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  • The Bob Edwards Show, Lonnie G. Bunch III and Hortense Spillers, August 29, 2013 | Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, Lonnie G. Bunch III and Hortense Spillers, August 29, 2013

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Bob Edwards
    • Narrated By Bob Edwards
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    Today, is part four of this week’s series, “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement.” Bob talks to cultural historian Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and lead curator for its exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963.”

  • False Entry: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    False Entry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Chris Kayser
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    Pierre Goodman enjoys an idyllic childhood as the son of a widowed dressmaker in post-World War I England. But paradise is ripped from him at age 10 when he and his mother immigrate to a small town in Alabama. Yearning to regain peace within his own mind and aided by his photographic memory, he begins falsely but completely enveloping himself in the lives of others. He yearns to become not merely a listener to the world, but also a singer in its chorus. In doing so, Pierre’s life becomes an extraordinary document of his time and place as he finds himself a part of history over and over again.

  • On Keeping Women: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    On Keeping Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Dominique Bernard
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    A complex masterpiece that reveals the mind of a contemporary woman beyond the confines of family, love, and duty to one’s self Lexie, a married woman with four children, undergoes a midlife crisis and questions her role as wife, mother, and lover. From within a Victorian house in the Hudson River Valley, Lexie dissects her life experiences in hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of her unhappiness. Through rich symbolism, lively dialogue, and acute commentary, Hortense Calisher conjures a cohesive map of Lexie’s personal awakening.

  • Herself | Hortense Calisher

    Herself

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
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    Although Hortense Calisher's fiction often draws on autobiographical elements, Herself is a disciplined documentation of the award-winning author's life and work. She surveys the various decades and landscapes she has inhabited, mining her family's Jewish lineage, discussing her children, exploring her greatest artistic influences, and describing her work process in a brave and bold work of autobiography. Herself is a rich collage of essays, reviews, recollections, and observations that unite the writer and the person.

  • Eagle Eye: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    Eagle Eye: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
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    Returning home to New York from Europe on his twenty-first birthday, draft-dodging narrator Bunty Bronstein is frustrated with his increasingly pompous businessman father and his disaffected mother, who no longer shows the flame she once possessed. Equipped with an incisive view of bourgeois lifestyles in New York, Bunty observes the shifting sensibilities of his family members, and yet has difficulty apprehending his own place in the world.

  • Journal from Ellipsia: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    Journal from Ellipsia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
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    A genderless alien from Ellipsia, a planet whose inhabitants have no concept of individuality, comes to Earth on an intergalactic exchange program to learn how to become human. To live here, the traveler must study and understand our inclinations for seeing people as distinct beings - the nature of gender, and at the heart of identity, the word I. At once funny and serious, Journal from Ellipsia offers a starkly objective view on our own humanity.

  • Textures of Life: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    Textures of Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
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    A study in motives, conflicts, ambitions, and fears as idealistic young newlyweds face unanticipated realities Hortense Calisher's second novel is a multigenerational story of art, family, and marriage. Opening with Liz and David's wedding and chronicling the first four years of their life together, Calisher follows the couple through their evolution into erudite, anti-materialist artists. They move into a sparse downtown Manhattan loft, prideful of their rebellious choice to lead lives unfettered by possessions.

  • Standard Dreaming: A Novella | Hortense Calisher

    Standard Dreaming: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
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    Dr. Niels Berners - a Swiss plastic surgeon living in New York - is struggling to recover from his dysfunctional son's abandonment of him. He joins a group of four other parents, all with absent children either in jail or in jeopardy, to discuss their feelings and seek a sense of community, comfort, and closure.

  • The Railway Police and The Last Trolley Ride | Hortense Calisher

    The Railway Police and The Last Trolley Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Steve Coulter, Teresa DeBerry
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    Two novellas from award-winning author Hortense Calisher offering very different journeys: the first looking hopefully forward, and the second, into a painful past. The characters in these two novellas take introspective, poignant excursions both to where they want to be (The Railway Police) and where they have been (The Last Trolley Ride).

  • The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel | Hortense Calisher

    The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hortense Calisher
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
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    Famous playwright Craig Towle has decided to return to his New Jersey hometown, a suburb of New York City. He arrives with his world-renowned reputation and a new wife who is half his age. It is the 1950s, and the new couple raises plenty of eyebrows - in particular, those of the narrator, an adolescent girl who is full of observations, but not judgments. At the center of this layered novel is the narrator's unconventional family and their odd fixation on Towle, which goes beyond his mere celebrity.

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