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History & Culture Audiobooks in Biography & Memoir

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Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants Audiobook

Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants

Author: George W. Bush Narrator: George W. Bush Release Date: April 2021

In this powerful new collection of oil paintings and stories, President George W. Bush spotlights the inspiring journeys of America's immigrants and the contributions they make to the life and prosperity of our nation.   The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions today, as it has throughout much of American history. But what gets lost in the debates about policy are the stories of immigrants themselves, the people who are drawn to America by its promise of economic opportunity and political and religious freedom-and who strengthen our nation in countless ways.   In the tradition of Portraits of Courage, President Bush's #1 New York Times bestseller, Out of Many, One brings together forty-three full-color portraits of men and women who have immigrated to the United States, alongside stirring stories of the unique ways all of them are pursuing the American Dream. Featuring men and women from thirty-five countries and nearly every region of the world, Out of Many, One shows how hard work, strong values, dreams, and determination know no borders or boundaries and how immigrants embody values that are often viewed as distinctly American: optimism and gratitude, a willingness to strive and to risk, a deep sense of patriotism, and a spirit of self-reliance that runs deep in our immigrant heritage. In these pages, we meet a North Korean refugee fighting for human rights, a Dallas-based CEO who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico at age seventeen, and a NASA engineer who as a girl in Nigeria dreamed of coming to America, along with notable figures from business, the military, sports, and entertainment. President Bush captures their faces and stories in striking detail, bringing depth to our understanding of who immigrants are, the challenges they face on their paths to citizenship, and the lessons they can teach us about our country's character.   As the stories unfold in this vibrant book, listeners will gain a better appreciation for the humanity behind one of our most pressing policy issues and the countless ways in which America, through its tradition of welcoming newcomers, has been strengthened by those who have come here in search of a better life. Read by President George W. Bush, with additional audio provided by many of the paintings' subjects *This audiobook includes a full-color PDF of all of the portraits and murals featured in the book.

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Signs of Hope: How Small Acts of Love Can Change Your World Audiobook

Signs of Hope: How Small Acts of Love Can Change Your World

Author: Amy Wolff Narrator: Amy Wolff Release Date: April 2021

Changing the world--or at least your corner of it--is easier than you think. Includes audiobook-exclusive bonus commentary from the author! With so much suffering in our communities and in the world, it can feel impossible to make an impact. 'What good can I possibly do?' we ask. Amy Wolff, a busy mom and small business owner, often felt this way--and didn't feel qualified to connect and uplift others. But one day, after hearing about several suicides and suicide attempts in her community, she printed 20 yard signs with hopeful messages and anonymously placed them throughout her city. This small action sparked a global movement of encouragement, hope, and love, which spread to 50 states and 27 countries in just 18 months. Signs of Hope is an intimate collection of stories from Amy's personal life, as well as people impacted by the movement, about the power of hope and love in the midst of suffering. This book discusses: - The drain of compassion fatigue - Why we should show up imperfectly to help others - How to claim hope for ourselves - Practical ideas of how to respond to suffering - Strategies of how to love people who are 'different' - Resilience when love-spreading efforts backfire - How to raise a compassionate generation - The science of hope Signs of Hope is your catalyst for doing something today . . . because there's no perfect time to help others. The time is now. Reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

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The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness Audiobook

The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness

Author: Suzanne O'sullivan Narrator: Suzanne O'sullivan Release Date: April 2021

'In my view the best science writer around – a true descendant of Oliver Sacks.' Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot In Sweden, refugee children fall asleep for months and years at a time. In upstate New York, high school students develop contagious seizures. In the US Embassy in Cuba, employees complain of headaches and memory loss after hearing strange noises in the night. These disparate cases are some of the most remarkable diagnostic mysteries of the twenty-first century, as both doctors and scientists have struggled to explain them within the boundaries of medical science and – more crucially – to treat them. What unites them is that they are all examples of a particular type of psychosomatic illness: medical disorders that are influenced as much by the idiosyncratic aspects of individual cultures as they are by human biology. Inspired by a poignant encounter with the sleeping refugee children of Sweden, Wellcome Prize-winning neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan travels the world to visit other communities who have also been subject to outbreaks of so-called ‘mystery’ illnesses. From a derelict post-Soviet mining town in Kazakhstan, to the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua via an oil town in Texas, to the heart of the Maria Mountains in Colombia, O’Sullivan hears remarkable stories from a fascinating array of people, and attempts to unravel their complex meaning while asking the question: who gets to define what is and what isn’t an illness? Reminiscent of the work of Oliver Sacks, Stephen Grosz and Henry Marsh, The Sleeping Beauties is a moving and unforgettable scientific investigation with a very human face.

