Books for Your Holiday Reading
We sure are in a new Golden Age of Television, as far as the variety and quality of available shows go. As a vivid and compelling art form, good TV’s totally satisfying in and of itself, but…and you knew this was coming, books can enhance the experience.
“Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon Prime) is based on a story written by Lynn Povich about her lawsuit against Newsweek magazine for gender discrimination in 1970. A fictionalized Nora Ephron, played by Grace Gummer, is a central character. Rather than revisit the book this is based on, why not get to know the real Nora Ephron a little better? As described in public and private, from her brilliant writing to her perfect dinner parties, her unusual childhood to her rich romantic life, by Washington Post colleague and dear friend Richard Cohen, Nora is the charmed, talented, irresistible girlfriend we’d all kill to have. Get the book.
Daisy Goodwin’s bestselling novel, The American Heiress, showed how a Yankee like Cora Crawley could become the transplanted heart of an English estate like Downton Abbey. Inspired by the popularity of that series, Goodwin created and wrote “Victoria” for Masterpiece on PBS and a full-length companion novel. You will be amused by this page-turning portrait of an 18-year-old who ascended to the throne and showed the powers-that-be what captivating powers she possessed. Get the book.
“Orange is the New Black” is packed with fantastic actors, but for my money, Kate Mulgrew as Red is a knock-out. Mulgrew’s memoir, Born With Teeth, is poetic, brutally honest, sexy, and a love letter to the actor’s craft. You’ll easily see where Red’s ferocious pit-bull-in-a-prison-uniform comes from. Get the book.
Beth Goehring believes, with apologies to Lorelei Lee, that rather than diamonds books are a girl’s best friend…and a boy’s, a man’s and a woman’s. For more than twenty-five years, through Book-of-the-Month Club and its related clubs, she’s sold popular fiction, mysteries, romances, cookbooks, children’s books, play scripts, behind-the-scenes tales of the movies and theatre, and lifestyle books. She lives with her husband and