New Nonfiction Listens for January

Read by: Shaun Grindell

“A white-knuckle page-turner.” –Publishers Weekly Starred Review

In The Doomsday Mother, bestselling true crime author John Glatt tells the twisted tale of Lori Vallow, accused of having her two children murdered to start a new life with her new husband, doomsday prepper Chad Daybell.

Read by: Terrence Kidd

“A vivid history revealing the extraordinary bravery and crucial roles of blacks in the American military.” –Kirkus

In this enlightening account, Michael Lee Lanning explores African Americans’ crucial part in military history over two centuries, beginning in the Revolutionary War and stretching to recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Read by: Christopher Douyard

“A thought-provoking exploration.” –Olivia Judson, author of Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation

An urgent plea for a broader understanding and awareness of the unconsidered dangers of new genetic technologies.

Read by: The authors

“A wonderfully engaging blend of wit, enthusiasm, clarity, and knowledge.” –Bill Bryson

Both rigorous and playful, The Complete (Short) Guide to Absolutely Everything is a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans, and the joys and follies of scientific discovery.

Read by: Christina Delaine

“An intimate and deeply moving meditation on trauma, healing, hope, and the criminal justice system . . . a must-read.” –Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Sensitive, singular, and powerful, effortlessly bridging memoir, essay, and legalese, The Uninnocent is a reckoning with the unimaginable, unforgettable, and seemly irredeemable.

Read by: Sara Sheckells

“A memoir, a legal thriller, and a heartening perspective on law enforcement at its best and brightest.” –Kirkus Starred Review

Insider details from the takedown of Backpage, the world’s largest sex trafficker, by the prosecutor who led the charge.

Read by: Suzanne Toren

“This book was written more than 40 years ago and the woman it deals with lived more than 170 years ago, but the story of Rahel Varnhagen survives the passage of time.” –The New York Times

Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman is the biography of a remarkable, complicated, troubled, passionate woman, an important figure in German romanticism.

Read by: Michael Butler Murray

International bestseller

Teach Like a Champion 3.0 is the long-awaited update to Doug Lemov’s highly regarded guide to the craft of teaching. This book teaches you how to create a positive and productive classroom that encourages student engagement, trust, respect, accountability, and excellence.

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