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Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life Audiobook

Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life

Author: Linda K. Olson Narrator: Emily Durante Release Date: April 2021

Linda Olson and her husband, Dave Hodgens, were young doctors whose story had all the makings of a fairy tale. But then, while they were vacationing in Germany, a train hit their van, shattering their lives-and Linda's body. When Linda saw Dave for the first time after losing her right arm and both of her legs, she told him she would understand if he left. His response: 'I didn't marry your arms or your legs. If you can do it, I can do it.' In order to protect their loved ones, they decided to hide the truth about what really happened on those train tracks, and they kept their secret for thirty-five years. As a triple amputee, Linda learned to walk with prostheses and change diapers and insert IVs with one hand. She finished her residency while pregnant and living on her own. And she and Dave went on to pursue their dream careers, raise two children, and travel the world. Inspiring and deeply moving, Gone asks listeners to find not only courage but also laughter in the unexpected challenges we all face. The day of the accident, no one envied Linda and Dave. Today, many do.

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Royals at War: The Untold Story of Harry and Meghan's Shocking Split with the House of Windsor Audiobook

Royals at War: The Untold Story of Harry and Meghan's Shocking Split with the House of Windsor

Author: Dylan Howard Narrator: David Linski Release Date: April 2021

Reveals shocking revelations about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the British Royal Family-and the divisive rifts between them This explosive exposé, Royals at War, takes readers inside a riven Buckingham Palace to provide the definitive account of the unfolding abdication crisis of 2020-dubbed Megxit-during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, became royal outcasts. Through revealing interviews with royal family insiders, friends, aides, historians, royal watchers, and others with intimate knowledge of the House of Windsor, this tell-all book looks back at the events, motives and crises which led to Harry (sixth in line to the throne) dramatically abandoning his birthright-in a move not seen for nearly a century, when King Edward VIII also gave up the crown for the woman he loved as Europe teetered on the brink of fascism and war. Like Edward and Wallis Simpson, the catalyst for the scandal here is also an ambitious, controversial American woman. Dylan Howard, bestselling author of Diana: Case Solved and Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, charts how Meghan's relationship with Harry was viewed as controversial from the start-and how her brief honeymoon with the British public began to sour shortly after she and Harry announced in November 2018 that they would be leaving Kensington Palace to move to Frogmore Cottage, an hour outside London. As senior royals expressed disapproval, the public at first seemed to enjoy the royal spat, with many still supporting Team Meghan-until it emerged that the bill to renovate Frogmore Cottage to Meghan's lavish expectations would be $3 million ... and be picked up by British taxpayers. Finally, in a move nobody saw coming, Harry announced he was turning his back on the role he had been groomed for since birth-giving up his HRH title, repaying the renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, abandoning his royal duties, and leaving Britain for good. Buckingham Palace reeled. Howard's unique access and insight into this constitutional crisis will not only address the tensions and tantrums behind closed palace doors, but seek to answer the questions many are still asking: Has Prince Harry ever really recovered from the death of his mother Diana-and the resentment he feels against the institution that tried to destroy her?Why did Meghan, once hailed as a breath of fresh air, rile up the monarchy?Why did she refuse to conform to royal conventions in the way that Catherine did before her?Did the public and media criticism of Meghan go too far? And just how valid are the accusations of racism?How did these modern royals treat the tabloids differently to tradition? And did it backfire?What next for Harry and Meghan? And how will they-and the institution they've turned their back on-react to their new lives outside the confines of the Palace and free from the strict codes and conventions that bind all members of the Royal Family?Caught in a trap by virtue of a life entombed in a gilded cage, Royals at War answers these questions and more ... and reveals how Harry's infatuation with Meghan and desire to modernize the monarchy could yet end in disaster for the House of Windsor. Played out against the cataclysm of the British tabloid's laser focus on the duchess' every movement-for good or ill-this is the true story of Harry and Meghan's split from the Establishment ... and perhaps just the beginning of a whole new Monarchy, redefined for the modern age.

