Hers & His

Hers Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, The Duke Ellington Suites, brining the turkey



Our most recent book club pick was Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I’ve really enjoyed it, and I think one of the main reasons is because I didn’t know a thing about the plot beforehand. I am never one to read adult fiction and, if I do, I have a tendency to read the last chapter first. (It’s all very Harry Burns, I know.) So if you’re looking for a good read or a good listen (I have the audiobook), I’d highly recommend it. Bonus: If you actually buy the physical book, the cover glows in the dark! All 10 of us gathered in my teensy half-bath the other night just to see.


If you are looking for the perfect background music to take away the stress of this holiday week, then you’re in luck! I cannot stop listening to The Ellington Suites–three suites composed by Duke Ellington, one he wrote for Queen Elizabeth after they’re meeting in 1958.


Each year, we host Thanksgiving at our house, and this year I’m going to try something I’ve never done before: brining the bird. Needless to say, I went straight to the master.

I wear the black hat, vintage trouble



Ever since I finished The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley (fascinating book that will make you hate Theodore Roosevelt, a bit disjointed writing) I’ve been fascinated by who we classify as heros or villains and why. When I came across I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman, I couldn’t resist. Rethink villains and heros, super and regular, with this book.


We caught this performance on the Late Late Show, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to The Bomb Shelter Sessions since. Plus, in this video, the lead singer is wearing a peacock pocket square. Boss.

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3 thoughts on “Hers & His

  1. I love Chuck Klosterman. My personal favorite is Killing Yourself to Live, though both Sex, Drugs and Coco-Puffs and Fargo Rock City stand as important books in my own coming of age story.

    Have you read River of Doubt? It’s one of the best books I have ever read and will make you not hate T.R. as much. I would likewise recommend Brave Companions. It’s a short collection of essay from David McCullough on a broad range of topics. All of them were fascinating.

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