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Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
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Jul 08, 10

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I love Anne Tyler books. She writes about real people, their lives, and circumstances they get caught up in. I first discovered Anne Tyler in 1992 when Dick Estell read Saint Maybe as a part of his Radio Reader program on WSUI. I often listened while commuting into Iowa City for graduate school. This is when I first discovered the joy of listening to a book while driving and now I do a lot of my “reading” in the car!

Anne Tyler’s new book centers around the character Liam Pennywell who at sixty-one has been forced to retire from his job teaching fifth graders. Liam actually doesn’t mind losing his job because he wanted to be a philosopher but ended up teaching. On the first day of being unemployed Liam wakes up in a hospital room after being attacked in his new apartment. Liam wants to remember the time lost after the attack but while on the quest he realizes he may have forgotten a lot more along the way.

I listened to the Books on Tape production of the story and Arthur Morey is a great narrator. ~Enjoy~
--Kara
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