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  1. 10.0 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    In Crossing the Thinnest Line, Lauren Leader-Chivee looks at America and describes the possibility for our nation when we embrace our differences. At the heart of America’s current social conflict are fundamental questions about our values as a nation. What does it mean to be American? When will women be fully equal? Should gays and lesbians have equal rights? Does racism still exist? What should we do about immigration? As one of the most diverse nations on earth, how can we live together peacefully and productively? Leader-Chivee passionately argues that we must find a way to make our multifaceted diversity an asset, or else it will continue to be our deepest and most painful source of strife. In Crossing the Thinnest Line, she explains it is possible to bridge our divides and turn our differences into a source of ingenuity, innovation, and prosperity. It is possible to talk about difference so that everyone becomes part of the solution.

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    Crossing the Thinnest Line by Lauren Leader-Chivée

    Crossing the Thinnest Line

    By Lauren Leader-Chivée, with Karl Weber
    10.0 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.1 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged

    When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Beautiful and moving, the video documenting Hillary’s and Jeff’s love for their child instantly went viral and has been seen by more than seven million viewers since its posting in May 2014. Now for the first time, they tell their story in full, offering an emotional and moving account of their journey alongside their exceptional child. After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gained the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, “I am a boy!” And listen they did. After learning that forty-one percent of people who identify as transgender attempt to take their own lives, Hillary and her husband Jeff made it their mission to support their child—no matter what. From the earliest stages of deciphering Ryland through clothing choices to examining the difficult conversations that have marked every stage of Ryland’s transition, Hillary Whittington shares her experiences as a mother through it all, demonstrating both the resistance and support that their family has encountered as they try to erase the stigma surrounding the word “transgender.” In telling her family’s story, she hopes she can assist the world in accepting that even children as young as five can have profound and impactful things to say and share. What emerges is a powerful story of unconditional love, accepting others for who they are, and doing what’s right, regardless of whether those around you understand it.

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    Raising Ryland

    7.1 hrs • 2/23/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.1 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders’ stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Blow’s attachment to his mother—a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning—cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It’s damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning. Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing. He then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he’s ever needed and wanted, until he himself is called upon to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse. This powerfully redemptive memoir both fits the tradition of African American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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    Fire Shut Up In My Bones

    10.1 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.4 hrs • 10/15/2006 • Unabridged

    Nine years after Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and only a year before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a judge in the Forsyth County Courthouse of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, wrenched 12-year-old Gene Cheek from the security of his mother’s devotion. Here is a true story of love in a time afflicted by hatred, ignorance, and racism. At its core, this is a frank account of a love affair between a white woman and a black man that took mother from son and split a family forever. In the early 1960s, the city of Winston-Salem struggled under the strict edicts of segregation, setting the tone of division that would plague Gene Cheek’s life. Raised by his alcoholic father and his earnestly loving mother, Gene learned about the power of hatred and the strength of love. Yet when his mother falls in love with Cornelius Tucker, an African American man, and becomes pregnant with his child, their union is seen as morally and lawfully unfit, forcing the family to choose between the infant and Gene. From a distance of more than 40 years, Gene Cheek recounts a life of constant struggle with his biological father. Briefly that tension dissolved with the warm guidance of Cornelius Tucker—but that would soon end. The Color of Love is Gene Cheek’s story told in his singularly honest voice. Its sincerity and truth resonate with a plea for tolerance—and the irrevocable nature of the decisions and emotions of modern life.

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    The Color of Love

    8.4 hrs • 10/15/06 • Unabridged
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  5. 1.6 hrs • 1/1/1996 • Abridged

    Acts of Faith is a thoughtful and inspirational work that explores the unique pressures on people of color with great insight and sensitivity. This program confronts the four basic areas that create stress and imbalance for people of color: the relationships with ourselves, with the world, with each other, and with money. No matter who you are or where you are in any of these areas, Iyanla Vanzant tells you that you can make changes, realize improvement and eliminate stress in all of your relationships.

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    Acts of Faith

    1.6 hrs • 1/1/96 • Abridged
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