Summer Shorts ’14 – 6/11

Day four of POETRY WEEK! featuring Käthe Mazur offering the exquisite Millay poem, An Ancient Gesture…and John Lee reading the Yeats classic, The Stolen Child. Käthe is being hosted by Lakeside Musing, and John by Literate Housewife. Be sure to cruise to their respective blog posts!



Listening & Downloading 

An Ancient Gesture is offered in full for online listening today, 6/11, only. Full compilation available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.


An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay

During the 20 years when her husband, Odysseus the King, is away and she knows not where he is, Penelope is besieged by suitors who want to take his place. She puts them off by pretending to weave a burial shroud for her Father-In-Law, Laertes, and tells her suitors she won’t re-marry until it’s finished. She weaves it all day, and takes it apart all night in secret, so that she can stay loyal always to Odysseus. The speaker in this poem realizes her connection to Penelope’s grief and sorrow, in her own gesture of wiping her eye. it is a universal gesture of heartbreak, that connects her back through time. Copyright 1954, 1982 by Norma Millay Ellis. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, The Millay Society,

Käthe Mazur  (pronounced “Kay-ta”),is best known on television for the role of DDA Andrea Hobbs that she plays on both The Closer and it’s hit spin-off, Major Crimes. She has recorded over 100 audiobooks, including the multi-award winning Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, and The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, and the works of Nora Ephron, Tess Gerritsen and Jacquelyn Mitchard, among many others. She also has the distinction of having recorded both Hillary Clinton’s and Anne Coulter’s books in the same month. She has won multiple Earphone awards, is an Audie nominee and been on all sorts of great Best Books lists. She will appear soon on American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, and has worked extensively as an actress in film, theater and television, including The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Suspect Behavior, ER, and Monk. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.


Lakeside Musing, created in 2008, is a mostly bookish blog. The primary focus is contemporary fiction, classics, and audiobooks, but anything literary is fair game. Other features include food, travel, and our ever-changing lake view.

Listening & Downloading 

The Stolen Child is offered in full for online listening today, 6/11 only. Full compilation available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.

The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats

An exhortation to a child to run away with the fairies, away from the toil and trouble of the world of which the child yet knows nothing.

British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O’Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.



The next best thing to a good book is sharing and discussing it with others. Social media has created a wonderful platform for discussing books, authors, and narrators with people all over the world. Literate Housewife has been an active book blog since January 2007 as a means to carve out a piece of my life just for myself. It was the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made. It might also be the only one I’ve kept up. Ha! My blog isn’t the only place I discuss books. I have a Facebook page and I maintain an active presence on Twitter as well (@lithousewife). My Twitter feed is where you’ll most often find my immediate reactions to books, authors, and narrators. It’s also my number one source for recommendations. There are so many wonderful books I’ve discovered by following some really incredible readers, publishers, and authors.

In addition to this blog, I am the co-founder of the Armchair Audies, an audiobook challenge for those who like to take an active roll in preparing for the APA’s Audie Awards. 2013 will be our second year and we now have a Facebook page as well. I am also a founding member of the Bloggers RecommendAdvisory Board.




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