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  1. 7.5 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    What do you do with your students who can’t—or won’t—read and write? In this practical book, award-winning teachers, Janet Allen and Kyle Gonzales share classroom-tested strategies for motivating and helping young people to become literate.

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    There’s Room for Me Here

    7.5 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.8 hrs • 12/15/2015 • Unabridged

    With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.

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    The Mother Tongue

    10.8 hrs • 12/15/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.6 hrs • 8/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Adults who want to learn a foreign language are often discouraged because they believe they cannot acquire a language as easily as children. Once they begin to learn a language, students may be further discouraged when they find the methods used to teach children don’t seem to work for them. What is an adult language learner to do? In Becoming Fluent, Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz draw on insights from psychology and cognitive science to show that adults can master a foreign language if they bring to bear the skills and knowledge they have honed over a lifetime. Adults shouldn’t try to learn as children do; they should learn like adults. Roberts and Kreuz report evidence that adults can learn new languages even more easily than children. Children appear to have only two advantages over adults in learning a language: they acquire a native accent more easily, and they do not suffer from self-defeating anxiety about learning a language. Adults, on the other hand, have the greater advantages—gained from experience—of an understanding of their own mental processes and knowing how to use language to do things. Adults have an especially advantageous grasp of pragmatics, the social use of language, and Roberts and Kreuz show how to leverage this metalinguistic ability in learning a new language. Learning a language takes effort. But if adult learners apply the tools acquired over a lifetime, it can be enjoyable and rewarding.

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    Becoming Fluent by Richard Roberts, Roger Kreuz

    Becoming Fluent

    5.6 hrs • 8/28/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.9 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Recipient of the Milken Foundation National Educator Award, Janet Allen provides an inside look at some of the problems faced by teenagers in the classroom from the viewpoint of a teacher. This practical “how-to” book will appeal to teachers, parents, and anyone else concerned about indifferent or hostile students. The author enters the teaching profession with plans for sharing her love of literature with her high school English class. The first day shatters her dreams. Instead of having a roomful of students eager to learn, she is faced with teenagers who not only never read Shakespeare, they never read anything. Through perseverence, reflective teaching, and creativity, the author builds an environment that motivates these high school students to start down the path toward a lifelong love of literature and learning. As Ruth Ann Phimister expertly narrates this refreshing memoir, educators will learn new teaching strategies and be affirmed in the influential role they play every day.

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    It’s Never Too Late

    7.9 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.8 hrs • 6/25/2015 • Unabridged

    Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.

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    Bibliotech

    5.8 hrs • 6/25/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the “domino theory” that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us—and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That’s why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it’s too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today’s most intractable challenges.

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    Shortcut

    7.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.3 hrs • 8/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not. English is a glorious mess of a language cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that versus which, enervate versus energize, bemuse versus amuse, literally versus figuratively, ain’t, irregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider. Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it’s sure to start a few, too.

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    Bad English

    7.3 hrs • 8/16/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.3 hrs • 3/11/2014 • Unabridged

    Benny Lewis, who speaks ten languages and counting—all self-taught—runs the largest language-learning blog in the world, Fluent in 3 Months. Lewis is a full-time “language hacker,” someone who devotes all of his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World is a blueprint for learning language fast. Lewis’ approach is different from other language programs as he encourages readers to avoid studying, ignore grammar, and start speaking from day one. Lewis argues that you don’t need a great memory or “the language gene” to learn a language quickly and debunks a number of long-held beliefs, such as that children are better language learners. Fluent in 3 Months puts Lewis’ language hacks together in a way that will allow anyone at any age to learn to speak any language from anywhere in the world.

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    Fluent in 3 Months

    6.3 hrs • 3/11/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.3 hrs • 12/20/2013 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum has scored critical and commercial success with her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women’s Writers, Blum has also taught creative writing at Boston University and master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers. Here Blum shares insights into the writing process and offers listeners the most important aspects of succeeding as an author.

