Listens to Beat Mall Madness

Are you even celebrating the holidays if you don’t find yourself in a mall on December 21st, sweating profusely and struggling to find the perfect gift for your brother’s girlfriend’s dog? Unfortunately, we can’t get your shopping done for you,* but we can introduce you to a few friends that may make it easier!

*Or can we?

Call us biased, but hearing Michelle Obama describe her inspiring life experiences in her warm voice may be the antidote for last-minute shopping chaos. Forty minute checkout line, who?

“The former First Lady’s warm reading immediately pulls listeners close for what feels like an intimate chat with a friend.” —Booklist

Warm your heart as you wander the aisles with this beautiful memoir about love, friendship, and a beloved icon. Robyn Crawford shares her previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight, in her own voice.

Listener, your new best friend is this hysterical audiobook, and we have no doubt you’ll get along just fine. Author and narrator Samantha Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood, and you’ll laugh your way from the soft pretzel stand to the toy store with her for company.

(And you won’t be apart for long once you inevitably blow through this audio romp! Irby’s next audiobook, Wow, No Thank You comes out in March 2020)

Get smarter while your gift list gets shorter. Language is humanity’s most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Author, narrator, and “the internet’s favorite linguist” Gretchen McCulloch explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer “LOL” or “lol,” why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, and what emoji have in common with physical gestures.

If you’re a true crime buff, you won’t even notice how many hours have flown by once you press play on Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate’s real-life companion to Before We Were Yours. From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents—hiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters. Before and After documents the stories of fifteen adoptees, many Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.