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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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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

“Just... wow. Never have I read anything like this. It's remarkable. To say it's part memoir and part biography of David Starr Jordan, the famous taxonomist (don't worry, I didn't know who he was either), on some level is true, but it doesn't even begin to encompass everything this book is. In just over 200 pages, Miller tackles existential philosophy, the depths of the cosmos, racism, queerness, human hatred and human resilience, and much, much more. At its heart, this book is an examination of the friction between humans and chaos, between man and nature. I'd hate to say anything more, because, like David Starr Jordan, it's all about the discoveries. I will say, though, that by the end you will 100% believe that fish do not exist and you will be so, so happy to know it. It'll be the best news you've ever heard. Some books you just love and some books you cherish, and WHY FISH DON'T EXIST is one to be cherished.”

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Six Essays

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


“Listened to the audiobook of Intimations a full year after COVID-19 began, on the eve of George Floyd's murderer being found responsible, and it is just as powerful now as it would have been at the beginning of the pandemic. Stunning and worth listening to several times.”

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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

“I was blown away by this book. I listened to the audio and Jason Reynold's narration is engaging, funny, and moving all rolled into one. I found myself interested in history in ways I have not been in the past. As white women I found myself grieving for the crimes my race has committed. For hatred that continued to take root and spread. Yet I also found hope. This book does a great job of engaging the topic of race, why racism persists and gives hope that things can change. I wish I could make everyone read this book.”

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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

“"She Came to Slay" is a journey into a major historical figure that we all "know", but Erica Armstrong Dunbar gives us so much more. For the first time ever, Harriet Tubman, is a fully fleshed out person with a complicated past, tragic life events, and we get to see all of those things that fueled her passionate mission with the Underground Railroad. Speaking as an historian, this book is solid gold. ”

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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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