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#1: How to Be an Antiracist
Narrated by Ibram X. Kendi / 10 hours 43 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE... Read more »
By Bob Woodward
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 13 hours 21 minutes
Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.
Woodward, the #1 international bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House, has uncovered the precise moment the president was warned that the Covid-19... Read more »
#3: Hood Feminism
Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Narrated by Mikki Kendall / 6 hours 57 minutes
“Powerful. Important. Compulsively readable. Kendall’s narrative style is top notch - riveting and un-put-down-able. Not only is this a must read, it's a must pay attention. It's a must revisit and keep learning kind of book. Kendall dives deep and doesn't pull punches, but she doesn't seek to shame either. This is necessary reading for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. Because solidarity needs to be for ALL.”Britt, Second Star to the Right
#4: My Own Words
Narrated by Linda Lavin / 13 hours 16 minutes
The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.
My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender... Read more »
#5: The Splendid and the Vile
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
By Erik Larson
Narrated by John Lee & Erik Larson / 17 hours 48 minutes
“What riveting trip through the war on the capable albeit somewhat eccentric shoulders of Churchill. Not only does Larson provide a top-notch history of World War II, but he also provides an intimate look at the man and the family and associates of that one man, that unlikely hero, who now seems the only one who could have led Britain through the fight against Hitler. Highly recommended.”Kelly, Raven Book Store
#6: So You Want to Talk about Race
By Ijeoma Oluo
Narrated by Bahni Turpin / 7 hours 41 minutes
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk about Race, editor-at-large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in... Read more »
#7: A People's History of the United States
1492 to Present
By Howard Zinn
Narrated by Jeff Zinn / 34 hours 9 minutes
"A wonderful, splendid book--a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." --Howard Fast
For much of his life, historian Howard Zinn chronicled American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version taught in schools -- with... Read more »
#8: The End of Policing
Narrated by Michael Butler Murray / 8 hours 17 minutes
Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in... Read more »
#9: The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of September 11, 2001
Narrated by A Full 45-Person Cast / 15 hours 54 minutes
“Today I had a day off and listened to Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff on Libro.fm. I was in tears after the first 30 minutes. Has it really been 18 years since 9-11-01? It seems like it happened yesterday since it's still all so raw. I listened to the whole book nonstop until I was finished today. The style of the book reminds me of one of my favorite authors Studs Terkel. Let the people tell their own stories and the overall heart of the story will be told clearly and honestly. This will be a great gift suggestion for book buyers looking for the perfect gift for fathers, history bluffs, anyone that lived through those very tough days surrounding 9-11-01. Never forget!”Suzie, Tattered Cover
#10: Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Narrated by Bryan Stevenson / 11 hours 10 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice... Read more »
#11: I'm Still Here
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Narrated by Austin Channing Brown / 3 hours 54 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK • From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.
“Austin Channing Brown introduces herself as a master memoirist.... Read more »
#12: What Can I Do?
My Path from Climate Despair to Action
By Jane Fonda
Narrated by Jane Fonda, Annie Leonard, George Newbern, Adenrele Ojo & Tantoo Cardinal / 11 hours 41 minutes
A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest
"This is the last possible moment in history when changing course can mean saving lives and species on an unimaginable scale. It's too late... Read more »
#13: One Billion Americans
The Case for Thinking Bigger
Narrated by Matthew Yglesias / 6 hours 2 minutes
What would actually make America great: more people.
If the most challenging crisis in living memory has shown us anything, it’s that America has lost the will and the means to lead. We can’t compete with the huge population clusters of the global marketplace by keeping our population static or letting it diminish, or with our crumbling transit... Read more »
#14: Weapons of Math Destruction
How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
By Cathy O'Neil
Narrated by Cathy O'Neil / 6 hours 22 minutes
Longlisted for the National Book Award
New York Times Bestseller
A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how... Read more »
#15: Where Law Ends
Inside the Mueller Investigation
Narrated by George Newbern & Andrew Weissmann /
In the first and only inside account of the Mueller investigation, one of the special counsel’s most trusted prosecutors breaks his silence on the team’s history-making search for the truth, their painstaking deliberations and costly mistakes, and Trump’s unprecedented efforts to stifle their report.
“WHERE LAW ENDS TYRANNY BEGINS”—John Locke,... Read more »
#16: Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Narrated by Matthew Blaney / 14 hours 40 minutes
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE
ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
"Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old... Read more »
#17: When They Call You a Terrorist
A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Narrated by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Angela Davis / 6 hours 12 minutes
"Narrating her own work, Patrisse Khan-Cullors shares the salient moments of her life that led her to become a founder of Black Lives Matter...pain, frustration, and joy [emblazon] each word she utters." — AudioFile Magazine
This program is read by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and includes a bonus conversation.
