The Power of Laughter

September 24th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living NPR shines a spotlight on the power of laughter, as the greatest comedians ever offer the ultimate remedy for chronic seriousness.

This extended session of Laughter Therapy explores the history of all things funny, presenting a cornucopia of comedy from the pioneers of vaudeville and the silent film era, to the wildly creative innovators that transformed television in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, to the modern practitioners that continue to bend the boundaries of comedy today. Chronically serious? Prepare to be cured by this collection of revealing profiles and interviews with some of the funniest personalities ever.

NPR Laughter Therapy: Funny for a Living is now available on audio CD and digital download.

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In case you missed it … NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious released in April!

NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious

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The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

September 18th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt This new edition of her autobiography has been revised and combined with previous works to create the essential Eleanor Roosevelt.

Now back in print, a candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.

The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War.

A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor eventually became a powerful force of her own, heading women’s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’s death she became a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights.

This single volume biography brings her to life through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the postwar years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt will be available on audio CD and digital download October 21.

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ROOS-aboutDon’t miss Ken Burns’ weeklong docuseries ‘The Roosevelts,’ which premiered this past Sunday on PBS. If you missed any of the episodes, you can watch them online here.

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Featured Audio Giveaway – September 2014 – Jackaby

September 2nd, 2014 by Administrator · Featured Audio Giveaways

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Jackaby

William Ritter; read by Nicola Barber
 

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1890, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary—including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant.

On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local police seem adamant to deny.

While Abigail finds herself drawn to Jackaby’s keen intelligence and his sensitivity to phenomena others barely perceive, her feelings are confused by the presence of Charlie, a handsome young policeman willing to help Jackaby and Abigail on the case. But is Charlie’s offer a sincere desire to be of service, or is some darker motive at work.

 

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October Giveaway

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Don’t miss next month’s giveaway, A Brief History of Seven Killings!

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Gateway to Freedom

August 29th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

gateway cwtGateway to Freedom by Eric Foner is the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.

They are little known to history: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; Charles B. Ray, a black minister. At great risk they operated the Underground Railroad in New York, a city whose businesses, banks, and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy. In secret coordination with black dockworkers who alerted them to the arrival of fugitives and with counterparts in Norfolk, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Albany, and Syracuse, underground-railroad operatives in New York helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Their defiance of the notorious Fugitive Slave Law inflamed the South. White and black, educated and illiterate, they were heroic figures in the ongoing struggle between slavery and freedom.

Making brilliant use of fresh evidence—including the meticulous record of slave rescues secretly kept by Gay—Eric Foner elevates the Underground Railroad from folklore to sweeping history.

Foner’s last book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, was the 22nd book by the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. It was praised by critics and won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.

Watch a reenactment of the Underground Railroad in New York on The Travel Channel.

Gateway to Freedom will be available on audio CD January 19.

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The high priestess of twentieth-century fashion

August 21st, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

Mademoiselle Mademoiselle by Rhonda Garelick is a stunning new biography of Coco Chanel—the high priestess of twentieth-century fashion—that examines her critical place in history and the ingenious powers by which she internalized and transmitted the cultural trends of her time.

Little black dresses. Fake pearls. Jersey knit. Blazers. Ballet flats. Today—and for nearly the last hundred years—we all see some version of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel every time we pass a woman on the street. But few among us realize that Chanel’s role in the events of the twentieth century was as pervasive as her influence on fashion, or how deeply she absorbed and then brilliantly reimagined the historical currents around her. Here, with unprecedented detail and ambition—and through fascinating, thoroughly researched portraits of Chanel’s lovers and friends—Rhonda Garelick shows us the Chanel who conquered the world: a woman who thirsted to create others in her image, who ruthlessly and innovatively borrowed from her famous (and infamous) intimates, who understood the idea of branding and image well ahead of her time, who created “wearable personality.” This is Chanel at the nexus of history: a woman of daring, passion, and legendary vision, in a wonderful biography that gives her long-awaited due.

Watch this short film that unveils the woman behind the legend.

Meet the Narrator

sweater-slightsmileThe audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert. Tavia is an award-winning narrator with nearly 300 audiobooks under her belt. Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006. Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. You can hear her recent work on A Darker Shade of Sweden, Critical Chain and the upcoming October release of The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mademoiselle will be available on audio CD and digital download September 30.

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The Wait Wait Is Over!

August 12th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! More Famous People Play Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, and company bring the stars down to earth, allowing public radio fans everywhere to get to know their favorite celebrities as the mere mortals we suspected they might be.

Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, plays a game called, “I can feel it coming in the air tonight,” in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Pony children’s show in a game called “Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this.” Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with “cursy,” so she is invited to play a game called “May Thunder Blast Your Head!” about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Eryka Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos, and Jeff Garlin

Panelists Alonzo Bodden, Tom Bodett, Brian Babylon, Luke Burbank, Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber, Peter Grosz, Kyrie O’Connor, P.J. O’Rourke, Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca, and Faith Salie offer plenty of comic highlights as host Peter Sagal and “official scorekeeper” Carl Kasell guide their esteemed guests through unpredictable moments under the intense heat of public radio’s glorious spotlight.

