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  1. 8.1 hrs • 2/20/2017 • Unabridged

    Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, a home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir Tsesis―inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester―was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and tried to endure the Communist way of life; where milk for children, running water, and adequate electricity were rare; where the world’s smallest, motley parade became the country’s longest; and where one compulsively amorous Communist Party leader met a memorable, chilling fate. From a frantic pursuit of calcium-deprived, lunatic Socialist chickens to a father begging on his knees to Soviet officials to obtain antibiotics for his dying child, Vladimir’s tales of Gradieshti are unforgettable. Sometimes hysterical, often moving, always a remarkable and highly entertaining insider’s look at rural life under the old Soviet regime, they are a sobering exposé of the terrible inadequacies of its much-lauded socialist medical system.

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    Communist Daze by Vladimir A. Tsesis, MD

    Communist Daze

    8.1 hrs • 2/20/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.4 hrs • 2/20/2017 • Unabridged

    James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history. Daisy McAfee Bonner, for example, FDR’s cook at his Warm Springs retreat, described the president’s final day on earth in 1945, when he was struck down just as his lunchtime cheese soufflé emerged from the oven. Sorrowfully, but with a cook’s pride, she recalled, “He never ate that soufflé, but it never fell until the minute he died.” A treasury of information about cooking techniques and equipment, the book includes twenty recipes for which black chefs were celebrated. From Samuel Fraunces’s “onions done in the Brazilian way” for George Washington to Zephyr Wright’s popovers, beloved by LBJ’s family, Miller highlights African Americans’ contributions to our shared American foodways. Surveying the labor of enslaved people during the antebellum period and the gradual opening of employment after Emancipation, Miller highlights how food-related work slowly became professionalized and the important part African Americans played in that process. His chronicle of the daily table in the White House proclaims a fascinating new American story.

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    The President’s Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller

    The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

    9.4 hrs • 2/20/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.7 hrs • 2/20/2017

    Caring Is a Competitive AdvantageSuffering in the workplace can rob our colleagues and coworkers of humanity, dignity, and motivation and is an unrecognized and costly drain on organizational potential. Marshaling evidence from two decades of field research, scholars and consultants Monica Worline and Jane Dutton show that alleviating such suffering confers measurable competitive advantages in areas like innovation, collaboration, service quality, and talent attraction and retention. They outline four steps for meeting suffering with compassion and show how to build a capacity for compassion into the structures and practices of an organization—because ultimately, as they write, “Compassion is an irreplaceable dimension of excellence for any organization that wants to make the most of its human capabilities.”

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  4. 6.4 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Este es su cAndido relato personal sobre lo que le sucede a James F. Twyman cuando, de repente, experimenta un impresionante despertar psIquico al conocer a un niNo muy especial que le toca un dedo y hace que comience a doblar cucharas con su mente y a comunicarse telepAticamente. Se lanza en una bUsqueda de ese niNo superdotado que lo lleva hasta Bulgaria donde conoce a otros como El quienes le hacen entrega de un mensaje transformador para el mundo entero. En este libro Twyman comparte la sabidurIa de los llamados " niNos Indigos," que cuentan con extraordinarios poderes psIquicos y cuya misiOn es ayudarnos a todos a vivir como lo que YA somos: emisarios de amor. Twyman se conoce como el " Trovador de la Paz" que viaja por el globo, a los lugares de mayor conflicto y dolor, llevando su mensaje de paz y armonIa a grupos de todas razas, culturas y credos.

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    Emisario de amor

    6.4 hrs • 2/17/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.3 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Durante los últimos treinta y cinco años, Entre padre e hijos ha permitido que millones de padres alrededor del mundo fortalezcan las relaciones con sus hijos. Escrito por el célebre psicólogo Dr. Haim Ginott, este libro revolucionario brinda consejos y enseñanzas para educar a los hijos de forma cariñosa y disciplinada a la vez. Con más de 5 millones de copias vendidas mundialmente, esta guía clásica e idispensable—ahora en una edición actualizada—está repleta de lecciones que le enseñarán cómo:- Disciplinar sin amenazas, sarcasmo, ni castigos - Criticar sin degradar y elogiar sin juzgar - Reconocer las emociones, opiniones e ideas de su hijo en vez de argumentar contra ellas.

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    Entre padres e hijos

    7.3 hrs • 2/17/17 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.9 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Un libro especialmente inspirador basado en una historia verdadera, El factor Fred transmite un importante mensaje que modificará la actitud del lector hacia el trabajo y hacia la vida. El autor relata la historia real de Fred, un cartero del Servicio Postal de los Estados Unidos quien logra convertir su profesión en una apasionante carrera, llena de satisfacciones para él y sus clientes. Mark Sanborn nos ofrece en este exito editorial nacional una guia de los cuatro principios básicos que nos ayudaran a destacarnos en la vida y en el trabajo, haciendo de nosotros mejores personas y sobre todo felices. Después de escuchar este libro narrado fielmente por Jorge Pupo, usted tendrá un renovado sentido de la creatividad y una gran energía para alcanzar el éxito deseado en la vida.

