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Essays & Letters

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    All American Christmas

    Unabridged

    6 hours 32 min

    A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Pull up a chair, pour some eggnog, and enjoy the Christmas spirit with friends…From the wind-swept, snowy ranges of Wyoming to Florida beaches glowing with Christmas lights,All American Christmas traces holiday traditions across the United States. In this beautiful personal keepsake, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy present a dazzling collection of emotional ... Read more

    $20.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Sister Outsider

    Essays and Speeches

    by Audre Lorde ...
    Narrated by Robin Eller ...
    series Crossing Press Feminist #1

    Unabridged

    7 hours 32 min

    Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and ... Read more

    $15.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Mr. Know-It-All

    The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

    by John Waters ...
    Narrated by John Waters ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 2 min

    "[Just] like reading a description of a Waters film is nothing like seeing it on the screen, listening to him tell his own stories brings the context and inflection needed to truly appreciate his art. A singular experience." — Booklist**This program is read by the author and includes a bonus conversation.No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively ... Read more

    $19.49 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Anthropocene Reviewed

    Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

    by John Green ...
    Narrated by John Green ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 3 min

    A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a ... Read more

    $20.00 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Displaced, The

    Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

    Unabridged

    5 hours 21 min

    In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained.In The Displaced, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Trick Mirror

    Reflections on Self-Delusion

    by Jia Tolentino ...
    Narrated by Jia Tolentino ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 46 min

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—EsquireBook Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • “A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.” ... Read more

    $22.50 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Fire Next Time

    by James Baldwin ...
    Narrated by Jesse Martin ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 25 min

    At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature. ... Read more

    $14.95 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Best of Me

    by David Sedaris ...
    Narrated by David Sedaris ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 8 min

    “Genius… It is miraculous to read these pieces… You must read The Best of Me.” —Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book ReviewDavid Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career—as selected and read by the author himself. Featuring fresh and classic recordings, including a new essay and an interview exclusive to the audiobook.A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice<s... ... Read more

    $28.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    C. S. Lewis

    Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

    by C. S. Lewis ...
    Narrated by Ralph Cosham ...

    Unabridged

    38 hours 58 min

    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of ... Read more

    $29.95 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Danse Macabre

    by Stephen King ...
    Narrated by William Dufris ...

    Unabridged

    18 hours 6 min

    The author whose boundless imagination and storytelling powers have redefined the horror genre, from 1974's Carrie to his epic Under the Dome, reflects on the very nature of terror-what scares us and why-in films (both cheesy and choice), television and radio, and, of course, the horror novel, past and present.Informal, engaging, tremendous fun, and tremendously informative, Danse Macabre is an ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

    Essays and Arguments

    Narrated by Paul Garcia ...

    Unabridged

    17 hours 46 min

    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted ... Read more

    $19.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    84, Charing Cross Road

    Unabridged

    1 hour 55 min

    This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their ... Read more

    $8.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Reading Like a Writer

    A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

    Narrated by Nanette Savard ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 2 min

    In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the ... Read more

    $21.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Letters from Father Christmas

    Narrated by Derek Jacobi ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 7 min

    The complete series of Father Christmas letters written by JRR Tolkien for his own children between 1920 and 1943.Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by ... Read more

    $11.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Sitting Pretty

    The View from My Ordinary, Resilient, Disabled Body

    Narrated by Rebekah Taussig ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 33 min

    A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) ... Read more

    $11.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Practicing Stoic

    Narrated by John Lescault ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 57 min

    The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for everyone—the most valuable wisdom of ages past made ... Read more

    $19.95 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    South and West

    From a Notebook

    by Joan Didion ...
    Narrated by Kimberly Farr, Nathaniel Rich ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 51 min

    From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks—writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles—and here is one such draft that ... Read more

    $10.00 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Parsnips, Buttered

    Laugh-out-loud reading from TV's funniest man

    by Joe Lycett ...
    Narrated by Joe Lycett ...

    Unabridged

    3 hours 43 min

    Dear Listener,Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.Life is hard. We are a bombarded generation: Facebook, billboards, Twitter, Instagram, taxes, newspapers, watches monitoring our sleep, apps that read our pulse, ... Read more

    $18.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Little Weirds

    by Jenny Slate ...
    Narrated by Jenny Slate ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 19 min

    Step into Jenny Slate's wild imagination in this "magical" (Mindy Kaling), "delicious" (Amy Sedaris), and "poignant" (John Mulaney) New York Times bestseller about love, heartbreak, and being alive -- "this book is something new and wonderful" (George Saunders).You may "know" Jenny Slate from her Netflix special, Stage Fright, as the creator of Marcel the Shell, or as the star of "Obvious Child." ... Read more

    $25.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Make It Scream, Make It Burn

    Essays

    Narrated by Leslie Jamison ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 3 min

    From the "astounding" (Entertainment Weekly), "spectacularly evocative" (The Atlantic), and "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes a return to the essay form in this expansive book.With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays ... Read more

    $25.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Intimations

    Six Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    Narrated by Zadie Smith ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 51 min

    **“[Smith’s] slim collection of essays captures this peculiar moment with startling clarity. . . . The personal and political intermingle for a powerful indictment of America’s social systems.” —TIME, The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020“While quarantined amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Smith penned six dazzling, trenchant essays burrowing deep into our contemporary culture of disease and upheaval and ... Read more

    $7.50 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Boy They Tried to Hide

    The true story of a son, forgotten by society

    by Shane Dunphy ...
    Narrated by Shane Dunphy ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 23 min

    The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling, true account of how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction ...Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at night to go deep into the woods near their home. He has spoken of ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Letters from a Stoic

    Penguin Classics

    by Seneca ...
    Narrated by Julian Glover ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 38 min

    **Brought to you by Penguin.This Penguin Classic is performed by Julian Glover, Olivier Award winning actor, also known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Robin Campbell.**A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the ... Read more

    $13.91 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Holidays on Ice

    Stories

    Unabridged

    4 hours 19 min

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favoritesas the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been ... Read more

    $19.98 USD or free with audiobook trial