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From history to memoir to business we love learning something new. Garden District Bookshop has put together a list of our favorite non-fiction listens.

The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

By: Erik Larson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

“The Devil in the White City is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Set amidst the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Erik Larson's historical narrative interweaves the stories of two men who would come to define it, for better and for worse. One is Daniel Burnham, chief architect of the Fair, who threw his entire being into creating a... Read more

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By: Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The story of modern medicine and bioethics—and, indeed, race relations—is refracted beautifully, and movingly.”—Entertainment Weekly

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM HBO® STARRING OPRAH WINFREY AND ROSE BYRNE • ONE OF THE “MOST INFLUENTIAL” (CNN), “DEFINING” (LITHUB), AND “BEST” (THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) BOOKS OF... Read more

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

By: David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 6 hours 18 minutes

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? In his newest collection of essays,... Read more

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The Tipping Point

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

From the bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia: discover Malcolm Gladwell's breakthrough debut and explore the science behind viral trends in business, marketing, and human behavior. The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person... Read more

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My Reading Life

By: Pat Conroy
Narrated by: Pat Conroy
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest... Read more

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All Over But the Shoutin' - Abridged

By: Rick Bragg
Narrated by: Rick Bragg
Length: 2 hours 41 minutes

“This is a book to make you cry, slap your knee laughing, look around with new eyes at the bitter-sweetness, tragedy and dignity in life. Bragg writes gorgeously and there were so many passages I had to stop and read out loud, but even more importantly, he writes with so much humility, respect, and love for his family, his people, and humanity at... Read more

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1776

By: David McCullough
Narrated by: David McCullough
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that... Read more

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Seabiscuit

An American Legend

By: Laura Hillenbrand
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 13 hours 12 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken comes a universal underdog story about the horse who came out of nowhere to become a legend.

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than ... Read more

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The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris

By: David McCullough
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 16 hours 50 minutes

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.

Not all pioneers went west.

In The Greater Journey, David McCullough... Read more

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The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By: Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 14 hours 24 minutes

“This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads of all time, containing everything that I love to find in a book: suspense, unbreakable friendships, insurmountable obstacles, and unlimited perseverance! As told to the readers at the beginning of the book, this story is not one of Brown’s own experience but one that he heard and shared with the... Read more

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