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08 March 2017

8 Great Listens for #IWD2017

International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights, is celebrated annually on March 8. To celebrate #IWD2017, we’ve rounded up eight audiobooks written (and read) by some truly amazing women. From civil rights leader Coretta Scott King and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren to the first African American person to win the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel Nnedi Okorafor, these ladies in literature share stories both from real life and from galaxies far, far away.

Nonfiction for International Women’s Day

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy

Coretta’s My Life, My Love, My Legacy is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an independent-minded black woman in twentieth-century America. She was a brave leader who stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful in the face of terrorism and violent hatred every single day of her life—a shining example for women today. This audiobook also includes archival recordings of Coretta Scott King with her dear friend, Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren, read by the author

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing audiobook, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families. Hear more in her next audiobook, This Fight Is Our Fight, on sale April 2017.

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu, read by the author

Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball audiobook urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.

The Champion Mindset by Joanna Zeiger, read by the author

Joanna Zeiger is an Olympian, World Champion, and—to top it all off—a Ph.D. The Champion Mindset is a compendium of her own personal journey from struggling novice swimmer to champion. Through steps including proper goal setting, keeping it fun, building your team, intention in training, improving motivation, promoting self-confidence, and mind/body cohesion, among others, Zeiger uses her decades of personal experience, doctoral-level research, and professional success to prepare listeners to go all-in with their mental game.

Fiction for International Women’s Day

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, read by Robin Miles

Nnedi Okorafor is a professor and World Fantasy/Hugo/Nebula Award-winning author of sci-fi and magical futurism. In her 2015 novel Binti, Nnedi takes listeners on an adventure to the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But knowledge comes at a cost, and our heroine Binti’s journey is far from easy.

Infomocracy by Malka Older, read by Christine Marshall

Malka Older is another author with an impressive resume, including humanitarian work and Ph.D candidacy at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. In her debut sci-fi political thriller, Infomocracy, Older introduces a world in which a powerful search engine monopoly has pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy and asks the question: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time when so many have so much to gain?

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, read by Xe Sands

Inspired by the real life and work of poet/ad woman Margaret Fishback, Kathleen Rooney’s debut novel takes listeners on a walk down memory lane through the mean streets of 1980s NYC. Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic, the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber, read by Rebecca Soler

Stephanie Garber’s breakout YA debut Caraval is a sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during the fabled Caraval is only an elaborate performance, but she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game… And whether it’s real or not, she must find her sister before the game is over or her sister disappears forever.

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