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Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books: Essay Audiobooks

Essay recommendations from Zibby Owens, a writer, mother of four and the creator and host of Webby-nominated, popular podcast, "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books.”

Playlist Tags: genre: Essays influencer-created audience: bookish podcast fans

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Modern Loss

Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

By Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner
Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell & Josh Bloomberg
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices.

At a time when we mourn public...

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Southern Lady Code


By Helen Ellis
Narrated by: Helen Ellis
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

Southern Lady Code

“SOUTHERN LADY CODE is Southern Lady Code for the perfect essay collection. It's sharper than a shattered Christmas ornament, but an ornament with a sense of humor. You might cut yourself, but you'll laugh about it. Would I give just about anything to spend a Friday night at her apartment, drinking and puzzling? Why, yes. Yes, I would.”

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On Being 40(ish)

By Lindsey Mead
Narrated by: Janina Edwards, Madeleine Maby, Soneela Nankani, Joy Osmanski & Candace Thaxton
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

Fifteen powerful women and writers you know and love—from the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and The Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid explorations about what it’s really like turning forty—and that the best is yet to come.

The big 4-0. Like eighteen and twenty-one, this is a major and meaningful... Read more »

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I Miss You When I Blink


By Mary Laura Philpott
Narrated by: Mary Laura Philpott
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

I Miss You When I Blink

“Mary Laura Philpott writes about today’s American woman in her marvelously frank and witty book of essays, I Miss You When I Blink. Women of all ages will nod their heads when reading about the decision to have babies (or not), the pitfalls of volunteering, the difficulty of getting a cat out from under the bed, the reward of crossing things off ‘the list,’ the challenge of finding time for relaxation, and, above all, the acceleration of time as we age. Philpott shares pivotal moments from her life in such a relatable way that, through both laughter and tears, readers will exclaim, ‘Yes, yes, this is ME!’ Don’t miss this gem!”

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