A few suggestions for great nonfiction audiobooks

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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson

BIOGRAPHY CD JOBS

A riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.


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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography
Rob Lowe

BIOGRAPHY CD LOWE

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.


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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Cheryl Strayed

BIOGRAPHY CD STRAYED

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again


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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Library Edition)
Mark Twain

BIOGRAPHY CD TWAIN

This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.


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This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Marilyn Johnson

CAREER CD JOH

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us—neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled—can get along without human help. And not just any help—we need librarians, who won’t charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask.


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The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Kristin Kimball

FARMING CD KIM

From author Kristin Kimball, “the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.”


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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Bill Bryson

HISTORY CD BRY

Bryson gives a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

HISTORY MILITARY WW2 CD HIL

While WWII raged on in the Pacific Theater, Lieutenant Louis Zamperini was the only survivor of a deadly plane crash in the middle of the ocean. Zamperini had a troubled youth, yet honed his athletic skills and made it all the way to the 1934 Olympics in Berlin. However, what lay before him was a physical gauntlet unlike anything he had encountered before: thousands of miles of open ocean, a small raft, and no food or water.


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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of W
Mitchell Zuckoff (Narrator) Mitchell Zuc

HISTORY MILITARY WW2 CD ZUC

In 1945, American servicemen and WACs boarded a plane for a trip over “Shangri-La,” a mysterious valley deep within Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. The author reveals how the determined trio traversed the dense jungle to find help.


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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
David McCullough

HISTORY US 19TH CD MCC

David McCullough chronicles the lives of American artists and scientists who studied in Paris and ultimately changes America because of their experiences.


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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Martin Dugard,Bill O'Reilly

HISTORY US CIVWAR CD ORE

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.


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Bossypants
Tina Fey

HUMOR CD FEY

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.


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NPR Favorite Driveway Moments: Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go
NPR

LITCOLL CD NPR

According to NPR, a ‘driveway moment’ is when a listener is so riveted by a radio piece that he or she will stay in their idling car to hear the show all the way through. Drawn from award-winning NPR programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition, National Public Radio hosts and listeners present their favorite driveway moments.


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Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
Lisa Scottoline

LITCOLL CD SCO

At last, together in one collection, are Lisa Scottoline’s wildly popular “Philadelphia Inquirer “columns. In her column, Lisa lets her hair down, roots and all, to show the humorous side of life from a woman’s perspective.


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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer

SCIENCE CD FOE

Foer draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism.


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Katherine Boo

SOCSCI CD BOO

Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are filled with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees a fortune beyond counting in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Terror and a global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.


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Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell

SOCSCI CD GLA

Gladwell identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain

SOCSCI PSYCH CD CAI

Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society—from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.


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