Multcolib My Librarian Diana: Audio books by public radio faves
Annotation:This edgy novel in verse traverses the experiences of characters linked by acts of generosity or cruelty throughout major historical events of the 20th century. Also available in downloadable audio book.
Annotation:Presents a whimsical defense of pessimism that intersperses accounts of the author's own experiences with wry observations on universal absurdities and injustices. Also available in downloadable audio book.
Annotation:A collection of essays celebrates the foibles of the author's everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home. Also available in downloadable audio book.
Annotation:Traces the author's offbeat world travel experiences, which involved surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburra eating habits to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina. Also available in downloadable audio book.
Annotation:In a convenient box set, Sedaris gives voice to his biting sensibility with his first collection of comic stories and essays. Selections include Barrel Fever and Other Stories, Holidays on Ice, and Naked.
Annotation:In a collection of essays, the Rooster gets married at an uproarious wedding, an estrangement occurs over a rubber vs. plastic debate, and the author gets the upper hand during a slumber party game of strip poker. Also available in downloadable audio book.
Annotation:Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witty, sometimes irreverent manner.
Annotation:Vowell turns her sharp wit and uncanny knack for capturing obscure details to early New England settlers and their lasting effect on American culture. Vowell offers listeners stories about Mayflower passengers, early colonists, and more that will inform even as they tickle the funny bone.
Annotation:Vowell examines the intriguing history of America's 50th state, beginning with the clash between New England missionaries and Hawaii's laid-back natives of the early 1800s.