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Share in the childhood tales of A Girl Named Zippy. Hear Kenneth Branagh read Samuel Pepys' exuberant 17th-century diary. Be transformed by the extraordinary women of Half the Sky. You'll find these and other remarkable life stories under biography and memoir.

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Zora and Langston

by Yuval Taylor; read by Bahni Turpin


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Zora and Langston is the dramatic and moving story of one of the most influential friendships in literature. Learn More
Young Men and Fire

Norman Maclean; read by John Maclean

Norman Maclean's classic account of the deadliest day in the U.S. Forest Service's history, the Mann Gulch tragedy. Winner of a 1992 National Book Critic Award. Learn More
You Should Be Mine

by Candy Jackson; read by Machelle Williams

In You Should Be Mine, Sasha "Pink" Jansen is determined to show Pastor Malik that they belong together—and come hell or high water, she plans to get the good reverend to agree. Learn More
You Are Not Forgotten

Bryan Bender; read by Johnny Heller

The inspiring tale of loss and redemption about two American servicemen: a Marine Corps pilot shot down in WWII and the modern-day soldier determined to bring him home six decades later. Learn More
The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion; read by Barbara Caruso

This powerful and moving work is Didion's “attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity about life itself.” With vulnerability and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience of love and loss. Learn More
The Year My Mother Came Back

Alice Eve Cohen; read by Alice Eve Cohen (the author)

Thirty years after her death, Alice?s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs surgery, her eldest daughter decides to track down her birth mother, and the year Alice gets a daunting diagnosis. Learn More
Yale Needs Women

by Anne Gardiner Perkins; read by Erin Bennett

Anne Gardiner Perkins's unflinching account of a group of young women striving for change is an inspiring story of strength, resilience, and courage that continues to resonate today. Learn More
Wrestling with Angels

by John Hanrahan; read by Jonathan Yen

John Hanrahan presents his must-listen memoir, Wrestling with Angels. Learn More
Work Hard. Be Nice.

Jay Mathews; read by J. Paul Boehmer

Upton Sinclair Award Winner for Outstanding Book in Education

When teachers Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin first created KIPP (the Knowledge Is Power Program) in Houston, little did they know it would grow to sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, and that it would change thousands of kids’ lives—and possibly the U.S. approach to education. Award-winning education reporter Jay Mathews tells their story. Learn More
Woodstock

by Dale Bell; read by Peter Berkrot & Xe Sands

Featuring a foreword from legendary director Martin Scorcese, Woodstock: Interviews and Recollections combines stories, anecdotes, and perspectives from dozens of musicians and filmmakers about the making of the Academy Award–winning documentary Woodstock. Learn More
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

by Rachel Ignotofsky; read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

A fascinating tour of the planet exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water—from the New York Times bestselling author of Women in Science. Learn More
The Women’s Suffrage Movement

edited by Sally Roesch Wagner; Introduction by Sally Wagner; Foreword by Gloria Steinem; read by Bahni Turpin

An intersectional anthology of works by the known and unknown women that shaped and established the suffrage movement, in time for the 2020 centennial of women's right to vote, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem. Learn More
Women in Sports

by Rachel Ignotofsky; read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. Learn More
Women in Science

by Rachel Ignotofsky; read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

A New York Times Best Seller

The New York Times bestseller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Learn More
Windswept

by Annabel Abbs; read by Fenella Fudge

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Annabel Abbs's Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women is a beautifully written meditation on connecting with the outdoors through the simple act of walking. In captivating and elegant prose, Abbs follows in the footsteps of women who boldly reclaimed wild landscapes for themselves, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Nan Shepherd, Gwen John, Daphne du Maurier, and Simone de Beauvoir. Learn More
Wild Things

by Bruce Handy; read by Bruce Handy

An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

It's a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children's books and authors from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, Wild Things will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises. Learn More
White Magic

by Elissa Washuta; read by Kyla Garcia

In this collection of intertwined essays, Elissa Washuta writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. Learn More
The White Blackbird

by Honor Moore; read by Stockard Channing

Margarett Sargent was an icon of avant-garde art in the 1920s. In an evocative weave of biography and memoir, her granddaughter unearths for the first time the life of a spirited and gifted woman committed at all costs to self-expression. Learn More
When Blood Breaks Down

by Mikkael A. Sekeres; read by Mike Lenz

A leading cancer specialist tells the compelling stories of three adult leukemia patients and their treatments, the disease itself, and the drugs developed to treat it. Learn More
What Is the Grass

by Mark Doty; read by Jonathan Yen

Effortlessly blending biography, criticism, and memoir, National Book Award–winning poet and bestselling memoirist Mark Doty explores his personal quest for Walt Whitman. Learn More
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