What Happened to You? (16-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine
This program is read by the authors.
Our earliest experiences shape our lives far...
It Happened One Summer (29-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town... where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.
As seen on E!Online, PopSugar, CNN, EliteDaily, Vulture, Buzzfeed,...Read more »
Quarantine Session #67: Zakiya Dalila Harris + Brit Bennett
Author Zakiya Dalila Harris alights at Greenlight to launch her debut novel The Other Black Girl, a whip-smart thriller and crackling social commentary on the trials of being a Black woman in an overwhelmingly white industry. Harris talks with Brit Bennett (bestselling author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half) about navigating the whiteness... Read more »
Island Queen (37-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
“Richly detailed, vividly depicted, and sweeping in scope, Island Queen is historical fiction at its absolute finest. A stunning must-read!”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of...Read more »
Afterparties (43-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick!
Named a Best Book of Summer by: Wall Street Journal * Thrillist * Vogue * Lit Hub * Refinery29 * New York Observer * The Daily Beast * Time * BuzzFeed * Entertainment Weekly
A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life—immersive and comic, yet unsparing—that...Read more »
Morowa Yejidé: Creatures of Passage
River Bend hosted a virtual event celebrating the release of Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé. The event featured authors Morowa Yejidé and Tananarive Due in conversation with Mary Kay Zuravleff. A discussion of magical realism, horror, and contemporary Black literature.Read more »
The Reading List (23-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
A BEST OF SUMMER READ ACCORDING TO NEWSWEEK, PARADE MAGAZINE, NBC NEWS, LITHUB, AND POPSUGAR!
"The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel."--Shondaland
An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people...Read more »
Razorblade Tears 21-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
“Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.” —Michael Connelly,
#1 New York Times bestselling author
A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.
Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at...
Quarantine Session #65: Maggie Shipstead + Brandon Taylor
Author Brandon Taylor interviews fellow novelist and travel writer Maggie Shipstead about her epic novel Great Circle, a world-spanning tale of women “navigating the ice floes of patriarchy.” From evolving ways of defining (or not defining) gender through the past two centuries, to Hollywood gossip and the perennial challenge of writing... Read more »
Dear Miss Metropolitan (20-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged
Introducing an extraordinary and original writer whose first novel explores the intersections of grief and rage, personal strength and healing—and what we owe one another.
Fern seeks refuge from her mother’s pill-popping and boyfriends via Soul Train; Gwen finds salvation in the music of Prince much to her congregation’s dismay and Jessenia,...
The Boys in the Boat (43-Minute Excerpt)
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Listen to a complimentary 43-minute excerpt from the #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of...
Grit (44-Minute Excerpt)
In this must-listen audiobook for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people—both seasoned and new—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”Read more »
Quarantine Session #63: Stephanie Danler + Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss
Bestselling memoirist Stephanie Danler celebrates the paperback release of her most recent work Stray with author Kara Preiss and actor Emma Roberts, co-founders of the literary website Belletrist. The trio talk about writing as a way to survive a troubled home life, the challenges, regrets, and requirements of memoir, and the fascinating... Read more »
Ibi Zoboi (My Life) with Rita Williams Garcia at Greenlight Bookstore
Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich , in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness....Read more »
Quarantine Session #20: Raven Leilani + Samantha Irby
In this electrifying pre-publication event, Raven Leilani launches her highly anticipated novel Luster in conversation with fiercely brilliant comedian Samantha Irby. Leilani's novel of a young Black woman's artistic and sexual trajectory is the starting point for a passionate and hilarious conversation about (among other things) the...Read more »
Blythe Roberson (How to Date Men When You Hate Men) at Greenlight Bookstore
Blythe Roberson, writer, comedian, and researcher at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, launches her debut book How to Date Men When You Hate Men . The audiobook is a humorous guide for dating in the modern age (without going insane), especially for those facing difficulties like how to daydream about a gender that is actively oppressing them....Read more »
Quarantine Session #11 Meredith Talusan + Alok Vaid-Menon
Award-winning author and journalist Meredith Talusan’s talks about her memoir Fairest — a coming of age story about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America — with her friend (and former roommate), writer and performance artist Alok. Topics of conversation...Read more »
Shoe Dog (45-Minute Excerpt)
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.Read more »
Quarantine Session #62: Adam Mansbach + Saeed Jones
Adam Mansbach, best known as creator of the parodic children’s book Go the F*ck to Sleep as well as several award-winning novels, opens up about his memoir of his brother’s suicide I Had a Brother Once in conversation with poet and memoirist Saeed Jones. Their moving and vulnerable conversation circles around the ways that grief runs up against... Read more »
Ezra Klein (Why We're Polarized) with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) at Greenlight Bookstore
Acclaimed podcaster and political analyst Ezra Klein of Vox talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) in front of a packed house about the evolution of America’s broken system as outlined in his book Why We’re Polarized. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on February 2, 2020)Read more »