Allie and Bea

Genre: Fiction

Allie and Bea

An Amazon Charts bestseller. Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost. When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path. Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

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Run time: 11 hours
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Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Biography:
<p>Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, <i>365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World</i>.</p><p>Her novel <i>Pay It Forward</i> was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Both <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow Book List, and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. <i>Where We Belong</i> won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award in 2015.</p><p>More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and many other journals and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i>, <i>California Shorts</i>, and <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.</p><p>She is the founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, spoken at Cornell University twice, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.</p><p>For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.</p>
Narrator
Lauren Ezzo

Biography:
Lauren Ezzo is a midwestern-based actor and recent graduate of Hope College. A native of Haslett, Michigan, she was most recently seen in Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s world premiere of Or You Could Kiss Me. Lauren’s hobbies include reading, running, and worrying about her orchid.
Narrator
Janet Metzger

Biography:
Janet Metzger lives in Atlanta where she teaches storytelling at Emory University School of Law. She has narrated award-winning documentaries and was the daily announcer for CNN Headline News. Janet is a frequent guest puppeteer with the Center for Puppetry Arts, the featured singer with the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra, and can knit anything.

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