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Articles by Aurelia C. Scott

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Summer Listening: Take Flight with GREAT CIRCLE

Listening to Maggie Shipstead’s new audiobook, GREAT CIRCLE, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Alex McKenna, offers the immersive satisfaction of an historical saga, the...

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Audiobooks on Perseverance and Renewal

As we celebrate the mask-free smiles of post-pandemic life, hugs and laughter are starting to repair the pain and isolation of the past fifteen months. Still, the world is...

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Celebrating the Audiobooks of the Women's Prize for Fiction

The just-announced shortlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction promises hours of fantastic listening. If you start soon, you’ll be able to hear the audiobook...

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5 Audio Novels for Spring

In April, cheered by Easter egg shades of crocus and chilled by the north wind, I welcome spring with chewy fiction. Beautifully written, intriguingly peopled, immersively...

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The Power of Women's Voices

Joan Didion and Morgan Jerkins’s new audiobooks give us reason to celebrate the power of women’s voices. The authors, both of whom have written novels, memoirs, and...

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5 Audiobooks about Love, Unbidden

That Cupid strikes with an arrow suggests that love is more complicated than it seemed in third grade when I pasted pink cherubs on Valentine lace doilies and savored chalky...

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Audiobooks for Out-of-This-World Listening

Feel like escaping the confines of your second pandemic-winter without actually going anywhere until you can receive a vaccine? Me too. That’s why I’ve selected six...

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Best Fiction Audiobooks of 2020
It's been a banner year for fiction, which means that AudioFile's list of the best fiction audiobooks of 2020 is a stellar one. What a treat awaits you in these novels that...
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The Historical Fiction Audiobooks of Paulette Jiles

Poet and author Paulette Jiles's celebrated debut novel, ENEMY WOMEN, newly released in audio, is a gripping and unexpectedly relevant exploration of the ravages of...

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Zadie Smith's Audiobooks Offer Comfort, Reflection, and Art
English author Zadie Smith’s luminous new collection of essays, INTIMATIONS, should be kept close to hand so that you can reach for it when you need to reflect, find comfort, or...
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Why Isabel Wilkerson's CASTE Is a Must-Listen
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson’s powerful new work of nonfiction, CASTE: The Origins of Our Discontents, examines how caste, or a hereditary class system,...
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Can Listening to These Fictional Contagions Distract Us from Our Real One?
I have sewn a wardrobe of washable masks and discovered a heretofore unappreciated skill for following directional arrows along grocery store aisles. I don't know what our...
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A Symphony of Black Women's Voices

Daring, funny, relatable, eye-opening, moving, and filled with gorgeous prose.  Those are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe the two novels that won top...

