A couple of weeks ago, I read at The Raconteur, one of the coolest used bookstores in Jersey.
That’s Matrimony by Joshua Henkin (who was at the BooksNJ festival earlier in the year and I should’ve gotten the book then, but we were pressed for time – but no matter, I got a signed copy!), Voodoo Heart by Scott Snyder, and Richard Price‘s Freedomland. Haven’t read any of them, but that’ll soon change.
And this past week, the Hunterdon County Library invited me for a reading.
Without libraries, I never would’ve discovered books on tape. I’m still surprised that so many people haven’t experienced the joy of listening to a book narrated by a professional — they are, without question, missing out in a big way. What hooked me was Frank Muller‘s narration of Chris Crutcher‘s collection Athletic Shorts, and since then, I must’ve gone through the majority of Muller’s performances (The Prince of Tides, 1984, The Great Gatsby — you can’t go wrong with anything he reads). It’s unfortunate that he’s no longer with us, but his work will live on, thanks to all the great libraries.
If you have a road trip coming up or would like a change of pace for the daily commute, go to your local library and get yourself a Muller.