When Robin Nevins, the son of Hawk's boyhood mentor, is denied at an exclusive university, Hawk asks Spenser to investigate. It seems the denial is tied to the suicide of a young gay activist, and as Spenser digs deeper he is nearly drowned in a multicultural swamp of politics: black, gay, academic, and feminist. At the same time, Spenser's inamorata, Susan, asks him to come to the aid of an old college friend, K.C. Roth, the victim of a stalker. Spenser solves the problem a bit too effectively when K.C. turns the tables and begins to stalk him. With Hush Money, Robert B. Parker adds a morally complex tale to this legendary series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Burt Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000708/bk_pnix_000708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Retired astronaut Alan Shepard and independent film director, producer, and writer Rose Troche on this archival edition of Fresh Air. Shepard was America's first man in space in 1961; the voyage covered 302 miles and lasted fifteen minutes. Ten years later with Apollo 14, he made it to the moon, playing golf on the moon's surface. In 1969, the Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. Early in his space career, Shepard was diagnosed with an inner ear syndrome, which could have ended his career, so he grounded himself in 1963 and became chief of the Astronaut Office. Later, after a risky operation took care of his ear problem, Shepard returned to flight status, becoming commander of the Apollo 14. He co-wrote the book Moon Shot. Troche and co-producer and co-writer Guinevere Turner made the lesbian comedy, Go Fish. The movie was hailed as the newest "crossover hit." The two say they wanted to make a film about the community they lived in: "young, urban, multicultural, out, and burning up the phone lines gossiping about whom went home with who last night." The film played at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film festival, and opened at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. (Original Airdate: 6/6/1994) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000710/rt_whyy_000710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Burt Reynolds reads three of Robert B. Parker's finest Spenser novels. Includes:Chance - Big-time Boston hoodlum Julius Ventura wants to find his only daughter's missing husband - at least that's how he puts it to Spenser and Hawk, even though it's pretty clear Julius isn't telling the whole truth. Or maybe not any part of the truth. Something about the case appeals to Spenser's passion for justice, and he launches an odyssey into the netherworld of organized crime. Hush Money - When Robin Nevins is denied acceptance at an exclusive university, Spenser is eager to investigate. It seems the denial is tied to the suicide of a young gay activist, and as Spenser digs deeper, he is nearly drowned in a multicultural swamp of politics: black, gay, academic, and feminist. Meanwhile, Spenser's inamorata, Susan, asks him to come to the aid of an old college friend, K.C. Roth, the victim of a stalker. Spenser solves the problem a bit too effectively when K.C. turns the tables and begins to stalk him. Small Vices - Ellis Alves is no angel. But when his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson, Alves looks to Spenser for help. From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid tennis-star boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, is the chance for justice dead? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Burt Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/001388/bk_pnix_001388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this provocative book, Mugambi Jouet describes why Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, gender roles, abortion, gay rights, sex, gun control, mass incarceration, the death penalty, torture, human rights, and war. Raised in Paris by a French mother and Kenyan father, Jouet then lived in the Bible Belt, Manhattan, and beyond. Drawing inspiration from Alexis de Tocqueville, he wields his multicultural sensibility to parse how the intense polarization of US conservatives and liberals has become a key dimension of American exceptionalism - an idea widely misunderstood as American superiority. While exceptionalism once was a source of strength, it may now spell decline, as unique features of US history, politics, law, culture, religion, and race relations foster grave conflicts. They also shed light on the intriguing ideological evolution of American conservatism, which long predated Trumpism. Anti-intellectualism, conspiracy-mongering, a visceral suspicion of government, and Christian fundamentalism are far more common in America than the rest of the Western world - Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008876/bk_tant_008876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut by New York Times best-selling author Jasmine Guillory.The USA Today best seller#5 LibraryReads Pick“A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm.” [Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)]“What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel.... One of the best books I've read in a while.” (Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author of Hunger) Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend... After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other... They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century — or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want... One of...Entertainment Weekly’s “12 Romances for V-Day”Cosmopolitan’s “2018 Anticipated Reads”Elle’s “2018 Must Reads”Harpers Bazaar’s “New January Must Reads”The Fug Girls’ “Best Books of the Year”Elle UK’s “Books to Get You Through 2018”Nylon’s “January Must Reads”Hello Giggles’ “New Release Recs”Electric Lit’s “Books by WoC to Read in 2018”Bitch Media’s “2 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janina Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003372/bk_peng_003372_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.