The Art of Community Renewal

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Week 10’s pair of audiobooks both feature cities in the aftermath of devastation—and how picking up and starting over can be achieved even when the present seems to be a nightmare.

M.T. Anderson performs his own award-winning nonfiction account of how a composer became significant to a bombed-out city in SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD, from Brilliance Audio. This is the story of life in Leningrad during more than two years of Hitler’s siege on the city. And this is the story of how Dmitri Shostakovich wrote a rallying symphony for his city that became significant well beyond the acclaim of his friends and neighbors.

Chris Weitz’s postapocalyptic novel, THE YOUNG WORLD, performed by Spencer Locke and Jose Julian for Hachette Audio, also takes us from desolation to triumph. In a New York City run by the teenagers left after the Sickness has descended. Two young men go in search of a cure—for their city and for humanity. This first volume of a trilogy will lead you right into its follow-up, The New Order, and eager for the final volume, The Revival, due to be published July 19.

This weekend, we'll publish an audiobook discussion guide here, similar to the one we offered in support of group participation in discovering THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN. This week's guide will address Anderson's book, so be sure to download it even if you won't be able to listen or collect a group for discussion until weeks from now. Remember, AudiobookSYNC downloads are yours forever.



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