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Listen to compelling non fiction that will leave you eager to learn more, whether it's history, business or memoir.

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Mobituaries

Great Lives Worth Reliving

By Mo Rocca
Narrated by: Mo Rocca
Length: 11 hours 45 minutes

Mobituaries

“I love obituaries. All kinds of obituaries--big newspapers, small local newspapers, long ones, short ones, serious ones, and snarky ones. And Mo Rocca is my obituary soul mate. Whether you read this book in print or listen to Mo read it as an audio book, you "hear" his tone, inflection, and genuine adoration for the art of the obituary. I recommend this book often, even to non-obituary readers because after this, you WILL become one. ”

Rediscovered Books image Rebecca, Rediscovered Books
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The Presidents vs. the Press

The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News

By Harold Holzer
Narrated by: James Lurie
Length: 21 hours 54 minutes

An award-winning presidential historian offers an authoritative account of American presidents' attacks on our freedom of the press.

“The FAKE NEWS media,” Donald Trump has tweeted, “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Has our free press ever faced as great a threat? Perhaps not—but the tension between presidents and... Read more »

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The Splendid and the Vile

A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

By Erik Larson
Narrated by: John Lee & Erik Larson
Length: 17 hours 48 minutes

The Splendid and the Vile

“What riveting trip through the war on the capable albeit somewhat eccentric shoulders of Churchill. Not only does Larson provide a top-notch history of World War II, but he also provides an intimate look at the man and the family and associates of that one man, that unlikely hero, who now seems the only one who could have led Britain through the fight against Hitler. Highly recommended.”

Raven Book Store image Kelly, Raven Book Store
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Brain Wash

Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness

By David Perlmutter, Austin Perlmutter & Kristin Loberg
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

Fight back against a modern culture that is rewiring our brains and damaging our health with this practical, doctor-approved plan for healing that includes a ten-day boot camp and forty delicious recipes.
Contemporary life provides us with infinite opportunities, along with endless temptations. We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want.... Read more »

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The Body

A Guide for Occupants

By Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Bill Bryson
Length: 14 hours 4 minutes

The Body

“At home while peeling wallpaper or making diner—or just closing my eyes for a while—a non-fiction audio book is a perfect companion, especially if it’s teaching me something as well as being entertaining. The Body: A Guide For Occupants by Bill Bryson, narrated by Bill Bryson, is exactly that kind of book. Bryson’s voice is genial, sometimes humble, and yet informative and authoritative, and I was pleased that he choice to narrate it. And the subject is me! Well, sort of. But what could be more compelling than learning about this body that has taken care of me for, well, many years now. And even the insights that might not relate to me at this moment are fascinating. I kept thinking about my friends and how this book could help me to better understand their aches and pains and medical conditions. And, maybe most importantly, by listening to this book I became amazed at the idea that these bodies of ours do so much to keep us healthy and alive—and to understand how we should be helping our bodies to do so. I’d love to quote all the facts I’ve learned—such as information about viruses, and the odd facts that seem unbelievable, such as the Anton-Babinski syndrome, where people who are blind refuse to believe it—but that’s why you should listen to this book, to find these gems for yourself.”

Loganberry Books image Sarah, Loganberry Books
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Imperfect Union

How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

By Steve Inskeep
Narrated by: Steve Inskeep
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

Imperfect Union

“I am always impressed at the breadth of knowledge Inskeep shows about his subject matter, and this book is no different. Inskeep does a fantastic job of balancing their incredible qualities with their despicable ones; Jessie was anti-slavery but very much a racist, and John was a fearless leader that often put his charges in harm's way. I thoroughly enjoyed this read about a subject matter of which I knew very little. Inskeep's performance on the audiobook is outstanding as well!”

Parnassus Books image Chelsea, Parnassus Books
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Running with Sherman

The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

By Christopher McDougall
Narrated by: Christopher McDougall
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

Running with Sherman

Running With Sherman is one of those special books that just makes you happy. Sherman, an abused donkey adopted by Christopher McDougall and family, needs a task, and that task turns out to be joining the World Championship of burro running in Colorado. In his inimitably engaging style, McDougall has taken the best of his two previous books—the personal stories of Born to Run and the history from Natural Born Heroes—and created the most enjoyable book I’ve read this year. I laughed, I got teary, I smiled a lot. Sherman is my new hero!”

Pete Mock image Pete Mock, McIntyre's Fine Books
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The Third Rainbow Girl

The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

By Emma Copley Eisenberg
Narrated by: Emma Copley Eisenberg
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

The Third Rainbow Girl

“In this thoughtful and immersive chronicle of the 1980 murders that thrust West Virginia’s Pocahontas County into the national spotlight, Eisenberg seeks to better understand not only the crimes and their aftermath, but also the lasting impact the region (which she came to know independent of her inquiry) had on her. A complex and captivating read, The Third Rainbow Girl weaves true crime with memoir to stunning effect.”

