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  1. 2.4 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut has left an indelible impression on literature with such inventive novels asCat’s Cradle,Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions. Now this iconic figure shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics, and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded. On the creative process: “If you want to really hurt your parents, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding.” On politics: “No, I am not going to run for President, although I do know that a sentence, if it is to be complete, must have both a subject and a verb.” On nature: “Evolution is so creative. That’s how we got giraffes.” On modern cultural attitudes: “Do you think Arabs are dumb? They gave us our numbers. Try doing long division with Roman numerals.” And on the fate of humankind: “The good Earth—we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.” A Man without a Country showcases Vonnegut at his wittiest, most acerbic, and most concerned. Beyond the humor and biting satire is an appeal to all readers to give careful thought to the world around them and the people they share it with.

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    A Man without a Country

    2.4 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.6 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    E. B. White is best known for his children’s books, such as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. A columnist for the New Yorker for over half a century and co-author of The Elements of Style, White hit his stride as an American literary icon when he began publishing his One Man’s Meat columns from his saltwater farm on the coast of Maine. In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of her grandfather’s essays, poems, and letters depicting over a dozen of his various canine companions. Included here are favorite essays such as “Two Letters, Both Open,” “Bedfellows,” and many others, as well as some of White’s little-known “Notes and Comment” pieces covering dog shows, sled dog races, and the trials and tribulations of city canines. This is a book for those who recognize a good sentence and a masterful turn of a phrase; for E. B. White fans looking for more from their favorite author; and for dog lovers who may not have discovered the wit, style, and compassion of this most distinguished of American essayists.

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    E. B. White on Dogs by E. B. White

    E. B. White on Dogs

    Edited and with an introduction by Martha White
    Introduction read by Martha White
    5.6 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.0 hrs • 1/19/2016

    In this collection, African American leaders change history with the power of the spoken word. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (1968), Unfulfilled Dreams (1968) US Representative Barbara Jordan: DNC Keynote Address (1976) Malcolm X: Field Negro vs. House Negro (1963) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Be Not Afraid (2001) Stokely Carmichael: Black Power (1966) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: RNC Keynote Address (2012) President Barack Obama: Victory Speech, Inauguration Speech Dr. Benjamin Carson: National Prayer Breakfast (2013) Nelson Mandela: United Nations Address (1990), Joint Session of Congress (1990) Reverend Jesse Jackson: DNC Address (1984), DNC Address (1988) Representative Shirley Chisholm: Greenfield College (1983) Secretary of State Colin Powell: TEDxMidAtlantic Conference (2012) Honorable Janice Rogers Brown: Return of the Forgotten Man (2011) *These are actual historic recordings, the sound quality represents the available audio technology of the era, and varies by recording.

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    Great African American Speeches by Nelson Mandela, others, SpeechWorks
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    4.4 hrs • 12/2/2015 • Unabridged

    A woman flees the hospital even as her infant son is breathing his last breaths. An aging construction worker comes to grips with the end of the only life he’s ever known. A deadbeat father meets his son for the first time, only to be blindsided by the boy’s birth defect. A man steals a corpse in order to give his father the burial he wanted. In Nothing but the Dead and Dying, Ryan W. Bradley takes listeners into the world of blue-collar Alaska, reflecting on all that is unique about the rough and untamed state while touching on the basic truths about what it means to be human. The twenty-plus stories in this collection are tied together by the Alaskan landscape, exploring the diverse ways in which people manage life’s difficulties. The characters are laborers in a harshly beautiful environment, something that is echoed in their relationships with friends, family, and lovers.

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    Nothing but the Dead and Dying by Ryan W. Bradley

    Nothing but the Dead and Dying

    4.4 hrs • 12/2/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.3 hrs • 12/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Ryan W. Bradley takes listeners into the world of blue-collar Alaska, reflecting on all that is unique about the rough and untamed state while touching on the basic truths about what it means to be human. In “Like Swimming,” an aging construction worker copes with memory issues and his own mortality while showing a newcomer the ropes.

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    Like Swimming

    0.3 hrs • 12/2/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.4 hrs • 12/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Ryan W. Bradley takes listeners into the world of blue-collar Alaska, reflecting on all that is unique about the rough and untamed state while touching on the basic truths about what it means to be human. In “Valley of the Moon,” an absentee father meets his son for the first time and comes to grips with the life he’s missed.

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    Valley of the Moon

    0.4 hrs • 12/2/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.3 hrs • 12/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Ryan W. Bradley takes listeners into the world of blue-collar Alaska, reflecting on all that is unique about the rough and untamed state while touching on the basic truths about what it means to be human. In “The Long Grass,” a young man struggles with the expectations of becoming a man and receiving his father’s approval.

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    The Long Grass

    0.3 hrs • 12/2/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.3 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers The cat is the beautiful devil. Felines touched a vulnerable spot in Charles Bukowski’s crusty soul. For the writer, there was something majestic and elemental about these inscrutable creatures he admired, sentient beings whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Bukowski considered cats to be unique forces of nature, elusive emissaries of beauty and love. On Cats offers Bukowski’s musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around them: “A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won’t let go.” Funny, moving, tough, and caring, Bukowski’s On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer’s reflections on these animals he so admired. Bukowski’s cats are fierce and demanding—he captures them stalking their prey; crawling across his typewritten pages; waking him up with claws across the face. But they are also affectionate and giving, sources of inspiration and gentle, insistent care. Poignant yet free of treacle, On Cats is an illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers.