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Celebrating Golden Voice Narrator Arthur Morey's Audiobooks
In this happy month when we applaud the talents of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, let me forewarn you that Arthur Morey’s narrations are so diverting that while listening, you may...
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Julia Alvarez's AFTERLIFE Helps Us See What Love Can Do
Poet and bestselling author Julia Alvarez’s first novel for adults in fourteen years, AFTERLIFE, is a timely and timeless exploration of what it means to care—for family, for...
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Here's to You, Girlfriend: 5 Audiobooks for Women's History Month
Women make history in large and small ways every month of every year, including Women's History Month in March. The third month of the year is also when I celebrate the memory of...
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What Is This Thing Called Love? 5 Audiobooks about Relationships
When I was single, I squirmed every time I was encouraged to bring a "friend," aka romantic partner, to social gatherings. Arriving alone often resulted in excesses of sympathy....
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4 Audiobooks For Inspiration and Comfort
So, how is your new year going so far? While I hope it's going brilliantly, I've found that many of us spend January in need of a boost, nudge, hug, or serious talking-to. That's...
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Act Foolish Whenever Possible: Life Lessons from 4 Funny Audiobooks
In my family, we call it naked vacuuming. That urge to eradicate crumbs under the table while tiptoeing to the laundry room to retrieve underwear. One crumb leads to the next,...
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The Wisdom of Moles and Rabbits on Audio
This time of year puts me in a nostalgic mood to spend time with furry creatures that star in the sort of books that are loved by both adults and children. Rabbits, for instance....
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2019 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks
It's a special pleasure to share AudioFile's list of the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror audiobooks of 2019. Wildly different from each other — the list includes magical...
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Listen While You Cook: 5 New Audiobooks
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Happy cooking, cleaning, traveling, laughing, stressing-out, hanging-out, gossiping, tippling, eating. My advice — forget politics for the day or...
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Giving Thanks: 5 New Audiobooks from Favorite Women Novelists
In this month of gratitude, I am celebrating new novels by five of my favorite female authors. Plus I'm giving some of their previous books a shout-out because the only thing...
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Let's Get Scared: 6 Frightening Audiobooks for Halloween
When I go on haunted house rides with the children in my life, I'm the one who screams most often. I also close my eyes when ominous movie music begins.  And if I'm startled, I...
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5 Audiobooks Exploring Nature While It Lasts
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is touring America this month to fight for climate justice and a living planet. October is also Theodore Roosevelt's birthday month. While still a...
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Remembering Cokie Roberts
Pioneering reporter, commentator, and author Cokie Roberts was astute, witty, wise, and kind. When she died last month of breast cancer, a disease that is all too personal for...
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Author Kate Atkinson on Her Captivating Audiobook Mysteries
Kate Atkinson's most recent Jackson Brodie mystery, BIG SKY, came out this summer, and I was so pleased to get to talk to her about her audiobooks in the August/September issue...
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Make Me Smart: These Audiobooks Educate While They Entertain
That day, about two-thirds of the way through summer vacation, when you eat the entire bin of caramel corn and allow your brain to embrace indolence? Well, that day...
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Author Anthony Horowitz on His Passion for Writing
I was delighted to interview author Anthony Horowitz for the October 2018 issue of AudioFile magazine. Horowitz’s second Detective Daniel Hawthorne mystery, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH,...
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Criminal Intent: Series Mystery Listens
Who are you planning to bump off this summer? Oh, don't look shocked. If it isn't an in-law, blood relative, supervisor, cubicle mate, or politician, then it's the barista who has...
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Escape into Other Worlds with Science Fiction & Fantasy Listening
A company named Deep Space Industries is working on a plan to harvest minerals from asteroids. Not immediately, but as soon as they can configure "high performance propulsion...
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It's Time for an Adventure! Travel Afar with These Audiobooks
You're stuck behind the lawn mower this glorious July week, or worse yet, behind a desk piled high with past-due deadlines while everyone you know on social media is vacationing....
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Delight in Mystery, Fantasy, and Classic Audiobooks from Golden Voice Simon Vance
In this happy month, when we are celebrating actors honored by AudioFile as Golden Voices for their outstanding achievement in audiobook narration, I wish to announce that few...
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Put This Voice in Your Ears: Golden Voice Narrator Dion Graham
In the midst of this month's celebration of AudioFile's Golden Voice narrators — voice actors who have demonstrated unparalleled excellence in the art of translating books from...
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Thoroughly Satisfying Summer Listening
Memorial Day signals the start of the summer season—gardening, picnics, barbecue grills, swatting mosquitoes, splashing in the pool, fireworks, beaches, bike rides, sunburns,...
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Sharing Our Whole Truth: Audiobooks that Explore Gender Identity
At lunch one day when he was four years old, my nephew asked when he would turn into a girl. After a microsecond of silence, his father replied that unless he thought that he...
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Audiobooks that Celebrate Age and Aging
Now that I'm no longer young, I climb every flight of stairs I can find, memorize whichever numeral strings present themselves, and recite the alphabet backwards for fun. I don't...
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To Dwell in the Wonder of the World
It's spring! Yes, even if a snow-bomb cyclone dumped a foot of white stuff in your yard last week, Passover, Easter, and Earth Day are all right around the corner, followed by...
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On the Town in Spring: These Audiobooks will Make You a City Lover
Springtime in the city.  Blue skies, warming temperatures, birds singing. I walk out without a hat, breathe deep, and inhale the pungent scent of aged dog poop revealed by melting...
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It's Official — YA Rocks (In 6 Audiobooks)

We adults who love YA titles used to be hesitant to reveal our passion, lest other adults recoil in literary-fiction-horror. But no longer. Bahni Turpin's amazing...

