A key to good readers advisory is to be able to remember titles and authors. One of my favorite audiobooks is I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron. The problem is that I can never remember this title. Not only do I keep checking it out, thinking I haven’t listened to it before, I also fail to remember the title when I’m telling staff and patrons what a great Book-on-CD it is.
And it really is. Ephron read the book herself and she has a marvelous voice and impeccable timing. Particularly interesting, I thought, were the stories about her early career in newspaper and magazine journalism. She isn’t shy about dishing about the legendary writers and publishers she worked with, whose names I can’t recall (except for Katie and Phil Graham of the Washington Post).
She also has some handy tricks for social situations in which names (or whether you, in fact, really know a person) escape you.
Recommendation: check the box marked “Reading History” in your library account, and you’ll always have a record of what you’ve checked out.