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5 Book Recommendations from Sarah Paulson

It’s no secret that the internet loves Sarah Paulson. Though she’s been known for playing the creepiest roles and some intense horror work, in real life, Paulson is nothing short of adorable and loving.  And her hard character work has paid off, just this week earning her a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Netflix’s “Ratched,” the show based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She’s also been a loud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, and often her horror work overlaps into characters with a homosexual identity. 

Sarah Paulson is also active on Twitter. Though she doesn’t post regularly, we can thank Twitter user @sarahpaulsbean who just recently compiled all of Paulson’s years of book recommendations! Ever wonder what your favorite LGBTQ actress was reading? Here’s a list of five of the books she’s tweeted about in the past few years.

 

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1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Often talked about for being one of the saddest and yet most beautiful books of recent years, A Little Life seemed to have gained a similar reaction from Paulson. She’s even quoted saying that it made her “sob uncontrollably in my bed at night before I turned off the light.”

Yanagihara’s second novel documents the life of four friends as the grow apart and their paths inevitably still intertwine. Specifically, it follows Jude, a disabled man who’s past grows more elusive and frightening with each page turn. 

This book has trigger warnings for self harm, suicidal tendencies, sexual assault, and most other trigger warnings in the book. While it’s prose is beautiful, it is haunting. Do no pick up this book if any of these topics will be triggering for you!

 

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2. Lit by Mary Karr

Mary Karr was a recurring recommendation among the other reads Paulson mentioned, as she continually brought up the author’s name. When talking about her memoir Lit, she tweeted “that book should cost $1,000,000,000,000,000. It’s that good.”

Karr’s memoir details her time battling alcoholism among other demons from her past, and heavily considers how we carry our traumas and move into living stronger and having a better future.

Like the previous book, there are trigger warnings for suicide, alcoholism, etc. While the story is uplifting and beautifully honest, it still covers heavy topics.

 

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3. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Beyond the fact that this book is recommended by Sarah Paulson, she also narrates its audiobook! She tweeted that before she read the audiobook, she loved reading the novel herself. 

Left Neglected focuses on a woman who suffers a traumatic brain injury leaving half of her body practically unusable. Through learning how to live with the injury, she learns how to better live her life and love those around her.

 

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4. Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties by Rainer Maria Rilke

Paulson says that one of her best friends and a fellow actor, Felicity Huffman, recommended her this book. She added the book to her list for Oprah, saying “I want to remember in moments when I’m caught up in the details of not knowing what and when and why and how to do something that I need to go back to the notion of living in the unknown—and that, in fact, is what will lead to the answer.”

This mixture of prose and poetry is all about experiences, opening yourself up to life and trusting that you will get where you need to be. It’s all about a sense of spirituality in the every day life, especially those that are not yet upon us. Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties will be eye opening to those familiar to Rilke and those who are just discovering the author for the first time.

 

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5. Atonement by Ian McEwan

Similar to other recommendations from Paulson, this classic novel focuses much on love, innocence, forgiveness, and how important people in your life can bring about the biggest and most impactful of life’s changes. 

Atonement is set just before the years of World War II. It focuses on the innocence of its protagonist and the forthcoming breaking of this barrier and descent into crime and lies. 

Which books from Paulson’s recommendations are you adding to your list? Let us know!

 

 

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Golden Globes’ Forgotten Nominees

With the holidays dying down, we can finally dive into the new year. I always look forward to the award shows, especially the Golden Globes. This year, Ricky Gervais was the host, and what a host he was. In the days leading up, Gervais made some jokes about the Golden Globes choosing him to be the host. Instead of pouring a glass of champagne for himself, Gervais shook the bottle and spraying the production team, setting the mood for his personality during the globes.

Although it was a great night for many, there was a sense of loss for the nominees. Especially these well-made adaptations.

Unbelievable, the 2019 Netflix series, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Toni Collette as the nominee. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Best Performance by Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever as nominees.

 

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Based on the novel, Unbelievable by authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, displays of turmoil that a young teen faces when she reports being raped. Having to recant her story a few times, she comes across as unreliable leaving the rapist free to find more victims. Two female detectives gain similar cases and band together to follow the evidence that could reveal the truth to solving the case.

