A hilarious and touching new installment of Armistead Maupin´s beloved Tales of the City series. Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael ´´Mouse´´ Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds temporary refuge in the couple´s backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of Facebook and a few old friends, she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her checkered past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined. After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupin´s last novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the author´s return to the multicharacter plotlines and darkly comic themes of his earlier work. Among those caught in Mary Ann´s orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael´s transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann´s former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane. More than three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin´s legendary Tales of the City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent, and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion, and mordant wit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Armistead Maupin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002337/bk_harp_002337_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we´re finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn´t as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz. For listeners who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part - collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to listeners the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Bogel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/002249/bk_hove_002249_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For so many people, reading isn´t just a hobby or a way to pass the time - it´s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can´t imagine life without them. I´d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads people to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them who they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone´s life, I´d Rather Be Reading will also command an honored place in the audio library of any book lover. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Bogel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003615/bk_hove_003615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anne Hillstrom is hunting antiques, a diet that works, and her great-aunt Sybil´s killer. This book tells the story of Anne and CC, two estate sale bloggers and antique hunters who get more than they bargain for when they discover a killer who is hunting the antique hunters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alissa Zea. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052857/bk_acx0_052857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Clare Burke´s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne´s defense of her spouse - all lies - and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly 20 years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep. The two long for a relationship with each other, but they´ll have to dig deep into their family´s difficult past in order to build one. Together, they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and her husband and find in their new connection a place of healing. When Clare begins to suspect her sister might have followed Grit to New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion . . . but will it be the joyous occasion they dream of? And will Clare and her longtime partner, Paul, whose complicated relationship has been sorely tested through the years, find a way back to love and to each other - again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Blair Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003074/bk_rand_003074_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ian Katz, the features editor at the Guardian in London, and Baghdad blogger Salam Pax on this edition of Fresh Air. Katz traced and verified the identity of the Baghdad blogger for the Guardian. Salam Pax is a pseudonym - a combination of the Arabic and Latin words for peace. He began an Internet diary about life in Iraq a few months before the recent war began. It´s still going on today. Peter Maass of the online magazine Slate said ´´Salam Pax was the Anne Frank of this war - and its Elvis.´´ His blog entries have been collected in the forthcoming book, The Baghdad Blog. (Broadcast Date: September 18, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030918/rt_whyy_030918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a follow up to her two best-selling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect listen for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding listeners of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, listeners will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shauna Niequist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001447/bk_zond_001447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The deeply personal story of how award-winning personal finance blogger Elizabeth Willard Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life and retire to a homestead in the Vermont woods at age 32 with her husband and daughter. In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day - as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends - they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog. In less than three years, Elizabeth and Nate reached their goal. Today, they are financially independent and living out their dream on a 66 acre homestead in the woods of rural Vermont with their young daughter. While frugality makes their lifestyle possible, it´s also what brings them peace and genuine happiness. They don´t stress out about impressing people with their material possessions, buying the latest gadgets, or keeping up with any Joneses. In the process, Elizabeth discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stems from disavowing our culture´s promise that we can buy our way to ´´the good life´´. Elizabeth unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever-more products at ever-higher sums. Meet the Frugalwoods is the intriguing story of how Elizabeth and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn´t for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence at age 32. While not everyone wants to live in the woods or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our t... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Marie Gideon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006658/bk_harp_006658_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Filmmakers Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel talk with Jim Fleming about their documentary Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The films looks at biodynamic beekeepers around the world and explores the root causes of colony collapse disorder. Next, Erin Clune is a reporter for Wisconsin Pubilc Radio and a blogger. She visits the hives of urban beekeeper Bob Falk from Madison, Wisconsin.Then, Poet Catherine Jagoe shares her poem about bees and honey.After that, Pattiann Rogers is a celebrated essayist and poet. She´s won numerous awards and is the author of fourteen books. She shares some of her favorite bee poems with Anne Strainchamps, and one of her own, too.Following that, anthropologist Hugh Raffles talks with Steve Paulson about the work of celebrated bee biologist Karl von Frisch and the remarkable ways bees reach consensus in a hive. He´s the author of the book Insectopedia.Finally, Justin O. Schmidt is a research biologist and professor at the University of Arizona school of Entomology and he´s been stung by nearly every insect with a stinger, from the benign honeybee to the viscious tarantula hawk wasp. He told Steve Paulson about his creation, the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. [Broadcast Date: July 20, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120720/rt_tbon_120720_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, philosopher Cornel West is one of the most visible public intellectuals in the U.S. Tavis Smiley is – after Oprah – the best known black media figure in the country. They co-host a weekly public radio talk show, in which they frequently take on the mainstream media and the political establishment. Both of which they blame for ignoring the disenfranchisement of the working poor. Steve Paulson talks with them about the state of American democracy. Then, Vice President Joe Biden has called him a ´´high tech terrorist.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says his work ´´tears at the fabric of responsible governments.” His supporters include the hacker group Anonymous, which brought down the websites of Visa, Mastercard and PayPal in his name. We’re talking about Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks and one of the most controversial figures of our time. Whether you agree with him or not, Assange’s work grows out of a strong commitment to using information technology to foster democracy. Anne Strainchamps reached Assange in England, where he’s under house arrest. He spoke with her outdoors, from a cell phone, on a windy day.Next, historian John D´Emilio is the author of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin. D´Emilio tells Jim Fleming that Rustin was crucial to the civil rights movement but has been forgotten because he was gay. And finally, Keli Carender is a Seattle area blogger considered by many to be the very first Tea Party activist. She tells Steve Paulson what the first protests were like. [Broadcast Date: August 17, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120817/rt_tbon_120817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.