Two literary, psychological mysteries and a lyrically written memoir by songwriter Carly Simon make for great listening this month.
Three novels exploring three diverse locales around the world make for great listening this month.
True crime and plenty of suspense make for great listening this month.
A murder investigation in a Mormon community, a thriller featuring a feisty ex-FBI agent and a National Book Award-winning short story collection make for great listening this month.
A moving memoir, a fast-paced Irish thriller and a finely-crafted collection of short stories make for great listening this month.
This month's Audio column has something for everyone: mystery lovers, readers of inspiring memoirs and seekers of exciting new voices in fiction.
Billy Collins, a two-term Poet Laureate of the United States who can fill large auditoriums and appears on “A Prairie Home Companion,” has made poetry miraculously accessible without dumbing it down or making it any less profound. His voice is plain but eloquent, his style easy, without complicated meter; he makes the ordinary meaningful and the everyday beautiful. His latest collection, Aimless Love, is his first in a dozen years.
It always comes as a surprise that Martha Grimes and Elizabeth George, two best-selling perpetrators of masterful mysteries set in England and centered on detectives from New Scotland Yard, are American—their crime novels are so faultlessly British in mood and character. This season, each has a new novel: The Black Cat is Ms. Grimes’ 22nd Richard Jury mystery, while This Body...
When it comes to short stories, no one does it better than Alice Munro, and at 78, her perception, style and control seem only to have sharpened. Munro’s narratives can be deceptively simple until her subtle, skillful analysis of a situation begins to surface; her characters may look back after years to see the reality of their younger selves, or they may experience a moment, even a...
Lee Woodruff and her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, wrote In an Instant, their moving memoir of Bob’s near-fatal traumatic brain injury in Iraq and his and the family’s painful recovery, together. Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, Lee’s debut as a solo author, is a sure winner and puts her in that hallowed hall of wise women who have taught us to rejoice in the...