Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover
DB 90188, LT 23960, Available as BARD Download
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. 2018.
Educated: A Memoir
By Joseph J. Ellis
BR 19446, DBC 3786, LT 11395, Available as BARD Download
A Pulitzer-prize winning author chronicles the brilliant lives of America's founding couple, John and Abigail Adams. This is an illuminating and often moving volume that is part political history, part biography, and part love story. 2010. Produced in the Perkins Library Recording Studio.
Girl Waits with Gun
By Amy Stewart
DB 86312, LT 19722, Available as BARD Download
Constance Kopp towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. But when Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family, she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. 2015.
By Ron Chernow
DB 89541, LT 23608, Available as BARD Download
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington (DB 72132) and Alexander Hamilton (DB 58364) provides a detailed portrait of Civil War general and eventual president Ulysses S. Grant. Discusses Grant's life prior to the Civil War, his business troubles, his remarkable role in the war, his later political career, and more. 2017.
The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
By David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle
BR 21432, DB 83845, Available as BARD Download
Married couple geomorphologist Montgomery and biologist BikleÌ recount the efforts they have made in transforming their yard into a thriving garden and the ways their experiences factored into BikleÌ's cancer diagnosis. The authors discuss the need for introducing organic material and maintaining a healthful balance with microbes, among other subjects. 2016
In a Dark, Dark Wood
By Ruth Ware
BR 21161, DB 82625, LT 19720, Available as BARD Download
Twenty-six-year-old British crime-fiction writer Leonora Shaw is shocked to be invited to her long-estranged friend's hen party. Soon after their arrival at the remote glass house in the woods, it becomes obvious that someone besides the invitees is on the property. Then Leonora awakens in the hospital. Strong language and some violence. 2015.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan Stevenson
DB 80035, Available as BARD Download
Attorney and law professor discusses founding the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. Describes one of his first cases--defending Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.
By Hope Jahren
DB 84436, LT 20604, Available as BARD Download
Geobiologist chronicles her life in science. Describes growing up with a father who encouraged her interest in the field; research field trips that have taken her to Florida, the North Pole, and Ireland; and her enduring work relationship with lab partner Bill Hagopian. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.
By Andrew Sean Greer
BR 22198, DB 88794, LT 24327, Available as BARD Download
A failed novelist turning fifty is invited to his ex-boyfriend's wedding. Instead of attending, he decides to accept every other invitation he has received, even if it means traveling the world for random, odd literary events. Won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.