The emotional and powerful story of one of... Read more »
#18: How to Hide an Empire
A History of the Greater United States
Narrated by Luis Moreno / 17 hours 25 minutes
“A hilarious sparkler of historical quirks burns down to a dangerous fuse of tampering, territory, and transnational economics in this history of the USA not as the nation you just pictured, but as the complete global network of Americans, many without the rights the Lower 48 believe in, most segregated into cells of power that occasionally overheat. Explosive. Narrator Luis Moreno delivers both bitter reality and hilarious asides with a tone of candor and clarity: A+”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop
#19: The Deficit Myth
Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy
Narrated by Stephanie Kelton / 10 hours 52 minutes
A New York Times Bestseller
The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory -- the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades -- delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.
Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary... Read more »
#20: Donald Trump v. The United States
Inside the Struggle to Stop a President
Narrated by Michael S. Schmidt / 14 hours 56 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With unparalleled reporting, a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter continues to break news about the most important political story of our lives as he chronicles the clash between a president and the officials of his own government who tried to stop him.
In the early days of the Trump presidency, the people... Read more »
#21: The Witches Are Coming
By Lindy West
Narrated by Lindy West / 6 hours 27 minutes
“ I struggle to write a review of Lindy West's work without resorting to simplistic three syllable sentences like "she's awesome," or, "she's the best." Maybe it's because she makes it look so very easy. She says everything I'm always thinking: about feminism, about politics, about our image-obsessed culture. And she does it with irrefutable logic, dazzling sentences, and an utterly fierce and funny sensibility. She's...(sigh) perfect.”Rachel, The Book Table
#22: I Got a Monster
The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad
Narrated by Ryan Vincent Anderson / 7 hours 54 minutes
The explosive true story of America's most corrupt police unit, the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), which terrorized the city of Baltimore for half a decade.
When Baltimore police sergeant Wayne Jenkins said he had a monster, he meant he had found a big-time drug dealer—one that he wanted to rob. This is the story of Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task... Read more »
#23: Our Malady
Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary
Narrated by Timothy Snyder / 3 hours 1 minute
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller On Tyranny comes an impassioned condemnation of America's coronavirus response and an urgent call to rethink health and freedom.
On December 29, 2019, historian Timothy Snyder fell gravely ill. Unable to stand, barely able to think, he waited for hours in an emergency... Read more »
#24: Conditional Citizens
On Belonging in America
By Laila Lalami
Narrated by Laila Lalami / 5 hours 48 minutes
What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship.... Read more »
#25: Twilight of Democracy
The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
Narrated by Anne Applebaum / 5 hours 15 minutes
"How did our democracy go wrong? This extraordinary document . . . is Applebaum's answer." —Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny
A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian explains, with electrifying clarity, why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.
From the United States and Britain to continental... Read more »
#26: American Fascists
The Christian Right and the War on America
By Chris Hedges
Narrated by Chris Hedges & Eunice Wong / 8 hours 10 minutes
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom... Read more »
The Fight to Defend the Free World
Narrated by H. R. McMaster / 17 hours 30 minutes
From Lt. General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army, ret., the former National Security Advisor and author of the bestselling classic Dereliction of Duty, comes a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing... Read more »
Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Narrated by Stephanie Land / 8 hours 34 minutes
“This was an amazing book about her life and struggles. It was so much better being able to hear the author tell the story. I could feel the despair in her voice and it made the book so much more poignant.”Tricia, Mostly Books
#29: The Tyranny of Merit
What's Become of the Common Good?
Narrated by Michael J. Sandel / 11 hours 17 minutes
This program is read by the author.
The world-renowned philosopher and author of the bestselling Justice explores the central question of our time: What has become of the common good?
These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favor of the already fortunate. Stalled social... Read more »
#30: Our Time Is Now
Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
Narrated by Stacey Abrams / 9 hours 20 minutes
"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."
This program is read by the author
Celebrated national... Read more »
How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation
By Candace Owens & Larry Elder
Narrated by Candace Owens / 6 hours 50 minutes
It’s time for a black exit.
Political activist and social media star Candace Owens addresses the many ways that Democrat Party policies hurt, rather than help, the African American community, and why she and many others are turning right.
Black Americans have long been shackled to the Democrats. Seeing no viable alternative, they have watched... Read more »
#32: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
By David Treuer
Narrated by Tanis Parenteau / 17 hours 44 minutes
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, NPR, Hudson Booksellers, The New York Public Library, The Dallas Morning News, and Library Journal.
