Announcing the Spring 2022 Princeton Audio lineup

We’re excited to share the Spring 2022 Princeton Audio list. Princeton Audio books are published by Princeton University Press and produced by our invaluable partners at Sound Understanding, a UK-based audio production company specializing in non-fiction books.

Work, Pray, Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley by Carolyn Chen, narrated by Jennifer Lim

A revealing look at how tech giants are reshaping spirituality to serve their religion of peak productivity. Read a Publishers Weekly interview with author Carolyn Chen.

Africa’s Struggle for its Art: History of a Postcolonial Defeat by Bénédicte Savoy, narrated by Ronnie Archer Morgan

A major new history of how African nations, starting in the 1960s, sought to reclaim the art looted by Western colonial powers. Africa’s Struggle for Its Art makes the case for why restitution is essential.

The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili, narrated by the author

 BBC host and New York Times bestselling author Jim Al-Khalili reveals how 8 lessons from the heart of science can help you get the most out of life.

What Makes an Apple: Six Conversations About Writing, Love, Guilt, and Other Pleasures by Amos Oz

In the last years of his life, the writer Amos Oz talked regularly with Shira Hadad, who worked closely with him as the editor of his final novel, Judas. These candid, uninhibited dialogues show a side of Oz that few ever saw. What Makes an Apple? presents the most revealing of these conversations in English for the first time, painting an illuminating and disarmingly intimate portrait of a towering literary figure.

In Praise of Good Bookstores by Jeff Deutsch

Do we need bookstores in the twenty-first century? If so, what makes a good one? This beautifully told book, by Jeff Deutsch—the director of Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstores, one of the finest bookstores in the world—pays loving tribute to one of our most important and endangered civic institutions.

The Good-Enough Life by Avram Alpert

Visionary and provocative, The Good-Enough Life demonstrates how we can work together to cultivate a good-enough life for all instead of tearing ourselves apart in a race to the top of the social pyramid.

The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English by Hana Videen

An entertaining and illuminating collection of weird, wonderful, and downright baffling words from the origins of English—and what they reveal about the lives of the earliest English speakers.

The Owl and the Nightingale: A New Verse Translation, translated and narrated by Simon Armitage

From the UK Poet Laureate and bestselling translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a complete verse translation of a spirited and humorous medieval English poem.

Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri, narrated by the author

Luminous essays on translation and self-translation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and literary translator, Jhumpa Lahiri.

Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws: And Other Classical Myths, Historical Oddities, and Scientific Curiosities by Adrienne Mayor

National Book Award Finalist Adrienne Mayor is renowned for exploring the borders of history, science, archaeology, anthropology, and popular knowledge to find historical realities and scientific insights in myth, legends, and folklore. In Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws she shares with listeners a treasury of fifty of her most amazing and amusing discoveries.

Sonorous Desert: What Deep Listening Taught Early Christian Monks—and What It Can Teach Us by Kim Haines-Eitzen

Incorporating author Kim Haines-Eitzen’s evocative audio recordings of desert environments, Sonorous Desert reveals how desert sounds taught ancient monks about solitude, silence, and the life of community, and how they can help us understand ourselves if we slow down and listen.

Work Matters: How Parents’ Jobs Shape Children’s Well-Being by Maureen Perry-Jenkins

Low-wage workers make up the largest group of employed parents in the United States, yet scant attention has been given to their experiences as new mothers and fathers. Work Matters brings the unique stories of these diverse individuals to light.

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