Issue #31: The Chic Jacket Everyone in Paris Is Wearing
And 5 edible highlights from my trip 🥐
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📚 Fight Night by Miriam Toews: The women in this family are all slightly dysfunctional (who isn't?) but they’re also survivors, who have endured trauma and enormous loss.Told as a letter from a nine-year-old to her absent father, we encounter her resilient, larger-than-life grandmother, and her moody, pregnant mother. The unique structure of this novel may not be for everyone (it took me a while to get into), but Toews nails the nuanced, hilarious observations of a young child eager to be seen as an adult.
📺 “Life & Beth” on Hulu: This new series follows the tradition of Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” and Bridget Everett’s “Somebody Somewhere,” with bite-sized episodes that seem to borrow heavily from Amy Schumer’s life. When Beth’s mom dies, she leaves Manhattan for the funeral in Long Island, and stays to unravel her complicated feelings around her childhood, while striking up a new romance. It’s sweet and easily bingeable.
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