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My Name is Mary Sutter ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Kimberly Farr

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Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens-two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary’s courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering-and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.

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Disobedience ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Robert Sean Leonard

janeHenry Shaw is a high school senior when he intercepts e-mail messages between his mother, Beth, a musician and specialist in ancient music, and violin maker Richard Pollico. As he secretly eavesdrops on the liaison between “Liza38” and “Rpol,” Henry’s emotions, ranging from horror to fear of abandonment to rage to deep sadness, take on a new dimension when he himself falls in love with a girl he meets in summer camp. Meanwhile, his generally bemused and patient father, Kevin, a high school history teacher, seems unaware of Beth’s infidelity, since he spends much of his time coaching Henry’s rebellious sister, Elvira, 13, who is obsessed with her desire to join a Civil War reenactment disguised as a boy.

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On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Sally Darling

afternoonAn elderly lady sits in her parlor, contemplating the events that shaped her life. Born in the 1830s, Emma Garnet Tate Lowell is the eldest daughter of a poor but aristocratic Southern belle and a rich, opinionated, abusive father. The Tate household is held together by Clarisse, a free black woman, who knew Mr. Tate “when.” Tate attempts to control and dominate his wife and children with brute force and harsh words. However, Emma’s mother and older brother conspire to nurture Emma’s native curiosity and love of learning, until fate brings a Northerner, Quincey Lowell, fresh out of medical school, to Emma’s doorstep. At age 17, she marries him and takes Clarisse with her. A new household; three children with a liberal, generous, loving husband; the Civil War; death; and good deeds and bad all pass through her thoughts in a death bed recollection/confession of a life abundantly lived.

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Cold Mountain  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Charles Frazier

cold-mountainA breathtaking account of one man’s voyage home from the front at the end of the Civil War. Epic in sweep and heartbreakingly told, this is the rarest of audiobooks, combining superior literary quality with a tremendous story.

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The Professor and the Madman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Winchester

professorThe compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.  As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand entries.   When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

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March ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
by Richard Easton

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From Louisa May Alcott s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time.

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