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  1. 7.4 hrs • 2/16/2016 • Unabridged

    An unforgettable debut novel about a boy who goes missing, a family that is torn apart, and a nation on the brink During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumors of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit. In a tale that moves seamlessly back and forth through time, Ajie relives a trip to the family’s ancestral village where, together, he and his family listen to the myths of how their people settled there, while the villagers argue over the mysterious company, who found oil on their land and will do anything to guarantee support. As the story builds towards its stunning conclusion, it becomes clear that only once past and present come to a crossroads will Ajie and his family finally find the answers they have been searching for. And After Many Days introduces Ile’s spellbinding ability to tightly weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate and complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.

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    And After Many Days

    7.4 hrs • 2/16/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.1 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    When Nancy’s parents win an all-expenses-paid vacation, Nancy and JoJo get to sleep over at their neighbor’s home, Mrs. DeVine’s. But JoJo is a little nervous to sleep at someone else’s house—luckily Nancy is an expert on sleepovers and can help prepare her little sister. The big night arrives, and JoJo and Nancy have a blast at Mrs. DeVine’s. But when it’s time for bed, it turns out Nancy wasn’t as prepared as she thought. Good thing there is nothing better than a sister to make you feel better.

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  3. 1.8 hrs • 12/20/2015 • Unabridged

    The winter sports season is here, and the Aldens are excited about all the snow activities—especially snowboarding! But soon they find themselves in the middle of a mystery surrounding a star athlete and a stolen snowboard!

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    8.2 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee’s children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, nor that she is “white,” nor that she has any other family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long-lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare.

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    Mislaid

    8.2 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.1 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Popular parenting expert Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, has garnered a large and loyal readership around the world thanks to her simple, insightful approach that values the emotional bond between parent and child. But as any parent of more than one child knows, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, all while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings includes hands-on, research-based advice on creating deep connections with each one of your children, so that each truly believes that you couldn’t possibly love anyone else more;fostering a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting;teaching your children healthy emotional self-management and conflict resolution skills, so that they can work things out with each other, get their own needs met, and respect the needs of others; andhelping your kids forge a close lifelong sibling bond—as well as the relationship skills they will need for a life of healthy friendships, work relationships, and eventually their own family bonds.

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    Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

    9.1 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.0 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Bestselling authors of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish turned their minds to the battle of the siblings. Parents themselves, they were determined to figure out how to help their children get along. The result was Siblings without Rivalry. This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding—much gained from raising their own children—Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair. Updated to incorporate fresh thoughts after years of conducting workshops for parents and professionals, this edition also includes a new afterword.

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    Siblings without Rivalry

    6.0 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.0 hrs • 1/13/2015 • Unabridged

    A memoir by Glenn Close’s sister Jessie about the challenges of living with severe bipolar disorder, with chapters by Glenn Close The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged republic and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the United States for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder. She would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret. Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie’s mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn’t until Calen entered McLean’s psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie’s life. In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie’s illness. The book is written in Jessie’s voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.

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    Resilience

    12.0 hrs • 1/13/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.0 hrs • 4/8/2014 • Unabridged

    In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’ brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool … until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be … somewhere they never should’ve been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.

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    When I Was the Greatest

    6.0 hrs • 4/8/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.6 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    The heartrending true story of foster care abuse and child homelessness In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets—and how she and her savvy crew of siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. Calcaterra’s emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that, regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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    Etched in Sand

    8.6 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. Beth, who lives independently and has a boyfriend, is a joyful, endearing, and feisty individual. Her single sister, Rachel, a writer and professor, masks her emotional isolation and loneliness behind her hyperbusy schedule. When Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a transcendent journey that changes Rachel’s life in incredible ways, leads her to accept her sister at long last—and teaches her to slow down and enjoy the ride. Rachel Simon’s memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister was made into a television movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Andie McDowell, directed by Anjelica Huston.

