My Korean Deli: how I risked my career and mortgaged my future for a convenience store

Since we have a lot of Korean friends and neighbours, I decided to listen to a story about the life, culture, and struggles of someone who married into a Korean family.  What I got was a funny memoir of a former editor of Paris Review, his Korean wife, and his complicated and hilarious mother-in-law, trying to buy and run a convenience store.  I found myself nodding my head with a big smile as I listened to the words of Ben Ryder Howe, as read by Bronson Pinchot, describing the situations, complications, and rationale behind the decision-making in his family.  This audiobook was the funniest non-fiction book I have listened to in a while! (submitted by IM)

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Dog years: a memoir

To enjoy this book you will probably have to be a bit of a dog person. It is the memoir of Mark Doty, an American writer and teacher, and takes place over about ten years.  During this time, Doty faces the loss of his partner to HIV, the bombing of the World Trade Center, and the busy responsibility of two full-time dogs. This book is exceedingly well-written, and I am so glad I accidently picked it up while looking for Canadian literature (and despite that it made me cry on the car ride home from work nearly every day). The library owns both the book and the audiobook, but I especially recommend the audio version as it is read by the author and is an absolute delight. (submitted by TH)

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The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

I recommend this book to everyone who likes to listen to books during their daily commute. Narrated by John Lee using an Indian accent, it is about daily life in India: the struggles, the glories, and the chances of redemption. Balram is the son of a rickshaw puller, seemingly destined to a miserable life somewhere in India’s countryside. His life changes fast after landing a driver position with a wealthy family. It was a joy to listen to his story unfold.  (submitted by IM)

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Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

I found the title of this book intriguing. Laura Schlessinger talks about how married women treat their husbands, and how they are often surprised by conflicts with them. She analyzes various parts of everyday marital life and gives hints on how to react to and tackle sometimes less, sometimes more significant relationship problems. I found myself agreeing on a lot of her observations and found her advice useful and refreshing. Even though the author is quite critical towards women, the book is written in a very engaging and captivating tone. Whether you are at the beginning of your marriage or have been married for few years, I believe you will find this book very interesting and a real page-turner. (submitted by IS)

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Life Beyond Measure: letters to my great-granddaughter

Sidney Poitier writes about his life experiences in the form of letters to his great granddaughter. I am not sure if it is the form of the book (letters) or perhaps the wisdom of the writer (Sidney Poitier), but I found myself totally engaged in reading it. The author shares his advice on love, marriage, faith, courage, and the future. His inspirational stories, although addressed to his great granddaughter, are really speaking to all of us. They are meant to motivate us and guide us in our own life journeys. If you are looking for a beautifully written and heartwarming memoir, you will not be disappointed by choosing this title. (submitted by IS)

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Inside the Kingdom: my life in Saudi Arabia

When I picked up this audiobook, I was under the impression that it was the biography of Osama Bin Ladin’s wife. However, Carmen Bin Ladin is his former sister-in-law. She writes about her life in Saudi Arabia, being married to Osama’s brother Yeslam, finally getting divorced, and escaping with her three daughters to Switzerland. Carmen talks about the lives of women in Saudi Arabia. By custom they are mostly confined to their homes and most of their time is spent praying, reading Koran, and raising children. I started listening to this audiobook on my commute home, but found myself captivated so much that I ended up listening to it at home. A beautifully written memoir that will keep you engaged and might just help you get through tons of house chores without even noticing. (submitted by IS)

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25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, To Get the Job You Want

Much to my surprise, I  loved this eAudiobook – it is only about a hour long – and it gives very good general advice about what to say at an interview and how to conduct yourself at work. It focuses on working in the for-profit business world with consumers and clients, but its advise is broadly applicable.  Practical life-lessons for all ages, particularly those of us who are in the first half of our working lives. (submitted by Jen)

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