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    El factor Fred

    2.9 hrs • 2/17/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.2 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Recorded Seminar

    For over 400 years, crusaders ("those signed by the cross"), out of Christian zeal, a declared love for their fellow man, and, in many cases, a simple desire for fortune, glory, and heavenly reward, marched to the Holy Land to battle both a real and perceived threat to their way of life and their religious beliefs. The story of the many crusades are filled with an unremitting passion to keep or return the home of Christianity to Christians. It is also filled with death, destruction, disorder, greed, avarice, and self-interest on all sides. Much of what occurred during the Crusades has come down to us today in the form of continued suspicion among religious ideologies-not only between Christians and Muslims, but also internally among Christian sects and, to some degree, among Muslim sects. There is certainly much to learn about our own history from a better understanding of the Crusades and what led so many to crusade.

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    God Wills It!

    8.2 hrs • 2/17/17 • Recorded Seminar
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  8. 10.9 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Unabridged

    In this funny, perceptive memoir, Golf Digest writer and ESPN commentator Darren Kilfara lives the dream of many American golf enthusiasts. While a student at Harvard, Kilfara convinces the school that he needs a year of study in Scotland. Once there, he purchases a student pass to the courses of St. Andrews for a mere $150. Taking full advantage, Kilfara plays the most legendary courses in the world and gains an entirely new perspective on life.

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    A Golfer's Education

    10.9 hrs • 2/17/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 11.9 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Unabridged

    “Lo que vas a encontrar en este libro … es una historia en la que los protagonistas tuvieron la suerte de saber lo necesario en el lugar correcto y el tiempo adecuado, y por ello hoy son lo que son: grandes figuras de la literatura mundial, culpables de que los años sesenta y setenta de XX hayan sido el verdadero siglo de oro de la literatura hecha en América Latina, la más floreciente de todo el planeta”. Gabriel García Márquez (Premio Nobel de Literatura 1982) y Mario Vargas Llosa (Premio Nobel de Literatura 2010). Son dos vidas paralelas a pesar de las distancias personales que los separan. Con sus incomparables ingenios han logrado situar la literatura de América Latina en los más altos niveles y llenado de magia nuestra imaginación. En este libro, usted querido lector, encontrará datos y memorias sobre estos dos titanes de la escritura contemporánea. Pasajes y situaciones que lo llevarán por un realismo mágico visto desde la perspectiva de dos conocedores de este tema.

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    De Gabo a Mario

    11.9 hrs • 2/17/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.6 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Recorded Seminar

    Since the time of the abolitionists, no movement has so politicized social life in the United States as feminism. Responsible for wide-ranging legislation, such as women's right to vote and the right to an abortion, feminists have fought their way to the center of the country's political dialogue and made themselves a major presence there. But the road to such influence has not been easy. From the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment to the continuing debates about abortion, feminists have often found themselves in the middle of the country's most hotly contested disputes. They have won many allies, but also many enemies. Yet even under the most intense political pressure, feminism has continued to grow. It has evolved from a women's movement concerned with the rights of mostly white, middle- and upper-class women to an ideology that embraces women from communities of color to, most recently, a movement of international solidarity that pleads the cause of oppressed women around the world, from those brutalized by the Taliban in Afghanistan to teenagers sold into slavery in the East Asian sex trade. Feminists have long called attention to historical injustice and unfair labor practices. Now feminism has reached a position where it must decide not only how to redress the discriminations of the past but how best to shape the future of women.

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    Feminism and The Future of Women

    7.6 hrs • 2/17/17 • Recorded Seminar
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  11. 5.9 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Ingenious parenting shortcuts every mom and dad should know Parenting can be hard work, and our lives continue to get busier and busier. Is it possible to lighten the load but still raise great kids? From his experiences as a dad and interacting with countless other parents, Jay Payleitner has gathered scores of secrets worth passing along—simple things moms and dads have learned over the years. Things as simple as passing along truths during TV commercials, or connecting with your children as you tuck them in at night, or learning how to laugh over spilled milk. Some of the ideas are old-school secrets passed from one generation to the next; others deal with issues that would have never crossed Grandma and Grandpa’s minds. All are easy to implement. This book is designed for a quick, breezy reading experience, letting parents pick and choose those ideas that will make their lives easier, their kids happier, and their futures even brighter.

