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Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books: Non-Fiction Audiobooks

Non-fiction book 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.”

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The Eating Instinct

Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America

By Virginia Sole-Smith
Narrated by: Julie McKay
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

An exploration, both personal and deeply reported, of how we learn to eat in today's toxic food culture.

Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the most important job a mother has. But for too many of us, food now... Read more »

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The Magic of Tiny Business

You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living

By Sharon Rowe
Narrated by: Sharon Rowe
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

“This is a powerful book—tiny is mighty. Sharon Rowe's simple shift in thinking is a profound idea, precisely what we need to hear.”
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we're warned against falling into debt, working eighty... Read more »

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The Circuit

A Tennis Odyssey

By Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes

An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.

In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet—and Paris Review sports columnist—Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional... Read more »

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No Happy Endings

A Memoir

By Nora McInerny
Narrated by: Nora McInerny
Length: 7 hours 58 minutes

No Happy Endings

“I love Nora McInerny's podcast TERRIBLE, THANKS FOR ASKING and was so bummed to find out that she would be the keynote speaker at a conference I attend every year--except for this year. Despite having missed a chance to meet Nora in person, I still got my hands on a copy of Nora's book and devoured it. She masterfully captures what it is like to live in grief and joy at the same time; to laugh through tears; to love more than one man at once, one living and one dead. You'll likely laugh aloud several times while reading, and you'll probably tear up, too. This is a quick but decidedly un-simple read.”

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Three Women

By Lisa Taddeo
Narrated by: Tara Lynne Barr, Marin Ireland, Mena Suvari & Lisa Taddeo
Length: 11 hours 24 minutes

Three Women

“I can’t recall the last time I’ve been reading a work of nonfiction and woken up excited purely by the fact that, today, I would get to read more. Compulsive and psychologically riveting, Three Women reads like a novel. I couldn’t keep from dog-earing its pages each time Taddeo perfectly expressed something I’d felt but never had the words for. In Sloane, Maggie, and Lina, I recognized aspects of myself — namely the desire for connection and for love. When three women tell their uncensored truth, they can liberate a nation. I feel deeply grateful to Lisa Taddeo for giving us this gift of raw authenticity.”

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The Fifth Trimester

The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

By Lauren Smith Brody
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

The Fifth Trimester is your new best friend: a brilliant, tells-it-like-it-is guide that helps moms cope with the demands of the real world after the baby arrives

The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. No matter what the job or how you... Read more »

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The Plaza

The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel

By Julie Satow
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Journalist Julie Satow's thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row.
From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel's revolving doors to become its... Read more »

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Fed Up

Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward

By Gemma Hartley
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

A rousing call to arms, packed with surprising insights, that explores how carrying "the mental load"—the thankless day-to-day anticipating of needs and solving of problems large and small—is adversely affecting women’s lives and feeding gender inequality, and shows the way forward for better balancing our lives.

Launching a heated national...

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All the Rage

Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership

By Darcy Lockman
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

Picking up where All Joy and No Fun left off, All the Rage sets out to understand why, in an age of so-called equality, full-time working mothers still carry.

The inequity of domestic life is one of the most profound and perplexing conundrums of our time. In an era of seemingly unprecedented feminist activism, enlightenment, and change, data show...

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The Hot One

By Carolyn Murnick
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 8 hours 58 minutes

A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend.

As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late 1980s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common: two outsiders who... Read more »

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Almost Everything

Notes on Hope

By Anne Lamott
Narrated by: Anne Lamott
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

Almost Everything

“How does she do it? How does Anne Lamott capture the tension of mystery and truth in a way that makes you want to follow her anywhere and believe everything? If you opened this book to any random page you’d find something you’d feel compelled to read aloud to the stranger at the next table. Her familiar writing style spreads a blanket in the sun, lays out trinkets for you to consider, then gathers up the corners, ties it to a stick, sets it on your shoulder, and nudges you to walk on with hope.”

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