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Recommendations of Audiobooks Tied to Extreme Weather

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What’s a body to do that’s any more cooling than tucking into some extreme weather audiobooks—and a supply of rotating beverage choices? Here are some suggestions courtesy of AudioFile Magazine. Eliot Kleinberg’s Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 (The Florida Historical Society Press), narrated effectively and affectingly by Lee Ann Howlett, restores dignity to the thousands who suffered through the Caribbean storm. Among a welcome crop of 21st-century histories that give voice to the poor and downtrodden of society as well as the traditional accounts of those with more political capital, the combined compassion of author and performer give contemporary listeners pause to reflect on how even massive natural events lead to widely ranging experiences. Pair this with Zora Neal…

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Summer Reading Redemption: English Class Reads that Deserve Second Chances

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High school sucked, right? Totally. Anyway, remember all those books you had to read? Turns out some of them were pretty good! Overcome your pimply PTSD and revisit some classics you may have overlooked back in the day. Matt’s Take Hey, who remembers high school? Because I sure don’t. My terrible bouts of awkwardness and raging hormones made sure I blocked out the majority of those four years. But some memories just stick, like assigned readings, and getting rejected by cheerleading captain Joanna Michaels*. Damn, she was ice cold. If you were at all like me in high school, there were some books you enjoyed and some you flat-out hated. We enjoy doing things on our own time, not when…

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