If you started walking more during the past year, you know the joys: free, accessible, and socially distanced, a good stroll is both a stress reliever and sneakily solid cardio. Which is why we’re especially excited to recommend Winter-into-Spring fiction and travel narratives on audio for bookish bipeds looking both to fuel their motivation and their daily constitutionals. Browse this list to find your next walking companion—perfect for keeping you going whether you’re out for a quick spin or a long haul.
For walkers who love full-cast listens, tune in to this masterful new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers. How Beautiful We Were is an exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one communityâ€™s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young womanâ€™s willingness to sacrifice everything for freedom.
For walkers itching to travel, writer Juan Villoro brings his keen observations along as he wanders through Mexico City describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico is an unexpected travel narrative that reveals the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city â€™s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today.
For walkers who love the dish on other peopleâ€™s drama,Â The Smash-Up, inspired by a classic Edith Wharton novella about a strained marriage in a small town, is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.
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