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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

By Ben Philippe
Narrated by James Fouhey /  9 hours 11 minutes

William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner!

A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, clichés, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience—including falling in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi, and John... Read More »

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Other Words for Home

By Jasmine Warga
Narrated by Vaneh Assadourian /  3 hours 49 minutes

Other Words for Home

“Jasmine Warga's verse beautifully illustrate the struggles and heartache when starting a new life. Through the eyes of a young Syrian girl we learn the hopes and dreams not so unlike any other kid. We learn the conflicts faced when moving to a new country and trying to create a home in America. A great listen!!”

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Your House Will Pay

A Novel
By Steph Cha
Narrated by Greta Jung & Glenn Davis /  9 hours 50 minutes

Your House Will Pay

“Riveting story of two families struggles as racial violence has forever bound them together.”

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$31.04 USD

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There There

A novel
By Tommy Orange
Narrated by Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo & Kyla Garcia /  7 hours 59 minutes

There There

“There There is the kind of book that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last page. It is a work of fiction, but every word of it feels true. Tommy Orange writes with a palpable anger and pain, telling the history of a cultural trauma handed down through generations in the blood and bones and stories of individual lives. He also writes with incredible heart and humor, infusing his characters with a tangible humanity and moments of joy even as they are headed toward tragedy. There There has claimed a permanent spot in my heart despite having broken it, or maybe because it did. I think this may be the best book I’ve ever read.”

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Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel
By George Saunders
Narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Various, Carrie Brownstein, Don Cheadle, Lena Dunham, Bill Hader, Kirby Heyborne, Keegan-Michael Key, Julianne Moore, Megan Mullally, Susan Sarandon & Ben Stiller /  7 hours 24 minutes

Lincoln in the Bardo

“Saunders' first novel has a steep entry curve. It's not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you'll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln's dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It's a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”

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Medallion Status

True Stories from Secret Rooms
By John Hodgman
Narrated by John Hodgman /  8 hours 35 minutes

“[An] affecting and hilarious meditation on fame and prestige as seen through the lens of an airline loyalty program.” —The AV Club

A hilarious and honest new book in which John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Vacationland, leaves vacation behind and gets back to work as a still somewhat famous person . . . and then loses his job....
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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 /  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!”

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First, They Erased Our Name

A Rohingya Speaks
By Habiburahman, Sophie Ansel & Andrea Reece
Narrated by Sunil Malhotra /  7 hours

“I am three years old and will have to grow up with the hostility of others. I am already an outlaw in my own country, an outlaw in the world. I am three years old, and I don’t yet know that I am stateless.”

Habiburahman was born in 1979 and raised in a small village in western Burma. When he was three years old, the country’s military leader... Read More »

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Sadie

By Courtney Summers
Narrated by Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman & Rebecca Soler /  7 hours 57 minutes

Sadie

“Engrossing, thrilling and original. The story alternates between a podcast format and Sadie’s voice. Sadie is a compelling protagonist - strong, determined and on a mission. Fantastic listen!”

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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1)

His Dark Materials: Book #1
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Philip Pullman, Full Cast, Joanna Wyatt, Rupert Degas, Alison Dowling, Douglas Blackwell, Jill Shilling, Stephen Thorne, Sean Barrett, Garrick Hagon, John O'Connor & Susan Sheridan /  10 hours 32 minutes

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where...
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Americanah

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh /  17 hours 29 minutes

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military... Read More »

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Calypso

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris /  6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“Calypso by David Sedaris is laugh out loud hysterical in true Sedaris fashion. Listening to him read and deliver his stories is like listening to a stand-up comedian. This collection is fairly personal and many stories involve his family and their adventures in his North Carolinian beach house, aptly name the “Sea Section”. Sedaris manages to tackle even difficult issues like suicide and aging with grace and just the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with brutal honesty. Highly recommend!”

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Yes We (Still) Can

Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
By Dan Pfeiffer
Narrated by Dan Pfeiffer /  7 hours 28 minutes

From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

On November 9th, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had... Read More »

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I Miss You When I Blink

Essays
By Mary Laura Philpott
Narrated by Mary Laura Philpott /  6 hours 5 minutes

I Miss You When I Blink

“Mary Laura Philpott writes about today’s American woman in her marvelously frank and witty book of essays, I Miss You When I Blink. Women of all ages will nod their heads when reading about the decision to have babies (or not), the pitfalls of volunteering, the difficulty of getting a cat out from under the bed, the reward of crossing things off ‘the list,’ the challenge of finding time for relaxation, and, above all, the acceleration of time as we age. Philpott shares pivotal moments from her life in such a relatable way that, through both laughter and tears, readers will exclaim, ‘Yes, yes, this is ME!’ Don’t miss this gem!”

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The City We Became

A Novel
The Great Cities Trilogy: Book #1
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles /  16 hours 12 minutes

The City We Became

“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”

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The Witches Are Coming

By Lindy West
Narrated by Lindy West /  6 hours 27 minutes

The Witches Are Coming

“ I struggle to write a review of Lindy West's work without resorting to simplistic three syllable sentences like "she's awesome," or, "she's the best." Maybe it's because she makes it look so very easy. She says everything I'm always thinking: about feminism, about politics, about our image-obsessed culture. And she does it with irrefutable logic, dazzling sentences, and an utterly fierce and funny sensibility. She's...(sigh) perfect.”

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Little Weirds

By Jenny Slate
Narrated by Jenny Slate /  4 hours 19 minutes

Little Weirds

Little Weirds, a collection of essays by actress and comedian Jenny Slate, is pure magic—a joyous, thoughtful, and deeply gorgeous peek into the soul of an extremely bright and unique individual. Jenny’s mastery of the English language, the way she arranges words to tell a story, the vulnerability with which she does it, and the purity of her heart is so astounding at times that reading a paragraph once or twice is simply not enough. Little Weirds cuts deeply into what it means to be a woman here on this earth. It is about friendship and growth and learning to love ourselves in all of our tender and wild strangeness.”

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Un-Trumping America

A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
By Dan Pfeiffer
Narrated by Dan Pfeiffer /  6 hours 20 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and cohost of Pod Save America, a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics.

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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
By Kristen R. Ghodsee
Narrated by Esther Wane /  5 hours 22 minutes

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

“In Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, Ghodsee argues that unregulated capitalism is bad for women, as well as for everyone else. It goes on to argue that by nature capitalism forces a transactional relationship with sex and relationships between men and women. However, if we were to implement some of the gender equalizing policies of socialism such as government healthcare, childcare, schooling, and parental leave, men and women would be starting their romantic and sexual relationships from an equal footing, and as a result lead more happy and fulfilling lives both inside and outside of the bedroom. This book makes a compelling case for studying and implementing the positive aspects of the socialism of the past, so we can have a better future. By no means a manifesto, or apologetics for state socialism, but a call to take a deeper look at what the socialist countries of the past got right, and perhaps a suggestion not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, to look at what actually worked and benefited the citizens of those nations.”

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Faking It

The Lies Women Tell about Sex--And the Truths They Reveal
By Lux Alptraum
Narrated by Lux Alptraum /  8 hours 4 minutes

From Out of the Binders co-founder Lux Alptraum, a controversial look at women, sex, and lying--why myths about women's deceit persist, how they came to be, and ultimately why we must trust women

When we talk about sex, we talk about women as mysterious, deceptive, and - above all - untrustworthy. Women lie about orgasms. Women lie about being... Read More »

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