In this episode, meet journalist, lecturer, and puzzle-lover AJ Jacobs, author of The Puzzler, writer Emily Bingham, author of My Old Kentucky Home, and actor and activist Jazmyn Simon, author of Most Perfect You. Press play to hear more about the specific moments that inspired these authors to write their books. Plus, learn about special features in the audiobook editions (audio-specific puzzles, anyone?).
Listen to clips from the audiobooks mentioned in this episode:
In The Puzzler, AJ Jacob embarks on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world. Whether youâ€™re puzzle obsessed or puzzle hesitant, youâ€™ll walk away from this audiobook with real problem-solving strategies and pathways toward becoming a better thinker and decision maker–for these are certainly puzzling times. Includes special audio puzzles!
In My Old Kentucky Home Emily Bingham explores the long, strange journey of the song of the same name: what has come to be seen by some as an American anthem, an integral part of our folklore, culture, customs, and foundation. From its decades of performances across the continent through its twenty-first-century reassessment, “My Old Kentucky Home” is a song that has been repeated and taught for almost two hundred years, a resonant changing emblem of America’s original sin whose blood-drenched shadow hovers and haunts us still.
Most Perfect You is a love letter to children struggling to accept themselves exactly as they are, inspired by a conversation between Jazmyn Simon and her daughter. After comparing herself to other little girls, Irie confides in her mama that she feels something is wrong with her. And so Irieâ€™s mama tells the magical story of how Irie was intentionally and wonderfully made.
Find more of your favorite author/narrators on our This Is the Author page, and subscribe to the podcast.