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  1. 8.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. Listen to Vanity Fair on the goGet the latest issue as it hits newsstandsBuy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: August–September 2016 Issue by Vanity Fair
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  2. 4.4 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Abridged

    Exclusive! Bruce Springsteen bares his soul and art in an astonishing new memoir. Plus…William Langewiesche on the Internet’s darkest cornersThe outrageous fortune of Sir Phillip GreenInside a Silicon Valley implosionThe secret architects of celebrity social mediaJordan Barrett, Taraji P. Henson, and more! Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.Listen to Vanity Fair on the goGet the latest issue as it hits newsstandsBuy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: October 2016 Issue

    4.4 hrs • 9/6/16 • Abridged
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  3. 9.5 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee—author of The Founding Fish—comes the fascinating story of an often overlooked, yet vitally important part of America. This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods. McPhee begins his adventure riding with Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of an 18-wheeler hauling nearly 30 tons of highly toxic chemicals from North Carolina to Washington. He continues his journey on a towboat pushing over 1,000 feet of barge up the narrow channel of the Illinois River. He rounds out his account crawling through Nebraska, Kansas, and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming in massive coal trains. Along the way, he tells the stories of the people he meets and the places he visits. McPhee’s sense of humor, incisive observations, and historical asides make for a highly entertaining journey across America.

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    Uncommon Carriers

    9.5 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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  5. 3.4 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Abridged

    Alicia Vikander is our September Issue cover girl: winning an Oscar, falling in love with a co-star, and that’s just for starters! Plus: Ingrid Sischy on the shop that defined 80s style The making of Boyz N the Hood Happy hour with French comedian Gad Elmaleh Robert Gottlieb on editing Hollywood’s grandest dames The half-century long literary battle over The Confessions of Nat Turner Plus: Nate Parker, Gad Elmaleh, and more! Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. Listen to Vanity Fair on the go Get the latest issue as it hits newsstands Buy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: September 2016 Issue

    3.4 hrs • 8/2/16 • Abridged
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  6. 12.8 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Abridged

    Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. Listen to Vanity Fair on the goGet the latest issue as it hits newsstandsBuy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: April–June 2016 Issue by Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair: April–June 2016 Issue

    12.8 hrs • 7/5/16 • Abridged
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    5.3 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Abridged

    It’s the summer of Margot Robbie! Listen to how the sexy femme fatale from The Wolf of Wall Street became the new queen of blockbusters. Plus Special report: Bill Cosby horror storiesThe real reason Trump won’t release his tax returnsNancy Jo Sales on dating for dollarsThe prep-school scandal that shook three generationsPlus: Pitbull, Billie Lourd, and more! Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. Listen to Vanity Fair on the goGet the latest issue as it hits newsstandsBuy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: August 2016 Issue

    5.3 hrs • 7/5/16 • Abridged
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  8. 7.9 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment “The Fourth State of Matter,” one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman’s life—from childhood to marriage & beyond—and memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.

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    The Boys of My Youth

    7.9 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.1 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t. But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”

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    But What If We’re Wrong?

    10.1 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 12.3 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Legendary author and essayist E. B. White writes, “The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest.” Covering a large number of subjects, this classic collection features thirty-one of White’s most memorable essays.

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    Essays of E. B. White by E. B. White

    Essays of E. B. White

    12.3 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 12.5 hrs • 6/7/2016

    "A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense" (The Believer), Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America. Hogs Wild assembles a decade's worth of his finest essays and reportage, and demonstrates the irrepressible passions and artful digressions that distinguish his enduring body of work._x000D_ _x000D_ Part muckraker, part adventurer, and part raconteur, Frazier beholds, captures, and occasionally reimagines the spirit of the American experience. He travels down South to examine feral hogs, and learns that their presence in any county is a strong indicator that it votes Republican. He introduces us to a man who, when his house is hit by a supposed meteorite, hopes to "leverage" the space object into opportunity for his family, and a New York City police detective who is fascinated with rap-music-related crimes. Alongside Frazier's delight in the absurdities of contemporary life is his sense of social responsibility: there's an echo of the great reform-mindedwriters in his pieces on a soup kitchen, opioid overdose deaths on Staten Island, and the rise in homelessness in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg._x000D_ _x000D_ In each dizzying discovery, Hogs Wild unearths the joys of inquiry without agenda, curiosity without calculation. To read Frazier is to become a kind of social and political anthropologist--astute and deeply engaged.

