Behind the Mic: On Good Boy by Jennifer Finney Boylan, Read by Kelsey Navarro
What If We Told the Story of Our Lives in Tales of Dogs We Loved?
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Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Jennifer Finney Boylan’s memoir, telling the story of her life centered around seven dogs she loved. Boylan is a writer, a columnist for the New York Times, and a professor at Barnard College. Kesley Navarro narrates with warmth and highlights the author’s wry humor. Each dog’s story pivots around crucial moments in Boylan’s life, from a childhood rambling about in the woods with her father’s ridiculous dalmatian, to her retriever-chow chow mix full of scorn for her family. Boylan is trans, and she speaks about feeling as though she has been many people throughout her life—with a canine companion for each of those seasons. Hers is an insightful and intimate memoir.
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Support for Behind the Mic comes from Blackstone Publishing, publisher of the audiobook of Richard Adams’ classic tale Watership Down. This May Blackstone is celebrating the centenary of the author’s birth. This is a great moment to reflect on the novel and experience it all over again, as well as introduce it to a new generation of listeners. Read by the actor Peter Capaldi, Watership Down is an exciting adventure story and an engaging allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature. A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, the beloved classic continues to be discovered by readers of all ages. Watership Down from Blackstone Publishing is available wherever you get your audiobooks, including Downpour.com.