The Secret Story Within

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 13, 2019

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This week we’ve paired fiction and nonfiction, both of which will appeal to anyone who is curious about what happens out of view. Thank you to Candlewick on Brilliance and to Tantor Audio for these contributions to SYNC.

From Australian novelist Ursula Dubosarsky, THE GOLDEN DAY twists together strands of the realities of day-to-day news events that all seem far away to a group of school girls with their shared and thrilling encounter with the mystery of their teacher’s abrupt disappearance during a field trip. Kate Rudd narrates in tones that bring the girls and their dawning awareness to life for listeners.

GULP introduces SYNC participants to humorous science writer Mary Roach. Here she and narrator Emily Woo Zeller take us on a tour of the human digestive system, quite completely from ingestion to elimination. Both author and narrator are masterful storytellers who offer the audience both facts and entertaining ways that will make those facts impossible to forget.  Whatever questions you’ve imagined about the alimentary canal are answered here: What’s the appeal of crunchy food? Why doesn’t your stomach digest itself the way it digests foods that pass through it? What does pet food taste like—to pets? How do we figure that out? Be sure to see the listen-alikes suggested on the download page for this one for more from Mary Roach and other popular science audiobooks you’ll want to borrow from your library.

Thanks to Annapolis Valley Regional Libraries for taking this pair out for a spin during an episode of Carpool Book Club and entertaining some witty ideas about how we arrived at this pairing.

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