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LJ Media Reviews: December 1, 2015


Audio fiction from Gottlieb, Higgins, Penny, Stradal; nonfiction on song production, medicine, grammar and God. Starred films, from Indian Summers to Glen Campbell to the final season of Downton Abbey

Musician Memoirs | LJ Reviews


A nonlinear exploration of Costello’s life and career; a candid, long-winded, and wickedly witty punk rock legend Lydon; an unexpected side of Smith

Sister Act: Kristan Higgins and Her Narrators

Amy Rubinate

  Kristan Higgins, the author of If You Only Knew (HQN: Harlequin) recently had a virtual cup of coffee with the two narrators of the audio version of the book—Xe Sands, who reads Jenny’s chapters, and Amy Rubinate, who voices Jenny’s older sister, Rachel. Higgins asked the actors a few questions about the book and […]

LJ Media Reviews: November 15, 2015


Audio fiction from Abercrombie, Groff, Hobbs, Murakami, memoir from Hynde, Jang, self-help from Gilbert. For film fans, The Odd Way Home, American Experience: Walt Disney, new Fast Scans

Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews


Documentary about romance writers and readers premiers this week in New York at the DOC NYC festival; catch it on November 19 at the IFC Theater

Rodeo Dreams | LJ Reviews


A surprising glimpse into the world of modern-day cowboys, a fascinating documentary that manages to touch and inspire as it also creates inevitable suspense

Burroughs, Redford, Dean, Brosnan | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, November 1, 2015


From five years of Burroughs to James Dean back to Life to Pierce Brosnan in Some Kind of Beautiful

Memoirs of Traveling Light, Escaping from a Cult, & Growing Up with Rosa Parks | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Nonfiction


Bensen, Clara. No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504662185. Reader TBA. When Clara Bensen arranged to meet Jeff Wilson on the steps of the Texas State Capitol after just a few email exchanges, it felt like something big was going to happen. Clara, a sensitive and reclusive personality, was immediately […]

Yann Martel, Chris Bohjalian, & Sunil Yapa | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Fiction


Alameddine. Rabih. The Hakawati. Brilliance. ISBN 9781511317832. Read by Assaf Cohen. In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father’s deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama’s grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of […]

Historical Fiction of Note | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks


Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101922774. Read by Paul Boehmer & Cassandra Campbell. Of all the glamorous stars of 1950’s New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. […]