I recently moved out of the neighborhood, which instantly converted my seven-minute commute to the Melville building to thirty minutes. My plan for dealing with this was to catch up on some of the books I have been meaning to read by listening to Audiobooks in my car.

I am happy to report, that I have already “read” several books, and have not minded one minute of the commute, which is often in traffic. Occasionally I sit in the car after I‘ve reached my destination to listen to just a few more sentences. I look forward to my drive to the library, and when the day is done, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to rejoin the work in progress.

So I thought I would share with you some of the books I have enjoyed so far. These books are available on CD at the library, and many titles can be downloaded to your computer and MP3 player from our homepage. You can search our entire Audiobook and e-Audiobook collection from the library homepage, and you can request and reserve them from there as well.

My choices so far have all been non-fiction. It’s a matter of personal preference, and most of the books I read are of that genre. Here are few to get started:

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt This is a book about the city of Venice. It unfolds through the recounting of the fire that destroyed the Fenice Opera House in 1996. If you have never been there, you will want to go after listening to this book. He also wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which similarly brings the city of Savannah to life.

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty–First Century by Thomas L. Friedman Why is the world flat? That is the author’s metaphor for the technological, economic and political changes that have led to globalization. Instant information, universally available is the agent of change, and the author is saying we had better get with it or the parade will pass us by. This book helps to explain the far reaching consequences of the information revolution. A must listen!

And my very favorite (so far)

Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert This is a memoir read by the author herself. Why do I love this book? Ok, she had a dreadful divorce, and a bad love affair, but afterwards she takes a whole year to travel – four months each in Rome (eat), India (pray), and Bali (love). Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

So if you are driving or taking the railroad, walking on the treadmill or doing just about anything, you can enjoy listening to a good book. I’ll be back with some more great listens!

Rita Gross
Reference Melville


4 Responses to RIDING WITH RITA

  1. edruda says:

    I’m listening to The World Is Flat now, thanks to Rita. I agree with her comments. Not only is it a forward looking book, but I’m enjoying understanding what was happening behind the scenes in the last decade. Thank you Rita!

  2. carol bedell says:

    Dear Rita,

    Loved what you wrote. Good suggestions for reading as well as listening. I have not gotten comfortable with Audio books, but I am so glad you have made such good use of your traveling time. This was a great article. I am sure all your patrons will enjoy it and benefit from your recommendations.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Scottie says:

    If you were awed by Friedman …
    Watch the 13-minute overview (below).
    Just off press …
    The World is Flat?
    “Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world
    since the Industrial Revolution.”

    Thomas Friedman’s recent New York Times bestseller, The World is Flat, asserts that the international economic playing field is now more level than it has ever been. As popular as it may be, some reviewers assert that by what it leaves out, Friedman’s book is dangerous.

    “The world isn’t flat as a result of globalization,” say Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo, business analysts and authors of a critical analysis of Friedman’s book. “Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world since the Industrial Revolution,” says Aronica.

    This epic change has shaken up the way the world does business. From boardrooms to classrooms to kitchen tables and water coolers, globalization has become a hot topic of discussion and debate everywhere. But by what Friedman’s book ignores or glosses over, it misinforms people and policy makers.

    Aronica and Ramdoo’s concise monograph, The World is Flat?: A Critical Analysis of Thomas L. Friedman’s New York Times Bestseller, brings clarity to many of Friedman’s stories and explores nine key issues Friedman largely disregards or treats too lightly. To create a fair and balanced exploration of globalization, the authors cite the work of experts that Friedman fails to incorporate, including Nobel laureate and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Dr. Joseph Stiglitz.

    Refreshingly, readers can now gain new insights into globalization without weeding through Friedman’s almost 600 pages of grandiloquent prose and bafflegab. “It’s of utmost urgency that we all learn about and prepare for total global competition. If you read Friedman’s book, and were awed, you really should read more rigorous treatments of this vital subject. Globalization affects all our lives and will be of even greater significance to our children and grandchildren,” says Ramdoo.

    Aronica and Ramdoo conclude by listing over twenty action items that point the way forward, and they provide a comprehensive, yet concise, framework for understanding the critical issues of globalization. They paint a clear and sometimes alarming picture of the early twenty-first century landscape, and present timely information needed by governments, businesses, and individuals everywhere.
    Watch a thought-provoking 13 minute Overview on the Web:


    Read more: http://www.mkpress.com/Flat

  4. edruda says:

    Download for free from the library!

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