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Essays bestsellers

The top 50 Essays audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,200+ partner bookstore locations.

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#1: Wow, No Thank You.

Essays
By Samantha Irby
10 hours 3 minutes

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and... Read More »

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#2: Calypso

By David Sedaris
6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“Calypso by David Sedaris is laugh out loud hysterical in true Sedaris fashion. Listening to him read and deliver his stories is like listening to a stand-up comedian. This collection is fairly personal and many stories involve his family and their adventures in his North Carolinian beach house, aptly name the “Sea Section”. Sedaris manages to tackle even difficult issues like suicide and aging with grace and just the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with brutal honesty. Highly recommend!”

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#3: Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer /  16 hours 44 minutes

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our... Read More »

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#4: The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Jesse Martin /  2 hours 25 minutes

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... Read More »

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#5: The Groom Will Keep His Name

And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance
By Matt Ortile
Narrated by Matt Ortile /  9 hours 26 minutes

A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America who is learning that everything is about sex (Bitch Magazine) -- and sex is about power.
When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed... Read More »

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#6: Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
By R. Eric Thomas
7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny . . . [R. Eric Thomas] is one of... Read More »

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#7: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

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By Samantha Irby
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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#8: Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

By Phoebe Robinson & Ilana Glazer
8 hours 55 minutes

Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

“Phoebe Robinson’s new collection of essays will make you laugh out loud and is a great tutorial on being trash but forgiving yourself for it while still being able to name the things that are #serioustrash. These essays get real about the sitch of our union—calling out nonintersectional feminists, internalized sexism, our workaholic culture, and toxic sosh meeds (social media). Written in classic Phoebe stream-of-consciousness style, this is the perfect antidote to the garbage fire of 2018.”

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#9: Little Weirds

By Jenny Slate
4 hours 19 minutes

Little Weirds

“Little lovely weirds from the big, lovely, weirdness of Jenny Slate's brain. I am recommending that you get both a physical copy to beautify your shelves and the audiobook so that Slate can croon her little weirds into your ears and that way your hands are free for snacking or petting the dog or arranging acorns on your mantle. You will laugh and sigh and wish her words could bring things to life because she is, after all, a magical person so it should be a thing she can do. And who knows? Maybe she will. ”

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#10: We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by Beresford Bennett /  13 hours 37 minutes

In this “urgently relevant”* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller • Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book...
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#11: Meaty

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By Samantha Irby
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  7 hours 39 minutes

Smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby explodes off the printed page in her uproarious first collection of essays. 

Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood: chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation,... Read More »

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#12: How to be Alone

If You Want to, and Even If You Don't
By Lane Moore
Narrated by Lane Moore /  6 hours 3 minutes

The former Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan and host of the wildly popular comedy show Tinder Live with Lane Moore presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first book.

Lane Moore is a rare performer who is as impressive onstage—whether hosting her iconic show Tinder Live or being the enigmatic front woman of It Was... Read More »

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#13: Dear Girls

Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
By Ali Wong
6 hours 20 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

“Knife-sharp . . . a genuine...
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#14: My Time Among the Whites

Notes from an Unfinished Education
By Jennine Capo Crucet
Narrated by Jennine Capo Crucet /  4 hours 27 minutes

From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an "accidental" American?an incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capo Crucet explores the condition of... Read More »

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#15: Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion
By Jia Tolentino
9 hours 45 minutes

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.”—Esquire
 
“A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.”—Vulture


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#16: A Very Punchable Face

A Memoir
By Colin Jost
7 hours 40 minutes

In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

“I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.”—Larry David


If there’s one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it’s being able to take a punch—metaphorically... Read More »

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#17: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

By Issa Rae
Narrated by Issa Rae /  5 hours 49 minutes

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure.

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously... Read More »

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#18: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Unabridged Selections
By Alice Wong
8 hours 1 minute

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of... Read More »

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#19: Gathering Moss

A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer /  7 hours 46 minutes

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide,... Read More »

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#20: The Witches Are Coming

By Lindy West
6 hours 27 minutes

The Witches Are Coming

“The Witches Are Coming is a timely and engaging collection of essays (read by the author Lindy West in the audiobook version, which I highly recommend). With a great balance of rage, humor, optimism, and urgency, West addresses the state of American culture and how we can move forward, specifically with regard to how women are framed in the narrative that has been written throughout the past hundred years. But she also talks about race, climate change, getting her book Shrill made into a TV show, Adam Sandler, and a number of other topics. West's book is a rally cry for witches; it will make you feel like picking up a broom and flying off to a coven meeting.”

