MOZART’S STARLING by Lyanda Lynn Haupt Read by Linda Henning – Audiobook Excerpt by HachetteAudio

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On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

Two centuries later, starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart’s Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history’s most cherished composers and one of earth’s most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart’s beloved pet and Haupt’s own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart’s Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

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#195: Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You by Innovation Crush

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Boots Riley is the writer and director of Sorry to Bother You, a film he describes as “an absurdist dark comedy with magical realism and science fiction, inspired by the world of telemarketing.” Prior to the film, the poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer, and public speaker was best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures, Sonos and Interscope Records, this live recorded session of Innovation Crush is an examination of the 6 year long, rule-breaking creative process behind the film and it’s soundtrack, along with snippets from a few of the songs Boots created with guests like Janelle Monae, Killer Mike, and Tune-Yards.
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FINDING YVONNE by Brandy Colbert. Read by Maya Barton – Audiobook Excerpt by HachetteAudio

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For fans of Nicola Yoon and Nina LaCour comes a striking novel about difficult choices from acclaimed author Brandy Colbert.

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He’s mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.

From the author of Pointe and Little & Lion, comes another heartfelt novel about the twists and turns that can show up on a path meant only for you.

Available August 7, 2018 from Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in Print and Ebook from Little, Brown Young Readers.

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