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Homeland Elegies was certainly a thinker. Through a series of personal essays, the author Ayad Akhtar, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, provides a striking meditation on what it is to be American and how we got to this place.
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Author of two other books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father, not to mention the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land, covers his decision to run for President, the campaign, his first two years as president and ends with the killing of Osama Bin Laden. There will be another volume, of which a publication date has not been set.
Audiobooks have found a resurgence in my pandemic days. I find time to listen to them while I’m on my almost daily walks and, surprisingly, as I’m drifting off to sleep. Did you know that your smart speaker can read to you? It’s been the best discovery ever! I hook my iPhone up to my Echo 2, and then play from my chosen audiobook through Libby, which I use to borrow audiobooks from the library. Libby has a sleep timer, which I’ll utilize, as does Alexa, simply ask her to set a sleep timer for however long you choose. It’s such a throwback move, and also a very calming way to go to sleep!