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Thinking its Presence

Pomona College THINKING ITS PRESENCE 2023: An interdisciplinary conference on race, creative writing, and artistic and aesthetic practices March 30, 2023- April 2nd, 2023

Brooklyn Crime Novel

A Novel

By: Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn comes a sweeping story of community, crime, and gentrification, tracing over fifty years of life in one Brooklyn neighborhood.“A blistering book. A love story. Social commentary. History. Protest novel. And mystery joins the whole together: is the... Read more

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A Gambler's Anatomy

A Novel

By: Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

“The Gambler vs. the House. Alexander Bruno's journey as a psychically abled, top-notch backgammon player illuminates themes of reward and loss, purpose and fulfillment in this engaging, thought-provoking yarn. Lethem's prose is on point, and his allusions and references resonate strongly. His description of this world - fast, oddly comical,... Read more

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The Fortress of Solitude

By: Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
Length: 18 hours 33 minutes

This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

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The Feral Detective

A Novel

By: Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: Zosia Mamet
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

“Lethem’s latest is a treat for fans and new readers alike. His personal brand of detective fiction (shrewd character descriptions, razor-sharp dialogue, and scene-setting that engages all five senses) has always been indebted to the (wild) West Coast — Hollywood specifically — so it’s unsurprising that The Feral Detective is as satisfying as his... Read more

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Dr. No

A Novel

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

A sly, madcap novel about supervillains and nothing, really, from an American novelist whose star keeps rising

The protagonist of Percival Everett's puckish new novel is a brilliant professor of mathematics who goes by Wala Kitu. (Wala, he explains, means "nothing" in Tagalog, and Kitu is Swahili for "nothing.") He is an expert on nothing. That... Read more

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The Trees

A Novel

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone

Percival Everett's The Trees is a must-listen that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected... Read more

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Symptomatic

By: Danzy Senna
Narrated by: Kristen Ariza
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Look out for Danzy Senna's latest book, New People, on sale now

A young woman moves to New York City for what promises to be a dream job. Displaced, she feels unsure of her fit in the world. Then comes a look of recognition, a gesture of friendship from an older woman named Greta who shares the same difficult-to-place color of skin. On common... Read more

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You Are Free: Stories

By: Danzy Senna
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, January LaVoy, Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

Danzy Senna's You Are Free is now available for the first time in audio!

Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise... Read more

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Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

A Personal History

By: Danzy Senna
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 6 hours 1 minute

When Danzy Senna’s parents got married in 1968, they seemed poised to defy history. A white woman with a blue-blood Bostonian lineage and a black man raised by a struggling single mother, these two beautiful young American writers were boldly challenging long-held racial biases. When their marriage violently disintegrated eight years later, it... Read more

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So Much Blue

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won't allow anyone to see: not his children; not his best friend, Richard; not even his wife, Linda. The painting is a canvas of twelve feet by twenty-one feet (and three inches) that is covered entirely in shades of blue. It may be his masterpiece or it may not; he doesn’t know or, more accurately,... Read more

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Brown Neon

By: Raquel Gutierrez
Narrated by: Raquel Gutierrez
Length: 6 hours 1 minute

A meditation on southwestern terrains, intergenerational queer dynamics, and surveilled brown artists that crosses physical and conceptual borders.
Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, Raquel Gutiérrez’s debut essay collection, Brown Neon, gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For... Read more

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The New Earth

A Novel

By: Jess Row
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen, Jaime Lamchick, Jason Culp, Robin Miles, Ron Butler, Inés del Castillo, Gary Tiedemann, Sheldon Romero, Josh Bloomberg, Aylam Orian, Vaneh Assadourian & Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 21 hours 20 minutes

A globe-spanning epic novel about a fractured New York family reckoning with the harms of the past and confronting humanity’s uncertain future, from award-winning author Jess Row For fifteen years, the Wilcoxes have been a family in name only. Though never the picture of happiness, they once seemed like a typical white Jewish clan from the Upper... Read more

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Your Face in Mine

By: Jess Row
Narrated by: Zach Villa
Length: 11 hours 43 minutes

One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn't recognize calls out to him. To Kelly's shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly's closest friends in high school - and, before his disappearance nearly twenty years before, skinny, white, and... Read more

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When We Become Ours

A YA Adoptee Anthology

By: Shannon Gibney, Nicole Chung, Mariama J. Lockington, Meredith Ireland, Mark Oshiro, Stefany Valentine, Eric Smith, Kelley Baker, MeMe Collier, Susan Harness, Lisa Nopachai, Matthew Salesses, Sun Yung Shin, Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom & Jenny Heijun Wills
Narrated by: Angel Pean, Greta Jung, Elena Rey, DeLanna Studi, David Lee Huynh & Karla Serrato
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

"An emotion-filled collection." —Kirkus ReviewsTwo teens take the stage and find their voice . . .A girl learns about her heritage and begins to find her community . . .A sister is haunted by the ghosts of loved ones lost . . .There is no universal adoption experience, and no two adoptees have the same story. This anthology for teens edited by... Read more

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Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear

A Novel

By: Matthew Salesses
Narrated by: Greg Chun
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.From the bestselling author of The Hundred-Year Flood comes an incredibly entertaining and profoundly affecting tour de force about a Korean American man’s strange and ordinary attempts to exist.Matt Kim is always tired. He keeps passing out. His cat is dead. His wife and daughter have left him.... Read more

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The Hundred-Year Flood

By: Matthew Salesses
Narrated by: Mark Schenfisch
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him and his adopted father. This beautiful and dreamlike story follows Tee, a twenty-two-year-old Korean-American, as he escapes to Prague in the wake of... Read more

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New People

By: Danzy Senna
Narrated by: Kristen Ariza
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT

Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY


Vogue • Elle • Harper's Bazaar Glamour • Buzzfeed • In Style • Men's Journal • Bustle • Ms. Magazine • Pop Sugar 
• Newsday • The Millions • Time Out • Bitch • CNN's The Lead • The Fader

"[A] cutting take on race...
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What Storm, What Thunder

A Novel

By: Myriam J.A. Chancy
Narrated by: Ella Turenne
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

What Storm, What Thunder is a lyrical exploration of the disastrous 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the people it impacted most. Readers will hear from people who will emerge from the earthquake physically unscathed, from those who will lose their lives, and from those who will lose everything but: a queer sex worker, a wealthy expat businessman,... Read more

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The Wangs vs. the World

By: Jade Chang
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 14 hours 1 minute

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent-and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined... Read more

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The Sense of Wonder

By: Matthew Salesses
Narrated by: Jee Young Han & Tommy Kang
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

From the author of PEN/Faulkner finalist Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear and Craft in the Real World comes a searing masterwork on the ways Asian Americans navigate the thorny worlds of sports and entertainment when everything is stacked against them. An Asian American basketball star walks into a gym. No one recognizes him, but everyone stares... Read more

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