Books of the Week

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Deborah Recommends: To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy

Gallagher Recommends: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

You’ve probably heard of the first book in this tetralogy My Brilliant Friend. I don’t know what this Goodreads review is talking about though, there’s nothing seductive about the world of the novels — Italy in the ’50s and ’60s seems pretty awful. But the main characters eat a lot of pizza and gelato, maybe that’s what they meant by seductive.
Less jokingly, these books are about a pair of women who grow up in the bad part of Naples. Are they friends? I don’t know, sometimes. Is her friend brilliant? Yes. But their friendship is complex, and it’s at odds with their individual needs for survival. If you read it, let me know because I want to talk with someone about them and how they relate to the Kill Bill movies.

Allison Recommends: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

Cameron Recommends: The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck (free on Kindle) and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin