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  • The Hour of the Star: New Directions Paperbook | Clarice Lispector

    The Hour of the Star: New Directions Paperbook

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Clarice Lispector
    • Narrated By Melissa Broder
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    The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S. M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved.

    Debra Hartrum says: "Melissa Broder Sounds Amazing!"
  • Literally Show Me a Healthy Person | Darcie Wilder

    Literally Show Me a Healthy Person

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Darcie Wilder
    • Narrated By Darcie Wilder
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    Darcie Wilder's Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a careful confession soaking in saltwater, a size B control top jet black pantyhose dragged over a skinned knee and slipped into unlaced doc martens. Blurring the lines of the written word, Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a portrait of a young girl, or woman, or something; grappling with the immediate and seemingly endless urge to document and describe herself and the world around her.

    James says: "Darcie Wilder is brilliant!"
  • The Sarah Book | Scott McClanahan

    The Sarah Book

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Scott McClanahan
    • Narrated By Scott McClanahan
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    The Sarah Book is Scott McClanahan's continuation of the semi-autobiographical portrait he's been writing over the years about his life in West Virginia. This one is his portrait of love.

    Tal says: "BEST BOOK YOU'LL READ ALL YEAR"
  • Catalina: A Novel | Liska Jacobs

    Catalina: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liska Jacobs
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.

    Listener says: "Tragic and compelling."
  • Mean | Myriam Gurba

    Mean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Myriam Gurba
    • Narrated By Myriam Gurba
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    True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming-of-age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. 

    Debra Hartrum says: "Absolutely Awesome"
  • Little Birds: Erotica | Anais Nin

    Little Birds: Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anais Nin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
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    Little Birds: Erotica

    Amazon Customer says: "Sexy as hell, and beautifully written"
  • Near to the Wild Heart | Clarice Lispector

    Near to the Wild Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Clarice Lispector
    • Narrated By Rebecca Morris
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    This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence. Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called "Hurricane Clarice": a 23-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce.

    Debra Hartrum says: "Masterpiece"
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe | Kij Johnson

    The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kij Johnson
    • Narrated By Kij Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

    Tal says: "Awesome Sci Fi"
  • The Passion According to G.H. | Clarice Lispector

    The Passion According to G.H.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Clarice Lispector
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
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    Lispector’s most shocking novel. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door - crushing the cockroach - and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature....

    Debra Hartrum says: "Keep The Lispector Coming! "
  • No Joy: A Recon Marine's Tales of (Self) Destruction | David Rose

    No Joy: A Recon Marine's Tales of (Self) Destruction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Rose
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
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    Joining the Marines in 2002, David Rose signed up to go fight...and to go die. On this grim path, rather than finding a violent death, he would find family, purpose, and a brotherhood amid the misfit world of the war fighter. No Joy sees David recounting madcap tales of Muay Thai bouts in seedy garages, a bizarre stint as a street cop, being on the other side of the badge, becoming a veteran of the psych ward, and more. It's an irreverently told story that doesn't just tell one man's tale, but speaks to the necessary question: What really draws modern young men to war?

    Russ says: "Gritty and Dirty and Fun"
  • Viking Economics: : How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too | George Lakey

    Viking Economics: : How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Lakey
    • Narrated By Chris Roman
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    In Viking Economics - perhaps the most fun economics audiobook you've ever listened to - George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for, surprisingly recently, we too can embrace equality in our economic policy.

    Adam says: "Great quality and Important!"
  • Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories | Deb Olin Unferth

    Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deb Olin Unferth
    • Narrated By Deb Olin Unferth, Edward Carey
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    An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth's unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.

    Debra Hartrum says: "Moving Stories, Quality Reading"
  • 300 Arguments: Essays | Sarah Manguso

    300 Arguments: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Manguso
    • Narrated By Sarah Manguso
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    A "Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis" ( Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To hear her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight. 300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms.

    Debra Hartrum says: "Cool Collection Of Essays, Nice Reading"
  • Tales of Falling and Flying | Ben Loory

    Tales of Falling and Flying

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ben Loory
    • Narrated By Andy Harrington
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    Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew listeners to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bizarre"
  • A Spy in the House of Love | Anais Nin

    A Spy in the House of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Anais Nin
    • Narrated By Marcyanne Hannemann
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    Beautiful, bored, and bourgeoisie, Sabina leads a double life inspired by her relentless desire for brief encounters with near strangers. Fired into faithlessness by a desperate longing for sexual fulfillment, she weaves a sensual web of deceit across New York. But when the secrecy of her affairs becomes too much to bear, Sabina makes a late-night phone call to a stranger from a bar and begins a confession that captivates the unknown man and soon inspires him to seek her out....

    Adam says: "Anaïs Nin never fails to amaze"
  • Last Sext | Melissa Broder

    Last Sext

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Melissa Broder
    • Narrated By Melissa Broder
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    In her electric fourth collection, Melissa Broder penetrates the itch of existence and explores numberless deaths: the annihilation of self, the bereavement of love, the destruction of fantasy, the transmutation, even, of our ideas of dying. What emerges is an infinite series of false endings - each a trap door containing the possibility for alchemy, rebirth, and renewal. Last Sext confronts both eternal longing and the mystery of mortality, with language hot, primal, and dark.

    Debra Hartrum says: "So good! More of This! "
  • The Selected Poems of Li Po | Li Po,Po Li,David Hinton,Bai Li

    The Selected Poems of Li Po

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Li Po, Po Li, David Hinton, and others
    • Narrated By David Shih
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    Li Po (AD 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound’s translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1,200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

    Paula says: "An intriguing experience"
  • Jigsaw Youth | Tiffany Scandal

    Jigsaw Youth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tiffany Scandal
    • Narrated By Tiffany Scandal
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    Lose your best friend because you finally Came Out. Spend days driving aimlessly because there's nothing to do. Serve your rapist breakfast because you need your job. Fall asleep to gunshots and sirens because that's the only sense of home you've ever known. Hold hands with ghosts. Your life is in pieces, but you can't be broken. Wipe off the blood. Tired of being told who to be, what to wear, how to act and who to f-k. Break the rules and learn fast how to never get caught. All you need is nothing, but you're happy with your car, guitar and camera.

    Nate Halstead says: "This book is sick"
  • Spring and All: Facsimile Edition: New Directions Pearls | William Carlos Williams

    Spring and All: Facsimile Edition: New Directions Pearls

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By William Carlos Williams
    • Narrated By Sean Slater
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    A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century" by The New York Times. Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination - a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free verse that coalesce in dramatic, energetic, and beautifully cryptic statements of how language re-creates the world. Spring and All contains some of Williams' best-known poetry.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic! "
  • Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine | Diane Williams

    Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Diane Williams
    • Narrated By Diane Williams
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    The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called "folk tales that hammer like a nail gun," and these 40 new ones are sharper than ever. They are unsettling, yes, frequently revelatory, and, more often than not, downright funny. Not a single moment here is what you might expect. The heart of the drama beats in the language of American short fiction's grand master, whose originality, precision, and power bring the familiar into startling and enchanted relief.

    Samuel M. Thompson says: "Love it!"
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