With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don´t come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans - especially white Americans - began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn´t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York´s Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands down. Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the ´´wolf´´ in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism. An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn´t just the story of an animal´s survival - it is one of the great epics of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elijah Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009179/bk_blak_009179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed ´´Zippy´´ for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards. Laced with fine storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer joy, Haven Kimmel´s straight-shooting portrait of her childhood gives us a heroine who is wonderfully sweet and sly as she navigates the quirky adult world that surrounds Zippy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Haven Kimmel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000293/bk_high_000293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalists Cam Simpson and Flynn McRoberts and actor Peter Sarsgaard on this edition of Fresh Air. Simpson and McRoberts collaborated (along with journalist Liz Sly) on a three part special series in the Chicago Tribune. The series, ´´Tossed Out of America´´, is about the crackdown on Muslims who are illegal immigrants in the US. They were required to register with the government after the September 11th attacks. Now many of them are facing deportation or have already been deported. Actor Peter Sarsgaard portrays editor Chuck Lane in the new film Shattered Glass. Previously, Sarsgaard played opposite Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny in the film Boys Don´t Cry. (Broadcast Date: November 19, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/031119/rt_whyy_031119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These six brilliantly written episodes, brought together in Mary McCarthy´s first novel, create a fascinating portrait of a 1930s New York social circle. Based loosely on the author´s own life, the book follows a young bohemian woman, Margaret Sargent, through her experiences and lost loves in a time of coming war. Its bold insight, sly wit, and virtuoso style won Mary McCarthy immediate recognition as one of the most accomplished, versatile, and penetrating writers in America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lorelei King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006363/bk_bbcw_006363_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They traveled to America in search of freedom and prosperity.... Elsa Anders’ dream of marrying Peder Ramstad is about to come true. Can this strong-willed, creative woman with a love for independence, adventure, and the sea find happiness with a captain who insists upon leaving her safely on shore? Peder Ramstad is driven by a love for the sea, and for his wife. He is determined to make a success of his new shipyard. Yet his desperate need to control his house and fate may destroy that which he treasures the most. Kaatje Janssen is broken hearted over her husband’s infidelity. As Elsa’s friend she prays that a journey to America will mark a new beginning, and a bright future for her marriage, and her unborn child. Tora Anders, Elsa’s 16-year old sly younger sister, knows just what she wants, and exactly how to get it. Heaven help the man or woman who stands in her way. From the towering mountain coasts of Norway, to the rocky coast of Maine, and across the turbulent, danger filled waves of the open sea - this is an epic saga of perseverance, passion, faith, and fidelity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Brush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001233/bk_bimo_001233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A murdered teen is resurrected to walk the Earth for centuries in this sweeping historical epic in the spirit of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, from the author of Rotters and Scowler. Twenty minutes after his murder on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1896, 17-year-old Zebulon Finch awakens, resurrected to suffer an eternity upon the planet. But of all people...why him? Is it because he was a violent Chicago gangster and this is his chance at redemption? Is it because he is a modern-day Job whose suffering is beyond human comprehension? Over the next century - or two - he will try to find out. With a sly, aristocratic voice and a healthy appetite for women and anarchy, Zebulon Finch spins a tale of his travels across a young America, watching the country grow and mature, knowing that his mind and body will never do the same. Yes, he is witty. He is also vain. Absolutely brilliant, too. And he is always entertaining. But have no doubt - Zebulon Finch has a heart as vulnerable as anyone´s. Too bad he doesn´t learn to use it till after it has stopped beating.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007257/bk_sans_007257_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A subversive, macabre novel of a young Indian man’s misadventures in Victorian London as the city is racked by a series of murders. In a small Bihari village, Captain William T. Meadows finds just the man to further his phrenological research back home: Amir Ali, confessed member of the infamous Thugee cult. With tales of a murderous youth redeemed, Ali gains passage to England, his villainously shaped skull there to be studied. Only Ali knows just how embroidered his story is, so when a killer begins depriving London’s underclass of their heads, suspicion naturally falls on the ´´thug.” With help from fellow immigrants led by a shrewd Punjabi woman, Ali journeys deep into a hostile city in an attempt to save himself and end the gruesome murders. Ranging from skull-lined mansions to underground tunnels a ghostly people call home, The Thing about Thugs is a feat of imagination to rival Wilkie Collins or Michael Chabon. Short-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize, this sly Victorian role reversal marks the arrival of a compelling new Indian novelist to North America.
Deftly spinning genres of his feverish literary invention, Rion Amilcar Scott creates his very own Yoknapatawpha County with fictional Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of America´s only successful slave revolt, the town still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. Among its residents are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God´s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. Culminating with an explosive novella, these haunting stories of the denizens of Cross River serve to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love-all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism. Shattering rigid literary boundaries, Scott is ´´a necessary voice in American literature´´ (PEN Award citation), a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.
America´s favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her eleventh adventure! Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she´s struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She´s tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she´s out, they pull her back in! This latest novel is packed full of Janet Evanovich´s trademark wit, adventure, and sly comedy. So fasten your seatbelt and hang on...Stephanie´s back in town! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lorelei King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000469/bk_aren_000469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.