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O magazine has announced Oprah’s summer reading list. I feel compelled to report the titles to you, even though I am wary of her recommendations.

I say this because, after listening to several of her book club selections, I was convinced that she was working with the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture antidepressants. I picture the cover of The Road Cormac McCarthy (Below)

Which Audio Books Does She Recommend

But that’s just me. Always up for a good conspiracy theory. Anyway, let’s take a look at what audiobooks Oprah thinks we should read this summer. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake written and read by Aimee Bender is actually one I was considering reading. Rose Edelstein discovers on her ninth birthday that when she tastes her mother’s lemon-chocolate cake, she can actually taste her mother’s emotions. She tastes despair from a woman she always perceived as cheerful. I think it sounds interesting…

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

Oprah Book Club The Road Cormac McCarthySomeone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill and read by Adenrele Ojo is the story of a slave woman’s life in the 18th century. No necessarily my cup of tea, but knowing Oprah, there will be plenty of adversity and angst.

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black and narrated by Mark Deakins, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, and Kirsten Potter is a short story collection. Based on the description that includes the words “plumb the depths of love, loss, and hope”, I fear another downer is in store. If you are up for it, I wish you luck.

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira and narrated by Kimberly Farr is a historical novel. Mary is a midwife in NY during the Civil War. She wants to become a surgeon and heads to Washington DC to help with the wounded. Oprah likes books with strong heroines facing insurmountable odds. The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse and read by a full cast. I mentioned this book about illegal Mexican day laborers in an earlier article.

Narrator Florencia Lozano

My sole reason for thinking of listening is because one of the narrators, Florencia Lozano, is on the soap opera I watch. Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey and read by Humphrey Bower is yet another historical novel. 19th century this time… the US seen through the eyes of a French child and his English servant.

Join me tomorrow as I slog through the rest of Oprah’s list!

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