Hers & His

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

Hers

Reading:

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.

Listening:

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.

Watching:

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

His

Reading:

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.

Listening:

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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