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All creatures great and small All creatures great and small / James Herriot

For over thirty years, generations of readers have thrilled to James Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of being a vet in rural Yorkshire are very different than the sterile setting of veterinary school. Herriot recounts the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine through.

Read by Christopher Timothy.


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Bird cloud Bird cloud / Annie Proulx

Highlighting the serene Wyoming landscape and its rich heritage, Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News, chronicles living in the Cowboy State. 'Bird Cloud' is the name Proulx gave to the 640-acre land she fell in love with on her first visit. This work of nonfiction follows Proulx as she builds a house (essentially a library surrounded by bedrooms and a kitchen) from the ground up.

Read by the author.


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The death of Santini : the story of a father and his son The death of Santini : the story of a father and his son / Pat Conroy

A powerful and intimate memoir by the beloved best-selling author of The Prince of Tides about his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, and a re-affirmation that love can conquer even the meanest of men.

Read by Dick Hill ; introduction read by the author.


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Joseph Anton Joseph Anton / Salman Rushdie

On February 14, 1989, Salman Rushdie received a call from a journalist informing him that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It was the first time Rushdie heard the word fatwa. His crime? Writing a novel, The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran." So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground for more than nine years, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. Asked to choose an alias that the police could use, he thought of combinations of the names of writers he loved: Conrad and Chekhov: Joseph Anton. In this memoir, Rushdie tells for the first time the story of his crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom. (Publishers summary)

Read by: Sam Dastor.


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Levels of life Levels of life / Julian Barnes

This is the author's essay on grief and love for his late wife, Pat. He discusses ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things and two people together, and about tearing them apart.

Read by the author.


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The life and times of the thunderbolt kid The life and times of the thunderbolt kid / Bill Bryson

For most of his adult life, Bryson has made his home in the U.K, yet he actually entered the world in 1951 as part of America's postwar baby boom and spent his formative years in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryson wistfully recounts a childhood of innocence and optimism, a magical point in time when a distinct sense of regional and community identity briefly—but blissfully—coexisted with fledgling technology and modern convenience. Narrating, Bryson skillfully wields his amorphous accent—somehow neither fully British nor Midwestern—to project a genial and entertaining tour guide of lost Americana. In portraying the boyish exploits of his "Thunderbolt Kid" superhero alter ego, he convincingly evokes both the unadulterated joys and everyday battles of childhood. As an added bonus, the final CD features an interview with Bryson in which he reflects on the process of writing his autobiography and discussing the broader social and cultural insights that he gleaned from the experience.

Read by the author.


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Mom & me & mom Mom & me & mom / Maya Angelou

For the first time, Maya Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their reunion a decade later began a story that has never before been told.

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Not becoming my mother and other things she taught me along the way Not becoming my mother and other things she taught me along the way / Ruth Reichl

Chronicles the mother-daughter relationship of culinary author Ruth Reichl, now editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, and her late mother, Miriam. Miriam Brudno, who bowed to societal and familial pressure to become a wife and a mother over pursuing a fulfilling career, cheered her daughter on and pointed out that Ruth had an obligation, both to herself and to her mother, to use her life well.

Read by the author.


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Teacher man Teacher man / Frank McCourt

In another easily embraceable memoir by the best-selling (and Pulitzer Prize-winning) author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, McCourt now concentrates on his career as a teacher for many years in the New York City public school system, where he worked in four different high schools. Remembrances of his struggling days in college in New York ("dozing years") provide informative foundation for the real point of the book: relating his development into the kind of teacher he became--namely, one who shares his life stories not only to establish bridges of experience with his students but also to get them to open up. His new book is hardly a teaching manual; however, what it is on one level is a tough but poignant and certainly eloquent defense of the sacrifices and honorableness of those in the teaching profession ("Teaching is the downtown maid of professions. Teachers are told to use the service door or go round the back") and a lesson itself in taking yourself seriously--but not too. (Booklist)

Read by the author.

 

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This is the story of a happy marriage This is the story of a happy marriage / Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is shining the light on her own world in this collection of entertaining and heart-warming essays. She shares stories of her childhood, her early writing, personal travels, life in Nashville, and the important friendships she's made along the way.

Read by the author.

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