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    On Cats

    Edited by Abel Debritto
    Read by Roger Wayne
    1.3 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.7 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    From celebrated New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the South. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, Bragg explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions’ varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions with college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging listen, especially for Southerners (or Southerners at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

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    My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg

    My Southern Journey

    Read by Rick Bragg
    8.7 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 28.6 hrs • 8/31/2015 • Unabridged

    Saloon keepers, street preachers, gypsies, steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady, and a ninety-three-year-old “seafoodetarian” who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for the New Yorker and in four books—McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould’s Secret—that are still renowned for their respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens—as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.

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    Up in the Old Hotel, and Other Stories by Joseph Mitchell

    Up in the Old Hotel, and Other Stories

    Introduction by David Remnick
    28.6 hrs • 8/31/15 • Unabridged
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    1.6 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often-named “post-race” society. Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggression in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on television—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.

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    Citizen

    1.6 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.6 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In a narrative that can be read as both a magnificent act of literary mythmaking and a howl of filial despair, Kent Russell gives us a haunting and unforgettable portrait of an America—and a paradigm of American malehood—we have never before seen. Locked in battle with both his adult appetites and his most private childhood demons, Kent Russell hungers for immersive experience and revelation, and his essays take us to society’s ragged edges, the junctures between savagery and civilization. He pitches a tent at an annual four-day music festival in Illinois, among the misunderstood, thick-as-thieves fans who self-identify as Juggalos. He treks to the end of the continent to visit a legendary hockey enforcer, the granddaddy of all tough guys, to see how he’s preparing for his last foe: obsolescence. He spends a long weekend getting drunk with a self-immunizer who is willing to prove that he has conditioned his body to withstand the bites of the most venomous snakes. And in the piercing interstitial meditations between these essays, Russell introduces us to his own raging and inimitable forebears. Blistering and deeply personal, I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son records Russell’s quest to understand, through his journalistic subjects, his own appetites and urges, his persistent alienation, and, above all, his knotty, volatile, vital relationship with his father.

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    I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

    9.6 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 20.5 hrs • 3/31/2015 • Unabridged

    A sweeping collection and a tribute to one of the most influential, daring, and visionary minds of the twentieth century The year 2015 marks several literary milestones: the centennial of Saul Bellow’s birth, the tenth anniversary of his death, and the publication of Zachary Leader’s much anticipated biography. Bellow—a Nobel laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards—has long been regarded as one of America’s most cherished authors. Here, Benjamin Taylor, editor of the acclaimed Saul Bellow: Letters, presents lesser-known aspects of the iconic writer. Arranged chronologically, this literary time capsule displays the full extent of Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews, speeches, and other reflections, tracing his career from his initial success as a novelist until the end of his life. Bringing together six classic pieces with an abundance of previously uncollected material, There Is Simply Too Much to Think About is a powerful reminder not only of Bellow’s genius but also of his enduring place in the Western canon, and it is sure to be widely reviewed and talked about for years to come.

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    There Is Simply Too Much to Think About by Saul Bellow

    There Is Simply Too Much to Think About

    Edited by Benjamin Taylor
    20.5 hrs • 3/31/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 5.0 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin’s most influential work! Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in “The Harlem Ghetto” to a sobering “Journey to Atlanta.” Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. Notes is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin’s own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.

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    Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

    Notes of a Native Son

    5.0 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 48.7 hrs • 11/11/2014 • Unabridged

    A selection of David Foster Wallace’s life’s work, introducing readers to his remarkable humor, kindness, sweeping intellect, and versatility as a writer. The David Foster Wallace Reader is a compilation from one of the most original writers of our age, featuring selections of his brilliant fiction and nonfiction. For new readers, this is an accessible introduction to the pleasures of reading Wallace; for fans, a must-have best-of; and for teachers, an invaluable tool. Astounding chapters from the novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King are here, along with legendary stories including “The Depressed Person,” “Good Old Neon,” and his previously uncollected first story. This collection also features Wallace’s essays delving into luxury (“A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”), morality (“Consider the Lobster”), sports (“Roger Federer Both Flesh and Not”), literature, and the deep paradoxes of American life, plus reading lists from his life as a teacher.

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  16. 4.0 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, the fierce and lyrical icon for criminal reformation describes himself as “ill…from America’s fake façade of justice and democracy.” For Iceberg Slim, the illness may have been a detriment, but for us it’s a gift. His tales serve as a chilling reminder that we are all inmates of one prison or another, and the time to break free has arrived. Iceberg Slim’s story is now depicted in a major motion picture, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, which shows his transformation from pimp to the author of seven classic books. Offering brutal, difficult-to-swallow tales from the underground, this book exposes the author’s inner workings in a way none of his others have, resulting in a straight-out, heartfelt confession. As if Iceberg Slim’s charismatic words weren’t enough to evoke the essence of this time in his life—the LA underground of the 1960s—each character carries their own baggage, struggles, and influence on Slim’s vision of the world.

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    The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim by Iceberg Slim

    The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim

    Produced by Buck 50 Productions
    4.0 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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