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ERIC Number: EJ930801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Collection Development: Listen to My Life's Story
Reisner, Rosalind
Library Journal, v135 n16 p41-43 Oct 2010
Memoirs and autobiographies have been a wildly popular nonfiction genre for the past 20 years, ever since Frank McCourt and Mary Karr set the craze in motion with "Angela's Ashes" and "The Liar's Club", respectively. Memoirs have drawn fiction readers to the nonfiction shelves and elbowed their way into book discussion groups. In this confessional age, where everyone's every thought, mood, and opinion is communicated to strangers and friends through Twitter, Facebook, text messages, and blogs, the popularity of the memoir is no surprise. A memoir read by the author can be especially enjoyable since readers know they are hearing the story with the original emphasis and intent. As not every author is a great reader, some performances are best left to professionals. The bottom line is that in the best readings, the memoir is recounted by or about a person readers want to get to know. This article presents a list of audiobooks that were well reviewed, won awards (e.g., Audie Award, "LJ" Best Audio), or are read by excellent narrators. There is a mix of recent and older titles, popular and first-time authors, hot personalities and topics, and memoirs of lasting interest. Many are suitable for teen listeners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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