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Clark Terry is one of the most beloved and recorded jazz trumpeters of all time, and he writes like a veteran yarn-teller— humor, real story guts, great behind the scenes. Clark takes you right into the heart and soul of the jazz scene and all its players: Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Doc Severinsen, Diane Reeves, and more.
Terry is responsible as an educator for the spread of Jazz beyond the pool halls and concert halls bringing it to high schools and conervatories across the nation. He brought young people into the fold, and created America's classical music and contribution to world culture.
Ever active, at ninety years old, Clark Terry still has students that call him from around the world for lessons. Now that's an act hard to follow.
This is the story of a boy who wanted to grow up and be a circus clown—but his family was insistent that he should be a priest!
The writing is clever and funny—and just a little sad. The fun is in his deadpan observances of the adults in Francis’s world, their quirks, contradictions, and vanities, that bring them to life. French Canadian Catholic family—very true to life.
Paul Boehmer’s narration is spot-on a straight-faced, a reading that lets the ridiculousness of the stories sink in and shine on their own.
Kevin Sampsell's writing is SO intimate. This audiobook gives the impression of overhearing a lover’s whispering, of eavesdropping on a series of reminiscences.
The story of two divorcés in their late thirties, each with a child, and the ups and downs of their relationship, from sexual obsession through a joining of their families, estrangement, and reconciliation.
I can’t think of any book I’ve listened to that so accurately captured the experience of dating and relationships in later life, with all the insecurities and obstacles that were absent in one’s twenties.
James Patrick Cronin reads with powerful intensity. The love and obsession come through in every word.
Greta Gleissner doesn’t pull any punches describing the experience of Bulimia, from the daily junk food shopping frenzy to techniques of “purging” and hiding the evidence. I was horrified, and spellbound listening to this.
I learned quite a bit from this book about the similarities of eating disorders and addiction, and the psychological toll of the quest for perfection and love.
Gleissner goes deep in to her background and you can see how something like this would develop long before she was a dancer. Critical mom, unintentionally cruel dad, depression. coming to learn that when she was sick, people paid attention and that “sick equals love.” BOY
Dina Pearlman really sinks her teeth into this reading, like all these worlds are the thoughts scrolling through her head in real time.
When people ask me, "Who's your favorite writer few others have ever heard of?"-- I say Greg Boyd.
I discovered his work through Harold Jaffe's "Fiction International" in San Diego in 1992. When I was asked to edit the first "Best American Erotica" series, it was Greg's epic crucifix satire, "Horny" was at the top of my list. —Before Nicholson Baker, Patrick Califia, Samuel Delany, or Anne Rice.
This collection is superb. It gathers old favorites and new work for a complete sampling of Boyd's brand of avant guard, surreal and entertaining prose.
His story “Horny” about a religious flagellant publicly punishing his flesh for his body’s sexual urges is a fascinating look into the mortification of the flesh and entirely original. “The Further Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Jim” transplants the classic Twain characters to the modern day L.A. River-- You’ll never hear those characters voices the same way again. Huck’s a real estate schuckster. Becky left him and moved back to Missouri, and after being robbed, he finds Tom and Jim living under a bridge by the dried up river.
Christopher Kipiniak’s deep, gravelly voice fit’s perfect with Boyd’s stories. He combines gravity with the absurd.
Seeing Ezra is elegantly written, frank, and more importantly, not a manipulative “child-with-neurological-disease" tear-jerker. It's sincere and filled with lots of love.
Anyone with children can relate to the dichotomy between how you know your child to be as their own unique person and how the world sees him or her.
After describing a friend saying, “Autism ruined my life,” Cohen says, “Being misunderstood is pretty much the number one experience for people like us.” She knows what her friend means—and what she doesn’t. There is real despair and resentment with something like this, but that doesn’t take away from the love.
I was particularly struck by the medicalization of her son’s personality. How things just got worse and worse for the whole family the more they tried to “fix” her son, and really only started to get better once they started to just accept him as he was.
Narrator, Jenna Berk brings out all the vulnerability inherent in a narrative like this, but also the toughness required.
Pamela J. Olsen was a Stanford physics graduate who followed her curiosity to the Middle East and quickly ended up living and working in Ramallah.
Olsen is such an engaging writer, that I got caught up in the small human dramas around her, as she did, forgetting that this was in one of the most contentious places in the world—until something extraordinary would come up.
For instance, traveling to Jerusalem to retrieve some hospital papers for a boy shot in the back so his family could get permission to travel to see him, she was stonewalled by the hospital staff, the boy wasn't worth the trouble. A simple request met with casual racism.
With lovely prose, and no agenda but that of reporting her experience, she paints relatable portrait of a difficult and complicated situation.
Julia Farhat’s narration is friendly and immediate, conveying the "American girl who’s eyes are opened abroad" in a believable way.
Radlyffe’s particular brand of tough ladies, and opposites attract lesbian romance, always draws me in.
In “Safe Harbor” we are in Provincetown where the city’s new deputy sheriff is a cut above. Tough, beautiful and mysterious she's the envy of her co-workers and catches all the ladies' eyes.
Her counterpart Dr.Victoria Parker is reserved and reclusive, but there’s smoldering chemistry that increases with every meeting.
Radclyffe’s story is a satisfying emotional experience with well drawn characters and not a few surprises in the plot.
Nicol Zanzarella’s reading is smart and sexy. I could feel the sea breeze in her voice.
One of the most honest, non-judgmental books about women and drinking I’ve ever come across. Women’s relationships with alcohol are many faceted, and this book hits all the angles.
Some, like the opening story by Pam Houston of several of her parents’s drunken car-crashes over the years of her childhood, are horrifying. Others explore the joys of drunken bonding with friends. Asra Nomani writes of attitudes hypocrisies in the American Muslim community.
Superlative writing from fine authors who aren’t afraid of examining their lives and relationships with alcohol.
This novel is cyber-punk at its primitive vortex: The Amazon Jungle is growing North, consuming California. San Francisco is the last bastion of civilization. A famous rock star has faked his own death and is hiding in the City, where he meets a waitress, who believes she's calling the jungle North with its song.
Meanwhile, sinister forces try to coax Mr. Rock God back into the spotlight—but to what end?
Kadrey's work is entirely original. As he writes in the book —"Like alley cats and razor blades at a million decibals over a tense candomblé backbeat."
His story, the heart of the Kamikaze, finds the emotional core of future dystopia.
Kevin T. Collins does an admirable job keeping up the whirlwind story.
Like the title says, this is the ULTIMATE guide to your prostate. You've got one; learn how to use it.
No matter your level of experience, there is something in this book for any curious person who wants to know more about their body. Technique, toys, positions, trust and communication are all covered. Glickman and Emirzian’s writing is personable and good humored.
Mark Bachman has a voice you can trust and handles the material beautifully.
Hugo Shwyzer at "Jezebel" recently wrote a review exploring the part of this book that claims anal play will make men better, more empathetic lovers, and could ultimately lead to world peace.
I don't know if it can do all that, but I suppose personal satisfaction is a worthy enough goal.
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