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Friday Favorites - Audiobooks

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Friday Favorites - Audiobooks

I don't know why but whenever I sit down to read a fiction book I feel like it has to be a book of substance and that means missing out on a bunch of books that I thought might be interesting but wouldn't make it to the top of my reading list. So in between podcast episodes and zombie stories I figured that I'd try out audiobooks on long runs, road trips, and while multi-tasking.

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A Book Reading, A Parasol, and a Funeral Dirge

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A Book Reading, A Parasol, and a Funeral Dirge

"I think this may be the most unique beginning to a book reading, well, ever!" the woman at The Regulator Bookshop announced as she introduced Nicole Sarrocco for her book reading of Ill-Mannered Ghosts, the latest book in Sarrocco's Occasionally True series. Around the room the audience chuckled, from friends and family to former students to the "NCSSM Blast Band" that accompanied Sarrocco on her march down Ninth Street from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where Sarrocco teaches.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Review

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Review

I’ll admit: like many of my generation, I’m a Potterhead. I grew up with Harry Potter and dressed up for midnight book releases and midnight movie releases. As a Potterhead I knew about the new play on London’s West End “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” - the eighth installment in the Harry Potter story. I also knew that all the shows were sold out through May 2017, including the preview shows that started in June...Even so, on Saturday afternoon when we just happened to be in the neighborhood and we just happened to walk past the Palace Theatre, its gorgeous brick facade done up in “can’t-miss-me” Harry Potter headlines, I figured it wouldn’t hurt if I went in and asked about tickets at the box office.

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Lit Piece: Updike's "A&P"

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Lit Piece: Updike's "A&P"

   A while back, I was assigned John Updike’s “A&P” for a writing class. I was a little wary. I’d heard Updike had a reputation for not being the most sympathetic writer to women’s perspectives. I was certainly alarmed when I read in the assignment.

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