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Maria Amparo Escandon's Audiobook Picks

"I picked a variety of books that I love, old, new, fiction, and non fiction, not really genre specific, from Magic Realism, to the Neapolitan novels, humor and drama. I hope you enjoy this selection!."—Author Maria Amparo Escandon
You can check out her audiobook, L.A. Weather, here!

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If You Lived Here You'd Be Famous by Now

True Stories from Calabasas

By Via Bleidner
Narrated by: Via Bleidner
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

This program is read by the author.

If You Lived Here You'd Be Famous by Now is an insider’s collection of funny and warmhearted stories about coming of age in the Los Angeles suburb famed for birthing the Kardashian-Jenners and the Bling Ring.

For Via Bleidner, transferring to Calabasas High from the private Catholic school she’s attended since...

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The Distance Between Us

A Memoir

By Reyna Grande
Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border.

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this... Read more »

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Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal... Read more »

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Loose Woman and Woman Hollering Creek

By Sandra Cisneros
Narrated by: Sandra Cisneros
Length: TBA

Loose Woman

Seductive, earthy, and at times confessional, Sandra Cisneros's vibrant collection of poetry celebrates the females aspects of love--from the reflective to the overtly erotic--in a voice recognizable from her powerful works of fiction.

These poems offer narratives as formally elegant as they are emotional and accessible. They are... Read more »

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The Story of a New Name

The Neapolitan Novels: Book #2

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 19 hours 3 minutes

The follow-up to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the epic New York Times bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family...

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

The Neapolitan Novels: Book #3

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 16 hours 42 minutes

In the third book in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet that inspired the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila have grown into womanhood.

Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned...

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My Brilliant Friend

The Neapolitan Novels: Book #1

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times bestselling “enduring masterpiece” (The Atlantic) about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples.

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel García Márquez & Wendy T. Behary, LCSW
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 14 hours 2 minutes

One of the twentieth century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant,...

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The Story of the Lost Child

The Neapolitan Novels: Book #4

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 18 hours 26 minutes

The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women—the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila—who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy.

In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, Elena and Lila’s friendship remains the...

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