Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.85 hours)
Product Number: Z100125957
Released: Jun 02, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427282385
Narrator/s: Xe Sands
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Please log in to view pricing

Description

"Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this Walk will sweep listeners off their feet...Through Sands we feel the force of Lillian's personality-with all its drive, wit, and grace-as well as the counterforces that want to constrain it."-AudioFile Magazine Fall 2016 Library Journal Editors' Pick "In my reckless and undiscouraged youth," Lillian Boxfish writes, "I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street..." She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, "in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it." Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now-her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl-but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed-and has not. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

x-large
Author(s): Kathleen Rooney
Original Publish Date: Jan 17, 2017

Bundle:

Please login to view pricing, or register now
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Product Number: BX00065845
Product Number:DD28349
Product Number:Z100125957

All formats/editions

CD
x-large
Author(s): Kathleen Rooney
Narrator(s): Xe Sands
Product Number DD28349
Released: Jan 17, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427282378
eBook
x-large
Author(s): Kathleen Rooney
Product Number EB00674213
Released: Jan 17, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781250113337

Professional reviews

"Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this WALK will sweep listeners off their feet. Sands captures the essence of 80-year-old Lillian Boxfish, who is modeled after groundbreaking advertising icon Margaret Fishback, a former Macy's copywriter and poet. On New Year's Eve, 1984, Lillian walks toward her usual New York restaurant. But this New Year she's seeking sustenance beyond food. It is Lillian's path that evening--literally through Manhattan and figuratively through her life--that Sands recounts. Through Sands we feel the force of Lillian's personality--with all its drive, wit, and grace--as well as the counterforces that want to constrain it. A concluding interview explores why the performances of the most exemplary narrators are so seemingly effortless yet so compelling. K.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter