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  1. 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Tracy Kidder, the “master of the nonfiction narrative” (Baltimore Sun) and author of the bestselling classics Mountains Beyond Mountains, Strength in What Remains, and The Soul of a New Machine, now gives us the inspiring story of an American maverick.   Fortune, mania, genius—Paul English is a kinetic and generous man, an unconventional inventor and entrepreneur, who as a boy rebelled against authority. But he had a mind for the age that was coming.   Growing up as a bright boy in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what will later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of people, becoming a pied piper of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English makes a fortune as co-founder of the travel website Kayak.com, the first thing he thinks about is how to give it away. “What else would you do with it?” he asks. Money, after all, is meant to be moved. “Hoarding it is a disaster, because it goes against what money was created for.” The second thing he thinks is, what’s next?   With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our culture. A Truck Full of Money is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.

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  2. 15.4 hrs • 9/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. We see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold. The basic biographical facts of Shakespeare's life have been known for over a century, but now Stephen Greenblatt shows how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer.

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    15.4 hrs • 9/14/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 22.4 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history.Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.

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    Translated by Judson Rosengrant
    22.4 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.5 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    The inspirational story of Welles Crowther, whose decision, determination, and sacrifice in the terror of 9/11 have inspired millions, and whose short life offers a lasting lesson on character, calling, and courage—in how we live and in the legacy we choose to leave behind. When Welles Crowther was a young boy in Nyack, New York, his father gave him a red handkerchief to keep in his back pocket, in case he ever needed it. He kept it with him on the way to church that day and nearly every day after. It was a fixture as he grew up, tucked in jeans or wrapped around his head as he played lacrosse for Boston College. The bandanna was a signature, long before it became a symbol. Fresh from college, Welles came to New York City for a job on Wall Street. His office was on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. But Welles wasn’t entirely fulfilled by his desk job. He’d grown up volunteering at the local fire department in Nyack and loved the necessity and camaraderie, the meaning of the role. And so, shortly before 9/11, he called his father to say he was thinking of quitting finance and applying to be a firefighter with the FDNY. When the World Trade Center fell, Welles’ parents, like the families of so many who were lost in the attacks, had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days and weeks that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours lingered painfully. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles’ mother would read another news account that would yet again change the family’s lives. A survivor from the attacks, who’d been badly hurt on the seventy-eighth floor of the South Tower, said she and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. When they emerged from the stairwell, firefighters took them the rest of the way out. But the young man turned around and went back up the stairs. He would make the trip up and down again and again, taking a group with him each time. The survivor never asked his name and couldn’t see his face. But she remembered one detail clearly: he was wearing a red bandanna. Welles’ parents knew they’d found their son. They sent the woman a picture of Welles, and she confirmed: it was him. The story spread. Welles was honored as an FDNY fireman, the first time in its history the New York City Fire Department had named a civilian to its ranks as an officially recognized member. Year after year, first at Boston College and now around the country, there are Red Bandanna days and races to honor Welles’ sacrifice. When President Barack Obama spoke at the opening of the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero, he chose to tell the story of one life lost: Welles Crowther. Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about the crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. It travels Crowther’s path to purpose and the journey his family has been on in the days and years since. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make. It is the story of a new symbol for strength, and how a bandanna has become the red badge of courage for a new time.

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    6.5 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.5 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In the early 1980s, Deborah Jacobs was an ordinary Lebanese American college student from Long Island, New York. By the end of the decade, she would bear witness to the making of international history. Her story begins in graduate school: through a series of chance encounters, young Deborah was introduced to Marwan Kanafani, a dashing former soccer star turned high-ranking Palestinian diplomat who was working at the United Nations. A political dynamo with movie-star charm, Marwan swept Deborah off her feet and into a marriage that kept her in the company of diplomats, dignitaries, world leaders, international glamour and intrigue. Although exciting, this lifestyle also isolated Deborah increasingly from her independent, American way of living, creating a rift that would end their marriage. Marwan's profile was on the rise, and with it came a number of crucial connections for Deborah: while his involvement with the PLO intensified, eventually resulting in his appointment as senior advisor and spokesperson for Yasir Arafat, she formed friendships with such women as Suha Arafat, Queen Dina of Jordan, and other women married to Arab leaders. After her divorce, when these women agreed to tell their stories of struggle and survival for a book, Deborah traveled to the Middle East to record them, planning to join her children, who were on the West Bank visiting their father. To her shock and horror, he refused to return the children to her. Deborah stayed in the Middle East for several years to be near her children, finding strength in the women whose lives she documented and whose incredible stories are told in this book. She was eventually able to arrange the return of her children when they were evacuated to another country during a Palestinian uprising. The story of her journey, intertwined with those of the wives of the Arab leaders, takes the reader into an otherwise inaccessible and cloistered world populated by larger-than-life characters living out all-too-human dramas. Culture, politics, and family collide in this gripping front-row perspective of the Middle East conflict and of the courageous women working behind the scenes for peace and challenging the patriarchal traditions of their homeland.

