Category Archives: Shirley

And Then You Die by Iris Johansen

And Then You Die by Iris Johansen (1998)
This thriller grabbed me immediately and kept me on the run with Bess Grady, a photojournalist who comes upon a horrifying site in a Mexican village. Would she, her sister, and a man she must trust against her better judgment escape each new dangerous situation? This page turner pulls plot ideas from headline events and shows some frightening possibilities that could come to pass.

Enchantment by Donald Spoto

Enchantment: the life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto (2006)
I enjoyed listening to this intelligent and respectful biography of the elegant actress who charmed us with performances in many classic movies, including her first US film, Roman Holiday, for which she won an Oscar (watch her acceptance speech). We learn about her difficult life during WWII, and there is the expected “dish” about her romantic life, but it doesn’t come across as a tell-all. My only complaint: the narrative moves too quickly through the important work she did with UNICEF and the illness that took her life.

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabigina

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabigina (2006)
Paul Rusesabagina, in powerfully simple prose and with the effective use of repetition, recounts the background and horrific facts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, including how he sheltered—and thus saved–1200 of the Tutsi people. Don Cheadle played Rusesabagina in the motion picture Hotel Rwanda. I listened to the CD of this and highly recommend it.

Listen to an interview with Rusesabagina and hear an excerpt from the book at NPR.

Loud and Clear by Anna Quindlen

Loud and Clear by Anna Quindlen (2004)
I have only recently “discovered” the Pulitzer Prize-winning Quindlen. A gifted cultural interpreter, as shown in these essays culled primarily from the New York Times and Newsweek, she gets to the heart of the matter–she articulates the truths– of the contemporary social and political scene. Enjoy—whether you agree or not!
–Shirley

Quindlen provides a collection of her Newsweek and New York Times columns offering her opinions and insights into social issues of the day. She divides the book into themes: heart, mind, soul, voice and body. I listened to it on CD and loved it!
–Cindy K.