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  • "Orange Obsession for me!"

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    From the first moment listening to this audio I was HOOKED! A fascinating topic told in a totally engaging way by an amazing narrator I could not stop listening. To make matters worse I "binge watched" the Netfix series at the same time. I was on "Orange Overload". Piper Kerman's experience in a minimum security woman's prison is told with honesty and sensitivity. She did not consider herself a victim and was quite open about what she had done and how she came to understand herself, her crime and her life choices.She describes life in prison, from the basics of survival ie: food, showers, clothing, work assignments, guards, etc to the intimate friendships she made. She describes how through rituals, humor and support they helped each other make life bearable and have some meaning in such a difficult environment. She also describes how the sentence affects the families of women in prison,especially those with children and few resources. The book is quite a bit different than the series which certainly deviates from the story to make it Hollywood friendly. I was happy and sad when it ended. I enjoyed living in Piper's world from the comfort of my own home, during my "Orange Obsessed" week but I was glad to get back to my own life, because I literally couldnt stop listening!

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    Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
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  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    "A Must-Read for ALL Women"

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    If you could sum up Half the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking. Provocative. Motivating.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This book not only gives the listener/reader a window into the international plight of many females, but also directs one to many wonderful resources to begin to positively impact and assist those in need, even if from your computer.


    Any additional comments?

    Our Book Club read this as one of our monthly suggestions, very few of which are non-fiction, and all agreed that this had the most impact on us in a heartbreaking and motivating way realizing that everyone in America can, and should, help in a small, or big, way. We as a group now have chosen to make a donation by "passing the bucket" every month at our Book Club meeting to be a part of the change and solution through sponsoring education and Kiva micro loans for some of those in need.

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    Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

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    • By Jennifer Worth
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    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Daryl says: "A fitting end to a trilogy"
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    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
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    American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

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    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
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    Why Gender Matters

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    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Are boys and girls really that different? Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn't think so. However, an avalanche of research has shown that sex differences are more significant than anybody guessed. Gender differences are real, biologically programmed, and important to how children are raised, disciplined, and educated.

    LeakyB says: "Presents studies that support his views"
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    The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead

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    • By Jill Conner Browne
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    The Sweet Potato Queens like men. They like them so much that they have devoted an absolutely inordinate amount of time to the pursuit of men, marriage, and great sex. And then, when that doesn't work out, they've devoted an inordinate amount of time to divorce, getting another man, and having great sex with him instead.

    Kaeli says: "Can't live with 'em, might as well laugh"
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    A Room of One's Own

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    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Eleanor says: "Inspiration for all women writers and academics"
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    Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By James Bundy
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    Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the civil rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time, and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

    Corey says: "You will not learn this in school......."
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
  • Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2

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    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

    Jan says: "Nice followup to "Call The Midwife""
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

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    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Daryl says: "A fitting end to a trilogy"
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex

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    • By John Gray
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    Why is it so difficult for men and women to get along? In this phenomenally popular and effective work, Dr. John Gray illustrates how differences in communication styles, behavior, and emotional needs can drive the two sexes apart, and offers ways to help keep them together.

    Lenna Southland says: "May I suggest..."
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  • God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

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    • By Matthew Vines
    • Narrated By Matthew Vines
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    As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

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    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
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    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

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    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
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    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
  • How to Be a Woman

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    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
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    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
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  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

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    • By Jimmy Carter
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    The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.

    Richard says: "Incomprehensible from a western point of view"
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
  • Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
    • Narrated By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
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    What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating is doing for women: setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking audiobook shows listeners the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Captivating!"
  • Understanding Sexual Attraction: What Makes a Woman Want You

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    • By Nicholas Jack
    • Narrated By Don Sobczak
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    In this book you will learn the answer to the age old question “What women want”. Not the fleeting thoughts of what women want, but the things that are hardwired into them. It will explore sexual attraction completely. You will learn and understand every single attraction trigger that women have, and why they have them. Broken down mathematically with graphs and percentages you will learn exactly what things matter when it comes to attraction.

  • God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matthew Vines
    • Narrated By Matthew Vines
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    As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.

  • The Key Logger: A Forbidden Glimpse into the True Nature of Women

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    • By Nicholas Jack
    • Narrated By Jay Prichard
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    Most men see women as an idea; they see the perfect Disney character that they are supposed to see. After installing a key logger on my laptop years ago, I was able to see all the things that these women did when they thought no one was looking. The stories and the shocking truths that were revealed are told in this book. The true nature of women is as no man imagines.

  • Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity

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    • By Shabana Mir
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
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    Shabana Mir's powerful ethnographic study of women on Washington, D.C., college campuses reveals that being a young female Muslim in post-9/11 America means experiencing double scrutiny—scrutiny from the Muslim community as well as from the dominant non-Muslim community. i>Muslim American Women on Campus illuminates the processes by which a group of ethnically diverse American college women, all identifying as Muslim and all raised in the United States, construct their identities during one of the most formative times in their lives.

  • Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes

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    • By Joyce F. Benenson, Henry Markovits
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
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    The question of exactly what sex differences exist and whether they have a biological foundation has been one of our culture's favorite enduring discussions. It should. After a baby is born, a parent's first concern is for its physical health. The next concern is its sex. Only in the most modern societies does sex not virtually guarantee the type of future life a new human being will have. Even in modern societies, one's sex usually plays a large role in the path a life follows.

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  • Women in Waiting: Prejudice at the Heart of the Church

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Ogilvy
    • Narrated By Kelly Birch
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    The role of women in the Christian Church is the subject of heated debate. In this powerful book Julia Ogilvy interviews twelve of the most notable Christian women of our time, providing a telling and at times shocking analysis of the situation today. The women – from the Dean of York and the Presiding Bishop in America to Helena Kennedy QC and Dr Elaine Storkey – share some of the pain, disappointment and hurt they have experienced and reflect on the impact of a patriarchal Church on the suffering of women across the world.

  • The Double: Male Eros, Friendships and Mentoring - From Gilgamesh to Kerouac

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    • By Edward C. Sellner
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    Ancient Greeks and Romans had a term for the Double, referring to such an entity as a personal daemon or protector, a heavenly twin, who acts as an invisible guide during the lifetime of an individual. Recent Jungian psychologists refer to ''the double'' as ''a soul figure with all the erotic and spiritual significance'' attached to those inner figures whom Jung called anima (the inner feminine side of men) and animus (the inner masculine side of women). The double archetype, however, is not of the opposite, but of the same gender.

  • A Syrian Wedding

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    • By Nicholas Seeley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
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    Getting married in a refugee camp is a tricky business. It's a world without rules, where the value of money changes by the day, rumors and gossip are everywhere, and tragedy is a constant backdrop. A Syrian Wedding tells the true story of Mohammad and Amneh, a young couple who are navigating this treacherous landscape as they try to prepare for what should be the happiest day of their lives.