The March Audio Book Club selection is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Start reading now so you'll be ready when the episode posts on Monday, March 28.
It's time for you to help us decide on the book we'll all be reading for the April meeting of the Slate Audio Book Club. We asked listeners to send in suggestions for great nonfiction books, and many of you obliged. We chose our favorite three, and now's your chance to pick the winner. This month's nominees are:
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle
Turkle, a clinical psychologist and MIT professor, delves into the thorny questions posed by the Internet and social media, which allow us to communicate constantly yet also create new walls between ourselves and the larger community. According to the New York Times review, Turkle argues that "our new technologies — including e-mail messages, Facebook postings, Skype exchanges, role-playing games, Internet bulletin boards and robots — have made convenience and control a priority while diminishing the expectations we have of other human beings."
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
Hamilton is not only chef and owner of the acclaimed New York comfort food restaurant Prune, but she also holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. The result is a coming-of-age-and-learning-to-cook memoir the New York Times review calls "brilliantly written." "Ms. Hamilton proves adept at using tactile, aromatic prose to chronicle her apprenticeship as a cook: from the basics she learned from her mother, to her work with various catering companies (descriptions of which will make many readers hesitate before wolfing down a prettily arranged tidbit at the next catered event) to her adventures in eating around the world as a virtually penniless backpacker often dependent on the kindness of strangers."
Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of RememberingEverything by Joshua Foer
Inspired by a 2005 Slate article Foer wrote about the U.S. Memory Championship, this book takes a deeper look at the limits and possibilities of improving human memory. According to the New York Times review, "Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it's informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context."
You can vote below for the book of your choice between now and 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 18, 2011. The podcast about the winning book will be posted on Monday, April 25.
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