Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion

I wrote this review for Library Journal Magazine. 

Henion, Leigh Ann. Phenomenal. 9 CDs. Unabridged. 10 hours 30 minutes. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9781101887783 $34.95.

The story begins with Henion, and the birth of her son. After suffering what seems like postpartum depression, but is described as being "deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son", she goes out to seek wanders. Seeing such things as phosphorescence off Vieques Island or a volcanic eruption in Hawaii as she travels the world. She begins to see that having a family does not mean the end of her independence or wanderlust.

Henion, a Lowell Thomas Award winner, has contributed to articles in the Washington Post Magazine, the Smithsonian, and Oxford America. She was relieved an Artist Fellowship in 2013 from the North Carolina's Art Council. 

Narrater Nicol Zanzarella, also a Trenton Film Festival Nominee, does a decent job working with the material she was given, showing inflection when she can, but coming off sounding like a computer in the end. 

I personally would not recommend this book, however,  fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, may find this book interesting or folks who enjoyed Wild by Cheryl Strayed might pick it up.

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