Cost of Living: Essays Audiobook, by Emily Maloney Play Audiobook Sample

Cost of Living: Essays Audiobook

Cost of Living: Essays Audiobook, by Emily Maloney Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Emily Maloney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250261229

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Longest Chapter Length:

48:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

29 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

16:17 minutes

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Publisher Description

This program is read by the author. The searing intimacy of Girl, Interrupted combined with the uncomfortable truths of The Empathy Exams in a collection of essays chronicling one woman’s experiences as both patient and caregiver, giving a unique perspective from both sides of the hospital bed. What does it cost to live? When we fall ill, our lives are itemized on a spreadsheet. A thousand dollars for a broken leg, a few hundred for a nasty cut while cooking dinner. Then there are the greater costs for even greater misfortunes. The car accidents, breast cancers, blood diseases, and dark depressions. When Emily Maloney was nineteen she tried to kill herself. An act that would not only cost a great deal personally, but also financially, sending her down a dark spiral of misdiagnoses, years spent in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices, and tens of thousands owed in medical debt. To work to pay off this crippling burden, Emily becomes an emergency room technician. Doing the grunt work in a hospital, and taking care of patients at their most vulnerable moments, chronicling these interactions in searingly beautiful, surprising ways. Shocking and often slyly humorous, Cost of Living is a brilliant examination of just what exactly our troubled healthcare system asks us to pay, as well as a look at what goes on behind the scenes at our hospitals and in the minds of caregivers. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

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“Maloney artfully unpacks the fraught connection between money and health in her brilliant debut collection. Maloney is masterful at beginning in a place of skepticism and ending with empathy, all while weaving in her own fascinating story.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


  • “She’ll open your eyes to some of the more dysfunctional aspects of the US health-care system…Wry and unflinching.”

    — Forbes
  • “Cost of Living is bracingly real, whether Maloney’s subject is herself or the medical field she knows as both patient and professional.”

    — USA Today


  • A USA Today Best Book of 2022
  • A Chicago Public LIbrary Pick of Best Books of 2022

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About Emily Maloney

Emily Maloney is an author whose work has appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, and the American Journal of Nursing, among others. She has twice been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. She has worked as a dog groomer, pastry chef, general contractor, tile setter, and catalog model and has sold her ceramics at art fairs.