Powell's Books image Tove Holmberg, Powell's Books
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Accidental Presidents

Eight Men Who Changed America

By Jared Cohen
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 16 hours 57 minutes

This New York Times bestselling “deep dive into the terms of eight former presidents is chock-full of political hijinks—and déjà vu” (Vanity Fair) and provides a fascinating look at the men who came to the office without being elected to it, showing how each affected the nation and world.

The strength and prestige of the American presidency has... Read more »

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The Book of Delights

By Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 5 hours

The Book of Delights

“For those of you having a rough year, take comfort and inspiration from Ross Gay’s aptly titled The Book of Delights. After going through a bumpy patch himself, Gay tasked himself with a year’s worth of essays, each day focusing on something delightful. What resulted is a warm, thoughtful range of reflections on tomato plants, high fives, and airport security. The Book of Delights is a companion to keep with you, whether on your nightstand, in the bathtub, or on the subway, for a brief moment of emotional respite. Definitely one of my first delights of 2019.”

Molly Gillespie image Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

By John Carreyrou
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes

Bad Blood

“Theranos was a startup that set itself apart from the bevy of others in Silicon Valley. Its cause was noble, manufacturing revolutionary medical technology that could run a menu of blood tests on only a finger stick's worth of blood, eliminating the need for large painful needles. There was only one problem: the technology didn't exist. Painstakingly researched but still accessible to the medical layman, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Carreyrou investigates the meteoric rise and fall of Theranos, exploring how the company managed to fool the public, investors, board members like George Schultz and Henry Kissinger, and even Barack Obama. A must for true crime podcast fans, especially if you find yourself needing a break from the more gruesome stuff.”

Square Books image Maggie, Square Books
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Don't Make Me Pull Over!

An Informal History of the Family Road Trip

By Richard Ratay
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

“A lighthearted, entertaining trip down Memory Lane” (Kirkus Reviews), Don’t Make Me Pull Over! offers a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road trips—before portable DVD players, smartphones, and Google Maps.

The birth of America’s first interstate highways in the 1950s hit the gas pedal on the road trip phenomenon and families were soon... Read more »

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Sea Stories

My Life in Special Operations

By Admiral William H. McRaven
Narrated by: Admiral William H. McRaven
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes

In this instant New York Times bestseller, the celebrated author of Make Your Bed shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.
Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory,... Read more »

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Educated

A Memoir

By Tara Westover
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“Tara Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely. Raised largely 'off the grid' in rural Idaho - without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth - Tara nevertheless decides she wants to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. Educated is a testament to Tara's brilliance and tenacity, a bittersweet rendering of how family relationships can be cruel or life-saving, and a truly great read from the first page to the last.”

East City Bookshop image Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop
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The Best Cook in the World

Tales from My Momma's Table

By Rick Bragg
Narrated by: Rick Bragg
Length: 19 hours 15 minutes

The Best Cook in the World

“This is the funniest cookbook in the world! Packed with old fashioned southern recipes, Bragg's brilliant storytelling and old black-and-white photographs bring his relatives to life. From lost cows to dead hogs to giant turtles, his stories feature grandparents and great grandparents, aunts and uncles. But most of all, his mother's voice comes through loud and clear. More than anything, you are taken by the back-and-forth between Bragg and his down-to-earth, matter-of-fact, shy but feisty mother. I absolutely loved this book! And I recommend the pecan pie!”

Quail Ridge Books image Helen Stewart, Quail Ridge Books
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Mothers of Sparta

A Memoir in Pieces

By Dawn Davies
Narrated by: Dawn Davies
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

Mothers of Sparta

“It has been many years since I can recall encountering such a moving collection of essays. Dawn Davies paints a searing account of her life, from the dating years through the joys and the darkness of motherhood. This engaging debut combines striking prose with fearless honesty to create a profound and thoughtful work. It is a completely immersive experience and one that will leave readers with much to contemplate long after they turn the last exquisite page.”

Excelsior Bay Books image Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
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The Man Who Walked Backward

An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression

By Ben Montgomery
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, the story of a Texas man who, during the Great Depression, walked around the world -- backwards.

Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with... Read more »

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Eat Cake. Be Brave.

By Melissa Radke
Narrated by: Melissa Radke
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

From the star of USA reality show The Radkes and creator of the viral "Red Ribbon Week" video, this is a hilarious and inspiring story of finding self-confidence in a world of naysayers.

My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!

Even though millions... Read more »

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The Last Castle

The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home

By Denise Kiernan
Narrated by: Denise Kiernan
Length: 10 hours 18 minutes

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.

Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in... Read more »

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Go Find

My Journey to Find the Lost—and Myself

By Susan Purvis
Narrated by: Susan Purvis
Length: 13 hours 6 minutes

Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and getting married to a new husband, thirty-three-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.

Susan comes to believe that a puppy and working on ski patrol at the last great ski town in Colorado will improve her life. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning,... Read more »

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