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#21: The Source of Self-Regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
By Toni Morrison
16 hours 1 minute

Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni... Read More »

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#22: Bad Feminist

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By Roxane Gay
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 46 minutes

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

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... Read More »

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#23: The Last Black Unicorn

By Tiffany Haddish
6 hours 29 minutes

Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

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#24: Surviving Autocracy

By Masha Gessen
5 hours 45 minutes

“When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen. The New York Times

“The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book.” —The Washington Post

As seen on MSNBC Morning Joe and heard on NPR All Things Considered: the bestselling, National Book Award-winning journalist offers an essential guide to understanding, resisting, and recovering from the... Read More »

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#25: Like Brothers

By Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass & Mindy Kaling
Narrated by Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass /  6 hours 22 minutes

The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.

“A book that anyone will love . . . You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times (17 Refreshing... Read More »

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#26: Something That May Shock and Discredit You

By Daniel Mallory Ortberg
6 hours 47 minutes

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, Yahoo Lifestyle, and Bitch Media

“A delightful hybrid of a book… You’ll laugh, you'll cry, often both at once. Everyone should read this extraordinary book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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#27: The Collected Schizophrenias

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By Esmé Weijun Wang
Narrated by Esmé Weijun Wang /  7 hours 51 minutes

The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias is a heartbreaking and honest collection about chronic mental illness and its effects on Wang. Through personal narrative and scientific research, Wang has created a collection of essays that are challenging in the sense that they confront you with the reality of a misunderstood condition. Her mission is not to scare, shock, or make the reader feel sorry for her, but to create an environment where mental illness is better understood and destigmatized within our culture. An eye-opening collection of essays from a truly exceptional writer.”

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#28: The Pretty One

On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me
By Keah Brown
9 hours 27 minutes

From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire... Read More »

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#29: Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies

And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There
By Tara Schuster
11 hours 42 minutes

Brutally honest, often hilarious, hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself from a young vice president at Comedy Central who was called “ahead of her time” by Jordan Peele

“Compelling, persuasive, and useful no matter where you are in your life.”—Chelsea Handler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Life Will Be the Death of... Read More »

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#30: Well-Read Black Girl

Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
By Glory Edim
5 hours 6 minutes

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of... Read More »

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#31: Food: A Love Story

By Jim Gaffigan
Narrated by Jim Gaffigan /  7 hours 16 minutes

Comedian Jim Gaffigan reveals his most intimate food memories, opinions, and fantasies that will keep you laughing all the way to the refrigerator. 

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend...
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#32: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris /  10 hours 53 minutes

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? In his newest collection of essays,... Read More »

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#33: Why Not Me?

By Mindy Kaling
Narrated by Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels & B. J. Novak /  4 hours 57 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever comes a hilarious collection of essays about her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.

“This is Kaling at the height of her power.”—USA Today

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#34: Paddle Your Own Canoe

One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
By Nick Offerman
Narrated by Nick Offerman /  10 hours 50 minutes

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?  Combining... Read More »

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#35: A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
By Ben Folds
Narrated by Ben Folds /  8 hours 33 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

“A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.”—Sara Bareilles

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND PASTE

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#36: When You Are Engulfed in Flames

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris /  9 hours 2 minutes

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him once more. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the... Read More »

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#37: Travel as a Political Act

Rick Steves
By Rick Steves
Narrated by Rick Steves /  10 hours 14 minutes

Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.

With the world facing divisive events and movements like the rise of nationalism, Trump, Brexit, Erdogan, and more, there's never been a... Read More »

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#38: I Don't Know What You Know Me From

Confessions of a Co-Star
By Judy Greer
Narrated by Judy Greer /  5 hours 30 minutes

You know Judy Greer, right? Maybe from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Carrie, Arrested Development, or The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, you already feel like she’s your friend. 