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The Duchess Countess Audiobook

The Duchess Countess

Author: Catherine Ostler Narrator: Catherine Ostler Release Date: April 2021

'A scintillating story superbly told... [Ostler] packs every paragraph with eye-opening detail' Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Times 'A rollicking read... [Ostler] tells Elizabeth's story with admirable style and gusto' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times 'Fascinating. Magnificent.? Sensitively told' Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five and The Covent Garden Ladies 'Catherine Ostler's superb, gripping, decadent biography brings an extraordinary woman and a whole world blazingly to life' Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Catherine the Great and Potemkin When the glamorous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston, Countess of Bristol, went on trial at Westminster Hall for bigamy in April 1776, the story drew more attention in society than the American War of Independence. A clandestine, candlelit wedding to the young heir to an earldom, a second marriage to a Duke, a lust for diamonds and an electrifying appearance at a masquerade ball in a diaphanous dress: no wonder the trial was a sensation. However, Elizabeth refused to submit to public humiliation and retire quietly. Rather than backing gracefully out of the limelight, she embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe, being welcomed by the Pope and Catherine the Great among others. As maid of honour to Augusta, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth led her life in the inner circle of the Hanoverian court and her exploits delighted and scandalised the press and the people. She made headlines, and was a constant feature in penny prints and gossip columns. Writers were intrigued by her. Thackeray drew on Elizabeth as inspiration for his calculating, alluring Becky Sharp. But her behaviour, often depicted as attention-seeking and manipulative, hid a more complex tale - that of Elizabeth's fight to overcome personal tragedy and loss. Now, in this brilliantly told and evocative biography, Catherine Ostler takes a fresh look at Elizabeth's story and seeks to understand and reappraise a woman who refused to be defined by society's expectations of her. A woman who was by turns, brave, loving and generous but also reckless, greedy and insecure; a woman totally unwilling to accept the female status of underdog or to hand over all the power, the glory and the adventures of life to men.

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The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again Audiobook

The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again

Author: Jim Davidson Narrator: Jim Davidson, Tim Campbell Release Date: April 2021

This program includes excerpts read by the author. One of Atlas & Boots' Top 10 Adventure Travel Books of 2021 A dramatic account of the deadly earthquake on Everest—and a return to reach the summit. On April 25, 2015, Jim Davidson was climbing Mount Everest when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake released avalanches all around him and his team, destroying their only escape route and trapping them at nearly 20,000 feet. It was the largest earthquake in Nepal in eighty-one years and killed about 8,900 people. That day also became the deadliest in the history of Everest, with eighteen people losing their lives on the mountain. After spending two unsettling days stranded on Everest, Davidson's team was rescued by helicopter. The experience left him shaken, and despite his thirty-three years of climbing and serving as an expedition leader, he wasn’t sure that he would ever go back. But in the face of risk and uncertainty, he returned in 2017 and finally achieved his dream of reaching the summit. Suspenseful and engrossing, The Next Everest portrays the experience of living through the biggest disaster to ever hit the mountain. Davidson's background in geology and environmental science makes him uniquely qualified to explain how this natural disaster unfolded and why the seismic threats lurking beneath Nepal are even greater today. But this story is not about “conquering” the world’s highest peak. Instead, it reveals how embracing change, challenge, and uncertainty prepares anyone to face their “next Everest” in life. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 'Among all outdoor pursuits, climbing mountains offers the purest, most direct challenge. Jim Davidson weaves his experiences with avalanches, crevasse falls, earthquakes, altitude, frostbite, and other Himalayan hazards into an exciting, sometimes somber introspective narrative, describing not just how he survives climbing the highest mountains in the world, but more importantly, why he must go again and again.'--Roman Dial, author of The Adventurer’s Son

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Victoire: A Wartime Story of Resistance, Collaboration and Betrayal Audiobook

