To celebrate listening to audiobooks (and that June Is Audiobook Month), we’re giving away a tote bag full of classic productions and new favorites! From children’s titles to adult titles and fiction to nonfiction, it is the ultimate audiobook tote. To enter to win it, click here. For official rules, click here.
The benefits of listening to audiobooks are clear: audiobooks are the ultimate tool for multitaskers, as well as a great way to relax. READ MORE
Bustle describes The Girl Who Smiled Beads as an “eloquent and engaging memoir [in which] Clemantine Wamariya recalls a childhood spent as a refugee on the run from war, violence, and terror, and a womanhood shaped by those experiences. READ MORE
“I wrote my book, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, because I wanted to show the audience that the diagnosis of dementia doesnâ€™t have to mean the end. When people hear the word â€śdementiaâ€ť they often think of the end stages. I wanted to show how each person has a beginning, and a middle, and many adventures and laughter in between.”
“What planted the seed for this book was a couple of things. I allude to this story of my dad being an engineer, working in nuclear energy. I grew up with this storyline about how all of these amazing scientists collaborated together to create this groundbreaking thing that was going to change the world. Then when I was an adult, I learned how that same technology was probably going to be what wipes us out. I kind of freaked out about this for a while.”
“What brought me to write about the Wyndham sisters was the painting, really, the painting that hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Itâ€™s a tremendous painting, itâ€™s enormous, and it takes up almost one big wall of the gallery. And if you go and see that painting youâ€™ll see that it kind of socks you in the face. And it was that question of what lay behind that image of perfection of these three women dressed all in white, and what their lives were.”
“I wrote this book as a consequence of being obsessed, I would say, with the insanity of the Cold War. It struck me in the ’80s, and I suppose in the late ’70s, that the fact that two armed camps had appeared in the world, each of which was poised to destroy the other utterly, and themselves at the same time, was a problem of such paramount importance that nothing else was worth thinking about.”