Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature

Brilliance Audio. Jul. 2022. 6:42 hrs. ISBN 9781713657910. $24.99. MEMOIR
A well-known figure in the publishing world, “book-fluencer” and podcaster Owens is full of personality and authenticity and is incredibly smart. Influenced by authors, books, and libraries at a young age, Owens traces her life through books she reads. Losing her best friend on 9/11, though, made her stop and take stock of her life. She turned to books and writing to help her cope. This led to her meeting the love of her life, a tennis star and movie producer. Ultimately, Owens finds herself and a balance between work and life. This gut-wrenching yet beautiful memoir, narrated by the author herself, gives listeners a look into the life of a well-known personality. What makes this audiobook stand out is that as Owens reads, she shows genuine emotion at the many losses, and triumphs, in her life. She showcases the importance that books have on lives, how they can entertain but also heal.
VERDICT Though much of this book focuses on grief, Owens provides moments of levity and wit, often poking fun at her own Type-A personality traits. This memoir is a must-listen for any lover of literature.
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