Though audio CDs are going the way of the cassette as disc drives disappear in our cars and computers, many patrons still are listening to them. Your public library has many great audios on the shelves to be enjoyed, and in this time of staying at home more, I recommend listening to some excellent non-fiction works.
Much of non-fiction is addressing the “elephant in the room,” and the writers are like the group of humans in the parable about the “Blind Men and an Elephant.” This is very true in the works of historians and journalists. However, even in autobiographies and memoirs, there is selective recording of the individual’s life experiences in the effort to bring forth a message or a public relations image. As we listen to non-fiction, we hear things to which we want to say “amen” to things that bore us, and other things that make us groan and grimace.
In these Orwellian times, though we must make an effort to listen to the hearts and minds of others for there is a learning experience whether we agree with their views or not. Knowing how others view current events, history, nature, and the human journey on this Earth helps us and broadens our understanding of other humans.
I reference George Orwell because I love his non-fiction works more than his fiction. In the following list of audio non-fiction is a collection of essays he wrote. It is amazing that this man, who did much of his writings during two world wars, still can speak to our time.
In my writing, I am trying to bring attention to non-fiction items on our library shelves; however, you can also find digital resources on our website, where you can search and download.
Also, we have non-fiction audio on Playaways in the library, which I will address later in a blog.
The following list is some of the newer audio CD’s were are acquired this year:
Daniel Boone : the life and legend of an American pioneer / John Mack Faragher.
The Great Pretender : the undercover mission that changed our understanding of madness / written by Susannah Cahalan.
Life Undercover : coming of age in the CIA / Amaryllis Fox.
Essays / George Orwell.
The Call of the Wild + Free : reclaiming wonder in your child’s education [sound recording] / Ainsley Arment, read by Piper Goodeve.
Catch and Kill : lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators / Ronan Farrow.
I’m your Huckleberry : a memoir / Val Kilmer.
A Warning / Anonymous, a senior Trump administration official.
The Fall of Richard Nixon : a reporter remembers Watergate / Tom Brokaw.
All This Marvelous Potential : Robert Kennedy’s 1968 tour of Appalachia / Matthew Algeo.
Under the Black Hat : my life in the WWE and beyond / Jim Ross, the voice of wrestling, with Paul O’Brien.
Valley Forge / Bob Drury & Tom Clavin.
Soul Full of Coal Dust : a fight for breath and justice in Appalachia / Chris Hamby.
Killing Crazy Horse : the merciless Indian wars in America / Bill O’Reilly.
Appalachian Fall : dispatches from coal country on what’s ailing America / Jeff Young.
Women Who Wrote : stories and poems from audacious literary mavens / [biographies by Dana Chamblee Carpenter].
More Myself : a journey / Alicia Keys with Michelle Burford.
Me / Elton John.
House of Trump, House of Putin : the untold story of Donald Trump and the Russian mafia / Craig Unger.
The Killer Across the Table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI’s original Mindhunter / John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
Me & Patsy Kickin’ up Dust : my friendship with Patsy Cline / Loretta Lynn with Patsy Lynn Russell ; foreword by Dolly Parton.
The Indian World of George Washington : the first president, the first Americans, and the birth of the nation / Colin G. Calloway.
~ Article by T.J. Cunning