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    Riding the Bus with My Sister

    9.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.9 hrs • 9/20/2011 • Unabridged

    A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life—those we have with our siblings Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters. Our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life. In this perceptive and groundbreaking book, Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based on cutting-edge research, he examines birth order, twins, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on sibling relationships, and much more. With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes science’s provocative new ideas about the subject and transforms them into smart, accessible insights that will help everyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

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    The Sibling Effect

    8.9 hrs • 9/20/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.2 hrs • 5/4/2010 • Unabridged

    There’s a myth out there that good relations between brothers and sisters do not include conflict, annoyance, disagreement, or mixed feelings. Jane Isay believes this is a destructive myth, one that makes people doubt the strength of the connection with their siblings. Brothers and sisters may love and hate, fight and forgive, but they never forget their early bonds. Based on scores of interviews with brothers and sisters young and old, Mom Still Likes You Best features real-life stories that show how differences caused by family feuds, marriages, distance, or ancient history can be overcome. The result is a vivid portrait of siblings, in love and war.

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    Mom Still Likes You Best

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    5.2 hrs • 5/4/10 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.9 hrs • 11/30/2009 • Unabridged

    Writer, mother, wife, and New Yorker, Abigail Pogrebin is many things. But the one that has defined her most profoundly is “identical twin.” Pogrebin’s relationship with her sister—both as children, when they were inseparable, and today, when she longs for that uncomplicated intimacy—inspired her to examine the phenomenon of twinship, to learn how other identical pairs regard their doubleness and what experts are learning about how DNA impacts our sense of identity and shapes our lives. In One and the Same, Pogrebin presents a tapestry of twinship, weaving science reporting and personal memoir with the revelatory stories of other twins, such as two sisters who stopped speaking for three years; football stars Tiki and Ronde Barber, who admit their twinship comes before their marriages; a pair of bawdy, self-proclaimed “twin ambassadors” who have created a media empire around their twinness; and brothers whose shared genetic anomaly wrought unspeakable tragedy. In this stirring account, Pogrebin shows how living identical is both a celebration of sameness and a struggle for singularity that defines us all.

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    One and the Same

    8.9 hrs • 11/30/09 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.4 hrs • 9/24/2009 • Unabridged

    Firstborn? Only child? Middle child? Baby of the family? Find out what it means to you, your relationships, and your career. Do you realize that of the first twenty-three astronauts in space, twenty-one were firstborns and the other two were the only child in their family? Are you aware that many successful entrepreneurs are middle children? Is it any surprise that most comedians are the youngest child in their family? It’s all about birth order. Birth order powerfully influences who you are, whom you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you are. And Dr. Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace. This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman’s classic book includes more than thirty years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life. Thousands of people have unlocked the secrets of birth order already. Shouldn’t you be one of them?

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    The Birth Order Book

    9.4 hrs • 9/24/09 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.7 hrs • 9/15/2009 • Unabridged

    Dr. Deborah Tannen, New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster hits You Just Don’t Understand and You’re Wearing THAT? delivers the last word on sisters. Communications expert Dr. Deborah Tannen turns her witty and wise eye to sisters as she shares insights, anecdotes, and practical solutions to help us understand the special gifts and strains of sister relationships. Sisters can be mirrors in which we see ourselves, yardsticks by which we measure our lives—or everything we can’t be, because she got there first. Sisters are inevitably in competition, even as they are fellow travelers on the same road. And how sisters communication—“Sisterspeak”—can be straight talk, close and supportive, or talk that keeps you in your place. In You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, Tannen helps sisters everywhere translate “Sisterspeak” to navigate one of the most powerful and precious human relationships.

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    You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!

    8.7 hrs • 9/15/09 • Unabridged
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    9.4 hrs • 8/1/2005 • Unabridged

    As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks’ unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragic. In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, set off on a three-week trip around the globe. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at thirty-seven and thirty-eight respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world and often overtaken by their feelings, daredevil Micah and the more serious, introspective Nicholas recalled their rambunctious childhood adventures and the tragedies that tested their faith. And in the process, they discovered startling truths about loss, love, and hope. Narrated with irrepressible humor and rare candor, Three Weeks with My Brother reminds us to embrace life with all its uncertainties … and most of all, to cherish the joyful times, both small and momentous, and the wonderful people who make them possible.

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    Three Weeks with My Brother

    9.4 hrs • 8/1/05 • Unabridged
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