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Brit BennettBrit Bennett follows up her highly successful debut with a contemporary take on the concept of a Black person passing as white in 'The Vanishing Half,' as twin sisters take two different paths.
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best sellers, influential classics, and new authors.
Enjoy my selection below!
Such a Fun Age,
- By: Kiley Reid ,
- Narrated by: Nicole Lewis ,
- Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
- , Unabridged
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young Black woman out late with a White child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
This is embarrassing!
- By Anonymous User on 01-31-20
Looking beyond the viral moment
Here’s the premise: A young black woman in an upscale grocery store in Philadelphia is accused of kidnapping the white toddler she’s babysitting. And it’s recorded on a bystander’s camera phone. It’s an all-to-familiar scene that Kiley Reid deftly turns on its head in her debut novel that’s a funny, fast-paced, and empathetic examination of privilege in America.
In Such a Fun Age, Reid carefully examines the delicate and very complex relationships between black women and their white women employers. I was often struck by a feeling of déjà vu watching the interactions between Emira, mired in her own millennial anxieties about adulting, and Alix, her well-to-do white boss.
As Alix launches an obsession-level campaign to get to know Emira, plying her with glasses of wine and Googling things like
How do you pronounce the name SZA?, Emira is preoccupied with real life, like the fact that she’s about to be kicked off her parents’ health insurance. Emira’s code-switching between two worlds is a dance I know well, as the inner-city kid who attended predominately white schools where I was often asked,
why don’t you wash your hair every day?.
I was blown away by Reid’s accurate depictions of racial microaggressions in a book she calls
a comedy of good intentions, as she gives voice to those uncomfortable nuances that serve as reminders that the thin line between wokeness and ignorance is more like a gulf. —Margaret, Audible Editor
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
- A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home ,
- By: Tembi Locke ,
- Narrated by: Tembi Locke ,
- Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
- , Unabridged
A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.
Feels Like Home.
- By Chloe Todd on 05-11-19
Love, loss and finding your way forward
When my husband died three years ago, I desperately sought out resources, books, groups, anything at all that would help me through the grieving process. When people hear the word widow, they imagine a silver-haired old lady surrounded by her already-grown kids and grandkids. But there I was, still (relatively) young at 34, with only a few grays (at the time), and a 3-year-old daughter I would now have to raise on my own. Before I even started working at Audible, I was a fan of the Audicted podcast. When Editor Katie, now a dear colleague, mentioned this memoir of a young widow, my ears perked up. I couldn’t download it fast enough, and it was right on time for a road trip to visit family. As I sobbed down I-95 listening to Tembi’s gorgeous narration of her own eerily similar story, I felt like some of the shattered pieces of my heart were slowly being put back together. Tembi articulated so much of my anger, disbelief, and incredible sadness over my husband’s untimely death, words I had been struggling for years to find. Being a widow is not a club I ever wanted to be member of, but after listening to From Scratch, I know I’m not alone and I can draw on Tembi’s incredible strength for a little bit of my own.