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    6.2 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Hailed by Lena Dunham as an “essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut. West has rocked readers in work published everywhere from the Guardian to GQ to This American Life. She is a catalyst for a national conversation in a world where not all stories are created equal and not every body is treated with equal respect. Shrill is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.

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    Shrill

    6.2 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 14.9 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Margaret Visser holds a doctorate in classics and appears frequently on television and radio shows. Much Depends on Dinner was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Publisher’s Weekly. As the subtitle suggests, here she uses the framework of a simple meal to show us how our food has defined who we are and how we live. Dr. Visser begins by showing how corn has shaped the history of man. In further chapters, she considers the economics of salt, the medicinal properties of butter, and offers similarly fascinating information about chicken, lettuce, olive oil and lemon juice. The final chapter ends on a sweet note with ice cream and the nostalgia it creates. As it gathers information from the villages of ancient hunters and the corridors of modern science, Dr. Visser’s perceptive book examines food through a wider lens than today’s nutritional microscope. It isn’t meant to change our eating habits, but it leaves us with a taste for the history and mythology of everyday foods. Narrator Suzanne Toren captures Dr. Visser’s enthusiasm for her subject.

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    Much Depends on Dinner

    14.9 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.8 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    American author, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau was a passionate abolitionist. Inspired by his opposition to slavery, his illuminating essay “Civil Disobedience” presents the theory that “the government is best that governs least.” A powerful testament that remains as important today as it was during its conception, this theory argues that citizens should not allow their government to overrule through taxes and unjust laws.

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    Civil Disobedience

    4.8 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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    6.7 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    One of the web’s most celebrated high-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow’s visions of a future where artists have full freedom of expression is tempered with his understanding that creators need to benefit from their own creations. From extolling the Etsy makerverse to excoriating Apple for dumbing down technology while creating an information monopoly, each unique piece is brief, witty, and at the cutting edge of tech. Now a stay-at-home dad as well as an international activist, Doctorow writes as eloquently about creating real-time Internet theater with his daughter as he does while lambasting the corporations that want to profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

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    Context  by Cory Doctorow

    Context

    6.7 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.9 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    A Prayer before Dawn is the true story of one man’s fight to survive inside Klong Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time, but relapsed after trying ya ba, a highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore’s life quickly descended into chaos, drug dealing, and violence until he was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value. A Prayer before Dawn is no ordinary prison memoir; it’s the story of one man’s struggle to survive in one of the world’s toughest prisons. It’s also a story of redemption in the most unlikely of places.

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    A Prayer before Dawn by Billy Moore

    A Prayer before Dawn

    5.9 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.0 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a “political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” Cory Doctorow is the web’s most celebrated high-tech pop-culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow’s infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Here’s why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through relentless digital-rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and, of course, why free e-books kick ass. Accessible to geeks and noobs (if you’re not sure what that means, it’s you) alike, Content is a must-have compilation from Cory Doctorow, who will be glad to take you along for the ride as he effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist.

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    Content  by Cory Doctorow

    Content

    Foreword by John Perry Barlow
    7.0 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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    8.7 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy’s featured story recounts his quest to uncover his family’s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection. Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. A foreword by the Genographic Project’s Spencer Wells sets the scene.

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    Journeys Home

    Featuring Andrew McCarthy and the National Geographic Travel Team
    Foreword by Dr. Spencer Wells
    8.7 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.6 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, the impact of humans on the environment increased dramatically. The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines in a number of crucial parameters: • Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction• Yearly grain harvests• Climate stability• Population• Economic growth• Fresh water• Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations. Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

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    Peak Everything

    6.6 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.3 hrs • 12/9/2014 • Unabridged

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant—discovered thirty-two years after his death—is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life’s journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen Leaves. One, in 1975, hinted at its contents: “a not very serious book that answers the questions of what I think about government, life, death, and God.” And in 1975: “I propose…to answer all the important questions, simply, fairly, and imperfectly.” Even into his nineties, he worked on the book daily, writing it out on legal notepads. Upon his death in 1981, no one, not even the Durant heirs, knew if he had completed it, or even if it still existed. Thirty-two years later, in a granddaughter’s attic trunk, the manuscript was discovered. Fallen Leaves is Will Durant’s most personal book. It is precisely as he described: twenty-two short chapters on everything from youth and old age, religion and morals, to sex, war, politics, and art. The culmination of Durant’s sixty-plus years spent researching the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from across the world, Fallen Leaves is the distilled wisdom of a gifted scholar with a renowned talent for rendering the insights of the past accessible. In its preface Durant mentions that over the course of his career he received letters from “curious readers who have challenged me to speak my mind on the timeless questions of human life and fate.” With Fallen Leaves he accepted their challenge. It contains strong opinions, elegant prose, and deep insights into the human condition as only Will Durant could provide, as well as his revealing conclusions about the perennial problems and greatest joys we face as a species.

