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Bad Boy – Walter Dean Myers – Audio Book

April 25, 2007

Bad Boy – Walter Dean Myers : Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood.

Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort.

Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children’s and young adult literature today.

His glimpse into his own childhood in Harlem in the 40s is really valuable, fascinating and inspiring for the young adult and children. His anecdotes and his memories are a mixture of joke and seriousness. Its the story of a colorful and unforgettable childhood. A real powerful read.

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Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty – Muhammad Yunus – Audio Book

April 15, 2007

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty – Muhammad Yunus : In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Believing that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Yunus aimed to support that spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which the poor might lift themselves out of poverty forever. Grameen Bank now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus’s clients are women, and repayment rates are nearly 100 percent.

In Banker to the Poor, Yunus traces the journey that led him to rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor and recounts the challenges he faced in founding Grameen. He provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in the burgeoning world movement of micro-lending to eradicate world poverty.

It seems so easy and we are asking us:”Why the bankers or the loans societies did not think of it earlier”. Listen to this audio book and you will have part of the answer.

Truth and Beauty – Ann Patchett – Audio Book

March 27, 2007

Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett : What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren’t bound to by blood? What happens when that person is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little-explored world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and after enrolling in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn’t Lucy’s life or Ann’s life but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

A remarkable audio book about the human relations.

Blindsided – Richard M. Cohen – Audio Book

March 9, 2007

Blindsided – Richard M Cohen : Illness came calling when Richard M. Cohen was twenty-five years old.

A young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, is foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

For thirty years Cohen has done battle with MS only to be ambushed by two bouts of colon cancer at the end of the millennium. And yet, he has written a hopeful book about celebrating life and coping with chronic illness.

He says in an interview about his book: “I’ve made it very clear that I speak for nobody. I said in Blindsided that I write no prescriptions. I claim no wisdom. My answer is an answer, not the answer. So I’m totally comfortable because I make very clear that I don’t represent any point of view or special interest.

But I’ve also gotten a very clear reaction to the book: People with MS really want to hear from each other. I think they’re tired of hearing from doctors. […]“When I listened to this audio book I could just say : What a lesson for us ! Such a book of hope after so many burden, this terrible illness and cancer give us the strengh to face our life as it is and stop being always “unhappy” with it ! We choose it he did’nt have this chance and he made the best ouf of it.