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This Month’s Pick: Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing”

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For the month of September, all chapters of the Girly Book Club are reading Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Buried, Sing (Scribner). Here’s the review that BookTrib filed shortly after the title was published late last year: Sing, Unburied, Sing is a beautifully written, character-driven, heartfelt novel that takes place in the steamy Mississippi Gulf Coast. The story is about a young black girl, Leonie, who has two children: Jojo 13, and Kayla, a toddler. The children’s father, Michael, is white and in prison. Michael’s family is hopelessly racist and rejects Leonie and the children, so they live with Leonie’s parents. Leonie is a drug addict and she is rarely around, so Mam and Pop have stepped in to raise the kids.…

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Why NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ is Our New Fave Show

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Guys, I’m obsessed. Which, admittedly, isn’t news: as a true TV lover, I tend to find myself getting obsessed with a new show almost every week. But this time it’s different, I swear. Because I literally cannot stop watching NBC’s The Good Place. When it first aired last year, I thought the NBC comedy was cute and funny, but probably wasn’t going to last. I mean, a high concept comedy about the afterlife? It sounds like the kind of thing that almost always dies on network television. But the more I kept watching, the more I was charmed by both the writing and the performances. And, oh man, are the performances good. The show stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a…

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BookTrib Fictional Bookshelf: Diabolically Funny Reads for Michael of ‘The Good Place’

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Uncommonly good and diabolically funny, The Good Place is filled with more twists and turns than we can see coming. Based on the idea that sometimes, Hell really is other people, Michael, played to perfection by Ted Danson, is the standout character who is enjoying every second of not only his life, but the lives (or afterlives) of the people around him. After last season’s shock finale, we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next. The Good Place returned to NBC this fall for it’s second season, and is already living up to everything we loved about the first season. Smart, funny, and kind of evil, Michael is one of the most humorous and twisted characters to ever hit…

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