A Reader’s Journal: GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee

A Reader’s Journal: GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Harper Lee Audiobook read by Reese Witherspoon Harper Books (July 2015), hardcover (ISBN 0062409859 / 9780062409850) Fiction, 288 pages Source: Public library/audiobook download via Overdrive (Harper Audio, July 2015, ISBN 9780062409898, ASIN B00TABW9Y0)   NOTE: The following contains potential spoilers for Go Set a Watchman. The story of Go Set a Watchman’s publication has almost overshadowed the story it tells. It may or may not be the first draft of what, after […]

(Audio)Book Talk: LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller

(Audio)Book Talk: LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller

Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Audiobook read by the author Penguin Press (January 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1594205868 / 9781594205866) Nonfiction: memoir, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Recorded Books, Jan. 2015, ISBN 9781490654881, ASIN B00QVWQVSQ) ——————————————————————————————————————— As a daughter of White colonists in southern Africa during a time when those colonies were at war for the independence of their native Black populations, Alexandra Fuller’s youth would have been unsettled enough by virtue of the […]

(Audio)Book Talk: MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff (read by the author)

(Audio)Book Talk: MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff (read by the author)

My Salinger Year Joanna Rakoff (Twitter) (Facebook) Audiobook read by the author Knopf (June 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0307958000 / 9780307958006) Nonfiction: memoir, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Audible Studios, June 2014, ASIN B00KAGAMTI) —————————————————————————————————————— When Joanna Rakoff left graduate school in London and returned home to New York City, she was rather at loose ends. As an aspiring poet, a job somewhere in the publishing industry seemed like a good idea for the time being, […]

(Audio)Book Talk: BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew, read by the author

(Audio)Book Talk: BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew, read by the author

Born With Teeth: A Memoir Kate Mulgrew Audiobook read by the author Little, Brown and Company (April 14, 2015), Hardcover (ISBN 0316334316 / 9780316334310) Nonfiction: memoir, 320 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Hachette Audio, April 2015, ISBN 9781478903277; Audible ASIN B00U1OQ8YW) —————————————————————————————————————–   Kate Mulgrew’s first ambition was to be a poet. When she was selected to recite some pieces in a school program, her mother suggested learning one well-known poem and including that with the […]

A Reader’s Journal: BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande

A Reader’s Journal: BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande (Facebook) (Twitter) Audiobook read by Robert Petkoff Metropolitan Books (2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0805095152 / 9780805095159) Nonfiction, 304 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Macmillan Audio, October 2014, ISBN 9781427244246; Audible ASIN B00NPAJ32S) My father just turned 86 years old. My mother-in-law will be 77 this summer. Both have outlived spouses after decades-long marriages. Both are still able to live on their own, both still work part-time, […]

(Audio)Book Talk: FUNNY GIRL, by Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding

(Audio)Book Talk: FUNNY GIRL, by Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding

Funny Girl: A Novel Nick Hornby (Facebook) Audiobook read by Emma Fielding Riverhead Books (2015), Hardcover (ISBN 1594205418 / 9781594205415) Fiction, 464 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Penguin Audio, February 2015, ISBN 9780698195653; Audible ASIN B00RC52GMQ) In my opinion, Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl has a somewhat misleading title. Calling this novel Funny Show might reflect its premise a bit more accurately, because it’s not so much about a comedienne as it is the team and the […]

(Audio)Book Talk: UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand (read by Edward Herrmann)

(Audio)Book Talk: UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand (read by Edward Herrmann)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand (Facebook) Audiobook read by Edward Herrmann Random House (November 2010), Hardcover (ISBN 1400064163 / 9781400064168) Nonfiction: biography/history, 496 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Random House Audio, November 2010, ISBN 9780739319703; Audible ASIN B004CJN7TG) ———————————————————————————————————— Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit was, and remains, one of my favorite books from the decade before I blogged: “I never went through that pre-teen horse-loving phase so many girls do, […]

(Audio)Book Talk: AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes (read by the author)

(Audio)Book Talk: AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes (read by the author)

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Cary Elwes (with Joe Layden); foreword by Rob Reiner Audiobook read by the author, with guests Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, and Robin Wright Touchstone (October 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1476764026 / 9781476764023) Nonfiction: popular culture/memoir, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Simon and Schuster Audio, October 2014, ISBN 9781442383456; Audible ASIN B00NLKFVRS) My Favorite Movie […]

