On Our Shelves and Screens
The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish wrote this. That's literally all we need to say.
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The Prince & Me
We're still riding the royal wedding high. So while we try to ignore the fact that we're going to have to wait another, oh, twenty to thirty years until the next one, we're soaking up every depiction of royal love there is. And what's more classic than this film, with a peak Julia Stiles and a classically implausible storyline? It's pure comfort food and early 2000s nostalgia. We'll just be watching it annually every May until Prince George finally blesses us with another over the top extravanagza.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The king of symmetry, sharp banter, and the Wilson brothers' take on Roald Dahl was an instant classic that turned the animated genre on its head. It's also the only animated film we can watch that makes us feel smarter afterwards. Full of the same whimsy and surprising emotion as any Anderson live-action film, this movie somehow fits even better within the director's unique and distinctive world view. Isle of Dogs was incredible, but frankly there's something about the original animated Anderson that has us returning to this movie again and again, emerging each time with a pleasant nostalgia and a desire to be Bill Murray's best friend.
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
To everyone who thinks you must be young, single, and free of attachments to wander the wide world, Tsh Oxenreider is here to bust that stereotype right out the window. Oxenreider and her husband met and lived as ex-pats for years, but settled down once they had kids. Soon enough, though, the road started calling again, and throwing abandon to the wind they uprooted their lives for nine months to travel. Traversing countries and continents across the globe, Oxenreider's narrative is a wanderlust fueling adventure and a sweet tale of family and home. What does home mean when you're living out of your backpack? How can you be lost and found all at once? And how do family and roots fit into a life on the road? Oxenreider's memoir answers all these questions and more, all while opening a window to some of the loveliest places on earth.
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My Soul Looks Back
1. This book instantly wins the award for Best Cover Ever. 2. It's an iconic look back at life in New York with the black intelligentsia. Running with the likes of Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, black culinary icon Jessica B. Harris spent her youth in a glittering New York full of jazz, activism, and vibrant intellectual thought. A rich, insightful, and evocative memoir, My Soul Looks Back is a tale of a remarkable woman, a remarkable life, and a remarkable moment in history.
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Grand Slam season is about to kick off, which means we're absolutely rewatching this 2004 rom-com gem. Low-key stellar Paul Bettany in all-white, James McAvoy as The Brother, and Kirsten Dunst at full charm make for a surprisingly great film (don't listen to the critics--they don't appreciate tennis tradition the way they should). And that's excluding the amazingly bad fake tennis on those shining green Wimbledon lawns!