 

 

Big Little Lies, like Unbelievable, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Meryl Streep as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in A Television Series – Drama with Nicole Kidman as the nominee. Best Television Series – Drama.

 

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Based on the bestseller, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty tells a tale about the dangerous little lies that we tell ourselves just to survive. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are forced to hold onto their own personal secrets when someone ends up dead. The three women are stuck at a crossroads, leading them to the same place. As the blurb states, “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.”

 

 

Little Women, unfortunately, was only nominated for two categories. Best Original Score – Motion Picture with Alexandre Desplat as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama with Saoirse Ronan as the nominee.

 

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Based on the novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, discusses the lives of Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy as they unite, “in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.” This book is based on Alcott’s early life as a child. While her father, Bronson Alcott, was involved with famous male authors, Louisa supported her family by doing the work of a woman. There is no secret that this book is a must-read as it displays themes like love and death, peace and war, and conflict between family and ambition.

It’s a shocker that these movies were not given as much credit as they deserved, but as the saying goes, books are so much better than the movies.

 


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Glenn Close’s Empowering Golden Globes Speech Leaves Everyone in Tears

You can clearly see the shocking look on Glenn Close’s face when she wins a Golden Globe at Sunday night’s ceremony for best actress in a drama for The Wife.

 

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“Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us,” said Close. “We have our children. We have our husbands if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”

 

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This speech resonated so much with the women in the audience, like Caitriona Balfe, Michelle Yeoh, who were bawling. The 71-year-old actress shared that she learned from her mother, who could not fulfill her own goals:

 

“I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her 80s said to me, ‘I haven’t accomplished anything,’ she said about her mother who married eighteen-years-old and became the wife of a surgeon.

 

“And it was not right. You know when I was little, I felt like Muhammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films, and Hayley Mills, and I said, ‘I can do that,’ and here I am today. It would’ve been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”

 

 

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Glenn Close’s Empowering Golden Globes Speech Leaves Everyone in Tears

You can clearly see the shocking look on Glenn Close’s face when she wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for The Wife during Sunday night’s ceremony.

 

 

“Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”

 

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This speech resonated so much with the women in the audience, like Caitriona Balfe, Michelle Yeoh, who were bawling. The 71-year-old actress shared that she learned from her mother, who could not fulfill her own goals:

 

“I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her 80s said to me, ‘I haven’t accomplished anything,’ she said about her mother who married eighteen-years-old and became the wife of a surgeon.

 

“And it was not right. You know when I was little, I felt like Muhammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films, and Hayley Mills, and I said, ‘I can do that,’ and here I am today. It would’ve been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”

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James Franco Says He Supports ‘Time’s Up,’ but Accusations Against Him Are “Not Accurate”

James Franco, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor at Sunday’s award ceremony, has addressed allegations of sexual misconduct while being interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Colbert prefaced his question by confirming that the actor-turned-author had agreed, prior to appearing on the show, that he would speak about the criticism he has received for wearing a ‘Time’s Up’ pin at the Golden Globes. 

 

When Franco won Best Actor for his appearance in The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of the book of the same name, several women tweeted accusing him of sexual misconduct. Actress and writer Violet Paley tweeted the following:

 

 

Paley followed up the tweet by saying that at the time of the alleged abuse, she had had a consensual relationship with Franco, and that there are ‘others who have gone through the same thing as me with him.’ It was then pointed out by Twitter user Liv-TVThings Analyst that Franco had been caught attempting to coerce an underage girl to visit him in his hotel room several years ago. 

 

When Colbert asked him about the allegations and skepticism expressed at his sporting of the ‘Time’s Up’ pin, Franco responded saying “First, I want to say that I do support it. Look, I was so excited to win but being in that room that night was incredible. It was powerful. There were incredible voices and I support it. I support change.”

 

Ally Sheedy, who worked with Franco on a 2014 Broadway play tweeted a series of vague, now-deleted tweets implying that she had had trouble with him. Vanity Fair included a screenshot of Sheedy’s comments in their article

 

 

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Franco said “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy…I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset. She took the tweet down…I can’t speak for her.” He went on to say:

 

The things that I heard were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way, and I think it’s a good thing and I support it… I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don’t know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don’t have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.

 

See Franco’s comments in full in the video below. What do you think about the way in which he’s handling the allegations? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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