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    Hogs Wild

    12.5 hrs • 6/7/16
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    15.5 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

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    The View from the Cheap Seats

    15.5 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.2 hrs • 5/16/2016 • Unabridged

    A live recording of the Spokane Chapter of Veterans for Peace doing a reading of their collection of stories, essays, and poems Veterans for Peace are not your ordinary government-issue soldiers. Our militarism, often accepted with gusto in the beginning, has turned sour and dark at its finish. Along with our fallen comrades, we have also fallen due to the devastation visited upon humankind, by endless war in our name, the chaotic destruction of our fellow human beings. These writings, dedicated to our good peacemakers from WWI onward, contain memories of, and our response to, the experience of war; we offer essays, letters, stories, poems, and prayers, to let you see, if you dare, into the minds of those who trained, fought, and lived the insistent social demand to physically confront other human beings. We now realize all that ferocious, vicious, reptilian behavior required of us (and infused into the young via competitive rather than cooperative “sports”) was merely for purposes of a corporate colonialism, lining the already deep pockets of profiteers who lack the imagination of how to live peacefully with all peoples. As twenty-two veterans, plus many active duty personnel, end their suffering by suicide each day here in the year 2015, we hereby testify to the tragedy of our nation’s historical policies of preparedness for destruction, as our projected violence and cruelty comes home to haunt us all. We write in contravention to yet another proposed ethereal war memorial, to be installed at the Spokane Veterans Arena, dedicated to the “fallen heroes of 9/11,” entitled Illuminating Courage, knowing full well these monuments serve only to perpetuate the reliance upon militarism which defers facing the real solution to our angers and fears—acceptance of empathy, love, compassion, understanding, and caring for all of our selves in this world of uncertainty and wonder. Please accept our offerings as an honest remembrance of our time in war, dedicated to a world without wars, with the energy, vision, and light to see the way forward to peace, sweet peace!

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    Vet Lit

    1.2 hrs • 5/16/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 3.2 hrs • 5/9/2016 • Unabridged

    In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead re-creates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in-or spent time-in the greatest of American cities. A masterful evocation of the city that never sleeps, The Colossus of New York captures the city's inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Colson Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges; and of those who struggle against its cruelties. Whitehead's style is as multilayered and multifarious as New York itself: Switching from third person, to first person, to second person, he weaves individual voices into a jazzy musical composition that perfectly reflects the way we experience the city. There is a funny, knowing riff on what it feels like to arrive in New York for the first time; a lyrical meditation on how the city is transformed by an unexpected rain shower; and a wry look at the ferocious battle that is commuting. The plaintive notes of the lonely and dispossessed resound in one passage, while another captures those magical moments when the city seems to be talking directly to you, inviting you to become one with its rhythms.

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    The Colossus of New York

    3.2 hrs • 5/9/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.0 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E. B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times named Here Is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and the New Yorker called it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.” Included with this essay are two short poems by E. B. White: “Commuter” and “Critic,” both published in the New Yorker in 1925.

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    Here Is New York by E. B. White

    Here Is New York

    Introduction by Roger Angell
    1.0 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.0 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Abridged

    It’s a royal rendezvous for Vanity Fair’s Summer issue! Ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday, read three intimate reminiscences of her inner majesty, a chronicle of Prince Charlotte’s first year, and about her royal highnesses’ most loyal subjects—her corgis. Plus: Inside Twitter’s $10 billion identity crisisThe mystery of the Ivy League’s Bernie MadoffWall Street’s drug problemHow Mark Rylance became the man of the moment Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world’s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. Listen to Vanity Fair on the goGet the latest issue as it hits newsstandsBuy a single issue or subscribe

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    Vanity Fair: Summer 2016 Issue

    4.0 hrs • 5/3/16 • Abridged
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