DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker [Audiobook Thoughts]

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker [Audiobook Thoughts]

Dear Mr. You Written by Mary-Louise Parker Audiobook read by Mary-Louise Parker Published by Scribner on November 10th 2015 ISBN: 9781501107832 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Personal Memoirs Format: audiobook Pages: 240 Source: purchased A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who […]

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Rebecca Traister (Audiobook Thoughts)

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Rebecca Traister (Audiobook Thoughts)

All the Single Ladies Written by Rebecca Traister Audiobook read by Candace Thaxton Published by Simon and Schuster on March 1st 2016 ISBN: 9781476716589 Genres: History, Social Science, Women’s Studies Format: audiobook Pages: 352 Source: purchased A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America, this “singularly triumphant work” (Los Angeles Times) by Rebecca Traister “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” (Anne Lamott) is “sure to be […]

Open Books: What I’m Reading

I’m in a weird place where I’m not reading anything on paper. I’m currently working through two e-books from the library, an audiobook, and the first graphic novel I bought to read in the Comixology app. Aside from the last, I’m strongly leaning toward nonfiction these days. Here’s a quick look at what I’m reading. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister, audiobook read by Candace […]

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon [Audiobook Thoughts]

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon [Audiobook Thoughts]

The Caped Crusade Written by Glen Weldon Audiobook read by Glen Weldon Published by Simon and Schuster on March 22nd 2016 ISBN: 9781476756691 Genres: Social Science, Popular Culture, Media Studies Format: audiobook Pages: 336 Source: purchased A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves. Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping […]

(Audio)Book Thoughts: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author

(Audio)Book Thoughts: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author

Between the World and Me Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Audiobook read by Ta-Nehisi Coates Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group on July 14th 2015 ISBN: 9780812993547 Genres: Nonfiction, Social Science, Essays Format: audiobook Pages: 176 Source: public library via Overdrive “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the […]

Audiobook Talk: BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon

Audiobook Talk: BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon

Boys in the Trees Written by Carly Simon Audiobook read by Carly Simon Published by Flatiron Books on November 24th 2015 ISBN: 9781250095909 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Music, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Personal Memoirs Format: audiobook Pages: 304 Source: public library via Overdrive Simon’s memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half […]

(Audio)Book Talk: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC AND DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello

(Audio)Book Talk: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC AND DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Written by Elvis Costello Audiobook read by Elvis Costello Published by Blue Rider Press on October 13th 2015 ISBN: 9780399167256 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Nonfiction, Personal Memoirs Format: audiobook Pages: 688 Source: purchased, public library via Overdrive Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who […]

2015: The Year in Books (And a Few Numbers)

2015: The Year in Books (And a Few Numbers)

  2015 was not one of the more distinguished years of my reading life, so it seems rather fitting that it’s the year I stepped away from assigning ratings to the books I wrote about. Partly because of that, and partly because the books that stood out and stuck with me did so for random reasons, I’m taking a different approach to my year-end book roundup. And since I wasn’t entirely sure I would do […]

Audiobook Talk: MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, by Gloria Steinem

Audiobook Talk: MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road Written by Gloria Steinem Audiobook read by Debra Winger, Gloria Steinem Published by Random House on October 27th 2015 ISBN: 0679456201 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Cultural Heritage, Nonfiction, Personal Memoirs, Social Science Format: audiobook Pages: 304 Source: public library via Overdrive Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early […]

Audiobook Talk: A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen

Audiobook Talk: A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen

A Fine Romance Written by Candice Bergen Audiobook read by Candice Bergen Published by Simon and Schuster on April 7th 2015 ISBN: 9780684808277 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Personal Memoirs Format: audiobook Pages: 368 Source: public library via Overdrive In the follow-up to Knock Wood—her bestselling “engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography” (The New York Times)—Candice Bergen shares the big events: her marriage to a famous French director, the birth of her […]

Book Talk: LUKE SKYWALKER CAN’T READ, by Ryan Britt

Book Talk: LUKE SKYWALKER CAN’T READ, by Ryan Britt

Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths Ryan Britt Plume (November 2015), trade paper (ISBN 0147517575 / 9780147517579) Nonfiction: pop culture/essays, 224 pages Source: publisher This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.   Just in time for the release of the seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, Ryan Britt discusses this and other cornerstones of over fifty years of nerd culture in a collection of smart and occasionally snarky essays, Luke Skywalker Can’t […]

(Audio)Book Talk: THE REAL DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU SHORTLY by Matt McCarthy

(Audio)Book Talk: THE REAL DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU SHORTLY by Matt McCarthy

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year Matt McCarthy (Twitter) Audiobook read by the author Crown (April 2015), hardcover (ISBN 9780804138659) Nonfiction: memoir, 336 pages Audiobook: Random House Audio (2015), ISBN 9781101889251 Source: Los Angeles Public Library, via Overdrive   This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.   I was never inclined to pursue a medical career, but I find hospitals fascinating places, and medical memoirs have become one of my […]