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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,229
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,295
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,289

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Brilliant. Necessary companion to TV series.

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Reviewed: 01-12-19

I started the first episode of the Hulu Tv series and knew I couldn’t finish it without reading the book first.

The writing is brilliant—and more importantly, the voice of the narrator (Offred) is incredibly distinct, and really should be heard in its original form and at every turn of of the tale. Her voice is complex—critical and yet complicit, longing for the past and a different future and yet devoid of a sense of agency, willing to be complicit enough to survive, and yet alive enough mentally to never stop questioning and considering alternatives and how to take opportunities for action.

Claire Danes is excellent. And the historical notes should be required reading/listening for our times.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,393
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    5 out of 5 stars 78,943

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Wonderful story about culture, education and identity formation as a black woman in modern day America

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Reviewed: 01-04-19

An important story of an American life that is filled with incredible and amazing detail. This memoir is rich in personal and cultural history, and the significance of embracing education, curiosity and love—for oneself, one’s family, community and culture.

Beautifully written and read. An engaging read for anyone from middle-school aged to adult.

  • Untangled

  • Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
  • By: Lisa Damour
  • Narrated by: Lisa Damour
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,237

Lisa Damour, PhD, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it! Living it! Beyond amazing

  • By Marycruz Tobar on 02-04-17

User Friendly Guide 4 Caring Busy Parents of Girls

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Reviewed: 11-05-18

Wow - What a great guide to help understand the complicated and often confusing path that young girls and women take towards maturity. A great read. Fantastic and relatable examples. And the author, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., does an excellent job of putting all of her research and clinical study into a user friendly package that makes me feel more prepared to deal with all of the issues that inevitably will arise with the pending teen years.

With topics ranging from sex, drugs and social media, to friends, school and behavior at home, she gives excellent ideas for what to ask and what to say to get to know and understand your girl better, and support her with communication, positive encouragement and healthy discipline. This book is like a primer for teen life - what to say, when, and how - to get your communication and their focus back on track. A+

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,342

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Beautiful tale of friendship and life

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Reviewed: 11-05-18

This book is gorgeous and epic. It speaks to everything in life that we may experience or be exposed to or influenced by that often have no words. I loved the author's way of depicting the worlds of each and every one of the main characters - their families, their inner thoughts, their hopes and dreams and ambitions as individuals, and the role of friendship - pure and simple - in all of their journeys.

If there were one writer alive that I would want to meet now, it would be Hanya Yanagihara. For this book is a treasure that has led me to look at every soul that I encounter on a subway or in a restaurant differently. And now I look at my own life and choices and experiences - no matter what they are - through a broader, and more empathetic and accepting lens.

  • Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage

  • America's Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship
  • By: John M. Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Joan DeClaire
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

In 1994, Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington made a startling announcement: Through scientific observation and mathematical analysis, they could predict, with more than 90-percent accuracy, whether a marriage would succeed or fail. The only thing they did not yet know was how to turn a failing marriage into a successful one, so Gottman teamed up with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, to develop intervention methods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Game Changer

  • By Dave on 05-17-11

10 Lessons to Transform Your RELATIONSHIP

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Reviewed: 11-04-18

I plan to listen to this book once a month - Great tips and tools not only for transforming a marriage, but for any relationship - from roommate to sister to friend to parent or co-worker. I loved every chapter, appreciate the way the authors used case studies to give concrete examples of the kinds of issues that come up in relationships and how to resolve them, and found incredible takeaway that I can apply in my personal life. The quizzes at the ends of the chapters are also extremely useful.

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