Do you remember your first celebrity fandom? I was ten when my parents let me rent the VHS of James Cameronâ€™s Titanic. There was no going back: Leonardo DiCaprio was and remains one of my idols. Iâ€™ve followed his career and his environmental efforts and ignored his affinity for cargo pants ever since. READ MORE
Thriller fans will want to bump Final Girls up on their next-listen list. Dubbed â€śthe first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King, this listen is a fast-paced, heart-pounding ride from the very start.
Learning about wine shouldnâ€™t be overwhelming. In fact, defining aeration can be as fun as sharing a bottle of rosĂ© with friends. This is exactly what Marissa A. Ross does with her book Wine. All the Time. READ MORE
“It is about basically finding an email when my daughter was three weeks old that led me to the discovery that my husband was not who I thought he was. And showing the really perfect fairy tale ‘before’ aspects of our relationship and then the ‘after’ parts, where Iâ€™m just uncovering lie after lie and kind of unraveling this double life he had been living. I wrote my book because I actually didnâ€™t feel like I had a choice not to. It kind of wrote itself in four months and it felt like I was writing to survive.”
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“My book, Reading with Patrick,Â is about a student of mine named Patrick, and this remarkable literary and intellectual awakening we experienced together in a county jail in Arkansas. He was a student in my class who was incredibly bright, really quiet, and just had trouble coming to school. I really encouraged him to come to school to write and to read and we had this incredible year together where he improved incredibly. Three years after this, Iâ€™ve left Arkansasâ€”itâ€™s a place where a lot of people leaveâ€”I agonize about it, I decide to go to law school. My parents are like, â€śwhat the heck are you doing in Arkansas?â€ť Three years later, Iâ€™m in law school and I find out from a friend that Patrick had gotten into a fight and killed someone. I was totally devastated. I was shocked. I went back to Arkansas to visit him in county jail and I discovered that his reading skills had regressed. They were worse when I first met him in the eighth grade, and itâ€™s because he had dropped out of school the year after I left the Delta. The heart of the book is really about us reading together in jail for seven months while weâ€™re waiting for his trial, and about the incredible agility and the power of reading together and writing together. And itâ€™s also about me grappling with my own failures and trying to think about the legacy of racism and poverty in the Mississippi Delta.”
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Twenty-four years is a long time to wait for a sequel. We have colleagues at the Penguin Random House offices who hadnâ€™t been born the last time Tad Williams published an Osten Ard novel. But now, twenty-four years after the original publication of To Green Angel Tower, we have the first entry in a new trilogy following the characters of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy that captured imaginations years ago. Twenty-four years have passed in Osten Ard as well, and although the cast is largely the same as that of the original trilogy, the world of Osten Ard has become very different indeed. The Witchwood Crown is the best kind of sequel: it expands on the characters and world that made the original series memorable, giving them a new adventure and an updated world to explore.Â READ MORE
Summer for me means road trips and long lazy weekends outside or at my pottery studio, so itâ€™s prime listening time. As my fellow producers are quick to point out, Iâ€™m not really the typical â€śbeach readâ€ť type, even though Iâ€™m spending as much of July reading at the beach as I possibly can. READ MORE
Once again the audiobook team will be at San Diego Comic-Con, and weâ€™d love to see you! From Wednesday July 19 through Sunday July 23, stop by Booth 1515-A. Youâ€™ll see whatâ€™s new in audio, and youâ€™ll get to spin our prize wheel for great gifts including earbuds and t-shirts. READ MORE