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Reading Women Award 2018

The fiction and nonfiction shortlist for the 2018 Reading Women Award!

Educated

A Memoir
By Tara Westover
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“Raised by Mormon fundamentalists, mistrustful of the medical community while having never stepped foot in a classroom setting, Tara Westover's memoir, "Educated" is excruciatingly painful at times. From witnessing devastating destruction deep in the woods of Idaho to enduring an abusive bi-polar brother to becoming ostracized by her survivalist parents for her beliefs, Tara's tale of self-discovery will totally bring you to tears. Torrents of them. For fans of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls and "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance, except much more dysfunctional, "Educated" will leave you thanking your lucky stars you weren't raised a Westover. Read by Julia Whelan, this audiobook is perfect for recent graduates, educators and everyone concerned about the state of our country. I highly recommend!”

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I Am, I Am, I Am

Seventeen Brushes with Death
By Maggie O'Farrell
Narrated by Daisy Donovan /  5 hours 54 minutes

I Am, I Am, I Am

“Maggie O'Farrell's memoir left me breathless and heart-sore. There were times I literally had a fist to my own heart in sympathy. The encounters told according to each limb or organ is a genius device; it is as though each distinct part of her body had its own voice and wanted my sole attention. Even the spaces of years between each event were full of meaning and nuance. This is one of the most mesmerizing memoirs I have ever read. The breadth and scope of Maggie's 17 brushes with death left me gasping for air, and her strong voice is indelible: There is no victim here, and life is to be treasured but not treated too delicately.”

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$21.00 USD

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Monsoon Mansion

A Memoir
By Cinelle Barnes
Narrated by Cinelle Barnes /  9 hours 1 minute

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.

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All You Can Ever Know

A Memoir
By Nicole Chung
Narrated by Janet Song /  6 hours 42 minutes

All You Can Ever Know

“Nicole Chung’s memoir is a moving account of a young woman’s gradually evolving understanding of family and of herself as she uncovers the truth about the circumstances behind her adoption. Refusing the false dichotomy of adoption as inherently positive or negative, she reminds us that adoption is a fact and that it’s always complicated. This is an extraordinary account, told with candor and empathy. Though the transracial adoption of Asian Americans into white families and communities is common, few books have been written from the perspective of the adoptee. Chung has much to teach us, and readers approaching this book with a heart as open as hers will find much to nourish them here.”

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$22.99 USD

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Heart Berries

A Memoir
By Terese Marie Mailhot, Sherman Alexie & Joan Naviyuk Kane
Narrated by Rainy Fields /  3 hours 45 minutes

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a... Read More »

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$11.49 USD

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Old in Art School

A Memoir of Starting Over
By Nell Painter
Narrated by Nell Painter /  11 hours

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school-in her sixties-to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves,... Read More »

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A Place for Us

A Novel
By Fatima Farheen Mirza
Narrated by Deepti Gupta & Sunil Malhotra /  16 hours 38 minutes

If you enjoyed Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, then you’ll love A Place for Us.

“A Place For Us By Fatima Farheen Mirza is a truly powerful story about family relationships and how the strength of culture and religious beliefs can unite as well as tear families apart. Beautifully written from different family members’ perspectives, Mizra presents all the sides of the various stories that make up the formation of this unforgettable Indian Muslim family. Haunting and realistic. Likewise, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim wrestles with the choices the younger generation must make to reconcile the beliefs and desires of their parents with their own individual desires and personalities. Both both novels explore the growth of the individual and western choices in contrast to Muslim traditional beliefs. Both are thoughtful and provocative.”

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$35.00 USD

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If You Leave Me

A Novel
By Crystal Hana Kim
Narrated by Greta Jung & Keong Sim /  12 hours 3 minutes

If You Leave Me

“Set in the time of North Korea's invasion of the south, Haemi Lee, a 16-year-old girl is forced to be the pillar of support for her mother and brother. The one thing she finds happiness in is her friendship with Kyunghwan. This novel captures the essence of how seemingly simple decisions can mold the trajectory of not only our existence, but the generations after us. This novel is not only epic in scope, but relentless in its grip on your heart.”

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Everyone Knows You Go Home

By Natalia Sylvester
Narrated by Frankie Corzo /  10 hours 37 minutes

Everyone Knows You Go Home is prescient, tackling issues of family division, the arduous journey of crossing from one country into the next, and the sacrifices we make in exchange for a better future.” —Houston Chronicle

The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day.... Read More »

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$22.09 USD

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A Novel
By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Narrated by Marisol Ramirez, Almarie Guerra & Ingrid Rojas Contreras /  12 hours 25 minutes

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. I was impressed by the small kingdom of women Contreras builds, with violence always threatening to creep in, all seen through the eyes of Chula, the youngest daughter. Contreras made her perspective believably cloistered while masterfully writing all the people around Chula in ways that made them feel real. Also masterful was the way Contreras used Petrona’s narrative throughout and the restraint she showed in dipping into her thoughts; she always left me wanting more. What Contreras chooses not to write has as big an effect as what she does. This novel is a dynamic exploration of what is known and, sometimes willfully, what is left unknown.”

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All the Names They Used for God

Stories
By Anjali Sachdeva
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Various /  7 hours 16 minutes

For fans of Dave Eggers and Kelly Link, an exhilarating collection of stories that explores the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives—from censorship and terrorism to technology and online dating.

Spanning centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters, these alluringly strange stories are united by each character’s... Read More »

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$24.50 USD

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