In her first book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, Greer writes about everything you would hope to hear from your best... Read More »

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#39: How To

Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
By Randall Munroe
6 hours 15 minutes

The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer

For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try... Read More »

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#40: Surrender, White People!

Our Unconditional Terms for Peace
By D. L. Hughley & Doug Moe
Narrated by D. L. Hughley /  5 hours 2 minutes

Surrender, white people! After 400 years of white supremacy in America, a reckoning is here. Time to listen up, look history in the face, and surrender unjust privilege. These are the terms of peace–and they are unconditional. Hope you have a sense of humor, because this is gonna sting.

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#41: Travels with Charley in Search of America

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By John Steinbeck
Narrated by Gary Sinise /  7 hours 58 minutes

An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

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#42: Tales of Two Planets

Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World
By John Freeman

Building from his acclaimed anthology Tales of Two Americas, beloved writer and editor John Freeman draws together a group of our greatest writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live.

In the past five years, John Freeman, previously editor of Granta,... Read More »

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Publication Date: August 04, 2020

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#43: Weird but Normal

Essays
By Mia Mercado
Narrated by Mia Mercado /  6 hours 3 minutes

Weird but Normal

“I adored this book! I laughed until I cried, I cringed in shared embarrassment, and I read entire essays out loud to anyone who would listen. Although almost any reader will find something to relate to in Mia Mercado’s writing, she will speak directly to the hearts of millennials who still remember their hilariously terrible first AIM screennames. For all the laughs, Weird but Normal also delivers heartfelt truths about issues ranging from racism in America to depression. Can’t wait to see what Mercado does next!”

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#44: The Book of Delights

By Ross Gay
Narrated by Ross Gay /  5 hours

The Book of Delights

“Ross Gay's Book of Delights is my lifeline to joy (delights!) during my commute. I may plan to chip away at work tasks, or read the newspaper, or scroll through Facebook, but Ross' voice calls to me and I click on The Book of Delights. Only one entry soothes my soul, but I usually can't stop at just one...”

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#45: I'm Judging You

The Do-Better Manual
By Luvvie Ajayi
Narrated by Luvvie Ajayi /  6 hours 48 minutes

*Updated edition includes bonus chapter*

Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Humor

"A truth-riot of a book!"Shonda Rhimes

New York Times Bestseller
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
Redbook “20 Books By Women You Must Read this Fall”
GoodHousekeeping.com “17 New Best New Books to Read This Fall”
BookRiot “100 Must-Read Hilarious Books”
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#46: On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
By Timothy Snyder
Narrated by Timothy Snyder /  1 hour 47 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth... Read More »

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#47: You Can't Touch My Hair

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
By Phoebe Robinson & Jessica Williams
Narrated by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams & John Hodgman /  7 hours 41 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • "A must-read…Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you." –Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope...
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#48: I Might Regret This

Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
By Abbi Jacobson
6 hours 9 minutes

I Might Regret This

“Abbi Jacobson (of Broad City fame) set off on a solo road trip from New York City to Los Angeles in an impulsive attempt to shake off heartache from a breakup. This quietly introspective and sweetly self-deprecating essay collection brings readers along on Jacobson’s cross-country trek and shows us that we’re never too old to figure out who we are. The raw honesty and startling vulnerability of this book took me by surprise, inspiring me to take stock of my own path.”

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#49: This Will Be My Undoing

Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
By Morgan Jerkins
Narrated by Morgan Jerkins /  7 hours 5 minutes

This Will Be My Undoing

“This book ravaged and then healed my weary soul. A micro and macro look at the exhaustion and triumph of black womanhood, Jerkins' essays are poignant enough on their own. When linked together in her book, the pieces become the subtle knife cutting through the membrane of gender and racial disparity that covers our country. Jerkins uses herself not simply as a reference point, but as a dissection, laid on the table and explained.”

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#50: This Is Major

Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope
By Shayla Lawson
Narrated by Shayla Lawson /  8 hours 48 minutes

From a fierce and humorous new voice comes a relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal essays on the richness and resilience of black girl culture—for readers of Samantha Irby, Roxane Gay, Morgan Jerkins, and Lindy West. 

Shayla Lawson is major. You don’t know who she is. Yet. But that’s okay. She is on a mission to move black... Read More »

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