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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Biographies on Audio
Becoming Maria.By Sonia Manzano. Read by the author. 2015. 8hr. Scholastic, CD, $34.99 (9780545880817). Gr. 8–11.
In a voice resonating with authenticity and heart, Latina educator, television personality, and award-winning children’s author Manzano reflects on the on- and offstage life of the woman behind Sesame Street’s beloved Maria.
Boys in the Trees. By Carly Simon. Read by the author. 2015. 13.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427271952).
Simon’s candid narration and memorable singing elevate her acclaimed memoir as she traces her personal and professional life and sings snippets from her familiar songs as well as one previously unreleased.
First Ladies: NPR American Chronicles. By NPR. Read by Cokie Roberts.
2015. 3hr. HighBridge, CD, $24.95 (9781622313501).
Meet America’s First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Michele Obama, in this fascinating collection of interviews, profiles, and commentary introduced by Roberts.
Furiously Happy. By Jenny Lawson. Read by the author. 2015. 8.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $34.99 (9781427264787).
At times over-the-top funny, at other times a deadly serious discussion of mental illness, journalist and blogger Lawson’s memoir reveals painful truths and courageous insights, all the more moving when heard in her voice.
H Is for Hawk. By Helen Macdonald. Read by the author.
2015. 11hr. Blackstone, CD, $90 (9781481530941).
Macdonald’s wrenching memoir of her grief at losing her much-beloved father and her unique choice of a coping mechanism, training a goshawk she calls Mabel, creates a breathtaking, not-to-be missed narrative performance.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. By Sarah Vowell and John Slattery. Read by Sarah Vowell and others. 2015. 7.5hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781442391086).
In her quirky and sometimes irreverent biography, Vowell immerses listeners in a wealth of accurate historical detail about the Marquis de Lafayette, the French teenager who played an important role in the American Revolution. Her pleasure in the storytelling (and obscure historical gems) is infectious.
M Train. By Patti Smith. Read by the author. 2015. 6.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $35 (9781101923023).
Smith turns inward—always fueled by her black coffee and toast with olive oil—to summon her muses and memories in this intimate and revealing story of her private life outside the world of music.
On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller. By Richard Norton Smith. Read by Paul Michael. 2014. 41hr. Books on Tape, CD, $65 (9780553545548).
With unflagging energy, urbanity, and a lightly skeptical sense of humor, Michael flawlessly narrates this in-depth examination of Rockefeller and his role in twentieth-century politics and culture.
Taking Flight. By Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince. Read by Allyson Johnson. 2015. 5.5hr. Tantor, CD, $29.99 (9781494518226). Gr. 7–12.
Johnson inhabits the character of ballerina Michaela DePrince, tracing her early life as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone, her adoption by loving American parents, and her ballet training in this heart-wrenching, heartwarming, empowering memoir.
The Wright Brothers. By David McCullough. Read by the author.
2015. 10hr. Simon & Schuster, CD, $29.99 (9781442376083).
McCullough, with obvious personal enthusiasm for the topic, tells the extraordinary story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, their accomplishments, their unflagging humor, their generosity, and their total lack of pretense in the face of global adulation.
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