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    Fallen Leaves

    5.3 hrs • 12/9/14 • Unabridged
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    11.8 hrs • 8/5/2014 • Unabridged

    A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay “Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.” In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django Unchained) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

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    Bad Feminist

    11.8 hrs • 8/5/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.3 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato’s Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed work is the first strictly literal translation of a timeless classic. This second edition includes a new introduction by Professor Bloom, whose careful translation and interpretation of The Republic was first published in 1968. In addition to the corrected text itself there is also a rich and valuable essay which will better enable the listener to approach the heart of Plato’s intention.

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    The Republic of Plato, 2nd Edition

    Translated by Raymond Larson
    Read by Don Hagen
    11.3 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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    7.7 hrs • 5/28/2013 • Unabridged

    On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.  Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project—his book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller—his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he’s written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Onion, GQ, the Guardian (London), Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. He is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.   Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to sex education, obesity, and the Catholic Church.

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    American Savage

    7.7 hrs • 5/28/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 11.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Award-winning journalist Eugene Linden has written numerous critically acclaimed works on the environment. In The Ragged Edge of the World, Linden recounts his experiences in locales ranging from Vietnam to Antarctica, offering an intimate look at creatures and cultures struggling to adapt to globalization.

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    The Ragged Edge of the World

    11.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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    3.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Like Kofi Annan, Larry Miller is one of the most irresistible comic personalities working today. Known for years as an actor, writer, comedian, and sexual pioneer, he's gained a new following as a cultural commentator and frequent guest on political shows. Now, in Spoiled Rotten America, he fixes his gaze on what's funny about our daily lives—which includes, roughly speaking, everything. From middle-aged drinking to the excesses of our eating habits, Miller finds the silver lining of absurdity within every black cloud. Ultimately, though, Spoiled Rotten America is an insightful, and surprisingly heartfelt, plea for us to notice what's best and worst about ourselves. "The American pendulum only swings to extremes," he writes. "The news is on all day, but we know less and less, everyone has a phone but nothing to say. It's all or nothing and the world is going to Hell in a handbasket. "What better time for a collection of comic essays?" What better time indeed.

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    Spoiled Rotten America

    3.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  15. 5.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    As the host of Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business, Neil Cavuto reports on today's most influential newsmakers, from CEOs to politicians -- getting behind the story by connecting with the men and women who made it. And he ends each show with his own personal commentaries -- sometimes witty, often inspiring, and always incisive and thought-provoking. Now, Cavuto collects the best of these essays in one volume, on topics that range from business to family to civility in public life. Among the essays: –Where Were You on September 10, 2001? ... on remembering what America was like before 9/11 –We Are What We Eat ... on fast food, lawsuits, and personal responsibility –Why I Don't Trust My Uncle Sam ... on how the surplus of the 1990s was bound to disappear –Tony Soprano for Fed Chairman ... on what Alan Greenspan could learn from the mob –Tips for Empty Nesters ... on how to cope when your kids leave you behind Covering one of the most tumultuous decades in memory -- from the wild and chaotic Clinton years through the sobering challenges of the ongoing War on Terror -- Cavuto's words offer a window into our America at its best and its worst.

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    Your Money or Your Life

    5.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  16. 1.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Ponder, if you will ... Do snakes sneeze?Why didn’t the three musketeers carry muskets?What happens to the holes that are punched out of looseleaf paper?Why don’t people smile in old photos? Pop culture guru David Feldman demystifies these questions and much more in How Does Aspirin Find a Headache? Part of the Imponderables® series — the unchallenged source of answers to civilization’s most perplexing conundrums, this book provides you with knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don’t have. And think about it, where else are you going to find out why glue doesn’t get stuck in the bottle?

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