Victoire: A Wartime Story of Resistance, Collaboration and Betrayal

Author: Roland Philipps Narrator: Alix Dunmore Release Date: April 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. Paris, 1940. A woman in a red hat and a black fur coat hurries down a side-street. She is Mathilde Carré, codenamed 'the cat', known as Agent Victoire. She is a charismatic spy; her story is one of resistance and survival. These are the darkest days for France, half occupied by Nazi Germany, half run by the collaborationist Vichy regime; and dark days for Britain - isolated and under threat of invasion. Mathilde and her Polish conspirator, Roman Czerniawski, have risked torture and execution to build the first Allied intelligence network in Occupied France. With no training and little support, they have in a few months developed a huge system of agents. Their coded weekly reports are London's sole lifeline of reliable information. Mathilde is determined to be her nation's saviour, and what the partners build is central to Intelligence and Resistance efforts. It will become the first great spy network of the Second World War. But when the Germans inevitably close in, Mathilde makes a fateful compromise. She enters a hall of mirrors where every allegiance is doubtful, every action liable to be held against her. Nobody is certain who she is or whom she works for - her German handler, MI5, or SOE, who succeed in exfiltrating her on a fast boat to London. Is she a double agent - and, if so, can she be trusted to turn again? Victoire is the story of an inspirational and multi-faceted hero: a passionate, courageous spy but one also fragile and desperate to belong. She embodies the moral complexity of Occupation, and the bargaining between high ideals and dirty reality. Drawing on a wide range of first-hand sources, including recently declassified material, Roland Philipps has written a dazzling tale of audacity, complicity and the choices made in wartime. © Roland Philipps 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song Audiobook

Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song

Author: Marlon Peterson Narrator: Marlon Peterson Release Date: April 2021

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration-and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us.   Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants. Amid the routine violence that shaped his neighborhood, Marlon became a high-achieving and devout child, the specter of the American dream opening up before him. But in the aftermath of immense trauma, he participated in a robbery that resulted in two murders. At nineteen, Peterson was charged and later convicted. He served ten long years in prison. While incarcerated, Peterson immersed himself in anti-violence activism, education, and prison abolition work.   In Bird Uncaged, Peterson challenges the typical "redemption" narrative and our assumptions about justice. With vulnerability and insight, he uncovers the many cages-from the daily violence and trauma of poverty, to policing, to enforced masculinity, and the brutality of incarceration-created and maintained by American society. Bird Uncaged is a twenty-first-century abolitionist memoir, and a powerful debut that demands a shift from punishment to healing, an end to prisons, and a new vision of justice.

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Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry Audiobook

Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Author: Soyica Diggs Colbert Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Release Date: April 2021

In this first scholarly biography of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the author of A Raisin in the Sun, theater professor Soyica Diggs Colbert considers the playwright's life at the intersection of art and politics, with the theater operating as a 'rehearsal room for [her] political and intellectual work.' Colbert argues that the success of Raisin overshadows Hansberry's other contributions, including the writer's innovative journalism and lesser known plays touching on controversial issues such as slavery, interracial communities, and black freedom movements. Colbert also details Hansberry's unique involvement in the black freedom struggles during the Cold War and the early civil rights movement, in order to paint a full portrait of her life and impact. Drawing from Hansberry's papers, speeches, and interviews, this book presents its subject as both a playwright and a political activist. It also reveals a new perspective on the roles of black women in mid-twentieth-century political movements.

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Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Battling Parkinson's, and Finding What Really Matters Audiobook

Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Battling Parkinson's, and Finding What Really Matters

Author: Brian Grant, Ric Bucher Narrator: Leon Nixon Release Date: April 2021

After twelve years of playing basketball at the highest professional level, Brian Grant could have been forgiven for thinking that the hardest part of his life was behind him, that he'd be able to kick back and enjoy the fruits of his considerable labors. But soon after his retirement from the NBA, Grant was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease, ushering in a challenge greater than any he'd faced before as well as an opportunity to embrace what really matters in life. In Rebound, Grant shares his remarkable life before, during, and after those NBA years with no shortage of compassion and wit. With esteemed basketball writer Ric Bucher, Grant shares his story in raw and candid fashion, as he takes listeners to Sacramento, Portland, Miami, and beyond; to the airplane 30,000 feet in the air where he first came to understand the source of the tremors in his hand; and to the summit of Mount St. Helens alongside five others with PD, where he once again put himself to the test and defied expectations.

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Anne Frank Betrayed: The Mystery Unravelled After 75 Years Audiobook

Anne Frank Betrayed: The Mystery Unravelled After 75 Years

Author: Gerard Kremer Narrator: Mike Paul Release Date: April 2021

Gerard Kremer Jr. and his wife Toon learned from the many conversations with his father and other witnesses that Ans van Dijk, a Jewish woman who was executed after the Second World War for collaborating with the Nazis, was the only suspect in the betrayal of the Frank family. After 75 years, Gerard jr. has now revealed his father's and other witnesses' true story that has led to the unravelling of the betrayal. © 2020 De Lantaarn bv, Ede

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