Another world One of the wonders of good fiction is its power to let us into other people's lives, to experience other times, places, and cultures. In River, Cross My Heart (8 hours), Breena Clarke takes us to Georgetown in the mid-1920s and into the life of a 12-year-old African-American girl and her family. Ms. Clarke does this so convincingly that you can feel the sidewalks under your feet, see the clapboard houses, smell the down-home cooking, and feel the growing pains, anguish, and joy of this young, bright, determined woman. Segregation was an iron-clad part of life, but yearning for equality, for the chance to break out of an oppressive system, was just as strong.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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