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#1: 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 »
#2: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
A true (as told to me) story
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
#3: Big Friendship
Shine Theory, Ladywebs, and Other Lessons From Our First Decade
By Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
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 »
#4: Home Baked
My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco
By Alia Volz
Narrated by Alia Volz / 14 hours 7 minutes
“When an advance copy of Home Baked arrived at the store, I took it home hoping merely to escape into the iconic 1970s San Francisco setting. I never anticipated that this memoir would give me an in-depth education on both the history of the era and the politics surrounding marijuana. Home Baked tells the story of the underground, and extremely illegal at the time, first known pot brownie business, Sticky Fingers. The author’s mother, Meridy, known to many simply as “The Brownie Lady,” and her friends expanded the operation through the swinging ‘70s and into the AIDS epidemic of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when marijuana went from a recreational drug to one that could mean life or death to many of their friends suffering from the disease. This book is about so much more than a homespun "magic brownie" business and the people whose lives it touched. It’s the story of a 20th century family, a movement, and an era. Whether you’re a square like me or an experienced pothead, I "highly" recommend Home Baked!”Haley, Phinney Books
#5: 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... Read More »
#6: Alexander Hamilton - Abridged
By Ron Chernow
Narrated by Grover Gardner / 11 hours 34 minutes
The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
"Grand-scale biography at its best—thorough, insightful, consistently... Read More »
The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--and Keep-- Love
By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
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: Permission to Feel
Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
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 »
#9: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen
A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
By Joanna Faber & Julie King
Narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, Michele Pawk, Candace Thaxton, January LaVoy, Rebekkah Ross, Gibson Frazier & Molly Pope / 10 hours 7 minutes
Over 200,000 copies in print!
A must-have guide for anyone who lives or works with young kids, with an introduction by Adele Faber, coauthor of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, the international mega-bestseller The Boston Globe dubbed “The Parenting Bible.”
For nearly forty years, parents have turned to How to Talk... Read More »
#10: 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...
#11: Disarming the Narcissist
Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed
Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin / 6 hours 20 minutes
How can you handle the narcissistic people in your life? They're frustrating (and maybe even intimidating) to deal with. You might need to interact with some of them in social or professional settings, and you might even love one—so sometimes it just doesn't work to simply ignore them. You need to find a way of communicating effectively with... Read More »
#12: The Self-Driven Child
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
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 »
#13: What We Will Become
A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation
By Mimi Lemay
Narrated by Mimi Lemay / 12 hours 3 minutes
A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.
From the age of two and a half, Jacob, born “Em”, adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she... Read More »
#14: Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.
4 hours 59 minutes
Winner of the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
A beautiful and haunting memoir of kinship and culture rediscovered.
Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family and returned to Seoul where she spent four... Read More »
#15: My Meteorite
Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing
By Harry Dodge
9 hours 27 minutes
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
One of LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020
An expansive, radiant, and genre-defying investigation into bonding—and how we are shaped by forces we cannot fully know
Is love a force akin to gravity? A kind of invisible fabric which enables communications through space and time? Artist Harry Dodge... Read More »
#16: How We Did It
The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life
By Karl Subban & Scott Colby
Narrated by Karl Subban / 7 hours 59 minutes
The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child.
In his... Read More »
#17: 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 »
#18: 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 »
#19: 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 »
#20: The Heat of someone you care about
By Pamela Jones
Narrated by Laura Johnson / 40 minutes
EASILY is lucky in life, i quickly must be even luckier in like. According to many couples, marriage is effort. They often stress how it requires constant attention and maintenance. Perhaps each one of these hard-working married folks are orchids - fragile, temperamental, and require optimal conditions where to grow. If so, then we should be... Read More »
By Susan Burton
9 hours 51 minutes
An editor at This American Life reveals the searing story of the secret binge-eating that dominated her adolescence and shapes her still.
“A smart, brave gift to the world. Bravo!”—Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir and The Liar’s Club
For almost thirty years, Susan Burton hid her obsession with food and the secret life of compulsive eating... Read More »
#22: Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son
Preparing Your Son for a Happy and Successful Life
By Tim Hawkes
Narrated by Paul Heitsch / 10 hours 2 minutes
Making time to talk with your son is one thing; knowing what to talk about is another.Every parent of a teenage boy knows there are certain conversations they must have with their son, but they often put them off—or worse, don’t have them at all—because they simply don’t know where to start. Written by Dr. Tim Hawkes, one of Australia’s top... Read More »
#23: 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 »
#24: 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 »
#25: 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 »
#26: Motherhood So White
A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America
Narrated by Allyson Johnson / 6 hours 34 minutes
In America, Mother = White That's what Nefertiti, a single African American woman, discovered when she decided she wanted to adopt a black baby boy out of the foster care system. Eager to finally join the motherhood ranks, Nefertiti was shocked when people started asking her why she wanted to adopt a "crack baby" or said that she would never be... Read More »
#27: Bringing Up Bébé
One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
Narrated by Abby Craden / 9 hours 7 minutes
The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children.
When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special.
