Today, Team Lenny pays homage to Melissa Broder's So Sad Today, Phillipa Gregory's The Taming of the Queen, Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Jessa Crispin's The Creative Tarot.More
If Melissa Broder weren't so fucking funny I would have wept through this entire book. Love, sex, addiction, mental illness and childhood trauma all join hands and dance in a circle, to the tune of Melissa's unmatched wit and dementedly perfect take on this terrifying orb we call home.
As previously noted I have a soft spot for nonfiction about the British aristocracy, mostly of the 19th and 20th century variety (I've already recommended biographies about the Mitford Sisters and Idina Sackville). I was always a little snobby about historical fiction—unfairly dismissing it as just a series of cheesy bodice rippers. I have long been into stories about Henry VIII's six wives, because they're such juicy dramatic narratives, filled with palace intrigue, backstabbing, beheadings and lusty affairs. So I picked up Philippa Gregory's The Taming of the Queen, which is about Henry's last wife, Catherine Parr. Though I knew how it ended—she outlived the bastard—Catherine is a compelling and sympathetic heroine and her story is deeply feminist in its way. She did her best to navigate and triumph over a system she knew to be unjust. Highly enjoyable bedtime reading.