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FIND THE GOOD: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer Heather Lende Read by Heather Lende As a newspaper obituary writer in the small and rugged town of Haines, Alaska, Heather Lende is called upon to "find the good" as she writes the final words describing the lives of those who have died. In both the tone of her voice and her positive message, she radiates warmth and caring for others, whatever their background or how they found themselves at the end of their days in this small town. While the cir- cumstances of those deaths are sometimes tragic, she always manages to glean bits of happi- ness and wisdom from the lives of those who have passed. Her narration is down- to-earth—she sounds like a woman you might know in your own everyday life— and her message of positivity is both heartfelt and inspirational. S.E.G. HighBridge Audio 2.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781622315703 $19.99 (also DD) SIDE BY SIDE: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love Edward T. Welch Read by Arthur Morey In simple language, this audiobook pro vides listeners with practical, Christian-based ways to bring friends or family members to awareness of a problem and provide some direction in getting it resolved. Narrator Arthur Morey's smooth and gentle tone demon- strates how to create an atmosphere of warmth and calm that will invite a troubled person to confide his or her dif- ficulty, regardless of the cause. The book implies that through God's love and a friend's help, each person needing help can achieve an understanding of his or her difficulty and work toward a solution. Listeners will be pleased to have found this little gem of Christian charity and glad Arthur Morey is their guide. E.E.S. ChristianAudio 4 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781633892873 $19.98 (also DD) PROJECT FATHERHOOD: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities Jorja Leap Read by Randye Kaye P s y c h o l o g i s t J o r j a L e a p j o i n e d Project Fatherhood to help block the "cradle-to-prison pipeline" in the L.A. neighborhood of Watts. Randye Kaye narrates the account with a tone of revelation. Listeners hear how Leap herself learns as she helps fathers find their roles in their families' lives. As the f a t h e r s d e a l w i t h t o u g h issues—abuse of women and children, gangs, drug dealing, and violence in the community—the reve- lations of Leap's growing understanding of their lives make the story a dramatic cliff-hanger. The program continues, so its story is still unfolding. Leap gives listeners a feeling of hope for the future of Watts and the fathers in Project Fatherhood. J.A.S. Tantor Media 8 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781494515393 $34.99 (also MP3, DD) OUR KIDS: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam Read by Arthur Morey It's quite a feat that Arthur Morey can narrate this somber overview of the declining American dream with the gravitas it demands without overdoing it. Along with sensitivity to the book's tone and accessible phrasing, his per- formance also embodies the measured perspective necessary for listeners to hear this book as a wake-up call instead of a death knell. Though it focuses on what's wrong, the book balances rigor- ous research and gripping life stories to show how today's young people lack the social and career opportunities their par- ents had. Women and minorities have made gains, but being in a lower social class, with all that comes with it, limits educational opportunities, traps kids in their social groups, and locks them into lifeless jobs with no potential. T.W. Simon & Schuster Audio 10.25 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781442387553 $17.99 DOES THIS BEACH MAKE ME LOOK FAT?: True Stories and Confessions Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella Read by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella Looking for a light summertime listen? Lisa Scottoline, a bestselling author o f thrillers, and her 20-so mething daughter, Francesca Serritella, trade off sharing stories of their own lives, with plenty of humor thrown in. The down- to-earth, relatable pair are a lot of fun to listen to as their topics range from family dynamics to surviving the contemporary dating world. Scottoline's Philly accent and expressive speaking style add to the humor of the stories. Serritella also sounds approachable as a young woman who is trying to navigate life, friendship, and love in the city. The stories—by and large light, easy, and fun—are perfect for a relaxed summer day. S.E.G. Macmillan Audio 5.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781427261083 $29.99 (also DD) Contemporary Culture Light, easy, and fun. 48 n AudioFile/ Scan QR codes next to reviews with your smartphone to hear sound samples HEAR SOUND CLIPS

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