Thursday, December 29, 2011

Audiobook for the holidays - part 4: The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don Delillo (and a giveaway!)

Today we end our December series 'Audiobook for the holidays'. In the lasteeks we introduced you to Boomerang by Michael Lewis and Our Choice by Al Gore and Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean. Today we're excited to introduce you to a collection of beautiful nine short stories written by the award-winning American author and playwright Don DeLillo between 1979 and 2011.

Our last audiobook on this series is:

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don Delillo
, read by Mercedes Ruehl, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, Michael Cerveris and Peter Friedman.

The audiobook is published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Here's an excerpt from the audiobook:

Here's more about "The Angel Esmeralda":

From one of the greatest writers of our time, the first ever collection of brilliant short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling—and foretelling—three decades of American life.

Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused sentences of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.

In “Creation,” a couple at the end of a cruise in the West Indies can’t get off the island. In “Human Moments in World War III,” two men orbiting the earth hear American radio, a half century ago. In the title story, nuns working the violent streets of the south Bronx, confirm the neighborhood’s miracle, the apparition of the dead child, Esmeralda.

Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo’s sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great American writer—and are a perfect introduction to the author whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.

The audiobook is available on Amazon: and on iTunes:


We're giving away two copies of this audiobook, courtesy of the publisher, Simon & Simon audio!

How you can win? Very simple. All you have to do is to add a comment with the name of your favorite short story author. We will have a raffle on Wednesday, January 5, 2012, 5:00PM EST between all the readers that will add their comments by then. The winners will be announced the following day.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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My article on Triple Pundit about the help SFI certification gets from Maine Governor Paul LePage

Here's an update on a new article I published today on Triple Pundit with the latest news on the new battleground between SFI and FSC certifications.

This time it's Maine, where Governor LePage signed an executive order directing that that “any new or expanded state buildings shall incorporate ‘Green Building’ standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured, and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, Forest Stewardship Council, American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems.”

The article is entitled 'Maine’s Governor Helps SFI Win an Important Battle Over FSC'. Here's the first part of the article:

I have to admit that I got it wrong. Last September, I wrote here about the battle between the competing forest products certification Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Forest Stewardship Council (SFI). I thought that the fact that seven large companies decided to reject the SFI certification meant that SFI is going to lose this battle, unless it worked with environmental organizations to improve its credibility. I didn’t take into consideration one factor that can change this balance of power and help SFI swiftly recover: friendly politicians.

To read the full article go to

Links to other articles I wrote for Triple Pundit can be found at

To read more on the fight between FSC and SFI, visit our website at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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