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  • Drinking in America: Our Secret History | Susan Cheever

    Drinking in America: Our Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Cheever
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin Creel
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    In Drinking in America, best-selling author Susan Cheever chronicles our national love affair with liquor, taking a long, thoughtful look at the way alcohol has changed our nation's history. This is the often-overlooked story of how alcohol has shaped American events and the American character from the 17th to the 20th century.

    Gary says: "Some what liberal interpretation of history."
  • Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker | Woody Allen,John Cheever,E. B. White,Jeffrey Eugenides,Vladimir Nabokov,Dorothy Parker,Susan Sontag,Isaac Bashevis Singer,James Thurber,Jamaica Kincaid

    Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Woody Allen, John Cheever, E. B. White, and others
    • Narrated By Tyne Daly, Timothy Jerome, Joe Morton, and others
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    New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.

    Alison says: "Great stories and readers, but technically sloppy"
  • Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography | Susan Cheever

    Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Based on extensive research and access to Alcott's journals and correspondence, Cheever chronicles all aspects of Alcott's life, beginning with the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her dynamic and domineering father, Bronson. Cheever examines Alcott's role as a woman, a working writer, and a daughter at a time when Alcott's rejection of marriage in favor of independence - a decision to be no man's "little woman" - was seen as defying conventional wisdom.

    Michelle says: "Dispels myth and revels in truth"
  • E. E. Cummings: A Life | Susan Cheever

    E. E. Cummings: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    E. E. Cummings' radical experimentation with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax resulted in his creation of a new, idiosyncratic means of poetic expression. And while there was critical disagreement about his work (Edmund Wilson called it "hideous", while Malcolm Cowley called him "unsurpassed in his field"), at the time of his death in 1962, at age 67, he was, after Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in the United States. Now, in this new biography, Susan Cheever traces the development of the poet and his work.

    Kathi says: "Very engaging story of the life of e.e.cummings!"
  • American Bloomsbury | Susan Cheever

    American Bloomsbury

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Here is a fascinating biography of those who were, in the mid-19th century, at the center of American thought and literature. It was an eclectic cast of characters. At various times in Concord, Massachusetts, three houses were home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry and John Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathanial Hawthorne. Among their friends and neighbors were Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, and others - men and women are at the heart of American idealism.

    Paula says: "Decent intro to 1840's Concord"
  • Mommy Wars: Working vs. Staying Home, a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y | Susan Cheever,Molly Jong-Fast,Dawn Drzal,Terri Minsky

    Mommy Wars: Working vs. Staying Home, a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever, Molly Jong-Fast, Dawn Drzal, and others
    • Narrated By Naomi Wolf, Leslie Morgan Steiner
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    The battle rages in every mother: stay at home or go back to work. This panel at New York's 92nd Street Y features four contributors to the new book The Mommy Wars (edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner) as they discuss the state of motherhood. The panelists represent multiple points on the "working full time vs. stay-at-home" spectrum, and they share their personal experiences and opinions with brutal honesty and wit.

    Elysse says: "Good points"
  • My Little Bit of Country | Susan Cheever

    My Little Bit of Country

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the park's ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

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