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Mystery novelist Laura Lippman says that she had no misconceptions about the challenges of recording her new essay collection My Life as a Villainess (see review on page 49). But, she says, "These pieces were so personal, I couldn't imagine not reading them myself. It's my voice, and to have anyone else tell the stories seemed really odd." And as it turned out, she had a great experience in the studio, with a wonderful director. Lippman is also an audiobook listener, and perhaps unsur- prisingly, she gravitates toward memoirs read by the author. She lists as some of her favorites Bill Bryson and Tony Bourdain ("Kitchen Confidential is one that I return to again and again"), as well as Julie Powell's Cleaving. And when she's not listening to nonfiction? Lippman listens to children's books with her 9-year-old daughter. "I think we listened to almost all of Beverly Cleary's Ellen Tebbits while we were clean- ing her room together."—Jennifer M. Dowell Laura Lippman Author Baltimore, Maryland "These pieces were so personal, I couldn't imagine not reading them myself." Listening With . . . Photo by Leslie Unruh 72 n AudioFile/

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