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#1: Big Friendship
How We Keep Each Other Close
By Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
Narrated by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman / 5 hours 33 minutes
A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.
Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their... Read more »
#2: The Good Fight
Wanting to Leave, Choosing to Stay, and the Powerful Practice for Loving Faithfully
Narrated by Jana Kramer & Michael Caussin / 5 hours 24 minutes
Hosts of the award-winning Whine Down podcast, Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin explore the raw and real moments of their marriage—what it means to love, to fight, and to sincerely forgive—with spiritual guidance and practical advice for anyone seeking stronger, more fulfilling love.
From the beginning, Mike and Jana had the kind of everyday... Read more »
What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex
By Angela Chen
Narrated by Natalie Naudus / 7 hours 43 minutes
An engaging exploration of what it means to be asexual in a world that’s obsessed with sexual attraction, and what the ace perspective can teach all of us about desire and identity.
What exactly is sexual attraction and what is it like to go through life not experiencing it? What does asexuality reveal about gender roles, about romance and... Read more »
#4: Alexander Hamilton
By Ron Chernow
Narrated by Scott Brick / 35 hours 56 minutes
The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!
In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust... Read more »
#5: Permission to Feel
Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
Narrated by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. / 7 hours 55 minutes
This program is read by the author.
The mental wellbeing of our children is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.
"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."
Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale... Read more »
#6: Dear Girls
Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
By Ali Wong
Narrated by Ali Wong & Justin Hakuta / 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... Read more »
The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--and Keep-- Love
By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 7 hours 6 minutes
"A groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be in a relationship."
--John Gray, PhD., bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist... Read more »
#8: Radical Kindness
The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving
Narrated by Angela Santomero & Michael David Axtell / 3 hours 23 minutes
“Did you read the Bio of Mister Rogers and feel inspired? Angela Santomero's new book will have you channeling your inner Rogers in no time! Her approach to kindness, both within and without, is a gift to us all. A reminder of the best in ourselves and a nudge to see that best in others as well.”Genavieve, Books & Company
#9: The New One
Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
Narrated by Mike Birbiglia & J. Hope Stein / 5 hours 8 minutes
With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to... Read more »
#10: Blessed are the Nones
Mixed-Faith Marriage and My Search for Spiritual Community
Narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer / 6 hours 24 minutes
Can the Christian life be lived alone?
After her husband became an agnostic, Stina Kielsmeier-Cook was left "spiritually single"—struggling to live the Christian life on her own, taking her kids to church by herself, and wrestling with her own questions and doubts.
In this memoir, Kielsmeier-Cook tells the story of her mixed-faith marriage and... Read more »
#11: No-Drama Discipline
The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Narrated by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson / 8 hours 18 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child and The Yes Brain tackle the ultimate parenting challenge: discipline.
“A lot of fascinating insights . . . an eye-opener worth reading.”—Parents
Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior,... Read more »
#12: Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
Narrated by Karyl McBride / 7 hours 25 minutes
The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life for yourself. Drawing on over two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women's... Read more »
How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life
Narrated by Robert Fass / 9 hours 1 minute
There’s no such thing as a bad kid. That’s what a lifetime of experience has taught Dr. Stuart Shanker. No matter how difficult, out of control, distracted, or exhausted a child might seem, there’s a way forward: self-regulation. Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, this radical new technique allows children and the adults who care for... Read more »
#14: White Kids
Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert / 8 hours 35 minutes
Riveting stories of how affluent, white children learn about race
American kids are living in a world of ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial injustice, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding diversity and inclusion. In this heated context, sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman zeroes in on affluent, white kids to... Read more »
#15: We Live for the We
The Political Power of Black Motherhood
By Dani McClain
Narrated by Dani McClain / 6 hours 11 minutes
A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times, from a longtime reporter on race, reproductive health, and politics
In We Live for the We, first-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust -- even hostile -- society. Black women are more likely to... Read more »
#16: Children of the Self-Absorbed
A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents
Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts / 7 hours 3 minutes
Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has... Read more »
#17: Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Narrated by Traber Burns / 6 hours 40 minutes
In his long career, eminent psychotherapist andauthor Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life’stwo greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us isresponsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty ofthese challenges. Although these people... Read more »
#18: The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old
Narrated by Tim Fannon / 7 hours 7 minutes
Perfect for expecting parents who want to prepare themselves for the challenging toddler years (which starts around eight months of age), this essential guide, a national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, not only helps reduce tantrums but makes happy kids even happier by boosting patience,... Read more »
#19: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
A true (as told to me) story
By Bess Kalb
Narrated by Bess Kalb / 4 hours 21 minutes
“Bess Kalb, a writer for many comedy series and Jimmy Kimmel Live, shines in this quirky memoir of her beloved (and opinionated!) grandmother. Told in voice messages which alternately exhort and praise, she relays the love that she and her grandmother Bobby Bell share. In a more unusual style, she tells Bobby’s immigrant story and the fraught relationships with both her mother and daughter as if Bobby is speaking from the grave. It's short and oh so engaging.”Valerie, Blue Willow Bookshop
#20: Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Narrated by Cheryl Strayed / 9 hours 39 minutes
“Before she was known as the author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed was the anonymous Dear Sugar on The Rumpus website – an agony aunt of sorts, if agony aunts were endowed with ruthless compassion, profound honesty, and excellent prose. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of these columns. After I listened to Dear Sugar, the podcast she shared with Steve Almond, I decided to give the audio of this a go. No regrets! It is moving and eloquent, and never predictable -- and the fact that she reads it herself means that her compassion comes through not only in her writing but in her voice.”Claire, East City Bookshop
#21: My Brilliant Friend
The Neapolitan Novels: Book #1
Narrated by Hillary Huber / 12 hours 37 minutes
Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times bestselling “enduring masterpiece” (The Atlantic) about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples.
Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery... Read more »
#22: The Fixed Stars
Narrated by Erin Mallon / 6 hours 21 minutes
“I have enjoyed Molly Wizenberg’s writing for years, and this book was no exception. I loved the mix of science and research with confessional truth-telling about longing and identity. As a mother of two small children, I clung to this story of discovery. And as a human, I cherished Wizenberg’s exploration of the realization that our stories are never done being written. This book was a balm for my soul.”Sarah Fischer, Downbound Books
#23: Late Migrations
A Natural History of Love and Loss
Narrated by Joyce Bean / 5 hours 2 minutes
“Margaret Renkl feels the lives and struggles of each creature that enters her yard as keenly as she feels the paths followed by her mother, grandmother, her people. Learning to accept the sometimes harsh, always lush natural world may crack open a window to acceptance of our own losses. In Late Migrations, we welcome new life, mourn its passing, and honor it along the way.”Kat Baird, The Book Bin (Corvallis)
#24: What Matters Most
The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's "What-ifs"
Narrated by Erin Bennett / 10 hours 8 minutes
Founder of popular website Get Your Shit Together blends personal story and must-have advice in the ultimate guide to getting your affairs in order—from wills and advance directives to insurance, finances, and relationships—before the unthinkable happens.
On July 17, 2009, Chanel Reynolds’ husband, José, was struck by a car while cycling near... Read more »
#25: Girl, Wash Your Face
Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Narrated by Rachel Hollis / 7 hours 4 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – OVER 3 MILLION COPIES SOLD
Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.
If you have ever said any of these things to yourself . . .Something else will make me happy.I’m not a good mom.I will never get past this. Read more »I...
#26: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Narrated by Susan Bennett / 8 hours 25 minutes
The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.
Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine... Read more »
#27: The Best of Me
Narrated by David Sedaris / 13 hours 8 minutes
A lavish gift edition of David Sedaris's best stories, spanning his spectacular bestselling career. Hand-picked by David himself, these are stories that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, from "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York).
What could be a more tempting holiday gift than a compendium of David Sedaris's best... Read more »
#28: The Self-Driven Child
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Narrated by Kaleo Griffith / 11 hours 35 minutes
“Instead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.” —NPR
“This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling... Read more »
#29: Good Talk
A Memoir in Conversations
By Mira Jacob & Full Cast
Narrated by Mira Jacob, Kivlighan de Montebello & Full Cast / 2 hours 46 minutes
A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.
“By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.”—Celeste Ng
“How brown is too brown?”
“Can Indians be racist?”
“What does... Read more »
#30: The Opposite of Spoiled
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
By Ron Lieber
Narrated by Ron Lieber / 6 hours 42 minutes
In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise... Read more »
#31: The Deepest Well
Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
Narrated by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris / 10 hours 20 minutes
A pioneering physician reveals how childhood stress can lead to lifelong health problems, and shows us what we can do to break the cycle.
Two-thirds of us have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, such as abuse, neglect, parental substance dependence, or mental illness. Even though these events may have occured long ago,... Read more »
#32: The Whole-Brain Child
12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Narrated by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson / 6 hours 16 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book.
“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D.
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist... Read more »
#33: Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
The Heart of Parenting
Narrated by Roy Worley / 8 hours 4 minutes
From Dr. John Gottman comes Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, a modern guide to raising healthy and emotionally intelligent children, with a foreword by Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence.
Based on twenty years of research at the University of Washington studying parent-child interactions,... Read more »
#34: Rich Dad Poor Dad
What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Narrated by Tim Wheeler / 6 hours 9 minutes
Rich Dad Poor Dad will….Explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become richChallenge the belief that your house is an assetShow parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about moneyDefine once and for all an asset and a liabilityTeach you what to teach your kids about money for their future financia Read more »l...