The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! More Famous People Play “Not My Job” is now available on audio CD and digital download.

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Host Announced for NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies

August 7th, 2014 by Administrator · Author/Narrator News

croberts-b59057da58d87058db947ad37115b0d9f3c8c429-s3-c85HighBridge is pleased to announce that Cokie Roberts will be the host for NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies.

While the role of the first lady has changed dramatically over the course of the nation’s history, one thing remains constant: Americans have always been fascinated by the wives of the President. This collection features in-depth profiles of many of our beloved, inspiring, and occasionally enigmatic first ladies, including Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

Cokie Roberts is a Morning Edition contributor and longtime political commentator for ABC News. She is also the bestselling author of several accounts of women’s roles throughout American history: We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty.

NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies will be available on audio CD and digital download February 2015.

Earlier volumes in the NPR American Chronicles series include:

NPR American Chronicles: The Civil War NPR American Chronicles: World War II NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights= NPR American Chronicles: Women's Equality NPR American Chronicles: The Vietnam War NPR American Chronicles: Exploring Space

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Featured Audio Giveaway – August 2014 – The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! More Famous People Play “Not My Job”

August 1st, 2014 by Administrator · Featured Audio Giveaways

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The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! More Famous People Play

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The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! More Famous People Play “Not My Job”

Hosted by Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell
 

The Best of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, and company bring the stars down to earth, allowing public radio fans everywhere to get to know their favorite celebrities as the mere mortals we suspected they might be.

Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, plays a game called, “I can feel it coming in the air tonight,” in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Pony children’s show in a game called “Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this.” Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with “cursy,” so she is invited to play a game called “May Thunder Blast Your Head!” about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Eryka Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos, and Jeff Garlin

Panelists Alonzo Bodden, Tom Bodett, Brian Babylon, Luke Burbank, Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber, Peter Grosz, Kyrie O’Connor, P.J. O’Rourke, Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca, and Faith Salie offer plenty of comic highlights as host Peter Sagal and “official scorekeeper” Carl Kasell guide their esteemed guests through unpredictable moments under the intense heat of public radio’s glorious spotlight.

 

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September Giveaway

Jackaby

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The War To End All Wars

July 28th, 2014 by Administrator · Publishing News

NPR American Chronicles: World War I On this date in the year 1914, World War I began. NPR marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War with firsthand accounts from veterans, insightful commentary from leading historians, and detailed stories about battles, battlefields, and the legacy of the world’s first global military conflict.

Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as “the war to end all wars,” the first world war eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over twenty-seven nations involved, the battle-field horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today.

NPR presents a vivid portrait of what most experts consider the first modern war, including profiles of America’s flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, unlikely savior of war-torn Belgium Herbert Hoover, and the last surviving doughboy Frank Buckles.

NPR American Chronicles: World War I is now available on audio CD and digital download.

Other volumes in the NPR American Chronicles series include:

NPR American Chronicles: The Civil War NPR American Chronicles: World War II NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights= NPR American Chronicles: Women's Equality NPR American Chronicles: The Vietnam War NPR American Chronicles: Exploring Space

The eighth volume in the series, First Ladies, will be published February 2015!

While the role of the first lady has changed dramatically over the course of the nation’s history, one thing remains constant: American’s have always been fascinated by the wives of the President. Insights into their formative years, their daily routines within the White House, their influence on the public policies espoused by their husbands, and their bold journey into the modern political spotlight have captivated generations of political historians, social critics and tabloid gawkers alike. NPR presents the story of these iconic women as they apply their unique gifts to help transform the role of women in both public and private life. Featuring in-depth profiles of many of our beloved, inspiring, and occasionally enigmatic first ladies, including: Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and more.

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Radio Stories That Won’t Let You Go

July 22nd, 2014 by Administrator · Acquisition News, Publishing News

NPR presents tales about the love we share: unforgettable stories of unlikely matches, love lost and found, the ties that bind families together, and of course romance.

If you listen to NPR, you’ve had at least one “driveway moment.” You’re sitting in your parked car, hooked by a story, needing to hear it all the way through. NPR celebrates the emotional bonds we share with this audio valentine that will warm hearts all year round. The story of an ex-monk and an ex-nun who form a family, as told by their son. The story of letters that continue to arrive from all over the world, addressed simply to Juliet, Verona, Italy. The softer side of Lyndon Johnson revealed in his letters to Lady Bird. A writer’s true love for her beloved Volvo. The legend of Somalia’s lovesick baker and the girl whose love he could not win. Lynda Barry on spring, thunderstorms, memories, and love. This heartfelt edition of Driveway Moments explores the surprising places we find love and the inspiring ways in which our most important relationships flourish.

NPR Driveway Moments Love Stories will be available on Audio CD and digital audio on November 4.

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