True Story

Nonfiction Audiobooks!

We are in that endless part of summer where the days stretch before us, nothing but sun. While we have had a lot of rain here in the upstate, the corgis have been loving frapping around in the yard on sunny days. They always come inside with their undercarriages covered in dirty water and flecks of clover. Oh, bless their little hearts. But taking them outside does give me more chances to listen to whatever audiobook I have going at the time.

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I love audiobooks all year round, but there’s something special about audiobook month. Every June, I see book lovers across the internet celebrate audiobooks, sharing their favorite titles and narrators. So I’m going to sneak in one more audiobook edition of True Story. I hope you enjoy these audiobooks as much as I did!

Bookish Goods

a photo of an enamel pin that features a multi-colored window near a stack of books. Text over the illustration read "I don't need sleep . . .  I need answers"

Bibliophile volume 2- i need answers by The Geek And Artsy Store

We here in nonfiction land LOVE research. We’re always falling down the rabbit hole of one sort or another. So when I saw this pin, I thought of nonfiction. I have stayed up all night several times because I got caught up in a memoir or essay collection. $15

New Releases

a graphic of the cover of Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life by bell hooks and Cornel West

Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life by bell hooks and Cornel West

Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

Breaking Bread is a book made up of conversations with bell hooks and Cornel West, two friends and Black intellectuals, discussing Black culture, history, and art. Now you can listen to the conversations performed by the incredible Adenrele Ojo.

a graphic of the cover of El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Narrated by Sarah Tubert, Lexi Finigan, Jennifer Aquino, Fred Berman, Bailey Carr, Nicky Endres, Matt Godfrey, Avi Roque, and Sanya Simmons

For the first time, Cece Bell’s graphic novel El Deafo is on audio! Cece imagines herself as a rabbit who is hard of hearing. Cece uses an accessibility aid to help her hear her teacher in school. Cece begins to wonder if this means she now has superpowers.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

a graphic of the cover of Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks

Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks

Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

In the last several years, bell hooks’ books have been slowly turned into audiobooks. Sisters of the Yam was released on audio just last year. The book focuses around hooks’ ideas of self-recovery. She begins Sisters of the Yam by discussing how Black women don’t need self-help, a genre hooks believes doesn’t typically take Black women’s experiences with sexism, homophobia, and racism into account. Instead, hooks calls for self-recovery, which centers on Black women taking care of their physical, mental, and emotional needs. By becoming the best version of themselves, Black women can better support their families and communities.

a graphic of the cover of Upstream by Mary Oliver

Upstream: Essays by Mary Oliver

Narrated by Hala Alyan, Joy Sullivan, Kate Baer

Pushkin has just released a special edition of Mary Oliver’s essay collection Upstream. Performed by poets Hala Alyan, Joy Sullivan, and Kate Baer, Upstream includes a special introduction by each narrator, explaining why they love and have been inspired by Mary Oliver’s work. The narrators perform different sections of the essay collection, which focuses around Oliver’s favorite poets and her thoughts on writing. Oliver’s prose is stunning. She draws from her background as a poet to create perfect descriptions of the natural world. The performances take this audiobook to the next level.

a photo of Gwen, a black and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi, sitting on a multicolored striped rug. She looks quite happy sitting in front of her bookshelves
Gwen loves the new rug for the reading corner

That’s it for this week! You can find me over on my substack Winchester Ave, over on Instagram @kdwinchester, or on my podcast Read Appalachia. As always, feel free to drop me a line at For even MORE bookish content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.

Happy Reading, Friends!

~ Kendra