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Florida in 6 Audiobooks (plus palm trees and gators)
Ah, the joy of sun hats and short sleeves, palm trees and warm blue waters. Yes, that's me, escaping the icy Maine weather last month for some time on Florida's gulf coast. I...
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Make a Wish! Great Listens for Grown-Up Birthdays
The remarkable coincidence that this blog entry is posting on my birthday encourages me to share that on the first birthday I remember, I hid under a table at the Wharf Theater in...
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Sci-Fi Is About More Than the Future — 6 Terrific Audiobooks
I listened to Andy Weir's ARTEMIS, just nominated for an Audie Award in Science Fiction, because long ago, my dyslexic brother-with-a-PhD learned to read with the help of comic...
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Everybody's Talkin' in These Full-Cast Productions
[caption id="attachment_26694" align="alignright" width="300"] Aurelia's mother on stage[/caption] When I say that I come from a family of spoken word enthusiasts, it’s not just...
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The Thrill of Knowing Stuff (in Five Audiobooks)
This time of year, I want to be inspired and enlightened about things that matter while also being entertained. I seek hope about the future, even if that hope is tethered to a...
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5 Surprising Audiobooks to Make You Smile
As we count down the remaining days of December, I wish all of you a new year filled with unexpected moments of delight—the smile of a passing stranger; a tune that sends you...
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The 5 Best Histories and Biographies of 2018
It turns out that "May you live in interesting times" was probably not an ancient Chinese curse, but I mutter it to myself anyway, because, hey, are these interesting times or...
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The 5 Best Memoirs of 2018
In my next life, I will be mathematically gifted, a natural athlete, pale with copper hair or mocha with corkscrew curls, able to carry a tune and tell a joke without ruining the...
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5 Delicious Audiobooks Not About Thanksgiving
We became culinary rebels the year that no one wanted turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. My parents preferred it cold anyway, especially in sandwiches made with toasted sourdough,...
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6 Tales of Coming to America
[gallery type="rectangular" ids="24034,24033"] Meet my great great grandfather Reese, who emigrated from Wales to Wisconsin in the 1860s and married Matilda, whose...
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7 Audiobooks That'll Get You to Vote
I'm one of those election clerks you'll encounter on November 6, checking off your name and handing out ballots. (And as you can see, my husband and I are voters.) After the polls...
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6 Natural Listens for Fall
It's around this time of year that I bow to the wisdom of A.A. Milne, who wrote, "Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." After a summer of failing to orchestrate the...
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6 Stellar Story Collections for Busy Listeners
When life is going full tilt — the kids back to school, those two and a half deliverables due by the end of September, and the realization that you haven't done a thing about your...
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7 Stories of Kindness in the Neighborhood
// I wish Ollie, my family's handmade marionette, could have met Mr. Rogers. That was my first thought as I settled happily into LeVar Burton's Earphones Award-winning...
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6 Audiobooks That Will Get You Out of Town
Last month I kayaked within sight of Mount Katahdin. I also drove a mile into Canada, for which I needed a passport, which implies foreign travel. However, I took my most...
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7 Great Summer Listens
As far as I'm concerned, summer vacation-reading is about finding a comfortable spot and succumbing to guilt-free total immersion. I prefer a hammock, beach chair, or quiet back...
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Other People's Families are Simpler, Aren't They?
I love my family, in all its born-into, married-into, blended, extended exuberance. Yet it’s around now in the summer family-togetherness season—generally while navigating a...
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6 Thrilling Encounters with Dinosaurs
Ever since Jurassic Park was released in June 1993, the summer has belonged to dinosaurs. I mean, you or a close family member have already seen this summer's blockbuster, Jurassic...
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7 (and more) Great Audiobooks About the Civil War
July 1st is the anniversary of the start of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. On my first visit to the battlefield, which is one of the country's top summer travel sites, I got...
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Run Like a Duck
Now that it's all but officially summer,  joggers are loping along our city streets. My own running skills are best described by telling you that in 7th grade, I was panting on the...
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They Do What!?
If I said that a much lauded, respected, and beloved narrator was once put to work cleaning toilets in an Athens youth hostel, would you guess it was Lorelei King, John Lee, Davina...
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Let's Flip Jane on Her Head
See the yellowed pages in my copy of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE?  That's to prove that I am a true Janeite. Bona fides established, let me tell you about the literary mashup PRIDE...
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Four Reasons Writers Should Love Narrators
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last] Hilary Mantel's historical novels about Henry the Eighth's chief fixer Thomas Cromwell, WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES,...
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Get It Together
So how did your tax preparation go this year? Personally, I only cursed twice. First when I dropped the file of medical receipts. Second when I learned that despite what my husband...
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4 Audiobooks in Which Miracles Might be Possible
I don’t come from a religious family, but during this week between the Roman and Orthodox Easters, I’m reminded of my one experience of church on Easter Sunday. In the children’s...
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Hit the Road
My husband Bob and I recently drove from Maine to California and back just to listen to audiobooks. Okay, we also wanted to escape winter in the 23rd state. However we played lots...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Before the Pulitzer Prize
I spent years believing, or was it hoping, that I was too special to read books found on bestseller lists. Then I became a writer. Now I'm grateful for readers. And I applaud those...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: My Frozen Toes
What I remember most about my childhood attempt to ski is cold feet. Mine were so painful that I whimpered. That’s why, after one frozen season on the slopes, and several...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: So Love Goes
When I was about seventeen, I read the obituary of a New York City matron that included her recipe for a happy marriage. She had recommended living as she and her husband did, in...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Have You Heard the One About My Cancer?
One of my father’s favorite stories was about when he picked apricots from an orchard and barely managed to outrun a shovel-wielding farmer (and a cow that he mistook for a bull)...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: I Hereby Resolve
I tend not to make resolutions because they remind me of raising my hand in fifth grade while praying Please don’t call on me, please don’t call on me. I wanted to be one of the...
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The Sound Stage in the Closet
As we close out our December celebration of the Best Audiobooks of 2017, I wanted to share some of our winning narrators’ lesser-known skills and challenges. [caption...
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The Narrator Makes All the Difference
After months of persuasion, my friend Dory finally listened to her first book during a nine-hour drive from Virginia to Maine last month. She chose Kenneth Branagh’s performance of...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: A Shout-out to Sonnets
"Focus on something. It’ll steady your nerves," my mother advised. That’s why I stared fixedly at Mr. Potter the Latin teacher throughout my 6th grade recitation of "Oh Captain, My...
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Do You Even Like Pumpkin Pie?

