As part of my attempt to live a more balanced life in 2013, I have given myself the assignment to watch 2 movies and to read 2 books each month. Here is my June report.
Life Happens – Smart + funny. In this comedy, Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth & Rachel Bilson star as three very different 20-something women who share a house in a hipster part of L.A. One of the roommates becomes pregnant and after the baby is born all three women try to continue to live their lives as before. Witty dialogue. Fascinating sets. Charming ending. Recommended if you enjoy laughing at the ups & downs of relationships, careers and motherhood.
Brother Rat – Wordy + dated. Set at the Virginia Military Institute, this uneven 1938 movie is a black-and-white classic. Three cadets try to keep one cadet’s marriage secret from just about everybody. Hijinks/whining/confusion ensues. The movie is best known for 2 facts: 1) it is Eddie Albert’s first role in a movie; & 2) Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman met while filming this. Half-heartedly recommended if you are curious about early films and stuck at home on a rainy day.
Beautiful Ruins – Wonderful + memorable. This novel by Jess Walter is one of the best that I’ve read in years. Set primarily in Italy and Hollywood, it is a decades long love story between an Italian innkeeper and an American actress. It is alternately amusing, insightful, satirical and heartbreaking. The writing is smooth, the plot is flawless and the ending is just as it needs to be. Highly recommended to anyone who likes to read fiction.
The Year the Music Changed – Clever + sweet. This story is about a brilliant & lonely 14-year-old girl who sends a fan letter to a then unknown country singer named Elvis Presley. He writes back and they become pen pals telling each other their secrets and triumphs. Diane Thomas, the author of this book, does a marvelous job of weaving facts about Elvis into a warm, captivating story of self-awareness and the power of friendship. Recommended if you like coming-of-age stories and music history.
1 New Name
I cannot resist silly, pointless, time-wasting name generators. They call to me. I’m curious. I NEED to know. So when I found the Old West Name Generator, I knew that I had to find out what my name would have been if I had been born between 1860 to 1890.
And here is what I discovered. Back then you would have known me as:
Lily Jessamine Roush.
Pretty name, huh?