In The Happiness Project, Rubin chronicles her year of doing the things that she’s always wanted or meant to do, including reading Aristotle and organizing her house. She collected her thoughts in order to inspire others to do the same.
In Being Mortal, doctor and writer Atul Gawande discusses end-of-life care. He takes us through the history of gerontology, assisted living, and provides countless sets of data and anecdotes. Through it all, Gawande says that the medical community as well as patients’ families treat patients as subjects rather than as human beings.
If you already follow Amanda Palmer, author of The Art of Asking, on Twitter, then you probably know that lately she’s been busy grieving, battling Lyme Disease, recording with her father, and preparing to have her first baby with her husband Neil Gaiman. So we were incredibly pleased that she took time out from her nonstop, go-go-go life, to answer a few questions for us via email.
Jess Walter and I sat down and talked about his podcast with his friend and fellow author Sherman Alexie, Beautiful Ruins, and how he’d feel if someone made him into a character in their novel.
We talked to actor and narrator Edoardo Ballerini about Beautiful Ruins, the differences between acting and narrating, and his dream audiobook gig.
Beautiful Ruins is an ideal summer listen, with a little bit of romance, mystery, and adventure. Switching between 1962 Italy and 21st-century Hollywood, with a cast of quirky characters along the way, it’s easy to get swept up in the magic of Walter’s intertwining storylines. As our July Book of the Month, we’ll be talking about this great book all month long!