In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.
Love this so much; I kept replaying chapters night after night so that I wouldn’t come to the end. Sad yet amazing story: confirms things I always felt about Prince and his art.
A riveting work of literary journalism that explores the infamous police killing of Eric Garner - from the New York Times best-selling author of The Divide.
Matt Taubbi’s writing has evolved and matured again since The Divide with this thoughtful, in-depth look at all the circumstances that led up to Eric Garner’s murder and what has happened since.
In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.
Educational, interesting, witty, inspiring, and hopeful. This title is a must-listen for everyone.
Well done. Remember kindness and intelligence keep us safer.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
Should have been edited down to at least one third. Ridiculous. Characters were one dimensional So many cliches and run ons that eventually contradict a statement earlier in ramble.
First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era - including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall - through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central example of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.
Great collection of essays. Insight into many unusual areas.
Joan Dision is fascinating—I’m excited to find a writer to add to my favorite column.
And I was caught off guard a few times because what she writes—how she feels about what is going on—I would startle a bit thinking she was describing our contemporary situation.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....
Jake G reading FSF’s great novel feels like coming hime, but even better. After all these years of reading and study, fascination with the author’s life as well as the times, along with the movies made, listening g to this fine performance makes
it all new and wonderful; yet deep and brooding as Jake’s narration is prefect match for Nick’s incredible first person expositions. I will listen again and again .
Hap Collins has just returned home from a gig working on an off shore oil rig. With a new perspective on life, Hap wants to change the way he's living, and shoot the straight and narrow. That is, until the man who stole Leonard Pine's boyfriend turns up headless in a ditch and Leonard gets fingered for the murder. Hap vows to clear Leonard's name, but things only get more complicated when Leonard's ex shows up dead, too.
Too long, over-describes everything. Lost all the humor and adds violence and more unpleasantness for no reason. Too bad.
In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.
This collection reveals some of the
darker sides of Sedaris’ humor and life. It is interesting though, especially since I have read it at least twice but not recently, to hear about his visit with Tiffany who died in 2013 and about Paul’s marriage and child who appears in a later article, still the apple of her father’s eye.
Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.
I have already read this collection three or four times, so listening had a very familiar quality. It’s not his funniest—for me at leSt; I think I will always love Me Talk Pretty One Day the most. But it is a very good listen if you like his humor. My brother and I had bought and gifted most of his books to each other over the years, but all copies disappeared from our parent’s house when he moved out of state. So I only have maybe 3 titles left. But like U said, I’ve teD them multiple times because if you can’t sleep or can’t read other stuff, DS has some stories for you. Also note: this audiobook is not recommended for bedtime help reading. Continued chuckling does not induce sleep!
In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard's drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap's former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary black bluesman's son, who was in possession of some priceless blues recordings. To Hap and Leonard, something doesn't smell right.
I loved the first two in the series, but this one is long and redundant. You can see the villain a mile away. By the final quarter, I increased the speed on the narration—I wish I had much earlier. Really hope the next one is better.