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    The Author at Work

    4.3 hrs • 12/20/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.9 hrs • 5/1/2013

    Effective communication is the key to success. But you can’t influence anyone unless you have the ability to say exactly what you mean. Imagine if you could build your vocabulary and have fun at the same time. Now you can! Verbalicious takes a fun, entertaining approach to language. With Liv Montgomery as your verbal tour guide, you’ll expand your vocabulary and develop verbal prowess for your business and your life almost effortlessly. Where other vocabulary programs may bore you with long lists of difficult words and a narrator who drones on and on, Verbalicious takes a playful, interactive approach that’s actually proven to be much more effective. Verbalicious helps you learn and internalize practical new words and phrases that you can use in everyday business and social situations. Imagine how effective you’ll be at your next big meeting, glittering social gala, important interview, or even a heart-to-heart talk with that certain someone. Build your vocabulary the fun way—with Verbalicious!

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    Verbalicious Vocabulary System by Liv Montgomery

    Verbalicious Vocabulary System

    Produced by Made for Success
    Featuring Liv Montgomery
    2.9 hrs • 5/1/13
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  11. 8.0 hrs • 6/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Mortimer J. Adler’s classic How to Read a Book was an instant bestseller upon publication, and its worldwide sales today total over seven million copies. Audiences will find this companion book just as provocative as its predecessor. Drawing on decades of experience as an educator and philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler offers a short course in effective communication, filled with his wisdom and wit. Both instructive and practical, How to Speak, How to Listen will be invaluable to everyone: salespeople and executives involved in conferences and negotiations, politicians, lecturers, and teachers, as well as families seeking to improve communication among themselves.

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    How to Speak, How to Listen

    8.0 hrs • 6/20/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.9 hrs • 6/4/2012 • Unabridged

    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action as well as Honest Abe’s shameless trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges, including: The Eddie Haskell PloyEminem’s Rules of DecorumThe Belushi ParadigmStalin’s Timing SecretThe Yoda Technique Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular online language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.

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    Thank You for Arguing

    11.9 hrs • 6/4/12 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.8 hrs • 6/1/2012 • Unabridged

    This book builds vocabulary by presenting the fascinating histories behind those words we need for more effective communication and comprehension. Focusing on a core of one hundred words and their background stories, the author links these words with hundreds of synonyms and antonyms. Greek and Latin word parts introduce additional words, and informative and amusing exercises reinforce the vocabulary entries. 

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  14. 9.6 hrs • 3/12/2012 • Unabridged

    We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we’ve zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel. In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics—in essence, counting the frequency of words we use—to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints. Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers—or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself—to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader’s use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You’ll learn why it’s bad when politicians use “we” instead of “I,” what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge’s syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying—whether we mean them to or not.

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    The Secret Life of Pronouns

    9.6 hrs • 3/12/12 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.5 hrs • 11/30/2011

    Perfect punctuation—it’s not just for professors, publishers, and pencil pushers! Whether you are writing the next New York Times bestselling novel or an email to coworkers and customers, you need to know how to skillfully use punctuation in your writing. Whatever issues may be challenging you today, punctuation doesn’t have to be one of them because author Liv Montgomery makes it fun and understandable. In 30-minutes, Perfect Punctuation for Practical People will entertain you while you learn the fundamentals of periods, parentheses, and paragraphs. Tickle your funny bone with this off-beat and authoritative program on using punctuation to write like a professional.

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    Perfect Punctuation for Practical People

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    Featuring Liv Montgomery
    0.5 hrs • 11/30/11
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  16. 9.4 hrs • 10/1/2011 • Unabridged

    Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are beautiful, effective, and memorable. What are the secrets of this alchemy? Part of the answer lies in rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying great aesthetic principles—repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise—to a simple sentence or paragraph. Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric recovers this knowledge for our times. It amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by Churchill and Lincoln, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Paine, and more than a hundred others. The book organizes a vast range of examples from those sources into eighteen chapters that illustrate and analyze the most valuable rhetorical devices with unprecedented clarity. The result is an indispensable source of pleasure and instruction for all lovers of the English language.

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    Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric by Ward Farnsworth
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