(Audio)Book Talk: YES PLEASE, by Amy Poehler

(Audio)Book Talk: YES PLEASE, by Amy Poehler

Yes Please Amy Poehler Audiobook read by the author (with guests Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, and Bill and Eileen Poehler) Dey Street Books (October 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0062268341 / 9780062268341) Nonfiction: memoir/essays, 352 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Harper Audio, October 2014, ISBN 9780062350886; Audible ASIN B00MP22QRQ) The past few years have produced a bumper crop of notable memoir/essay collections by women already known for writing and performing comedy, and […]

(Audio)Book Talk: THE MAGICIANS Trilogy, by Lev Grossman (read by Mark Bramhall)

(Audio)Book Talk: THE MAGICIANS Trilogy, by Lev Grossman (read by Mark Bramhall)

The Magicians: A Novel The Magician King: A Novel The Magician’s Land: A Novel Written by Lev Grossman (Facebook) (Twitter) Audiobooks read by Mark Bramhall Fiction/fantasy Source: Purchased audiobooks Penguin Audio, 2009, ISBN 9781101079423; Audible ASIN B002L7KSR0; Penguin Audio, 2011, ISBN 9781101523674, Audible ASIN B005GIH6EY; Penguin Audio, 2014, ISBN 9780698153622, Audible ASIN B00K8EXJEM (NOTE: The following discussion is mostly spoiler-free, but if you haven’t read this series, please proceed with caution.) There are definite advantages […]

(Audio)Book Talk: LANDLINE, by Rainbow Rowell, read by Rebecca Lowman

(Audio)Book Talk: LANDLINE, by Rainbow Rowell, read by Rebecca Lowman

Landline Rainbow Rowell (Twitter) (Facebook) (Tumblr) Audiobook read by Rebecca Lowman St. Martin’s Press (July 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1250049377 / 9781250049377) Fiction, 320 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Macmillan Audio (July 2014), ISBN 9781427239334; Audible ASIN B00KAG8OZM) ‘ I haven’t been able to pull my thoughts about Rainbow Rowell’s return to adult-audience fiction, Landline, into a thematically coherent whole, so I’m recording my impressions in bullet-point format. Some of these points may be spoilers if you […]

(Audio)Book Talk: THE TEACHER WARS, by Dana Goldstein, read by Nan McNamara

(Audio)Book Talk: THE TEACHER WARS, by Dana Goldstein, read by Nan McNamara

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession Dana Goldstein (Twitter) Audiobook read by Nan McNamara Doubleday (September 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 038553695X / 9780385536950) Nonfiction: history/education, 368 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Audible Studios, September 2014, ASIN B00M4LUO90) Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars is not the comprehensive history of two centuries of American public education. In fact, this book strongly suggests that such a history may never be written, in part because there is […]

(Audio)Book Talk: HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY, by Lydia Netzer (read by Joshilyn Jackson)

(Audio)Book Talk: HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY, by Lydia Netzer (read by Joshilyn Jackson)

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky: A Novel Lydia Netzer (Facebook) (Twitter) Audiobook read by Joshilyn Jackson St. Martin’s Press (June 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1250047021 / 9781250047021) Fiction, 352 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Macmillan Audio, June 2014, ISBN 9781250047021/Audible ASIN B00K7KNEAG) Author Lydia Netzer is good at succinctly describing her own novels. This is how she summarizes How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky on her website: “Two astronomers meet and fall […]

(Audio)Book Talk: LOVE LIFE, by Rob Lowe

(Audio)Book Talk: LOVE LIFE, by Rob Lowe

Love Life Rob Lowe (Twitter) Audiobook read by the author Simon & Schuster (April 2014), Hardcover ( ISBN 1451685718 / 9781451685718) Nonfiction: memoir/essays, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Simon & Schuster (April 2014), Audio ISBN 9781442367340 /Audible ASIN B00HX2WBJG ) Although I really enjoyed listening to Rob Lowe read his Stories I Only Tell My Friends, to me a couple of years ago, I wasn’t entirely sure about repeating the experience with his second book, Love Life. He’d […]

(Audio)Book Talk: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ME FROM, by Judy Greer

(Audio)Book Talk: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ME FROM, by Judy Greer

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star Judy Greer (Twitter) Audiobook read by the author Doubleday (April 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0385537883 / 9780385537889) Nonfiction: memoir/essays, 256 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Random House Audio (April 2014), ISBN 9780804149150 / Audible ASIN B00IPJTXHO) I know exactly what I know Judy Greer from, and it’s why I knew that if I i intended to read her memoir/essay collection, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, at […]