#35: How to Raise an Adult
Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
Narrated by Julie Lythcott-Haims / 12 hours 31 minutes
"Julie Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure. . . . A must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children." -Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestsellersThe Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well
"For parents who want to foster hearty self-reliance instead of hollow self-esteem,... Read more »
#36: Craigslist Confessional
A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers
Narrated by Full Cast / 8 hours 14 minutes
“Touching.” —The New York Times
For fans of Humans of New York and PostSecret, a collection of raw, urgent, and heartfelt stories, shared anonymously.
Helena Dea Bala was an exhausted and isolated DC lobbyist, suffocating under the weight of her student loan debt, when she decided to split her lunch with a man who often panhandled near her... Read more »
#37: The Game of Desire
5 Surprising Secrets to Dating with Dominance - and Getting What You Want
Narrated by Shannon Boodram / 7 hours 49 minutes
Women: gain control and confidence in your love lives and find the relationship you want with this modern, life-changing guide from the certified sex educator, intimacy expert, and YouTube personality.For younger generations, dating is a complicated mystery. Apps like Tinder and Bumble are supposed to foster connection, but instead serve as Read more »a...
#38: The State of Affairs
By Esther Perel
Narrated by Esther Perel / 11 hours 57 minutes
Iconic couples’ therapist and bestselling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel returns with a provocative look at relationships through the lens of infidelity.
An affair: it can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. And yet, this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. What are we to... Read more »
#39: The Meaning of Marriage
Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
Narrated by Lloyd James & Marguerite Gavin / 8 hours 15 minutes
“Incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted.” —The Washington Times
Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the... Read more »
#40: Good Chemistry
The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics
Narrated by Jean Ann Douglass / 9 hours 16 minutes
A psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher explores the science of connection—why we need it, how we’ve lost it, and how we might find it again.
We are suffering from an epidemic of disconnection that antidepressants and social media can’t fix. This state of isolation puts us in “fight or flight mode,” deranging sleep, metabolism and libido.... Read more »
#41: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, Revised and Updated
Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer / 10 hours 17 minutes
Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. As a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the founder and director of the Seattle Marital and Family Institute, he has studied the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over... Read more »
The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
Narrated by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. / 10 hours 48 minutes
In this New York Times–bestselling book, Dr. Daniel Siegel shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children’s lives into one of the most rewarding.
Between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, the brain changes in important and, at times, challenging ways. In Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel busts a number... Read more »
#43: A Better Man
A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
Narrated by Michael Ian Black / 5 hours 52 minutes
Dear Elijah, Youre entering adulthood at an incredible time for men. You have the opportunity to be part of a conversation about the new shape of manhood. If you want it to, your generation of men can become pioneers, reinventing masculinity the same way women continue to adapt femininity What does it mean to be a man? In a world in which the... Read more »
#44: Summary of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Narrated by Maggi Mayfield / 1 hour 15 minutes
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown - Book Summary - Abbey Beathan
(Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book.)
Dr Brown is here to challenge everything you think you know about vulnerabilities so you can grow stronger.
Brenè Brown goes all out with his new book, putting... Read more »
#45: The 5 Love Languages
The Secret to Love that Lasts
By Gary Chapman
Narrated by Gary Chapman / 4 hours 46 minutes
Simple ideas, lasting love.
Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts “just because,” to linger in an embrace. The things that say “I love you” seem to either not get said or not get through. This is an audio book about saying it — and hearing it — clearly. No gimmicks.... Read more »
#46: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
An Oral History
Narrated by Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally / 6 hours 38 minutes
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance--presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple.
The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the... Read more »
#47: Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition
When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life
By Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Narrated by Henry O. Arnold / 11 hours 18 minutes
Boundaries is the book that's helped over 4 million people learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of their lives.
Does your life feel like it's out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone's requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others' feelings and problems. Or... Read more »
#48: The Secrets of Happy Families
Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy
By Bruce Feiler
Narrated by Bruce Feiler / 7 hours 44 minutes
These are just a few of the surprising innovations in this bold first-of-its-kind playbook for today's families. Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging... Read more »
#49: Sex with Shakespeare
Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love
Narrated by Jillian Keenan / 9 hours 56 minutes
A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking
When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the... Read more »
Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion
Narrated by Kelly Needham / 5 hours 48 minutes
Bible teacher Kelly Needham debunks our world's constricted, small view of friendship and casts a richer, more life-giving, biblical vision for friendship as God meant it to be.
As the family unit grows more unstable and the average age of marriage increases, a shift is taking place in our culture: for many people, friends now play the role of... Read more »