"Chapter after chapter, it's like one... Read more »
#33: Evil Geniuses
The Unmaking of America: A Recent History
Narrated by Kurt Andersen / 16 hours 24 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When did America give up on fairness? The bestselling author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change—and charts a way back to the future.
“The one book everyone must read as we figure out how to... Read more »
#34: Hiding in Plain Sight
The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Narrated by Sarah Kendzior / 9 hours 31 minutes
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior documents the truth about the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump since the 1980s and how the erosion of our liberties made an American demagogue possible.
This program is read by the author.
The story of Donald Trump’s rise to power is the story of a buried American history – buried because... Read more »
#35: I Have Something to Tell You
Narrated by Chasten Buttigieg / 7 hours 18 minutes
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America’s future.
Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on... Read more »
The True Story of a Made-Up Thing
Narrated by Jacob Goldstein / 5 hours 37 minutes
The co-host of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money provides a well-researched, entertaining, somewhat irreverent look at how money is a made-up thing that has evolved over time to suit humanity's changing needs.
Money only works because we all agree to believe in it. In Money, Jacob Goldstein shows how money is a useful fiction that has... Read more »
#37: Thanks, Obama
My Hopey, Changey White House Years
By David Litt
Narrated by David Litt / 9 hours 28 minutes
“This was the first political book I was able to pick up after 2016, and I loved it. David Litt was one of Obama’s speechwriters, and I enjoyed traveling back in time to those happier, more innocent political times. I'd suspected too that his speechwriting credentials would make his memoir pleasant to read, and I was right—I particularly appreciate when form mirrors content, like the run-on sentences illustrating Obama’s style or the sentence-ending prepositions up with which Valerie Jarrett would not put. Oh, and it’s funny—and who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?”Claire, East City Bookshop
#38: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism
And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
Narrated by Esther Wane / 5 hours 22 minutes
“In Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, Ghodsee argues that unregulated capitalism is bad for women, as well as for everyone else. It goes on to argue that by nature capitalism forces a transactional relationship with sex and relationships between men and women. However, if we were to implement some of the gender equalizing policies of socialism such as government healthcare, childcare, schooling, and parental leave, men and women would be starting their romantic and sexual relationships from an equal footing, and as a result lead more happy and fulfilling lives both inside and outside of the bedroom. This book makes a compelling case for studying and implementing the positive aspects of the socialism of the past, so we can have a better future. By no means a manifesto, or apologetics for state socialism, but a call to take a deeper look at what the socialist countries of the past got right, and perhaps a suggestion not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, to look at what actually worked and benefited the citizens of those nations.”Amy, Changing Hands
#39: Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
By Debby Irving
Narrated by Debby Irving / 9 hours 23 minutes
Debby Irving is an emerging voice in the national racial justice community. Combining her organization development skills, classroom teaching experience, and understanding of systemic racism, Irving educates and consults with individuals and organizations seeking to create racial equity at both the personal and institutional level.
Irving grew up... Read more »
Poverty and Profit in the American City
Narrated by Dion Graham / 11 hours 2 minutes
WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION
From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the... Read more »
#41: On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
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 »
#42: The Soul of America
The Battle for Our Better Angels
By Jon Meacham
Narrated by Fred Sanders & Jon Meacham / 10 hours 54 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Christian Science Monitor • Southern Living
Our current climate of... Read more »
#43: The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Narrated by Jonathan Haidt / 11 hours
Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral... Read more »
#44: Jesus and John Wayne
How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Narrated by Suzie Althens / 12 hours 3 minutes
How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate's staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which explains how... Read more »
#45: Wandering in Strange Lands
A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots
Narrated by Morgan Jerkins / 8 hours 3 minutes
“Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins is a fascinating look at the history of the Great Migration through Jerkins' exploration of her own family history and legacy. Jerkins provides an additional dimension to understanding Black lineage in the United States and the complexity of what it means to be Black in America.”Tina, Leaves Book and Tea Shop
#46: I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)
A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations
Narrated by Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers / 5 hours 34 minutes
Two friends on opposite sides of the aisle provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument.
More than ever, politics seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers,... Read more »
#47: Dying of Whiteness
How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland
Narrated by Jamie Renell / 9 hours 42 minutes
A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe
In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again.... Read more »
#48: Permanent Record
Narrated by Holter Graham / 11 hours 30 minutes
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American... Read more »
#49: His Truth Is Marching On
John Lewis and the Power of Hope
By Jon Meacham & John Lewis
Narrated by JD Jackson & Jon Meacham / 10 hours
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America
John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund... Read more »
#50: Un-Trumping America
A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
By Dan Pfeiffer
Narrated by Dan Pfeiffer / 6 hours 20 minutes
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and cohost of Pod Save America, a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics.
There is nothing more important than beating... Read more »