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Adult Non-Fiction Picks for Growth & Inspiration

Adult Non-Fiction Picks for Growth & Inspiration

These are non-fiction picks that are all about learning something new, self-improvement, challenging narratives, becoming better versions of ourselves.

Playlist Tags: Humpty Dumpty Books genre: Nonfiction topic: self-help feminist mindset growth topic: business anti-racism non-fiction

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Zero to One

Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

By Peter Thiel & Blake Masters
Narrated by: Blake Masters
Length: 4 hours 50 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.”—Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.”—Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to...

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Sister Outsider

Essays and Speeches
Crossing Press Feminist: Book #1

By Audre Lorde
Narrated by: Robin Eller
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

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

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Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

By Layla F. Saad
Narrated by: Layla F. Saad
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Me and White Supremacy

“Want to learn how to be a good ancestor? Need to address your privilege and feel uncomfortable about talking about racism? You need to read and work through Me and White Supremacy.”

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Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

By Sheryl Sandberg
Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A landmark manifesto" (The New York Times) that's a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. 

In her famed TED talk, Sheryl Sandberg described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers....

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Managing Oneself

Your Career

By Peter Drucker
Narrated by: Deaver Brown
Length: TBA

"Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform." -Peter F. Drucker

Compare Drucker's brilliant concise audiobook to his longer works--and be amazed at how practical and simple Drucker can make things in just 45 minutes! Playing this audiobook twice is far more...

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The Tools

Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity

By Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
Narrated by: Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes

The groundbreaking New York Times bestseller featuring five uniquely effective tools to help you embrace your shadow, learn the secret of true confidence, and bring about dynamic personal growth—as seen on Goop and The Dr. Oz Show

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels’s tools will be featured in an upcoming Netflix original documentary directed by Jonah... Read more »

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The 48 Laws of Power

By Robert Greene
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 23 hours 6 minutes

The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. Read more »

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The Laws of Human Nature

By Robert Greene
Narrated by: Paul Michael & Robert Greene
Length: 28 hours 26 minutes

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the people around you

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most... Read more »

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Influence

The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert B. Cialdini
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

The widely adopted, now classic book on influence and persuasion—a major national and international bestseller with more than four million copies sold!

In this highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini—the seminal expert in the field of influence and persuasion—explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to...

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The 5 Levels of Leadership

Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

By John C. Maxwell
Narrated by: Author
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your... Read more »

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Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

By Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes

The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of Start With Why and Together is BetterNow with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video "Millenials in the workplace" (150+ million views).

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted... Read more »

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Character Building

By Booker T. Washington
Narrated by: Andrew L. Barnes
Length: 6 hours 3 minutes

In Character Building are 37 addresses that Booker T. Washington gave before students, faculty, and guests at the Tuskegee Institute. These addresses take the form of timeless advice on a number of subjects.
These talks are delivered - in the motivational and uplifting manner one would expect from this American icon - on education, ethics,... Read more »

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The Road to Character

By David Brooks
Narrated by: Arthur Morey & David Brooks
Length: 12 hours 16 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success—“résumé virtues”—and our core principles.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST
 
With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column... Read more »

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 10 million copies sold

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k...

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Crushing It!

How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

By Gary Vaynerchuk
Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll & Amy Schmittauer
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

In his 2009 international bestseller...

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The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

By Charles Duhigg
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For anyone looking to rebuild old habits, form new ones, or start all over, this instant classic “masterfully combines cutting-edge research and captivating stories to reveal how habits shape our lives and how we can shape our habits” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive).

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The...

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The $100 Startup

Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

By Chris Guillebeau
Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau & Thomas Vincent Kelly
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

Lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose—and earn a good living.
 
“Thoughtful, funny, and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
 
Still in his early thirties, Chris... Read more »

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My Life on the Road

By Gloria Steinem
Narrated by: Debra Winger & Gloria Steinem
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the... Read more »

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The Big Fat Surprise

Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

By Nina Teicholz
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 13 hours 26 minutes

Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong.

For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat...

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How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

By Dale Carnegie & Associates
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

Celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the original landmark bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, comes an up-to-the-minute adaptation of Carnegie’s timeless prescriptions for the digital age.

Dale Carnegie’s principles have endured for nearly a century. Since its original publication in 1936, his timeless classic How to Win... Read more »

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