As our national celebration of family and pie approaches, I’m reminded of the Thanksgiving when our gorgeously brown turkey slid off the serving platter and across the...

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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: The Stars are Out Tonight
Asked to read a telephone book, Meryl Streep could find subtext even in the X’s. Hand her a novel and she’s la crème de la crème. That cannot be said about most celebrities who've...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Sherlock Holmes Anniversary
It began with “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” which is arguably Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous short story. I was 11 years old and at odds with the world when my mother...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Growing Up with the Vietnam War
Soldiers lunged muddy, exhausted, and wide-eyed across our kitchen table most evenings when I was a teenager. It was the Vietnam War, in all its fear and confusion, playing in...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: My Grandfather's War
At age twenty-two, my grandfather looked a hero in his WWI pilot’s uniform. Peaked cap at a rakish angle, hand on his father’s shoulder, arm around his mother, he smiled broadly...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Hide the Television
I was fourteen and my brother seven when my parents hid the television in the attic linen closet and told us that it was broken. It remained at the "repair shop" for two years,...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Ask the Detective Inspector
When I first visited rural England in late August about twenty years ago, I was prepared for hedgerows, pubs, village greens, and vicars and their requisite belfries. Also dead...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: My Personal Time Machine
As a kid, I spent hours perusing an illustrated coffee-table book about ancient Egypt, imagining myself as Queen Nefertiti. Then I went through a period of wearing wooden clogs,...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Humor Is the Best Medicine
The summer before my mother died, I repainted our front porch. Neither she nor I wanted me in constant attendance. So, in between visits to her bedside, I scraped, painted, and...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Armchair Travel
Summer travel season is here, and I’d love to hare off to an unfamiliar clime. In previous years, I’ve watched zebras on the Masai Mara and scraped my knees on a shortish Swiss...
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Aurelia's Audio Adventures: Aurelia Says Hi!
Over the years as a Contributing Editor for AudioFile Magazine, I have heard and reviewed about a gazillion audiobooks and interviewed fewer, but still many, authors and narrators....
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Self: Writers on Writing for Writers
If you've been aching to write a novel, poem, memoir, or perhaps a thriller about killing off your least favorite relative – aren't we all? – now’s a good time to rush out for the...
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