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    • Empire of Self

    • A Life of Gore Vidal
    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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    The product of 30 years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini's Empire of Self probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truth underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well - a virtual who's who of the American Century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Princess Margaret, and the creme de la creme of Hollywood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well done!

    • By Christopher on 03-22-16

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Why Poetry Matters

    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Poetry doesn’t matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best defenses of poetry...

    • By Acarya on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $11.20

    • The Way of Jesus

    • Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life
    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Ron Butler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Part guide to Christian living, part spiritual autobiography, The Way of Jesus is Jay Parini's exploration of what Jesus really meant, his effort to put love first in our daily lives. A lifelong Christian who has at times wavered and questioned his beliefs, Parini recounts his own efforts to follow Jesus' example, examines the contours of Christian thinking, and describes the solace and structure one can find in the rhythms of the church calendar.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Last Station

    • A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year
    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Lorna Raver, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    Set in the last tumultuous years of Leo Tolstoy's life, The Last Station centers on the battle for his soul waged by his wife, Sofya Andreyevna, and his leading disciple, Vladimir Cherkov. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth, his 13 children, and a life of relative luxury, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home.

    Regular price: $39.93

    • West Mountain Epilogue

    • A Reading by Jay Parini from His New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015
    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Jay Parini
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Abridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Jay Parini's readings are always an event but too rare. For the first time, Parini has recorded his best known and most recent poems in an audiobook that welcomes the listener to enter his universe, which revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. The audiobook follows the pattern of his popular readings, with the poet introducing each poem with context and comments, invariably revealing and often amusing.

    Regular price: $21.00