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Fall For The Book 2020

Fall for the Book is going virtual in 2020, bringing the festival to your fingertips--with Bards Alley as a partner! Grab these compelling reads, then join the conversation from the comfort of your own home. To view the calendar and reserve your spot at the events that interest you, click here:

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By Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
Length: 12 hours 8 minutes


“Miller expands on the story Circe, a little-known figure in Greek mythology to create an insightful portrayal of humanity. This is some of the most beautiful writing I've ever experienced. As a society, we are flooded with tales of ordinary to extraordinary, of the special, chosen hero. But what about the power of the ordinary? And of choice? Perhaps a strong will can best even the gods of Olympus.”

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The Yield

A Novel

By Tara June Winch
Narrated by: Tony Briggs
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

"A beautifully written novel that puts language at the heart of remembering the past and understanding the present."—Kate Morton

“A groundbreaking novel for black and white Australia.”—Richard Flanagan, Man Booker Prize winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North

A young Australian woman searches for her grandfather's dictionary, the key... Read more »

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All We Can Save

Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K. Wilkinson, Sherri Mitchell, Catherine Pierce, Kate Marvel, Adrienne Maree Brown, Jacqueline Patterson, Janine Benyus, Camille T. Dungy, Mary Anne Hitt, Abigail Dillen, Leah C. Stokes, Joy Harjo, Maggie Thomas & Marge Piercy
Narrated by: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K. Wilkinson, Cristela Alonzo, Sophia Bush, Kimberly Drew, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Ilana Glazer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Janet Mock, Bahni Turpin & Alfre Woodard
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.
There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection,... Read more »

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Gambling with Armageddon

Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Martin J. Sherwin
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 18 hours 49 minutes

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer comes the first effort to set the Cuban Missile Crisis, with its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War--how such a crisis arose, and why at the very last possible moment it didn't happen.

In... Read more »

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There There

A novel

By Tommy Orange
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo & Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

There There

“There There is the kind of book that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last page. It is a work of fiction, but every word of it feels true. Tommy Orange writes with a palpable anger and pain, telling the history of a cultural trauma handed down through generations in the blood and bones and stories of individual lives. He also writes with incredible heart and humor, infusing his characters with a tangible humanity and moments of joy even as they are headed toward tragedy. There There has claimed a permanent spot in my heart despite having broken it, or maybe because it did. I think this may be the best book I’ve ever read.”

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How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

By Abby Wambach
Narrated by: Abby Wambach
Length: 1 hours 10 minutes

“Abby is a relatable revolutionary — with WOLFPACK, she inspires the confidence, leadership and sisterhood we all so desperately need right now.” — Amy Schumer

This program is read by the author.

Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time... Read more »

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Unmasking the "Angel of Death"

By David G. Marwell
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to a grotesque worldview. Aided by the role he has assumed in works of popular culture, Mengele has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself as well as the failure of justice that allowed countless Nazi murderers... Read more »

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The Engineer's Wife

By Tracey Enerson Wood
Narrated by: Libby McKnight
Length: 14 hours

The Engineer's Wife

“The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood offers a fascinating snapshot of a woman’s perspective from a time period not often written about - just after the Civil War. Men and women’s roles were in flux, it was the dawn of the industrial revolution, and the suffrage movement was taking off. And here comes a woman, thrust into a man’s role, succeeding despite the odds, and struggling to both find herself in the project and embrace who she is becoming as a result. A thorough author’s note succinctly explains the historical fact versus the artistic liberty; for instance, while P.T. Barnum was a prominent figure at the same time, there is no historical record to suggest he and Emily ever met. This is responsible historical fiction, and offers an exciting and original viewpoint and timeline of a real woman’s role in history.”

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The Flight Portfolio

By Julie Orringer
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 19 hours 29 minutes

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust In 1940, Varian Fry--a Harvard educated American... Read more »

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