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CALYPSO David Sedaris Read by David Sedaris The latest essay collection by humorist David Sedaris is a meditation on aging. It's a sardonic one at that, which he narrates himself in his quintessential tongue-in- cheek fashion. It's a good thing he does because the listener gets the sense that only Sedaris could balance the witty observations alongside the heartrending sadness of life. When his sister Tiffany is found dead five days after her suicide, for example, he doesn't look grief fully in the face but sideways, from the vantage point of a long-hoped- for beach home. Fans of Sedaris, who may well be in the middle of their own lives by now, will listen along, laughing, and perhaps wiping away a few tears. M.R. Hachette Audio 6.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781478964179 $35.00 (also DD) MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food Lidia Matticchio Bastianich Read by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich What cookbook author and TV personal- ity Lidia Bastianich lacks in professional vocal skills she more than makes up for with her warm, honest delivery. Bastianich highlights a life filled with love, family, and the food of Italy. Just months after she was born in northern Italy, her small village became part of Communist Yugoslavia. Despite political turmoil, Lidia had a secure life within a caring family, in which food was another name for love. When the family was threatened by the Communist regime, they fled, first to a refugee camp in Trieste, and, eventually, to Manhattan. This audiobook is an immigrant story that reminds each new generation of the sacrifices made by their predeces- sors so that their lives would be better. Bastianich's remembrances are wholly satisfying. S.J.H. Random House Audio 12.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525588740 $45.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525588764 $45.00 (also DD) SECOND WIND: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together Nathaniel Philbrick Read by Nathaniel Philbrick Here's an audiobook to listen to on a road trip. Passionately narrated by the author, this brief memoir recounts Nathaniel Philbrick's youthful successes as a Sunfish sailor and racer. Philbrick narrates his story with verve and pays great attention to sailing lore and his- tory. He comes from a sailing family and shares his passion with his wife and kids, who are costars in this fast-paced story of sea and skiff. As a youth, he trained on the ponds of his native Nantucket, and, in one harrowing scene, he and his little Sunfish are almost washed out to sea. Happily, he makes it back and to his race (without the same success). But in this effervescent memoir, to sail is to win. A.D.M. Penguin Audio 4.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525500674 $15.00 Books on Tape Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525500681 $47.50 PAUL SIMON: The Life Robert Hilburn Read by Dennis Boutsikaris The prolific songwriter and performer P a u l S i m o n h a s b e e n a p a r t o f t h e American music scene for more than 50 years, adapting his style as the times have changed. He wrote his first song as a teenager in Queens, where he met his on-again- off-again singing partner, Art Garfunkel, though it took several years before their musical careers truly began. Dennis Boutsikaris narrates the life and times o f t h e m u s i c i a n , w i t h in-depth looks at the origins of many of Simon's songs that inspire the listener to pause the audiobook in order to listen to recordings of the music. Using a conversational tone throughout, Boutsikaris delivers the song lyrics as if they were works of poetry, giving listeners a new perspective on them. A.L.S.M. Simon & Schuster Audio 12.25 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781508259923 $39.99 (also DD) THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD: Tales from My Momma's Table Rick Bragg Read by Rick Bragg Prepare to hunger for genuine Southern fare as author Rick Bragg pays tribute to his delightful mother—and to the food and storied culture of the region itself. In a Southern drawl, Bragg offers up a mem- oir that's wrapped around recipes and the stories they're rooted in. Describing a long family history of preparing the ultimate slow food requires an unhurried narration and many side journeys, so this audiobook is not for the impatient. Those who settle in will feast for hours at Bragg's memory buffet while meeting his colorful ancestors—and of course, his momma, the best cook in the world. Listening to the recipes is itself entertaining; Bragg fully captures his mom's colorful directions and commentary: "Grits is to carry the other flavors of stuff . . . Grits ain't nuthin' just left by theirself." J.C.G. Random House Audio 19.25 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525588641 $50.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525588665 $50.00 (also DD) Biography & Memoir Prepare to hunger for genuine Southern fare. August/September 2018 n 29

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