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Patty’s Coming Undone

Well, it’s happened. I’ve come undone. This columnist with OCD and a history of hypochondria has finally turned off MSNBC. While I am homebound, it’s no longer Patty Unleashed. In my new column, Patty’s Coming Undone, I have some suggestions for you on what to watch and read. This column exists only in my mind and will last just as long as I can’t leave my house. Here we go.

Little Fires Everywhere. Hulu. This ongoing series, based on the book by Celeste Ng, features Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I didn’t read the book, so I have no comparison, but I am loving it! Kerry Washington bugged me in Scandal (an unpopular opinion I know), but both of these women are unbelievable. You know something is about to blow, you just don’t know what.

Love is Blind. Netflix. Before you think I’ve lost my mind—yes, this is a reality show and yes, it was widely trashed by critics. BUT, I love it. I don’t know, there is something about people looking for love in all the wrong places (gift card to Blown Away for anyone who can tell me the song lyric I just stole). I binge-watched with my husband and by the end, you really do want them to find true love.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Netflix. Oh boy, you think you know someone a little crazy? Nope! Think of this as Wild Wild Country, but a little more low brow. It’s got people in polygamist marriages, missing spouses, the breeding of wild animals who live in unideal conditions, and a whole scoop of weirdness on top. I could not turn it off.

In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn (Fiction) I am not a crier. Seriously. This book is not meant to make you cry, but I did and I loved it! Two families set out for a skiing trip and unfortunately, get in a car accident. How they deal with the aftermath tells you so much about family, love and the afterlife. It gives me goosebumps just to write the review.

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener (Nonfiction) I don’t know much about working in the tech world, but after reading this book, I am pretty sure I couldn’t. Anna Wiener managed to do it for several years at three different companies. An article in The New Yorker led to this book. Let’s just say it’s a must-read for women heading into this industry and for those of us who have no idea what goes on in at those companies.

Note: While local bookstores like The Novel Neighbor are closed to the public, you can call or order books online. And this is the time to use your Kindle!

So, that’s what I’ve been doing! Send me a note to tell me what you’re up to at phannum@townandstyle.com.

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