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  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus

  • By: Ann Braden
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend - they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer. At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend, Fuchsia, has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them. Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Anonymous User on 03-09-19

Great read

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

The topics in this book are so real. I could see myself and perhaps even some of my students in the characters.

  • Ghost Boys

  • By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Miles Harvey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was a sad tale and hard for me to read.

  • By YBA on 06-14-18

AMAZING story for our youth

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Reviewed: 01-15-19

We should all take time to read this with our youth and their families. The life lessons are valuable.

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,874

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

  • By D on 05-30-17

loved this third novel

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Reviewed: 01-13-19

This fictional story is entertaining for all ages. I truly recommend it and the previous 2 novels too

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,574
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,121

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

Absolutely loved it!

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Reviewed: 12-13-18

Mrs. Obama gives a deep view into her like as a child, teen, woman, wife, mother, first lady, and community activist as I've never seen it before

  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,734

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

Amazing lessons

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

I've read this book 2 times and have come away with a different outcome each time. Highly recommend it to everyone but especially women!

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  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,653

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👏🏾👏🏾 thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!! #BRAVO

  • By Kenneisha Thompson on 11-22-17

Amazing!

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Reviewed: 11-08-17

A much needed sit down with Gabrielle Union and wine...lots of wine. Take it with you everywhere

  • My (Underground) American Dream

  • My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive
  • By: Julissa Arce
  • Narrated by: Julissa Arce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101

On the surface, Arce's story sounds like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream: growing up in an apartment on the outskirts of San Antonio, she worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street, complete with a six-figure salary. The level of professional and financial success that she achieved was the very definition of the American dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a voice needing to be heard

  • By Tia on 01-22-19

AMAZING STORY!

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Reviewed: 09-13-17

Her journey is one that many of my students travel and I pray this book will inspire them to exceed their own dreams.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,444

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

Absolutely entertaining land insightful!

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Reviewed: 09-08-17

Before reading this book I had no idea why people chose to live so vicariously. After reading this book I truly admire people who don't give in to societies ideals.