2017 Audio Books Working List
Another Brooklyn**, by Jacqueline Woodson. 2016. OneClickdigital. A story of friendship and coming of age in Brooklyn in the 1970’s. Told from the point of view of August, who experiences the wonder of friendship, the danger of the dark side of Brooklyn, and the melancholy of loss. Beautifully written and narrated.
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand. 2016. OneClickdigital. This is a translation of a French bestseller about a young woman, who owns a bookstore, and loses her husband and young daughter in a tragic car accident. This is her long, long road to re-entry into life involving a move to Ireland. Light read, with an American reader.
Still Life with Tornado*, by A.S. King. 2016. OneClickdigital. This is a teen ‘coming of age’ book, featuring a 16 year old dealing with repressed family abuse issues. Delicately and creatively portrayed – a story of resilience and survival.
The Story of the Treasure Seekers*, By Elizabeth Nesbit. 1899. OneClickdigital. This is a classic British children’s book written by the Nesbit, who was a key influence of C.S. Lewis in writing the Chronicles of Narnia among others. It is a story of six siblings from a family who are regularly left to their own devices who face perils with humor and pluck as they attempt to recover the family’s fortune.
Booked*, by Kwame Alexander. 2016. OneClickdigital. 2 Discs. This is a middle grade novel (written in verse, but this is not obvious while listening), about a 12 year old soccer kid, his family, dealing with bullies and very young love. An award winning author.
The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act*, by Alex Prud’homme. 2016. OneClickdigital. This is in essence a sequel to My Life in France, focusing on Julia Child’s television career, and the myriad of ways she has influenced American cooking. Very detailed.
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father**, by Kao Kalia Yang. 2016. OneClickdigital. 7 Discs. This is a beautifully written biography of Kao Kalia Yang’s father who was driven from the mountains of Laos to become a refugee and immigrant in Minnesota. A remarkable work that has the ability to transport you into the lives and hearts of a close immigrant Hmong family in Minnesota. It also fills in the story of Kao and her immediate and extended family. This would make a great book club selection.