Review: Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben My rating: 4 of 5 stars Bill McKibben opens up about his mixed feelings of turning from writer about the environment to activist. A heartfelt and compelling read. View all my reviews

“Extracts from Adam’s Diary”

Among the latest releases from LibriVox — the volunteer group that publishes free audio files of public domain books — is Mark Twain’s “Extracts from Adam’s Diary,” a fun and funny collection of ruminations from humanity’s first man. Here’s a print excerpt: Friday The naming goes recklessly on, in spite of anything I can do.Continue reading ““Extracts from Adam’s Diary””

Audiobooks review: “I Like You”

“I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence” by Amy Sedaris. Read by the author. Unabridged, 5 hours, 4 CDs. Hachette Audio. $29.98. Early in this book about entertaining at home, Sedaris says, “Even though the word entertainment is commonly used today, to me it sounds charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back-alley abortion.” Those words giveContinue reading “Audiobooks review: “I Like You””

Audiobooks review: “Lisey’s Story”

“Lisey’s Story” by Stephen King. Read by Mare Winningham. Unabridged, 19 hours, 16 CDs. Simon & Schuster. $49.95. In ancient Greek drama, deus ex machina was used when the plot got so out of control that only divine intervention could resolve it. “Lisey’s Story” is the opposite. Lisey is the widow of a famous authorContinue reading “Audiobooks review: “Lisey’s Story””

Black History Month: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937). This novel from the Harlem Renaissance has gained in popularity in the last 30 years or so, since Alice Walker wrote an essay called “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston.” From the Zora Neale Hurston Web site: The epic tale of Janie Crawford, whose quest forContinue reading “Black History Month: “Their Eyes Were Watching God””

Audiobook review: “Echo Park”

“Echo Park” by Michael Connelly. Read by Len Cariou. Unabridged, 10.5 hours, 9 CDs. Hachette Audio. $39.98. Connelly succeeds once again with his latest Detective Harry Bosch thriller, the second one to feature the L.A. cop working in the Open-Unsolved Unit. This time, a killer caught with body parts in his van agrees to confessContinue reading “Audiobook review: “Echo Park””