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  1. 4.5 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Reprint of “BOHEMIAN SAN FRANCISCO”, originally published in 1914. A Bohemian Guide to San Francisco Restaurants and their most famous recipes. What made San Francisco so charming, such a “Mecca for lovers of gustatory delights,” a city whose name “is known wherever men and women sit at table,” was the astonishing array of people from so many cultures, each with their own distinctive neighborhoods arranged side by side up and down the steep hillsides of the city. The ethnic neighborhoods transformed a stroll through the streets of San Francisco into a magic carpet ride around the world. Dedicated to all Chefs and Food Lovers.

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  2. 3.5 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    In this updated and redesigned edition of the New York Times bestseller, Newt and Callista Gingrich invite you on a walking tour of America’s capital city; Washington, DC. As a reminder of God’s role in the history and future of America, Newt and Callista Gingrich give listeners a look into the architecture and beauty of the nation’s Capitol in Rediscovering God in America. Listeners will take a walk through Washington, DC to view the nation’s monuments and memorials, including the National Archives, where Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words jump off the page. But this is not simply a walking tour of the city; this is a tour of American history—of great men and women, events, documents, institutions, and ideas—all shaped decisively by the genuine belief that America is a nation founded under God. Listeners will quickly find themselves on a profound path of discovery and renewal.

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  3. 16.3 hrs • 5/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Those who have traveled into America's only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature-tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

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    Coming into the Country

    16.3 hrs • 5/11/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.0 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E. B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times named Here Is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and the New Yorker called it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.” Included with this essay are two short poems by E. B. White: “Commuter” and “Critic,” both published in the New Yorker in 1925.

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    Here Is New York by E. B. White

    Here Is New York

    Introduction by Roger Angell
    1.0 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.2 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The definitive book about One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—by the author of the iconic and bestselling Skyscrapers. In hundreds of photographs, drawings, and plans—most never seen by the public—Judith Dupré chronicles the rise of America’s most exciting and emotionally charged new skyscraper. One World Trade Center showcases the building’s groundbreaking design and engineering, from the initial excavation to the final placement of the spire. Capturing the hope, resiliency, and pride of those who built it, the book is rich with in-depth explorations of the innovations, including a 360 degree view from the One World Observatory. This book is a must-have for all those invested in rebuilding Ground Zero or celebrating American architecture and ingenuity.

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    One World Trade Center

    6.2 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.4 hrs • 8/25/2015 • Unabridged

    An insider takes listeners into the thrilling and dangerous world of smokejumpers, the elite wilderness firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, risking their lives to fight nature’s deadliest blazes. An elite crew of firefighters employed by the Department of the Interior, smokejumpers are specially trained to fight monstrous fires in the deepest wilderness at a moment’s notice—in inaccessible terrain where conventional firefighting is impossible. Highly trained, they parachute from helicopters into the heart of the combustion, often alone or with the aid of just a single partner. But it’s not just a skill; being a smokejumper is an art. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. To stay alive, smokejumpers must combine knowledge of the terrain, meteorological and ground conditions, and their own judgment and instincts to survive. In this exciting, eye-opening memoir, Jason A. Ramos reveals what it takes to do this remarkable job, recounting his career from his humble beginnings as a seventeen-year-old city kid working for the Riverside County Fire Department to becoming one of the top smokejumpers in the world, a position he’s held for twenty-five years. Ramos weaves a compelling history of wilderness firefighting, takes us through the brutal training it requires, and explains the psychological strength needed to go to work each day knowing it could be your last. Here are some of his most harrowing missions—when the ground is so hot that truck axles melt and a split-second decision can mean the difference between living and dying. Smokejumper takes us deep into burning forests—and into the heart of a dedicated fire fighter as never before.

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    Smokejumper

    Foreword by John Maclean
    Read by Ned Vaughn
    5.4 hrs • 8/25/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.7 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    In such modern classics as Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Alaska, and Texas, James A. Michener proved time and again that his understanding of and love for his country was unparalleled. This Noble Land is Michener’s most personal statement about America, an examination of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine the nation—racial conflict, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the decline of education, the inadequacies of our health care system—as well as a thought-provoking prescription for sustaining our “outstanding success.” First published shortly before Michener’s death, This Noble Land stands as a wake-up call for a troubled era, infused with the wisdom and passion of a lifetime.

