The Real Thing Collection

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 540 ratings

The List Publisher's Summary

Forget online dating, matchmakers, and awkward setups. In this insightful essay, Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World, exposes the secrets behind the latest solution for finding love in the twenty-first century.

The new dating craze among the divorced, recently broken up with, and frustrated singles of Los Angeles starts with the creation of “the List.” The converted swear by it - just write down everything you want in a partner, and the cosmos will provide. But could such a simple, old-fashioned technique actually work? Enter Jade, who investigates this increasingly popular path to a soul mate, with charming and hilarious effects, tracing the history of list making - and learning about dating and love along the way.

The List is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Jade Chang (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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    • The List

    • By: Jade Chang
    • Narrated by: Jade Chang
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 63

    The new dating craze among the divorced, recently broken up with, and frustrated singles of Los Angeles starts with the creation of “the List.” The converted swear by it - just write down everything you want in a partner, and the cosmos will provide. But could such a simple, old-fashioned technique actually work? Enter Jade, who investigates this increasingly popular path to a soul mate, with charming and hilarious effects, tracing the history of list making - and learning about dating and love along the way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting.

    • By Ms. Red on 07-09-18

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    • Boyfriends of Dorothy

    • By: Wednesday Martin
    • Narrated by: Wednesday Martin
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    As an awkward high schooler, Wednesday struggled to find her place in Grand Rapids. Until a handsome senior encouraged her to believe how talented, smart, and wonderfully different she was. Naturally, Wednesday fell for him...He was falling, too. For another boy. Yet this one-sided crush proved life altering, paving the way for a string of “boyfriends” who offered Wednesday something deeper than physical connection. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short and Poingnant

    • By Michelle Prieto on 09-21-18

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    • Everybody Loves Kamau!

    • By: W. Kamau Bell
    • Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    When the black comedian first meets the beloved Sicilian grandfather of his Italian American girlfriend, Melissa, the wrong sparks fly. The most important member of her large family shuns Kamau. What follows is a bracing, true account of conflict and patience, in-laws and family heirlooms, as Melissa and Kamau deal with cold shoulders, rejection, and finally resolution.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A light fun personal essay about fitting in

    • By Neona on 11-20-18

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    • Love & Estrogen

    • By: Samantha Allen
    • Narrated by: Samantha Allen
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    n this unforgettable meet-cute, Samantha Allen traces her story of self-discovery during gender transition and the life-altering partnership that began with a simple hello in an elevator. Feeling “unfinished” at the liminal age of twenty-six, the author had already accumulated decades of emotional baggage growing up in a Mormon family and living with gender dysphoria. When she met Corey midtransition, she felt even more like an awkward shape-shifter. Now Samantha shares how taking a chance on that fortuitous encounter meant having the courage to be herself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Beautiful Book!!

    • By Denise K. Maguire on 08-28-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • Single Asiatic Male Seeks Ride or Die Chick

    • By: Eddie Huang
    • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    Julie, 28, Chicago. All Eddie had were her photos - her green eyes and her wayward posture. Who made the first move doesn’t matter...or does it? Off jump, he could tell she was bad news and a great catch. But how to bring it to the real world? That’s what a whirlwind vacation in St. Barth’s is for. Follow along as one man tries to turn his supreme confidence and complete vulnerability into three little words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique, Engaging, and Insightful

    • By Jason Kuanmg on 08-01-18

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    • Neighbors

    • By: Elizabeth LaBan, Melissa DePino
    • Narrated by: Melissa DePino, Elizabeth LaBan
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Sometimes our soul mates live down the street. Melissa finds hers when she opens the door for her new neighbor, Elizabeth. Over many years, their lives become intertwined as they support each other through pregnancy and motherhood, divorce, bereavement, and starting over. This is the story of finding a life partner under a different roof.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complete Friends

    • By J Dots on 07-18-18

    Regular price: $1.99