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Author: Kaye Starbird Narrator: Tanya Eby, Kate Rudd, Nancy Pearl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries Series Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781469276830
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“The Lion in the Lei Shop is a rediscovered treasure of a book that I cannot recommend highly enough. Written with insight, restraint, and flashes of humor, the story of April and Marty is the story of mothers and daughters, friendship, war, love, loss, the reliability of memory and the triumph of the human spirit. I could not put it down.” – Helen Bryan, bestselling author of War Brides A dramatic chapter of American history comes vividly to life in this evocative tale of a mother and daughter navigating the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On a beautiful December day, young Marty Langsmith’s life explodes into flames. Evacuated with her mother, April, to the mainland, Marty’s new world is haunted by nightmares of the lion in the lei shop, a creature fabricated by a neighbor that’s said to devour happy children. Meanwhile April, powerless to shield her daughter from the devastation of the Japanese attack and the painful uncertainty of life without her deployed army father, is caught between her own longing for the past and her hope for the future. Spanning the tumultuous war years, The Lion in the Lei Shop is a poignant, illuminating tale of two women bound by love and sorrow, twin sentinels mourning the loss of a nation’s innocence and struggling to build a new life without the father and husband they fear may never return. Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out-of-print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Very well narrated by Tanya Eby, Kate Rudd, and Nancy Pearl…This story is appropriate for all ages as it provides insight into what it was like when the war first began for the United States.”

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About the Author

Kaye Starbird was born into a distinguished Army family in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Her poetry and prose have been published in a variety of magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly, the American Mercury, and Good Housekeeping. She is the author of four volumes of poetry for children, as well as the novel Watch Out for Mules.

About the Narrators

Tanya Eby is a novelist and an audiobook narrator who has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards and been nominated for the Audie Award. She has a BA degree in English language and literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Kate Rudd, actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.

Nancy Pearl is a former librarian and author of the bestselling Book Lust series. The former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, she celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. In 2004 she became the fiftieth winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when she finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of three. She lives in Seattle with her husband.