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  • She Wants It

  • Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy
  • By: Jill Soloway
  • Narrated by: Jill Soloway
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In this poignant memoir of personal transformation, Jill Soloway takes us on a patriarchy-toppling emotional and professional journey. When Jill’s parent came out as transgender, Jill pushed through the male-dominated landscape of Hollywood to create the groundbreaking and award-winning Amazon TV series Transparent. Exploring identity, love, sexuality, and the blurring of boundaries through the dynamics of a complicated and profoundly resonant American family, Transparent gave birth to a new cultural consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By jaclyn stevens on 10-16-18

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This was recommended to me by a librarian and I am stunned by Soloway’s direct, honest and sometimes hysterical recounting of her journey from a “good, little heteronormative girl to her (r)evolution personally as a binary person, prompted by the unnerving coming out by her father as trans, the creative process to develop the groundbreaking series, “Transparent”, and the ultimate loss of trust to the patriarchal transgressions of its main character. MeToo, Times Up and defining and living intersectionality all woven into this life story. Timely, moving and actionable. Thank you Jamie.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,961
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,891

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Wow!! Gripping and moving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

What a beautiful, elegiac story about loneliness, love, resilience and retribution. Woven around the life of one woman but imbedded in the natural history of marshes, waterways and estuaries is both compelling and instructive. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,847

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Alison on 10-11-18

Strange. Not her best

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

If you want to explore family dysfunction and individual self-unawareness, this is a book for you. Mildly unsettling and complicated plot with oh-so many characters. Perhaps in this age of venal politics and rising fascism, I’m simply looking to be more entertained.

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  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

Gruesome, exciting and well written

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Reviewed: 10-19-18

A complicated, gritty story read by a master of voice and dialects. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended to all but the very squeamish. Thanks

  • Good and Mad

  • How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 348

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before this, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic - but politically problematic. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel - from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of resulting repercussions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

  • By P. on 10-04-18

Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book must be read!! I’ve been mad since the ‘70’s as an out lesbian feminist but since 2016 I’ve been an angry woman-sick of the harassment and abuse I’ve both experienced and witnessed. I am a congenial, likeable person but I’ve often been accused of being “so angry”. Thank you, Rebecca Traister for not only affirming that anger but giving the historical and contemporary context in which to UNDERSTAND and USE it!! Highly recommended to every woman with a pulse.

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  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

Fascinating and illuminating

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

My father, who died in 1982 was a gifted and respected mechanical engineer. Winchester has brightened my understanding of his gift and precision. This contributes mightily to and understanding of industry, global efforts for standards and the immeasurable need for precision for “progress”. Thank you.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,770

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

What a great story!! Loved the alternation of the World Wars and the intricate lives of two disparate women. And of course, the mystery, intrigue, sex and triumph of good over evil. Thanks!!

  • The Firebrand and the First Lady

  • Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
  • By: Patricia Bell-Scott
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

An important, groundbreaking book - two decades in work - that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing 28-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Jean on 02-20-16

A must read!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

As a 72-year-old white lesbian feminist I am absolutely stunned and enthralled with This book. If you are Interested in or a student of women studies, black studies, gay studies and/or political science you need to read this book. It encapsulates the theory and concepts of intersection Alateen so important for each of us to understand today. Highly recommended.

  • Gilded Suffragists

  • The New York Socialites who Fought for Women's Right to Vote
  • By: Johanna Neuman
  • Narrated by: C.S.E. Cooney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In the early 20th century over 200 of New York's most glamorous socialites joined the suffrage movement. Their names - Astor, Belmont, Rockefeller, Tiffany, Vanderbilt, Whitney, and the like - carried enormous public value. These women were the media darlings of their day because of the extravagance of their costume balls and the opulence of the French couture clothes, and they leveraged their social celebrity for political power, turning women's right to vote into a fashionable cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating-Lessons for the present

  • By P. on 08-12-18

Fascinating-Lessons for the present

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

In addition to biographies of Alice Paul, EliaBth Cary Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt and the wonderful The Women’s Hour, this book is a fascinating review of the important contributions of the wealthy and well- connected women who risked fortune, family and religion to mid-wife the Suffrage campaign in the US. The Afterword is especially good in tying together the need for both the “moderate” and the “radical” in all successful movements of the 29th and now 21st centuries. Take heed, all as the Centenary Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote arrives, ironically in 2019-just in time!!!!

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  • The Woman's Hour

  • The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • By: Elaine Weiss
  • Narrated by: Elaine Weiss, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening

  • By Matthew Storrs on 04-01-18

A must read for contemporary politics

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Reviewed: 08-08-18

As a student of suffrage, and a 21st Century Feminist, I wholeheartedly recommend this history of the final push for ratification of the 19th amendment, focusing on the Battle in Tennessee to EVERYONE!! It is compelling, fast-paced and reads more like a thriller. For those disappointed in the 2016 election, this is a must read. Take heart. Persist. Failure is impossible. I loved this book.