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    Unveiled

    8.5 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 13.8 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. “In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things―obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.” So begins Susan Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned her seventy-six-year-old father―long estranged and living in Hungary―had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known? Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her childhood and her father’s many incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful―and virulent―nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis self takes her across borders―historical, political, religious, sexual—to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or a thing you can’t escape?

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    In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi

    In the Darkroom

    13.8 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 15.0 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Academy Award–nominated, Emmy Award–winning songwriter and actress Linda Thompson breaks her silence for the first time to share the extraordinary story of her life, her career, and her epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner. Unforgettable relationships have shaped Linda Thompson’s life—two breathtaking love stories that this refined Southern belle has kept private, until now. Born and raised in a small suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Linda was determined to make it as an independent woman in the American South of the 1970s. Using the scholarships she won with beauty pageants, the brainy beauty queen attended Memphis State University. Only twelve credits shy of her degree, she met Elvis Presley. For the coed and the King, it was love at first sight. While Linda became Elvis’ muse, he encouraged her to devote herself to her songwriting—a passion that would blossom into an award-winning career. For nearly five years, these creative soulmates lived happily in Graceland, raising Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie. But Elvis’ drug use and erratic behavior eventually split them apart, just eight months before his death. Moving to Los Angeles, Linda nurtured her music career and became a star on the long-running variety show Hee Haw. She also found new love with a man she’d long admired, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. To the world, this beautiful couple shared an idyllic life. But a secret would ultimately devastate their marriage, a confidence that Linda carefully protected for thirty years, until her ex-husband opened his heart to the world. As difficult as the end of her marriage to Bruce was, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, to whom she was married for nineteen years. Compassionate yet candid, filled with compelling details, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey and offers fascinating insight into two legendary people.

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    A Little Thing Called Life

    15.0 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.4 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    He’s been called the first modern general—the first military leader to understand that in the future, wars would be won not by fighting, but by the movement of troops. His memoirs rank with Grant’s as the greatest of the Civil War. In vigorous, frank, and powerful prose, Sherman reveals his strategic planning for battles such as Bull Run, Shiloh, and Vicksburg and delivers classic lessons—and military philosophies—about this war.

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  9. 22.0 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran’s glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late shah’s widow, Empress Farah In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most complicated personalities, author Andrew Scott Cooper traces Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941. He highlights the turbulence of the postwar era, during which the shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world’s top five powers. Listeners get the story of the shah’s political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right; the beloved family they created; and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution. Cooper’s investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there: leading Iranian revolutionaries, President Jimmy Carter and White House officials, US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran, American families caught up in the drama, and even Empress Farah herself, along with the rest of the Iranian Imperial family. At once intimate and sweeping, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world’s most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.

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    The Fall of Heaven by Andrew Scott Cooper

