Sample our favorite audiobooks of the month

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‘Chasing Bright Medusas: A Life of Willa Cather,’ by Benjamin Taylor

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Taylor narrates his short biography and critical assessment of Cather, illustrating the relationship between her life and her fiction with a masterly deployment of quotations from her writing. He shows her strength of will and independence of mind in her rejection of a woman’s role as wife and mother; in her breaking away from her family; in her relationships with the great love of her life, Isabelle McClung, and her companion of four decades, Edith Lewis; in her veneration of art and her rejection of her own early writing; and, throughout, in her fierce determination to become a writer of substance. “She was,” Taylor says, “her own raw material and transformation was her game.” In taking on the narration of his book, Taylor sounds at first somewhat hesitant and donnish, but as he develops his theme, his admiration for Cather becomes palpable, his tone warms, and by the last hour, he has become positively lyrical. This is a moving, galvanizing book, a work that will send you back to Cather’s fiction. (Penguin, Unabridged, 4 hours)

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