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  • The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty

    The Sellout: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

    Bonnie B. says: "Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!"
  • The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel | Paul Beatty

    The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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    Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle, is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people".

  • The Sellout | Paul Beatty

    The Sellout

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

    wTamand says: "Slim pickin's Man Booker year if this won"
  • Tuff: A Novel | Paul Beatty

    Tuff: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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    Weighing in at 320 pounds, Winston "Tuffy" Foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams of millions from his idea, Cap'n Crunch: The Movie, starring Danny DeVito. His best friend is a disabled Muslim who wants to rob banks, his guiding light is an ex-hippie Asian woman who worked for Malcolm X, and his wife, Yolanda, he married from jail over the phone. Shrewdly comical as this dazzling novel is, it turns acerbically sublime when the frustrated Tuffy agrees to run for City Council.

  • Slumberland: A Novel | Paul Beatty

    Slumberland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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    After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, a little know avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods, the prevent defense, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic - and spiritual - other.

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