Yet, the French... Read More »
#28: Like a Mother
A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
Narrated by Roxana Ortega & Angela Garbes / 7 hours
What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.
Like most first-time mothers, Angela... Read More »
#29: Once More We Saw Stars
“Some memoirs transcend the author’s experience and become universal—I always thought of those as the good ones. Then I read Jayson Greene’s memoir of loss and grief and was forced to confront the fullness of his individual humanity in a way I hadn’t experienced before. Grief is distinctly personal and Greene’s story of the death of his two-year-old child is simply unfathomable to me, yet his honesty and willingness to sit in the fearfulness of this new life resonated deeply. Once More We Saw Stars is a wonderfully written memoir that connects on the most basic human level.”Michelle Cavalier, Cavalier House Books
#30: Girl, Wash Your Face
Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
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...
A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
By Emily Oster
10 hours 36 minutes
From the author of EXPECTING BETTER, an economist's guide to the early years of parenting
With Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of... Read More »
#32: Dad Is Fat
By Jim Gaffigan
Narrated by Jim Gaffigan / 5 hours 25 minutes
Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids.
Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he... Read More »
#33: Love, Nina
A Nanny Writes Home
By Nina Stibbe
Narrated by Nina Stibbe / 8 hours 1 minute
"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: Love, Nina might be the most charming book I've ever read." -- Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described... Read More »
#34: Far From the Tree
Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Narrated by Andrew Solomon / 40 hours 36 minutes
From the National Book Award-winning author of the “brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic” (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a game-changer of a book about the impact of extreme personal and cultural difference between parents and children.
A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon’s journey... Read More »
#35: The Deepest Well
Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
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 »
#36: 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 »
#37: Love and Trouble
A Midlife Reckoning
Narrated by Claire Dederer / 7 hours
From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally... Read More »
#38: The Wild Edge of Sorrow
Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
Narrated by Derek Botten / 6 hours 47 minutes
Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we... Read More »
#39: Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken
Finding Forgiveness and Restoration
By Cindy Beall
Narrated by Laura Jennings / 5 hours 45 minutes
A few days after an ordinary Valentine's Day, Cindy Beall's life changed forever. She listened with disbelief as her husband, Chris, a respected pastor, confessed to pornography addiction, numerous affairs, and the startling news that a woman was pregnant with his child. With raw honesty and intimate knowledge of pain and of God's power to... Read More »
#40: Running Home
By Katie Arnold
11 hours 21 minutes
In the tradition of Wild and H Is for Hawk, an Outside magazine writer tells her story—of fathers and daughters, grief and renewal, adventure and obsession, and the power of running to change your life.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE
I’m running to forget, and to remember.
For more than a decade, Katie Arnold chased... Read More »
#41: Wired for Love
How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship
Narrated by Michael Hinton / 7 hours 37 minutes
"What the heck is my partner thinking?" is a common refrain in romantic relationships, and with good reason. Every person is wired for love differently, with different habits, needs, and reactions to conflict. The good news is that most people's minds work in predictable ways and respond well to security, attachment, and rituals, making it... Read More »
#42: 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...
#43: The Heart of the Five Love Languages
By Gary Chapman
Narrated by Chris Fabry / 44 minutes
He sends you flowers when what you really want is time to talk. She gives you a hug when what you really need is a home-cooked meal! The problem isn’t your love— it’s your love language!
Dr. Gary Chapman reveals how different people express love in different ways. Here, at last, is the key to understanding each other’s unique needs. Apply the... Read More »
#44: You're Doing Great!
And Other Reasons to Stay Alive
By Tom Papa
Narrated by Tom Papa / 6 hours 35 minutes
This program is read by the author.
“You’re Doing Great! is your no-nonsense go-to collection of essays to get you through the increasing noise and chatter of self-doubt and confusion in the new millennium. Tom Papa is a funny, empathetic guide and your new best friend." — Patton Oswalt
"Read it. Listen to it. Whatever, do what you want.... Read More »
#45: Good Talk
A Memoir in Conversations
By Mira Jacob & 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 »
#46: Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
The Heart of Parenting
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 »
#47: Attention: A Love Story
8 hours 13 minutes
“This is a rich inquiry into what it means to pay (and maintain) attention in a world increasingly permeated with distraction and interference.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Combining expert storytelling with genuine self-scrutiny, Casey Schwartz details the decade she spend taking Adderall to help her pay attention (or so she thought) and then considers... Read More »
#48: Wild Things
The Art of Nurturing Boys
Narrated by David Colacci / 10 hours 29 minutes
Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal–winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently... Read More »
#49: The Underdogs
Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love
Narrated by Christina Delaine / 10 hours 32 minutes
From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four... Read More »
#50: Couples That Work
How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work
Narrated by Jennifer Petriglieri / 5 hours 56 minutes
Finding fulfillment in both love and work isn't easy—but it's possible. The majority of couples today are dual-career couples. As anyone who's part of such a relationship knows, this presents big challenges: trying to raise kids and achieve career goals while caring for and supporting your partner can seem impossible. Yet most advice for... Read More »
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