New Nonfiction Listens for December

Read by: Mike Lenz

“Diligently researched, perceptive and well-written.” —Classic Rock

The first full-length biography of Eddie Van Halen—a searching, affectionate, and in-depth look at the remarkable life of a genuine musical virtuoso who changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll.

Read by: Christa Lewis

“There is sincerity and dedication behind this work.” —Paul Newman

Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is the first critical biography detailing the actress’s impressive film career and remarkable personal life.

Read by: Danny Campbell

Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Instant Anger Management is a take-anywhere guide for managing anger—whenever and wherever you are.

Read by: Leslie Howard

In Botanical Curses and Poisons, Fez Inkwright returns to folkloric and historical archives to reveal the fascinating, untold stories behind a variety of lethal plants, witching herbs, and funghi.

Read by: Mia Ellis

Edited by Roxane Gay

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s “intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible” (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of listeners.

Read by: Nancy Wu

“Readers seeking to go beyond the headlines about China will learn much from this account.” —Publishers Weekly

Be captivated and inspired by one man’s remarkable journey of survival through the upheavals that have shaped modern China.

Read by: Rebecca Mitchell

New York Times bestselling author

A popular in-depth exploration of the runes, reissued with a new chapter on rune divination, now part of the Weiser Classics series.

Read by: Christopher Douyard

“This book unites two compelling subjects in one remarkable narrative.” —Nicholas J. Cull, coauthor of Projecting Tomorrow

Superheroes, Movies, and the State deploys a thematic framework to analyze how five of the key themes of our time manifest in the superhero genre, and the role of the government in molding narratives around these topics.

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