Alda, Alan. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781524781682. Read by the author.
Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively, finding inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others.
Brown, David O. Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525523963. Read by the author.
On July 7, 2016, protesters marched in the streets of Dallas to demonstrate against the killings of unarmed black men by the police. As the peaceful event drew to a close, a sniper opened fire, targeting white cops and killing five of them. Into this charged situation stepped Dallas police chief Brown, who, with a historic new tactical approach, quickly ended the gunman’s siege and calmed his community and the nation. Here Chief Brown takes us behind the scenes of that tragedy and shares intimate moments from his life. Now retired, Brown wants to bring his hard-earned knowledge of Dallas—emphasizing outreach, accountability, and inclusion—to help encourage unity in the nation’s hurting communities.
Dungy, Camille T. Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681686639. Read by Allyson Johnson.
As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then a toddler. As they travel, Dungy is intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child but as black females. With a poet’s eye, she celebrates the particular in the universal, such as a child’s acquisition of language and what to pack in a diaper bag. At the same time, her horizons are wide, as history shadows her steps everywhere she goes: from the San Francisco of settlers’ and investors’ dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana; from snow-white Maine to a festive, yet threatening, bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods.
Izzard, Eddie. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101924945. Read by the author.
Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, he lost his mother at the age of six and that has affected the rest of his life. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act. When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and thus a solo career was ignited. As a self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, and has become as famous for his “total clothing” rights as he has for his art. Here Izzard reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running, and philanthropy.
Pearlman, Wendy. We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538420003. Read by Erin Bennett, Assaf Cohen, and Susan Nezami.
Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.
Peart, Neil. Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501942587. Read by Paul Hecht.
In May 2015, the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts, it’s an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.