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    • Girl in the Blue Coat

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Natalia Payne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A most powerful book

    • By Dory Lippert on 04-25-16

    Regular price: $26.22

    • The Handmaid's Tale' Has Been Feared, Banned and Loved. Now It's Scaring the Bejeezus Out of Us Again.

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    If there is an urtext of modern feminism, especially for those of us who prefer it in the form of juicy dystopian novels instead of lofty essays, then Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is probably the closest thing we’ve got. It’s one of those books that people believe can tell a lot about another person based on what that other person thought of it.

    "The Handmaid's Tale' Has Been Feared, Banned and Loved. Now It's Scaring the Bejeezus Out of Us Again." is from the April 25, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • American Fire

    • Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice - his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting read

    • By Melissa M. on 05-16-18
    • Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 07-11-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 309 ratings

    Regular price: $34.99

    • ‘We Are Not Fake News’: At a Trump-Free Correspondents’ Dinner, White House Press Has Its Say.

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The White House Correspondents’ Association punched back this weekend against an administration that has denigrated it, attempted to discredit it and, ultimately, snubbed it by becoming the first administration in decades to skip out on the annual bread-breaking between the White House and the reporters who cover the presidency.

    "‘We Are Not Fake News’: At a Trump-Free Correspondents’ Dinner, White House Press Has Its Say." is from the April 30, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The War Outside

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Christie Moreau, Monica Hesse
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado - until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day and piece by piece. 

    Regular price: $26.22

    • The Girl in the Blue Coat

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Monica Hesse, Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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    Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black-market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. But one day Hanneke gets a very unusual request. One of her regular customers asks her to find a girl.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Error in chapter 13

    • By Bev Bates on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $22.38

    • What If Hillary Had Won? A Jolly Trip Down Memory Lane, Alternate-timeline Edition.

    • By: Ben Terris, Dan Zak, Monica Hesse, and others
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What if Election Day 2016 had gone a little differently? What if a freak snowstorm across the Rust Belt had kept rural Trump voters from the polls? What if Russia had read its psyops data wrong and pivoted its resources to Snapchat? What if James Comey had taken a closer look at those emails in late October and decided, eh, it’s probably nothing.

    "What If Hillary Had Won? A Jolly Trip Down Memory Lane, Alternate-timeline Edition." is from the November 08, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Terris, Dan Zak, Monica Hesse and Amy Argetsinger and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Who Are Diamond and Silk? How Two Small-Town Ex-Democrats Found Fame as ‘Warriors’ for Trump.

    • By: Monica Hesse, Dan Zak
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Lynnette Hardaway’s conversion from lifelong Democrat to Donald Trump’s “most vocal and loyal supporter” happened sometime between her concluding Democrats “didn’t give a damn about my fellow black brothers and sisters” and her acquiring a new iPad. In 2015 she received one as a birthday present, trained the camera on herself and pressed record. Her sister, Rochelle Richardson, told her to put the result on YouTube.

    "Who Are Diamond and Silk? How Two Small-Town Ex-Democrats Found Fame as ‘Warriors’ for Trump." is from the April 26, 2018 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and Dan Zak and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • I Tried to Watch as Much ‘Fox & Friends’ as the President. Here’s What I Learned.

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is either a safe haven or a wormhole to a parallel dimension.

    "I Tried to Watch as Much ‘Fox & Friends’ as the President. Here’s What I Learned." is from the March 16, 2017 Style section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • These Women Are Olympic Athletes. Why Do They Have to Look Like Showgirls?

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "These Women Are Olympic Athletes. Why Do They Have to Look Like Showgirls?" is from the August 20, 2016 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • On a Campus in Chaos, a Howard University Student Became a Viral Villain. Is He a Scammer or a Scapegoat?

    • By: Monica Hesse, Jessica Contrera
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 16 mins
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    On a cloudy day in May of 2015, the first student speaker at Howard University’s commencement was a handsome legal communications major named Tyrone Hankerson Jr., whose graduation robe was adorned with a medal, a stole and multiple cords signifying the many honors he’d earned. “As we gather here on the upper quadrangle, I am reminded of the significance of this place,” Hankerson said from the podium. The actor Morgan Freeman, scheduled to receive an honorary degree that day, sat nearby.

    "On a Campus in Chaos, a Howard University Student Became a Viral Villain. Is He a Scammer or a Scapegoat?" is from the April 08, 2018 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Monica Hesse and Jessica Contrera and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • She Was Born the Day Women Got the Vote. And Then a Century Passed. . .

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 11 mins
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    She was born at the family home in Lonaconing, a mining town in the mountains of Western Maryland, and delivered by the midwife who delivered all the Lonaconing babies around that time, which was Aug. 26, 1920. Her mother named her Gladys Elaine Beeman. Her father was on his way to Detroit, where he hoped he could find work in a car factory. Her president was Woodrow Wilson, whose secretary of state was Bainbridge Colby, a somber-looking man with little political experience whose appointment the newspapers had described as bizarre.

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    • Do It for the Country? Or Don’t Do It at All? The Dilemma Facing Artists at Trump’s Inauguration.

    • By: Monica Hesse
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Several months ago, before the presidential election, San Francisco poet and author Dean Rader found himself engaged in a philosophical debate with some of his fellow poets: If Donald Trump won the presidency, and if he asked one of them to compose a poem to be read at the inauguration, would they agree?

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