Recent audiobooks of note:
OUR HARLEM: Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster, by Marcus Samuelsson, read by the author. (Audible.) An audiobook original of the celebrated chef and restaurateur’s homage to the New York City neighborhood, through its food and culture.
THE DIRT: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars, with Neil Strauss, read by a full cast. (HarperAudio.) The best-selling, sex-and-drugs-and-no-holds-barred 2001 autobiography of Mötley Crüe is now available in audiobook.
HOW TO SKIMM YOUR LIFE, by The Skimm, read by Elise Randall with Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. (Random House Audio.) The founders and editors of the popular newsletter offer a range of practical advice for adults, from personal finance tips to job questions to the secrets of upscale wine lists.
WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR? A Modest Proposal, by E. Jean Carroll, read by the author. (Macmillan Audio.) The former advice columnist recalls a road trip to towns named for women, combined with a widely reported-on list of “The Most Hideous Men of My Life.”
STEPSISTER, by Jennifer Donnelly, read by Jayne Entwistle. (Scholastic Audio.) For young adult listeners, Donnelly reimagines the story of Cinderella with a feminist twist.
What we’re reading:
A while back, a reader urged me to write about something called a “Zapper” that could supposedly cure AIDS, herpes, cancer and more. (The device in question purported to use electrical energy to annihilate these diseases, a claim those of us who write about science might call evidence-free.) In THE HONEST LOOK, an engaging 2010 novel that eloquently weaves together romantic and scientific story lines, there’s another Zapper — an experimental drug developed by a biotech firm hoping to cure Alzheimer’s. But that’s just one reason the novel entranced me. Its author, Jennifer L. Rohn, a real-life cell biologist, crafts characters and settings with a poetic prowess as insightful as the poetry her protagonist writes. Rohn unspools a suspenseful tale of biochemical mystery and of love longed for, discovered, compromised and maybe one day realized. At its essence is a prismatic exploration of honesty: when it matters, why it matters and how it relates to trust and truth.
Pam Belluck, health and science writer
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