Hillary Clinton, Alice Waters, & Ellen Pao | Notable September Memoirs on Audio

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Untitled Memoir. S. & S. Audio. ISBN 9781508239758. Reader TBA.
In an intimate voice now free from the constraints of politics, Hillary tells the story of what it was like to be the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, kooky theatrics, Russian interference, a maddening inattention to serious issues, deplorable (yes, deplorable) bigotry, and an opponent who broke all the rules.

Garfunkel, Art. What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525499916. Read by the author.
Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel—about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and ’50s in Kew Gardens, Queens, meeting Paul Simon in school, going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, “Hey Schoolgirl” (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul’s father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies. He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was 16. He writes of being an actor, getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul, and much more.

Gopnik, Adam. At the Strangers’ Gate. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525500605. Read by the author.
When Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York in the 1980s, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. Here Gopnik builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple’s journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family.

Pao, Ellen. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781524774899. Read by Emily Woo Zeller.
In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. Her message overcame negative PR attacks that took aim at her professional conduct and her personal life, and she won widespread public support. Though Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world. Here, she tells her full story for the first time.

Rausing, Sigrid. Mayhem. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525500384. Read by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans’s sister tries to make sense of what happened. She asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. “Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of ‘help’ becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict’s mind?”

Tur, Katy. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538454206. Reader TBA.
Tur was one of a select cadre of NBC reporters on the road during the grueling 2016 presidential campaign, reporting from small towns and venues across America for more than sixteen months. At the beginning of the primaries, Tur was assigned the Trump campaign—a campaign widely considered a long shot by politicos and the media. Tur’s inside account of being embedded with the campaign reveals what it was like to report on the most combative and volatile major party candidate ever to run for office and win. At first, Trump tried to charm Tur into providing fawning coverage. When that didn’t work, he stooped to berating and shaming her, stoking the rage of his legion of supporters—many who threatened Tur and other penned-in reporters at his events. The vitriol reached such a fevered pitch that, following one rally during which Trump launched a personal attack against her, the Secret Service had to accompany Tur to her car.

Waters, Alice. Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525496496. Read by the author.
When Alice Waters opened the doors of her “little French restaurant” in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape—Alice least of all. Her passion project became into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded.

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