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One summer: [sound recording] America, 1927By Bryson, Bill

In his most recent book, Bill Bryson covers an amazing amount of history from just one year: 1927. Even more amazing is the fact that most of it took place within just a few months. Any other author may have been overwhelmed with all the information, but Bryson effortlessly transitions from one topic to the next. These topics include the arrival of talking movies and the invention of television; Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the Yankees; Prohibition and the rise of Al Capone; sensational criminal trials; politics and economics; and much more. I especially liked how Bryson covers well known topics, such as Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean, yet also includes interesting supporting information that may not be as well known (the personalities of other pilots of the time and what sort of things were packed on the planes for the flights, for example). I think this makes the book appealing to both casual listeners and those with a more serious interest in history. Bryson narrates the audiobook himself, which is a real treat. I always enjoy hearing an author read his own work, especially with a narrator as skilled as Bryson. Overall, this book is very enjoyable and you will learn a lot from it. And don’t be scared off by its size…it draws you in and you won’t want to stop listening!

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06/12/15 | Audiobooks
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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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