Category: Memoir

YOU HAD ME AT WOOF by Julie Klam

AUDIOFILE EARPHONES WINNER #21 IN EMUSIC BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2010 Now available at Tantor Media “One needn’t be a dog lover to be moved by this charming book. Klam teaches humans how to love and make compromises when necessary through the process of coping with our pets’ needs, quirks, and demands. Klam’s self-deprecating personality is engaging. When we meet her and her first dog, Otto, she’s hilarious as she imagines people thinking she can attract only a four-legged companion. Narrator Karen White’s spirited delivery enhances the lively text. She perfectly differentiates the many personalities that Julie and her dogs meet in their travels. Klam is a splendid observer, and White delivers, especially when portraying Sharon, an Aussie VIP in Boston terrier circles.”  S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2011] “I listened to You Had Me At Woof on audio, and it was a wonderful decision.  The narrator, Karen White, is engaging and tells the story very well.  The listen is unabridged and runs almost 6 hours.” S.Krishna’s Books blog, March 2011 “This gem of a book is a gift to dog lovers everywhere.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review “In this appealing memoir of one woman’s love affair with dogs, Klam worries that people will see her as a “dog person.” By the end of the book, they undoubtedly will, as she goes from besotted owner of a Boston terrier to frantic animal advocate. The most memorable canine character is the bedraggled Dahlia, who amazes everyone, including the vet, with a stunning feat at the ripe old age of nine. Klam can relate: “We were all happy to know that life could surprise us just when we thought we were done.” Great Reads: More November 2010

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YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE ANYONE I KNOW: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness and Forgiveness by Heather Sellers

NOW AVAILABLE AT  BLACKSTONE AUDIO! “In her memoir, professor and author Heather Sellers comes to terms with her inability to recognize faces, a lifelong neurological affliction. In this work she recounts how her condition affected her as a child growing up in an eccentric family and how it affects her as an adult. Narrator Karen White does an admirable job giving voice to Sellers’ chaotic life. Such a story—of marriage and divorce, a schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic father, along with Heather’s inability to recognize people’s facial features—could easily be presented in an overdramatic manner. Instead of succumbing to this pitfall, White manages to imbue Sellers’s words with appropriate emotion. Her skillful narration communicates the turmoil that Sellers has endured. Author and narrator will have listeners hanging on every word.” J.L.K. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2010]

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HUCK: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family–and a Whole Town–About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder

NOW AVAILABLE AT  TANTOR MEDIA: AUDIO SAMPLE “It would be saccharine to suggest that any good can come of having cancer, or that a warm puppy alone can embody salvation for a traumatized family. But there is an aura of happy innocence — a kind of euphoria — pervading this book.” — Amy Finnerty, The New York Times Book Review “Elder, a senior editor at the New York Times, shares a touching story of how a missing dog can bring out the best in people. Elder’s son Michael longs for a dog and, over the years, his parents offer him poor substitutes, including fish and butterflies. But after Elder is diagnosed with breast cancer, she decides to grant her son’s wish. The family becomes besotted with the toy poodle they name Huck, and the little pup with his perfect blend of “sweetness and naughtiness” develops a circle of admirers wherever he goes. While on vacation, the family learns that Huck has run away from the dog-sitter’s New Jersey home. What follows is a town-wide effort by complete strangers, teenagers, storeowners, and multitudes more that confirms the basic goodness in people and prompts a very happy ending. Elder is a gifted writer whose story is sure to tug on heartstrings and leave readers with a renewed belief in the kindness of strangers.” — Publishers Weekly

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IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

AUDIO SAMPLE “A poignant memoir.”–Kirkus Reviews “First-time memoirist Carter comes close to perfection in this chronicle of her mother’s quest to orchestrate her own assisted suicide. . . .With surprising humor and sensitivity, Carter presents the struggle to come to terms with mortality and family dynamics.”–Library Journal (starred review) “I could quote from the book all day. . . but instead I’ll just recommend that those intrigued by the subject spend a little time with the ailing but ferocious Margaret and her daughters. A decision to die can sound romantic or it can sound repugnant. Carter shows us what it was like in reality.” –Paula Span, The New York Times.com “In her wise and moving memoir, journalist Zoe Carter tackles a difficult subject — her mother’s decision to end her own life after years of severe illness. Under what circumstances can her family make peace with this choice? Many of us will find ourselves facing this kind of dilemma as our parents move towards death, and I cannot imagine a better guide than this thoughtful, compassionate book.”–Julie Metz, author of Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal “Carter’s memoir about her terminally ill mother’s decision to end her own life becomes a bittersweet tale of how Carter and her sisters coped with their mother’s botched efforts, their own sibling rivalries, the ongoing controversy over assisted suicide, and the hard, final task of acceptance.”–Elle AVAILABLE AT TANTOR MEDIA AUDIOBOOK NOT YET REVIEWED – ADD YOUR COMMENTS HERE!

