Streep Leads an All-Star Cast for Nevins and Macmillan
Meryl Streep joined with Glenn Close, Lena Dunham, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and many other noted actors and personalities for the recording of You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales, a collection of short stories and essays by Sheila Nevins, Emmy– and Academy Award–winning TV producer and head of HBO Documentary Films. The audiobook offers Nevins’s look at what being a feminist really means, and how covering the challenges and inequities of being a woman in a man’s world has cost her loved ones and friends. Streep has praised the collection with these words: “Thank you to Sheila Nevins for putting all this down for posterity. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living.” You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales will be published by Macmillan Audio on May 2.
Turner’s Turn at the Mike at Hachette
Accomplished film, stage, and voice actress Kathleen Turner recently recorded the audiobook edition of her memoir, Send Yourself Roses, which was released in print by Grand Central Publishing in 2008. When asked about the timing of the audiobook, Turner told her team at Hachette Audio that she was inspired to do the project after doing a cameo performance on Amy Poehler’s audiobook Yes, Please (HarperAudio) in 2014. Poehler asked Turner why Roses wasn’t available on audio, and the idea took root. The day she finished recording, Turner told Hachette that any trepidation about recording fell away after she read her book again and remembered how much she loved what she had written. Send Yourself Roses pubs on March 21.
Lee Revisits ‘Twin Peaks’ with Audible
The long-anticipated revival of surreal TV mystery-drama Twin Peaks continues to generate buzz with the audiobook recording of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, narrated by actress Sheryl Lee, who played murder victim Palmer in the original series. Audible will release the title on May 2, just in time to whet the appetite of viewers waiting for the revival’s May 21 debut on Showtime. Lee is part of the new program’s cast, though no plot points of the show have been revealed.
Baldwin Delivers for Harper
Alec Baldwin, the Emmy Award–winning TV, film, and voice actor currently receiving accolades for his satirical portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, has recorded his memoir, Nevertheless. In the book, Baldwin reveals facets of his life that he has long kept private, including his Long Island childhood in a family facing financial and marital struggles; his college days in Washington, D.C., where he entertained a political career; his rise as an actor from soap operas to working with legends of stage and screen; his battles with addiction; and his role as husband and father. HarperAudio will publish Nevertheless on April 4.
Tantor and Rowe Sin Bravely on Audio
In her first book, Sin Bravely, longtime comedy writer and performer Maggie Rowe shares how she discovered the middle ground between heaven and hell. Terrified by the ideas about eternal damnation she had developed as a child and as a dedicated born-again Christian, Rowe checked herself into an evangelical psychiatric facility at age 19. Her account of her time there reads like “a born-again version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest complete with a Nurse Ratched analogue,” according to the PW review. Rowe recently recorded her memoir for Tantor Audio, which will release the audiobook and e-book editions of Sin Bravely on March 28.
Random Sets a Table for ‘My Mother’s Kitchen’ with Gethers
Author, publisher, screenwriter and TV producer Peter Gethers narrates My Mother’s Kitchen: A Search for the Meaning of Family, Food, and Life, due out from Random House Audio on April 4. Gethers’s aging mother is a daughter of the owner of a legendary Lower East Side kosher dairy. As tribute to her, Gethers plans to prepare a spectacular feast, featuring all her favorite dishes. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to cook. Within this framework, Gethers brings readers along on his humorous culinary journey and, in so doing, tells the rich story of his mother’s life.