I’ve grown rather fond of publishing these each week–it’s sparking fun conversations with you guys in the comments section, where I often get good recs or interesting commentary. Of course, one thing I’m really into this week is…Christmas!! I promise that this list has nothing to do with Christmas, but you can probably expect to see a Christmas-themed list or two this December. 🙂
I’m working on some graphics for this, and possibly a new category or two. Mulling it over, as it were.
- Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff.
Groff’s novel is the story of a 24 year marriage from two sides—Fates is the marriage from Lotto’s side, while Furies is the marriage from his wife, Mathilde’s point-of-view. Groff’s writing virtually sings, creating two characters who are both sympathetic and infuriating, above all reminding us of how little we know about even those we live our lives with.
- Gonzo Girl, Cheryl Della Pietra.
Pietra’s time living with Hunter S. Thompson and working as his assistant inspired her novel about Alley Russo, a recent college grad who takes a job working for a drug-addled writer and vows to get his long-unfinished novel done and published. The fiction/memoir line is a bit thin at times, but the story shines.
- Jessica Jones.
I’d heard a lot about this particular show; several big entertainment sites and critics are praising the show, and so are some of super-awesome, super-nerdy friends–so Sam and I started watching it this weekend. And I can’t get Kilgrave, the show’s villain, out of my head. He’s an awful, awful character—manipulative and controlling and abusive (see this awesome piece for further discussion).
- Hell on Wheels, Season 4.
I managed to fall behind in watching Hell on Wheels, and I’m finally correcting that. I’m a bit of a history nut, and I’m absolutely fascinated by the way Americans have built and re-built the myth of the American West, so I picked the show up right away. The third season wasn’t as strong as the first two, though, and I lost the thread. I’ll be finishing up season 4 soon enough though, and then I’m on to the final season.
- Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado
- Dinosaur fossils show that species evolved differently due to east-west river division
- Google honors Lucy Maud Montgomery