Picks of the Week-March 15

Spring is just around the corner and we are so excited for the warmer temps! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

In Border and Rule, one of North America’s foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizers delivers an unflinching examination of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation.

Note: Harsha Walia’s Border and Rule exposes the worldwide migrant crisis, focusing on the exploitation and criminalization of immigrants seeking refuge. Walia covers the global issue of poor border policies that work to displace migrants or trap them in oppressive working conditions. This is a crucial book for listeners wanting to expand their understanding of the labor exploitation and racial violence that plagues borders across the world. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 3/16/2021

Written by: Harsha Walia

Read by: Cindy Kay        

Running the Light

Debauched, divorced and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh in Running the Light.

Note: Insanely funny, heartfelt, and harrowing, this debut novel brings perhaps the most realistic fictional account of life as a road comic as you follow an aging has-been through a hellish week-long tour full of mishaps and nightmare gigs.  This delightful audio is read by many of the top names in comedy, including Marc Maron, Bert Kreischer, and Doug Stanhope. -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 03/16/2021

Written by:  Sam Tallent

Read by: Narrated by 22 of your favorite comedians

Swordheart

Return to the world of Clockwork Boys in this all-new novel from T. Kingfisher.

Note: T. Kingfisher brings us back to the world of Clockwork Boys for an all-new magical adventure. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 3/23/21

Written by: T. Kingfisher

Read by: Jesse Vilinsky

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century.

Note: This Women’s History Month, check out the biography of Ella Baker, who has been referred to as “the most influential woman of the civil rights movement.” Her work as an activist, mentor, and grassroots organizer powered the Black Freedom Movement, while making space for the voices of women and students within tight-knit political circles. She played a vital role in the NAACP, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference that launched his message of non-violence on a national scale. As one of the 20th century’s most relentless advocates for human rights, Ella Baker is worth remembering as one of the unsung heroes in America’s fight for racial and economic justice.   -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 3/30/2021

Written by: Barbara Ransby

Read by: Lisa Renee Pitts

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