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ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Rita Mae Brown

AUDIO CLIP: AVAILABLE FROM TANTOR MEDIA “Animal lovers and fans of author Rita Mae Brown will enjoy this book, which looks at the author’s life and her love of animals, as well as the lessons she learned from them. It starts with a pet cat and the earliest dogs she knew and goes from there, with special emphasis on foxes. The theme probably is best captured in her line: “There’s no such thing as a dumb dog, but God knows there are continents filled with dumb humans.” Karen White offers an amiable and effective reading, adding just a hint of a northern Virginia accent on occasion. She hasn’t narrated any of Brown’s Mrs. Murphy mysteries, so there’s no mixing up her voice with that of narrator Kate Forbes.” R.C.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine “White’s reading deftly displays a wellspring of genuinely tender affection and respect, reflecting bittersweet poignancy and joy.” —Booklist Audio Review

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PICKING COTTON by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino & Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo

BEST AUDIO BOOK OF 2009, NON-FICTION AUDIO SAMPLE: AVAILABLE FROM TANTOR MEDIA “In 1984, Thompson-Cannino, a 22-year-old white, North Carolina college student, was viciously raped by a black intruder and identified Cotton as her attacker. Her testimony led to his conviction and a sentence of life imprisonment, though DNA evidence exonerated him 11 years later. Unbelievably, the two formed a genuine friendship and now together advocate for judicial reform. Audie Award nominee Richard Allen and Karen White (My Kind of Place) bring this poignant, simply unforgettable, joint first-person account wholly to life. Recommended for all.” LIBRARY JOURNAL [See Major Audio Releases, LJ 2/1/09; the St. Martin’s hc, a New York Times best seller, was recommended as “an asset to any crime collection,” LJ 2/1/09.—Ed.] “In 1984, at the age of 22, Ronald Cotton was convicted of raping Jennifer Thompson and imprisoned for 11 years. After he was exonerated, he forgave his accuser, and together they tell their story in this work. Narrator Karen White’s tense delivery suggests Jennifer’s fear during the rape and the long-term trauma she suffered afterwards. White also mirrors Thompson’s regrets and her resolve that Cotton receive restitution. In contrast, Richard Allen’s characterization of Cotton suggests his naïveté as a young black man accused of rape. Allen reflects Cotton’s initial compliance with the police, his anger at the horrors of prison, his growing faith over the years, and his gratitude for those who helped him achieve his release. Both narrators successfully portray the development of the friendship between Cotton and Thompson-Cannino.” S.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2009] From Bermuda Onion’s Weblog review: I listened to the audio version of Picking Cotton and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Ron and Jennifer’s story is one of those true stories that seems stranger than fiction.  I liked the way the story alternated between their points of view – it made the story feel personal.  The audio version is narrated by Karen White and Richard Allen.  I was taken with Karen’s voice as Jennifer immediately and wondered how she could read the emotional scenes so well since I cried as I listened to them.

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MY KIND OF PLACE by Susan Orlean

AUDIOFILE EARPHONES WINNER Read by Karen White and Susan Orlean The author’s places are as far-flung as Mt. Fuji and as close to home as a supermarket in Queens, as banal as a toddler beauty pageant and as uplifting as the portrait of the student body president at Martin Luther King Jr. High School (“Horror High”) in New York. The author says that a journey is one of discovery and that you really don’t have to GO anywhere. Nonetheless, you visit Bhutan for a fertility rite and Cuba for a baseball game, but these in the end are human interest stories beautifully read by Karen White and Orlean herself. Though the packaging fails to disclose who is reading what, and the voices are similar, it really doesn’t matter because each essay is delivered with enthusiasm, clarity, and empathy. No matter the subject–tigers in New Jersey or the wildly successful franchised artist Thomas Kinkade–you will be entertained, informed, and certain that this is your kind of audio. J.B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05] ShareThis Click For More Info 

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MY KIND OF PLACE by 
Susan Orlean

AUDIOFILE EARPHONES WINNER AVAILABLE FROM BOOKS ON TAPE “
The author’s places are as far-flung as Mt. Fuji and as close to home as a supermarket in Queens, as banal as a toddler beauty pageant and as uplifting as the portrait of the student body president at Martin Luther King Jr. High School (“Horror High”) in New York. The author says that a journey is one of discovery and that you really don’t have to GO anywhere. Nonetheless, you visit Bhutan for a fertility rite and Cuba for a baseball game, but these in the end are human interest stories beautifully read by Karen White and Orlean herself. Though the packaging fails to disclose who is reading what, and the voices are similar, it really doesn’t matter because each essay is delivered with enthusiasm, clarity, and empathy. No matter the subject–tigers in New Jersey or the wildly successful franchised artist Thomas Kinkade–you will be entertained, informed, and certain that this is your kind of audio.” J.B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]

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