    The Fall of Heaven

    22.0 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.9 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    «Este es un libro acerca de la virtud más admirable de todas las virtudes humanas: el valor. Ernest Hemingway la definió como “gracia bajo presión”. Y estos son los relatos sobre las presiones que experimentaron ocho Senadores de Estados Unidos y la gracia con la cual las enfrentaron». —John F. Kennedy Durante los años 1954 y 1955, el entonces Senador de Estados Unidos, John F. Kennedy, escogió a ocho de sus colegas históricos para presentar sus perfiles, destacados por sus actos de impresionante integridad ante una oposición abrumadora. Entre estos héroes se encuentran John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton y Robert A. Taft. Este libro recibió el Premio Pulitzer en 1957, y ha vuelto al mercado en esta nueva edición en español, que incluye una introducción escrita por Caroline Kennedy, además del prólogo para la edición conmemorativa escrito por Robert Kennedy, lanzada en 1964, resuena con lecciones perdurables para todos los tiempos sobre la más apreciada de las virtudes, y es una poderosa remembranza de la fortaleza del espíritu humano. Como afirma Robert Kennedy en el prólogo, este es «no solo un conjunto de historias del pasado, sino también una conexión de esperanza y confianza para el futuro. Lo que suceda en la nación, y en el mundo, depende de lo que nosotros hagamos con lo que otros nos han dejado».

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    Perfiles de Coraje

    7.9 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.4 hrs • 7/9/2016 • Unabridged

    The purpose of my book is to share with you and the word the tragic events I witnessed and lived through. My experience constitutes an unusual testimony which should not be forgotten, but studied by future generations to learn the ultimate truth about Auschwitz. I write this book to tell about my experience and what I witnessed. However, I still remember vividly, the smoke coming from the chimneys of the crematoria, the stench of burning human bodies, the hard work in rain and snow, hunger and horrendous fatigue, diseases, lice, fleas, bugs and bloody dysentery. I am the Holocaust survivor who remembers vividly the horrors of Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps.

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    Out of Auschwitz

    4.4 hrs • 7/9/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.0 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to “gonzo journalism” with this cult classic that shot back up the best-seller lists after Thompson’s suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior—for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    6.0 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 10.9 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Homer Hickam is the #1 New York Times bestselling author whose life inspired the critically acclaimed film October Sky. In The Coalwood Way he returns to his childhood home of Coalwood, West Virginia for an inspiring memoir about growing up in a town that’s slowly fading away. Homer and his close buddies, who call themselves the Rocket Boys, are high school seniors in 1959. Their rocket building experiments amaze the locals, thanks to top-quality moonshine for fuel, “liberated” materials, and Homer’s self-taught understanding of higher math. But no matter how brilliant their experiments are, they can do little to help preserve Coalwood’s way of life. With the coal mine on its last legs, prospects for the town are unpredictable at best. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of greatness or wondered what an uncertain future might bring, this book will seem warmly familiar. Frank Muller’s affectionate narration captures both the spirit of ambition and the specter of gloomy prospects.

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    The Coalwood Way

    10.9 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.5 hrs • 6/27/2016 • Unabridged

    A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendra's inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow. Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the woman's husband to see a priest and be saved. Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests he'd known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words "wrong" or "guilt," who believed that God was in everyone and that "the only sin was selfishness." During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his life-the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it. From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthood-the years only deepened Tony's need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death. A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It's the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature.

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    10.5 hrs • 6/27/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.2 hrs • 6/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Un viaje a Espańa a principios de 2002 cuando Argentina se estremecía en medio de una de las peores crisis políticas y económicas de su historia, es el origen de este nuevo libro de Ernesto Sabato. Fiel a sus obsesiones, el escritor elabora un texto de gran dignidad moral reflexionando constantemente sobre temas tan eternos y actuales como la globalización, la injusticia, la marginación o la vejez, y lleno de agudas comparaciones cargadas de afecto entre Argentina y Espana.

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    España el los diarios de mi vejez

    6.2 hrs • 6/23/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.8 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Jenny Mollen is a writer and actress living in New York. Until two years ago, her life was exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy—who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend’s old beach caftans and to invite their drug dealer to Passover seder (so he wouldn’t feel like they were using him only for drugs). Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail. Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet. It follows Jenny to Morocco, where she embarks on a quest to prove to herself that she can travel alone without reenacting a plotline from Taken. It shows her confronting demons—most of them from childhood, a few from the spirit realm. And it culminates in Peru, where Jenny decides that maybe the cure for her worries lies at the bottom of a cup of ayahuasca. Hilarious, outlandish, and surprisingly affecting, Live Fast Die Hot reminds you that even if you aren’t cut out for adulthood, at least you can be better at it than your mother.

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    Live Fast Die Hot

    6.8 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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