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Nicole Recommends

Rhinebeck store manager Nicole listens to a lot of nonfiction on audio. What better way to learn something? Here are some of her favorites.

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Four Thousand Weeks

Time Management for Mortals

By Oliver Burkeman
Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes

Four Thousand Weeks

“Burkeman’s title emphasizes that if we make it to 80 years of age, we live roughly four thousand weeks. That intro alone sounds pretty sobering, but Burkeman takes us through philosophers’ and scientists’ wisdom across centuries with conclusions that are very optimistic. Burke reassures us with stories such as the American who in 1969 went through a brutal orientation to become a Zen Buddhist with secrets to feeling at peace by merely stopping avoidance to the obvious, diving in to reclaim control of our lives.”

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Creativity

A Short and Cheerful Guide   

By John Cleese
Narrated by: John Cleese
Length: 59 minutes

The legendary comedian, actor, and writer of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda fame shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill.

“Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the... Read more »

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Off the Edge

Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

By Kelly Weill
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

Off the Edge

“It's easy to look at the social and political landscape of the past few years and despair for the human race. We may feel we are entering a new dark age, a social-media-fueled fracturing that will Balkanize our nations and cultures until consensus reality vanishes entirely. Is this our fate, a new tribalism formed from Facebook echo chambers, waging an endless information war in the ashes of democracy? Well, while Off The Edge does address these fears, it does so with surprising levity. It takes us through the history of the flat earth conspiracy theory, from its cult-like origins to its recent role in the emergence of QAnon, and introduces us to fascinating figures along the way, ranging from the expectable loathsome neo-Nazis to shockingly admirable modern-day skeptics. This is its most impressive balancing act -- treating flat earth theory and the culture surrounding it with the appropriate ridicule, rather than attempting total journalistic neutrality, while also humanizing those caught up in its spin (at least, the ones who aren't overtly terrible people). The most outlandish beliefs are rooted in entirely commonplace emotions... ”

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Long Time Coming

Reckoning with Race in America

By Michael Eric Dyson
Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
Length: 4 hours 46 minutes

Long Time Coming

“What a nuanced, thoughtful, raw book. Written in letters to Black folks murdered in America over the past decade, these observations on how the intersections of history and culture create our world are stunning. (The section "Seeing Red" may be one of the strongest chapters I've read in a nonfiction book recently.) Fantastic on audio!”

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Why Fish Don't Exist

A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

By Lulu Miller
Narrated by: Lulu Miller
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

Why Fish Don't Exist

“I was absolutely riveted to this beautiful book. This story is fascinating and seamlessly threaded into the author's own struggles. It made me pause, rewind, start over, cry, laugh.....it's just one of the best memoirs I've ever read.”

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Intimations

Six Essays

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Zadie Smith
Length: 1 hours 50 minutes

Intimations

“Strongly recommend this book of six short essays written in the wake of pandemic shut-downs and ensuing isolation and racial injustice and protests. Smith is always a favorite, but this collection is profound, thought-provoking, and one to revisit again and again.”

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The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

By John Green
Narrated by: John Green
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

If you enjoyed Why Fish Don't Exist, then you’ll love The Anthropocene Reviewed.

“A lovely lovely listen read by the author. This is the perfect book to take on a long walk or drive that will make you look at the world in a fresh way. Drawing on personal anecdotes, history, literature and science, Green embraces both small and big ideas and makes you grateful for things you might have once overlooked. 5/5 stars for this audiobook!”

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

By Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
Length: 4 hours 11 minutes

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

“As Jason Reynolds will remind you, this is not a history book. (I repeat: not a history book.) Instead, Stamped is a crash course on how racism has grown and evolved from the very first incidents of slave trade to the events of today. With his incredible voice and a whole lot of pizazz, Reynolds presents Stamped with true honesty -- but it bears worth mentioning that, until now, I haven't read or listened to a not-history book that managed to make me laugh. Stamped is another undeniable entry in the Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Are The Coolest People Ever catalogue.”

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She Came to Slay

The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

By Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Narrated by: Robin Miles & Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Length: 3 hours 52 minutes

She Came to Slay

“Excellent audio book that tells the heart breaking trials and Harriet Tubman from her early days to her last. She fought all the way to achieve Firefox for some and equally for all.”

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My Life with the Chimpanzees

By Jane Goodall
Narrated by: Jane Goodall
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes

For the first time ever unabridged and read by the author, this audiobook is a testimony of true humanity-filled with adventure, life lessons and hope for our world.
From the time she was a girl, Jane Goodall dreamed of a life spent working with animals. Finally she had her wish. When she was twenty-six years old, she ventured into the forests of... Read more »

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