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Nonfiction November

Nonfiction November

Here are 30 new and bestselling recommendations for Nonfiction November, from memoir to science and everything in between.

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The 1619 Project

A New Origin Story

By Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman & Jake Silverstein
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast
Length: 18 hours 56 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Marie Claire
 
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of... Read more »

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed Long Time Coming, then you’ll love How the Word Is Passed.

“From plantation to Angola Prison. From Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA to the African Burial Ground in New York City. From Île de Gorée to Whitney Plantation. From the Emancipation Proclamation to Juneteenth. Clint Smith takes us on an unforgettable journey through the history of slavery in the United States, revealing many truths we’ve never been told. Using lyrical prose, he creates a mesmerizing history lesson told through his personal lens. The facts are punctuated by his reactions to the spaces he visits and the stories he hears in each space. Hard truths told in beautiful language make this a book both highly informative and extremely accessible. Every American should listen to or read it; most of us have a great deal to learn and unlearn. And Smith’s poetic prose and personal voice keep it from feeling like the invaluable sociology and history lesson it is. Definitely one of the best books of the year.”

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On Animals

By Susan Orlean
Narrated by: Susan Orlean
Length: 10 hours

On Animals

“I really enjoy Susan Orleans' writing, but I REALLY love listening to her. On Animals is a lovely collection of essays on animals. Ruminations on chickens (hers), mules, pandas, dogs and more get the wonderful "Orlean" treatment. At times funny, some sad, but always with a sense of wonder and surprise. ”

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RedHanded

An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick

By Suruthi Bala & Hannah Maguire
Narrated by: Suruthi Bala, Hannah Maguire & Denise Mina
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made.

Features an audiobook exclusive interview: Suruthi and Hannah interview award-winning author Denise Mina on the "the less dead", equality and bigotry in crime, the... Read more »

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The Last Nomad

Coming of Age in the Somali Desert

By Shugri Said Salh
Narrated by: Waceke Wambaa
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

The Last Nomad

“Shugri Said Salh delivers a poignant memoir about her life in Somalia, beginning with her life as a nomadic child with her grandmother in the desert. Shugri's struggles morph as she grows: hunger and thirst as a young nomadic child; an unstable home life back in the city; an escape from her home country when civil war breaks out; and so much more. Reader be warned, this is not an easy book to hear, dealing with topics as extreme as female genital mutilation and child abuse. But if you can handle it, it is a beautiful testament to a strong woman who is thriving despite a lifetime of trauma. Shugri weaves the nomad's thirst for survival into a story spanning her entire life and beyond.”

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Carefree Black Girls

A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

By Zeba Blay
Narrated by: Zeba Blay
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Carefree Black Girls is an exploration and celebration of black women’s identity and impact on pop culture, as well as the enduring stereotypes they face, from a film and culture critic for HuffPost.

In 2013, Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term “carefreeblackgirls” on Twitter. It was, as she says, “a way to carve out a...

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A Two-Spirit Journey

The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder
Critical Studies in Native History: Book #18

By Ma-Nee Chacaby
Narrated by: Marsha Knight
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism....

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Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes

Essays

By Phoebe Robinson
Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

“[A]nother hilarious essay collection from Phoebe Robinson.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Strikes the perfect balance of brutally honest and laugh out loud funny. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?

With sharp, timely insight, pitch-perfect pop culture references, and her always unforgettable...
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Hidden Valley Road

Inside the Mind of an American Family

By Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
PEOPLE'S #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
ONE OF GQ's TOP 50 BOOKS OF LITERARY JOURNALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY
Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME, Slate,...
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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry
Narrated by: Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far...

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Empire of Pain

The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

By Patrick Radden Keefe
Narrated by: Patrick Radden Keefe
Length: 18 hours 6 minutes

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINEE A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of... Read more »

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Wintering

The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

By Katherine May
Narrated by: Rebecca Lee
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

Wintering

“When we all started our own ‘winters’ in March, some of us were more prepared than others. May writes delicately of the struggles of life and the ways we may be able to prepare ourselves for such times, something I feel we all need to learn in order to survive the emotional winter that is a worldwide pandemic. Grab a cup of tea, find a cozy blanket, and burrow into this book of thoughtfulness and comfort.”

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Taste

My Life Through Food

By Stanley Tucci
Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

If you enjoyed Save Me the Plums, then you’ll love Taste.

“Stanley Tucci tells his life's story through food, complete with recipes. Taste is a book of love, of family and friends, and of how food connects us all. Tucci is an endearing narrator, heartwarming and sincere, filled with gratitude, funny and self-deprecating...I listened to Taste on audio @librofm and arrived at work each day drooling. When it was over, I purchased a hardcover to sit on my kitchen shelf filled with cookbooks.”

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Misfits

A Personal Manifesto

By Michaela Coel
Narrated by: Michaela Coel
Length: 1 hours 35 minutes

Misfits

“I loved this book! It is a manifesto of sorts for folks working in creative industries that have been historically unwelcoming to the so-called 'misfits.' Coel talks about her own experiences working in television and makes a really compelling points about transparency, power, and the importance of story telling.”

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Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

By Stephanie Land
Narrated by: Stephanie Land
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

Maid

“Stephanie Land’s Maid is a must-read of the highest order, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted. While at once deeply personal — you’ll fall hard for Stephanie and her daughter, Mia — it is also essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, oftentimes unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determination.”

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Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

By Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by: Elsa Sjunneson
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

A deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of... Read more »

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Entangled Life

How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

By Merlin Sheldrake
Narrated by: Merlin Sheldrake
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes

Entangled Life

“An ecological, fungi-based restructuring of your world view given to us as only a brilliant biologist could offer. Sheldrake says, 'Without this fungal web my tree would not exist. Without [...] fungal webs no plant would exist anywhere. All life on land, including my own, depends on these networks.'”

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read more »

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The Book of Hope

A Survival Guide for Trying Times
Global Icons Series

By Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams
Narrated by: Douglas Abrams & Jane Goodall
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

The Book of Hope

“Listening to this on audio has been a special experience simply due to the fact that Jane Goodall’s voice as she delivers her philosophies on hope in regards to the environment is both a balm to a troubled mind and spark of inspiration towards action. There is someone in your life that needs this book and it would make a great gift for them.”

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Seeing Ghosts

A Memoir

By Kat Chow
Narrated by: Kat Chow
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

For readers of Helen Macdonald and Elizabeth Alexander, an intimate and haunting portrait of grief and the search for meaning from a singular new talent as told through the prism of three generations of her Chinese American family.

Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her... Read more »

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