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    Quick Tips for Busy Families by Jay Payleitner

    Quick Tips for Busy Families

    5.9 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.3 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In almost any career, you must know how to write—even if it’s not part of your job description. But if you are a reluctant writer, producing even the simplest memo may be a struggle. Write Better Right Now is the springboard to get you ahead in any job, passion project, or situation that requires writing skills. No matter what you are called upon to do—blog posts, speeches, web content, press releases, or more—this step-by-step manual gives you the solid techniques you need to get the task done. Write Better Right Now works because it is:Short—It takes a concise approach, from first thoughts to final edits, and its “mix-and-match” structure means you only have to read the sections you need.Practical—It is loaded with summations, short cuts, tips, cheat sheets, and hands-on exercises.Solution-driven—Knowing where you’ve gone wrong is half the battle.Write Better Right Now offers you the tools to identify your own problem patterns and choose the quickest and most appropriate fixes.

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    Write Better Right Now

    6.3 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.4 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make smart decisions? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time. Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More. From questions that cement relationships, to those that help us plan for the future, each chapter in Ask More explores a different type of inquiry. By the end of the book, you’ll know what to ask and when, what you should listen for, and what you can expect as the outcome. Packed with illuminating interviews, the book explains:How the Gates Foundation used strategic questions to plan its battle against malariaHow turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problemsHow NPR’s Terry Gross uses empathy questions to dig deeperHow journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountableHow creative questions animated a couple of techie dreamers to brainstorm Uber Both intriguing and inspiring, Ask More shows how questions convey interest, feed curiosity, and reveal answers that can change the course of both your professional and personal life.

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    Ask More

    7.4 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.5 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    For decades, alarms have sounded about declining engagement. Yet companies continue to struggle with toxic cultures, and the low productivity and unhappiness that go with them. Why is “culture” so difficult to improve? What makes so many good employees check out? Neuroscientist Paul Zak shows that innate brain functions hold the answers. It all boils down to trust. When someone shows you trust, a feel-good jolt of oxytocin surges through your brain and triggers you to reciprocate. This simple mechanism creates a perpetual trust-building cycle—the key to changing stubborn workplace patterns. Drawing on his original research, Zak teases out science-backed insights for building high-trust organizations. Trust Factor opens a window on how brain chemicals affect behavior, why trust gets squashed, and ways to consciously stimulate it by celebrating effort, sharing information, promoting ownership, and more. The Ofactor™ survey, data, and examples support the action plans. Engagement programs and monetary rewards are Band-Aids on broken bones. To get to the root of the problem, you’ve got to go deeper. Packed with examples from The Container Store, Zappos, and Herman Miller, Trust Factor harnesses our neurochemistry to effectively cultivate work places where trust, joy, and commitment compound naturally.

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    Trust Factor

    6.5 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.3 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker, teaches you easy cloaking and counter-measures for citizens and consumers in the age of Big Brother and Big Data. Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumer’s identities are being stolen, and a person’s every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge—and he teaches you “the art of invisibility.” Mitnick is the world’s most famous—and formerly the Most Wanted—computer hacker. He has hacked into some of the country’s most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies, and at one point he was on a three-year run from the FBI. Now, though, Mitnick is reformed and is widely regarded as the expert on the subject of computer security. He knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening. In The Art of Invisibility Mitnick provides both online and real life tactics and inexpensive methods to protect you and your family, in easy step-by-step instructions. He even talks about more advanced “elite” techniques, which, if used properly, can maximize your privacy. Invisibility isn’t just for superheroes—privacy is a power you deserve and need in this modern age.

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    The Art of Invisibility

    9.3 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.9 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    An insider’s unflinching expose of the toxic culture within the Federal Reserve. In the early 2000s, as a Wall Street escapee writing a financial column for the Dallas Morning News. Booth attracted attention for her bold criticism of the Fed’s low interest rate policies and her cautionary warnings about the bubbly housing market. Nobody was more surprised than she when the folks at the Dallas Federal Reserve invited her aboard. Figuring she could have more of an impact on Fed policies from the inside, she accepted the call to duty and rose to be one of Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher’s closest advisors. To her dismay, the culture at the Fed—and its leadership—were not just ignorant of the brewing financial crisis, but indifferent to its very possibility. They interpreted their job of keeping the economy going to mean keeping Wall Street afloat at the expense of the American taxpayer. But bad Fed policy created unaffordable housing, skewed incentives, rampant corporate financial engineering, stagnant wages, an exodus from the labor force, and skyrocketing student debt. Booth observed firsthand how the Fed abdicated its responsibility to the American people both before and after the financial crisis—and how nobody within the Fed seems to have learned or changed from the experience. Today, the Federal Reserve is still controlled by 1,000 PhD economists and run by an unelected West Coast radical with no direct business experience. The Fed continues to enable Congress to grow our nation’s ballooning debt and avoid making hard choices, despite the high psychological and monetary costs. And our addiction to the “heroin” of low interest rates is pushing our economy towards yet another collapse. This book is Booth’s clarion call for a change in the way America’s most powerful financial institution is run—before it’s too late.

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    Fed Up

    9.9 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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