Riding with Rita

ritascar.gif Riding with Rita

Holiday traffic has been a nightmare. Lucky for me!!! I get to listen to even more CD books.

Here are a few I’ve enjoyed while creeping along in bumper to bumper traffic. No road rage for me.

Dean and Me(A Love Story) , by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

Martin and Lewis–if you remember this comedy team, you will enjoy listening to how their act came together and how it fell apart. It also explores the two men’s careers after their breakup. I found the reader’s affectation of Jerry’s New York accent annoying, since it was a poor imitation. However, I am a pushover for anything to do with entertainment, and I enjoyed the book in spite of that. Read by Stephen Hoye

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in all of its Moods, by Michael Wex

This is not as light a book as the title would lead one to believe. It is a very academic study of the development of the Yiddish language. While it is not without humor, you will hear about vowel shifts, and other etymological phenomena. BUT—big but—If you remember your parents or grandparents speaking Yiddish and you miss the sound of it, this is priceless. Read by the author.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden State of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

If you were planning on reading this best seller (82 weeks on the NY Times list), and still want to, go ahead and listen. If the spirit has passed, keep driving. It has a gimmicky title and its interesting enough, but not one of my favorites. Read by Steven J. Dubner.

Search for AudioBook titles with the New Media link on our library website, where you can reserve or download titles to keep you listening.

This brings me up to date. I’ll be back with more (depending on the traffic) after the Holidays.

Wishing a Happy New Year to all!
Rita Gross
Reference Melville

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