A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation - the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving Italian town north of Boston where in the seventeenth century women were hanged as witches. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious figure in this hardscrabble place, was a drug addict and sometime dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, whose highbrow taste was at odds with her base appetites. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter the idea that art - via a classic film or a classical education - could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica’s unconventional coming of age - a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s childhood and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Domenica Ruta has penned a powerful, inspiring, pause-resisting, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Domenica Ruta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003419/bk_rand_003419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, are Mari and her husband grown-up enough to graduate from a Neon to a Mercedes, even if it means having to brush their teeth and hair every day? Elsewhere, Abbie got into a fender bender with a physics professor, and hopes he can help her cover the rental car. Would she have better luck with someone from the philosophy department? Also, Ben almost managed to set his car and vacuum cleaner both on fire on the same day; Kathie’s boyfriend may need to be dumped for suggesting it’s okay to tailgate; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dan’s truck suffered from a ´´classic case” of Car Talk Bogus Answer Syndrome. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: February 28, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/150228/rt_cart_150228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before Sex and the City there was Bridget Jones. And before Bridget Jones was The Artificial Silk Girl. In 1931, a young woman writer living in Germany was inspired by Anita Loos´s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to describe pre-war Berlin and the age of cinematic glamour through the eyes of a woman. The resulting novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, became an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood´s Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht´s Three Penny Opera. Like Isherwood and Brecht, Keun revealed the dark underside of Berlin´s ´´golden twenties´´ with empathy and honesty. Unfortunately, a Nazi censorship board banned Keun´s work in 1933 and destroyed all existing copies of The Artificial Silk Girl. Only one English translation was published, in Great Britain, before the book disappeared in the chaos of the ensuing war. Today, more than seven decades later, the story of this quintessential ´´material girl´´ remains as relevant as ever, as an accessible new translation brings this lost classic to light once more. Other Press is pleased to announce the republication of The Artificial Silk Girl, elegantly translated by noted Germanist Kathie von Ankum, and with a new introduction by Harvard professor Maria Tatar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Mallon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017700/bk_adbl_017700_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.