Amy Landry is your average, run-of-the-mill, self-professed hippie waitress. Living out her existence in Spokane, Washington, she strives to reach financial stability in the hopes of pursuing her art full time. Working for a boss who couldn’t be more her opposite, she struggles toward her goal. Her plans change when an adversary has a near death experience on the floor in her section and is whisked away by a very handsome, and very perplexing, paramedic. Slowly her delusions fall away to reveal what kind of life she had been living and how far it is from the life she knows she deserves. The peace-loving pacifist finds herself facing a difficult choice between her ideals and the direction reality wants to send her. With a strong spine, clear outlook, and a healthy respect for Murphy’s Law, Amy must create a fate that she can be proud of when all is said and done. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hollis Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023345/bk_acx0_023345_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Goodfellas meets Savages meets Catch Me If You Can in this true tale of high-stakes smuggling from pot´s outlaw years. Richard Stratton was the unlikeliest of kingpins. A clean-cut Wellesley boy who entered outlaw culture on a trip to Mexico, he saw his search for a joint morph into a thrill-filled dope run, smuggling two kilos across the border in his car door. He became a member of the Hippie Mafia, traveling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish. With cameos by Whitey Bulger and Norman Mailer, Smuggler´s Blues tells Stratton´s adventure while centering on his last years as he travels from New York to Lebanon´s Bekaa Valley to source and smuggle high-grade hash in the midst of civil war, from the Caribbean to the backwoods of Maine, and from the Chelsea Hotel to the Plaza as his fortunes rise and fall. All the while he is being pursued by his nemesis, a philosophical DEA agent who respects him for his good business practices. A true-crime story that sounds like fiction, Smuggler´s Blues is a psychedelic road trip through international drug smuggling, the hippie underground, and the war on weed. As Big Marijuana emerges, it brings to vivid life an important chapter in pot´s cultural history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Stratton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027099/bk_adbl_027099_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Blues for Annie is a nostalgic journey back into the folk and blues music scene in London during the 60s, and a vivid description of the birth of the hippie counterculture movement as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl. Annie takes us to the legendary UFO club in Tottenham Court Road to hear Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, and other legendary venues such as Les Cousins and Bunjies to hear the best of the British Folk and Blues performers. In the process of exploring the counterculture night life, Annie discovers her voice, and sings in several obscure bands, but she is also on a journey of discovery to find herself in this coming of age story that takes her to Israel and Scotland, and meeting many eccentric and interesting people along the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne E Matthews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060945/bk_acx0_060945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the literary pulp phenomenon Spaceman Blues comes a future history cautionary tale, a heist movie in the style of a hippie novel. Liberation is a speculation on life in near-future America after the country suffers an economic cataclysm that leads to the resurgence of ghosts of its past (such as the human slave trade). Our heroes are the Slick Six, a group of international criminals who set out to alleviate the worst of these conditions and put America on the road to recovery. Liberation is a story about living down the past, personally and nationally; about being able to laugh at the punch line to the long, dark joke of American history. Slattery’s prose moves seamlessly between present and past, action and memory. With Liberation, he celebrates the resilience and ingenuity of the American spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Heitsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007592/bk_adbl_007592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I´m more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.´´ - Jerry Garcia Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, ´´one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century´´, tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental. He was willing to use almost any and every available ethnic musical resource. Garcia´s passionate interest in virtually every nook and cranny of American music, particularly rural music, made the task of following his concepts from moment to moment an unpredictable and inexact science. In his explorations and elaborations on old musical treasures, whether familiar or obscure, he fully indulged in almost all of them at one time or another. For Garcia, this was not a career move but a joyous personal search to create a vast palette of harmonic, rhythmic, and textural escapades. As an iconic example of the ´´communitarian, drug-positive hippie subculture of Haight-Ashbury´´, and fulfilling all the expectations of the devotees who immersed themselves in the era´s music, Garcia could just as easily draw from classical music as he could from American jazz. He performed highly regionalized blues in all of their dialects, along with country music, numerous shades of rock music, and any combination of all of them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Violet Meadow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034641/bk_acx0_034641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Up north on the very edge of America is the town of Icebox, Minnesota. And in tiny Icebox there is a family of three lovely ladies; a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother who together run the local newspaper. And trouble simply cannot leave these three ´´Scoop Sisters´´ alone. One: ´´Fourth Estate Sale´´, part one, ´´The Pilot Episode´´: When a woman loses her job, her marriage, and everything but her daughter and the clothes on her back, there´s nothing to do but return home to her hippie mother and her new newspaper. Two: ´´Fourth Estate Sale´´, Part 23, ´´Foundation Logic´´: The Scoop Sisters are back. When a local family forms a community foundation to help people, everything seems fine until a long-lost half brother throws a monkey wrench into things. Can the Scoops get things straightened out before the foundation´s logic goes all haywire? Four: ´´New School Blues´´, part one: Those mavens of mystery are back. When Mary struggles with a difficult teacher, the ´´Sisters´´´ attempts to understand what´s what leads to a full-scale investigation! Five: ´´New School Blues´´, part 26: ´´The Spook Skiff´´: Those mavens of mystery are back with a special Scare-Season offering! The owner of a local boat needs help promoting it as a haunted vessel complete with real ghost. But what secrets does the ship-bound spectre hold, and how does it all involve The Scoop Sisters! Seven: ´´Wanted: Man!´´: The Scoop Sisters return with another exciting adventure. Personal ads are a new thing for the Sister´s newspaper, but when the first ad works a little too well, a mystery unfolds that needs the girl´s special attention. Eight: ´´Faster, Pussycat! Steal! Steal!´´: When a retired jewel thief moves to tiny Icebox, Minnesota, Mel is understandably wary. But when his treasured cat turns up missing, Jasmine and Mary rush to help. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/iceb/000007/rt_iceb_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.