Prog Rock, Navy SEALs, & Career Advice for the Weird | Nonfiction Audio Coming in June

Berg, Elizabeth. Make Someone Happy: Favorite Postings. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501954559. Read by the author.
This is a collection of Berg’s most-loved Facebook posts. She was asked by many to put these short essays into book form, to create, as one reader said, something to “take to the beach, or bed, or on an airplane.” 

Bergman, Ofer & Steve Whittaker. The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501958342. Read by Walter Dixon.
Each of us has an ever-growing collection of personal digital data: documents, photographs, PowerPoint presentations, videos, music, emails and texts sent and received. To access any of this, we have to find it. The ease (or difficulty) of finding something depends on how we organize our digital stuff. Personal information management experts Bergman and Whittaker explain why we organize our personal digital data the way we do and how the design of new systems can help us manage our collections more efficiently. 

Bit_Rot_2016__1492031485_75494Coupland, Douglas. Bit Rot: Stories and Essays. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501940385. read by Graham Rowat.
“Bit rot” is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, “Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones.” Bit Rot the book is a fascinating meditation on the ways in which humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. 

Mann, Don & Lance Burton. Navy SEALs: The Combat History of the Deadliest Warriors on the Planet. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681685991. Read by John Pruden.
From their birth in World War II as combat swimmers clearing the beaches of Normandy to their evolution into fighting men who could operate anywhere in the world by sea, air, or land, the intrepid story of the United States Navy SEALs is one that echoes other great military units of history—the Spartans, the Roman legions, or the samurai. 

Mulcahy, Diane. The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501958311. Read by Marguerite Gavin.
From Uber to the presidential debates, the gig economy has been dominating the headlines—and for good reason. Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy—mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. The Gig Economy is your guide to this uncertain but ultimately rewarding world. Succeeding in it starts with shifting gears to recognize that only you control your future. Next is leveraging your skills, knowledge, and network to create your own career trajectory, one immune to the whims of an employer. 

Rhodes, Robert Hunt. All For the Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490675404. Read by Norman Dietz.
The astonishing and eloquent diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, the Union soldier featured in Ken Burns’s PBS television documentary The Civil War. Enlisting as a private in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, Rhodes fought in every major campaign waged by the Army of the Potomac, from Bull Run to Appomattox. Here, in his own powerfully moving words, Rhodes reveals why he was willing to die to preserve his beloved Union.

y450_293__1492031540_52422Romolini, Jennifer. Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538420065. Read by Em Eldridge.
Romolini asserts that being outside the norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward. Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you.

Sastry, Anjali & Kara Penn. Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501941672. Read by Callie Beaulieu.
Whether you’re rolling out a new product from a city-view office or rolling up your sleeves to deliver a social service in the field, learning why and how to embrace failure can help you do better, faster. Smart leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents design their innovation projects with a key idea in mind: ensure that every failure is maximally useful.

Taylor, Charles. Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ’70s. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681685120. Read by A.T. Chandler.
When we think of ’70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch, but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Taylor pays homage to the trucker vigilantes, meat magnate pimps, blaxploitation “angel avengers,” and taciturn factory workers ofl B films such as Prime Cut, Foxy Brown, and Eyes of Laura Mars. He creates a compelling argument for what matters in moviemaking and brings a pivotal American era vividly to life.

Weigel, David. The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681686059. Read by Rudy Sanda.
The behind-the-scenes story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive (“prog”) rock, epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, and their successors Rush, Styx, and Asia.

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