Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021

Penguin Random House Audio. Mar. 2022. ISBN 9780593507599. $25. LIT
Atwood’s (The Handmaid’s Tale) third collection of essays and pieces is a delight, a treasure trove of musings and thoughts that reflect a mind that is more powerful as each year passes. Topics range from the mundane (a missing recipe box that reflects practicality and nostalgia) to the profound (how to change the world). In between, she shares facets of her life and thoughts. Not every essay will resonate with all, but there are so many gems, listeners will find favorites to revisit more than once. This is a master storyteller at work. Narration is done by a small cast of actors after Atwood voices the introduction. The cast does an excellent job, and it is intriguing to try to figure out why a given narrator was assigned to a given essay.
VERDICT Atwood’s fans will certainly want to listen to this. She has such a singular voice that she leaves audiences wanting to hear more of her. Recommended for all public libraries, especially those where essays and short stories are popular.
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