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    This Noble Land

    7.7 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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    16.7 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the two-thousand-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules—which hasn’t been done in a century—that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate west—historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time—the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. Today the trail is all but forgotten. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of bestsellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck’s two-thousand-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west. With a rare narrative power, a refreshing candor about his own weakness and mistakes, and an extremely attractive obsession for history and travel, The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime.

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    The Oregon Trail

    16.7 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.3 hrs • 2/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Letters from Hawaii contains a collection of letters Mark Twain wrote for a newspaper publication. From a long, turbulent journey to the island to his encounters with the islanders and the myriad of Englishmen who had taken up residence on the island, these letters are an entertaining and well-written account of the humorous encounters and scenic adventures that Twain experienced on his journey to Hawaii.

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    Letters from Hawaii

    10.3 hrs • 2/28/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.9 hrs • 12/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire listeners of all ages by illustrating the full power of the human spirit and determination, and it will answer the question so many have asked: why did she do it? Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked eight hundred miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

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    Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

    7.9 hrs • 12/16/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.4 hrs • 6/12/2014 • Unabridged

    Denali’s Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: at an elevation of nearly twenty thousand feet, these young men endured an “arctic superblizzard,” with howling winds of up to three hundred miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this was without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali’s Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them—Hall’s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?

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    Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall

    Denali’s Howl

    7.4 hrs • 6/12/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.1 hrs • 6/3/2014 • Unabridged

    A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo  John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?  Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.  Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

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    Carsick

    8.1 hrs • 6/3/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.8 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life. The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.  From her years as a spirited, secretive child through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell. Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home. 

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    Under Magnolia

    9.8 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 15.7 hrs • 11/19/2013 • Unabridged

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he’s put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart. Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America’s greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of “hardcore” reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison’s commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the “Civil Wargasm.” Written with Horwitz’s signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones, where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

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    Confederates in the Attic

    15.7 hrs • 11/19/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 14.0 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    The centerpiece of a major national campaign to identify and preserve forgotten history, Here Is Where is acclaimed historian Andrew Carroll’s fascinating journey of discovery in which he travels to each of America’s fifty states and explores locations where remarkable individuals once lived or where the incredible or momentous occurred. Sparking the idea for this audiobook was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was once saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events unfolded—or where extraordinary men and women made their mark? And then the idea came to him: to spotlight great hidden history by traveling the length and breadth of the United States, searching for buried historical treasure. In Here Is Where, Carroll drives, flies, boats, hikes, kayaks, and trains into the past, and in so doing, uncovers stories that inspire thoughtful contemplation, occasional hilarity, and frequent awe. Among the things we learn: • Where the oldest sample of DNA in North America was discovered• Which obscure American scientist saved 400 million lives• Which famous FBI agent was the brother of a notorious gangster• Which cemetery contains one million graves—but only one marked• How a fourteen-year-old boy invented television A profound reminder that the ground we walk is often the top sedimentary layer of amazing past events, Here Is Where represents just the first step in an ongoing project that will recruit citizen historians to preserve what should be remembered.

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    Here Is Where

    14.0 hrs • 5/14/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.0 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    In this two-hour public-radio documentary, husband and wife Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg explore the rural byways within four miles of their home in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of New York State and find local business owners working to promote healthy lifestyles that have a national impact. 1. Sheldon Lublin has traveled the world, hitchhiked across the country, met Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and recently retired from his successful psychotherapy practice in New York City. 2. Dick and Pat Peters, owners of Peter’s Market, in Napanoch, New York, went on a journey to becoming a healthy alternative market. 3. John Hiller and Carol Debberman created vegetarian Sunshine Burgers in Ellenville, New York, and they are sold at Peter’s Market and in markets across the country. 4. A collage of water sounds recorded in the Catskills. 5. Oleh and Nadia Maczaj are the owners of Rusty Plough Farm, a small family farm that grows certified organic vegetables, flowers, and berries, as well as eggs from free-range hens. The farm is located in Ulster County, New York, nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Catskills. It consists of thirty-six acres, including crop fields; wild blueberry stands; woodlots; a pond; a maze of old stone walls; an old rusty plough; wild turkeys, deer, hawks, squirrels; the occasional bear; multitudes of frogs and newts; Sneakers and Sandy the barn cats; and the house, barn, and greenhouse.

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    Healthy Living in the Catskills

    2.0 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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