minutes

Sula and Nel are born in the Bottom—a small town at the top of a hill. Sula is wild, and daring; she does what she wants, while Nel is well-mannered, a mamma’s girl with a questioning heart. Growing up they forge a bond stronger than anything, stronger even than the dark secret they have to bear. Strong enough, it seems, to last a... Read more

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Sula

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Jane Santos
Length: 5 hours 49 minutes

Una obra maestra de la ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura 1993. Esta es la historia de Sula y Nel, dos niñas que crecen juntas en un barrio de negros, compartiendo sus sueños e ilusiones. Ambas son precoces y curiosas, hijas de familias pobres. Pero el tiempo pasa y, cuando Nel se casa, Sula se marcha del suburbio para ir a la universidad y... Read more

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James

A Novel

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

“Amazing. I felt every emotion you can name while reading this book. Parts made me chuckle out loud, others sadden me to the point of tears. What sheer talent Percival Everett possesses. Read more

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Come and Get It

By: Kiley Reid
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

“One of Kiley Reid's talents is creating extremely nuanced characters. By the end of Come and Get It, I felt like I could recognize Agatha and Mille's voices from across a crowded room, I knew them so well. A study of female relationships mostly set at the University of Arkansas in 2017, Reid's prose dissects each power imbalance carefully, and... Read more

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Shoutin' in the Fire

An American Epistle

By: Danté Stewart
Narrated by: Danté Stewart
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

A stirring meditation of being Black and learning to love in a loveless, anti-Black world

“Only once in a lifetime do we come across a writer like Danté Stewart, so young and yet so masterful with the pen. This work is a thing to make dungeons shake and hearts thunder.”—Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Prophets

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A Little Devil in America

Notes in Praise of Black Performance

By: Hanif Abdurraqib
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

“I loved Hanif Abdurraqib’s A Little Devil in America. This essential book explores a handful of Black performers—some world-famous, others everyday people—across a wide variety of disciplines, seamlessly woven into snippets and stories from Hanif’s own life about Black culture and the performance of Blackness. JD Jackson’s low and easy narration... Read more

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If Beale Street Could Talk

A Novel

By: James Baldwin
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

From one of the most important writers of the twentieth century comes a stunning love story about a young Black woman whose life is torn apart when her lover is wrongly accused of a crime—"a moving, painful story, so vividly human and so obviously based on reality that it strikes us as timeless” (The New York Times Book Review)."One of the best... Read more

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By: Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

“Having grown up in a Mississippi Southern Baptist church, it wasn't until I was a teenager that I saw the secret double lives of some of us. Rebelling against the submit to authority messages on Saturday night, but sitting pious and submissive come Sunday morning services was de rigueur. Deesha Philyaw's book The Secret Lives of Church Ladies... Read more

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