Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Road Trip, Part II

Another great way to pass the time on road trips -- or sitting in front of the fire (gas or wood) on cold wintry evenings -- is listening to audiobooks. The nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards for Spoken Word, which will be presented Sunday, February 8th, in Los Angeles, were just announced. And the nominees are....
  • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, read by Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  • I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert (and Various Artists)
  • Life Beyond Measure by Sidney Poitier
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
So I doubt that the Grammy folks will be calling and asking me to cast a vote, but if they did mine would probably have to go to Engulfed, although they are all very deserving in my opinion. But there is nothing like listening to David Sedaris reading his own material for good old wet-your-pants laughter. And since it's the holidays, might I also recommend the audiobook Holidays on Ice, by Sedaris, which includes the original classics (don't you just love the "Santaland Diaries"?) with six new essays. By the way, did you know that the cover art for Engulfed is by Van Gogh? And if you'd rather read the books yourself, we have signed copies of both Sedaris books!

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