Multcolib My Librarian Diana: Better on audio and read by the author
Annotation:Patti Smith recounts her romance, lifetime friendship, and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in a memoir that includes such influential artists as Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, and William Burroughs. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:Barbara Kingsolver is a splendid writer, and, it turns out, a very good reader. I loved this nonfiction account of how her family raised most of their own food at their Virginia farm for a year.
Annotation:In this riveting true story, the author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.
Annotation:This is a great book on the page, and that's how I read it the first time. But it turns out that Toni Morrison is, miraculously, as good a reader as she is a writer. This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and features a terrifying baby ghost.
Annotation:After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, not just for kids-- and Neil Gaiman reads his own work very, very well.
Annotation:I always feel a little sad when I see someone checking out something by David Sedaris that isn't on audiobook. He's great on the page, but wondrous on audio, and so funny, especially when he's talking about his family. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:"By turns funny, serious, and seriously funny, Rakoff's signature combination of deadly wit and human sympathy will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity."--Container. We'll miss David Rakoff. Also available in downloadable audiobook.
Annotation:Denis Leary will make you think AND laugh as you listen to these anecdotes from his Irish-Catholic upbringing, high-pressure family life, and work as a performing artist.
Annotation:If I was the Queen of the World, all women in their 20s would be compelled to read this funny, refreshing feminist book. It's even better on audio, read by the author, who has a wonderful English accent and a marvelously expressive voice. This one is not available on CD.