‘Fleishman is in Trouble’ by Taffy Brodesser-Akner – A Book That Nails Modern Love and Marriage

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner‘s is the hilarious, powerful and brilliantly observed book I’m recommending to all my friends.

Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and this is her first novel (she’s well-known for her celebrity profiles).

It’s a satirical novel about marriage, divorce, and modern love. Maria Semple describes it best: “From its opening pages, Fleishman is in Trouble is shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.”

Try and avoid reading too much detail about it as there will no doubt be spoilers.

Read a review of Fleishman is in Trouble and buy it where you get good books.

The Podcast ‘Alone: A Love Story’

Finished Dirty John and ready to binge listen to another podcast?

Alone: A Love Story is a memoir about love, the bomb and the fallout. With raw honesty, Michelle Parise takes you along on her winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair, to eventually finding the courage to face the question mark of life alone.

It’s a story that taps into the loneliness inside all of us, a tale of heartbreak and hope that cracks open what it means to be alone so we can talk about it.

Listen to Alone: A Love Story.

36 Questions – A Podcast Musical

36 Questions is a three-part podcast musical by Two-Up Productions in which a couple, played by Jonathan Groff (aka Kristoff from Frozen) and Jessie Shelton, attempt to bring their marriage back from the brink of divorce using 36 revealing questions designed to make strangers fall in love.

Not being a fan of musicals, I was dubious. However, I adored La La Land, needed a new podcast to get stuck into and it had great reviews.

Whilst it took me the first episode to get into it because the format is so different to anything I’ve heard before, by episode two I was unashamedly hooked.

Maybe I really do like musicals after all.

Read reviews by The New York Times, The Guardian and Vulture.

Listen to the podcast.

Empathy Cards and Book

I love the idea behind this book There Is No Good Card For This: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful and Unfair to People You Love. We’ve all been there and sadly the older you get, the more likely you’ll hear that crap stuff has happened to those you know and love. I doubt many of us can confidently say we’ve handled these moments with aplomb. One of the authors of the book also creates these brilliant empathy cards that are a sweet, honest and often much needed/appreciated way to tell someone you’re thinking of them and there for them when bad shit happens and you don’t quite know what to say. Like this ‘Infertility Judging‘ card or ‘Everything Happens‘ card. The creator, Emily McDowell, also has a range of cards you can send via Paperless Post to make it even easier.

Modern Love Podcast

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The Modern Love podcast is derived from the weekly reader-submitted essays in the New York Times that explore the joys and tribulations of love. Each episode is read by a familiar voice including Judd Apatow, Colin Farrell, and January Jones. It’s followed by a conversation with the essayist about what’s happened since and how the writer feels about the story now. The episode I found simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting was My First Lesson in Motherhood read by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights). Her voice was the perfect fit for this story. Most of them are around 20 minutes. Listen to Modern Love at iTunes, Stitcherwbur.org, NYTimes.com or the podcast app of your choice. Read the essays here.

Deep Stealth Mode Podcast

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Image from loveandradio.org

Love + Radio podcasts are beautifully produced. Stories range from the seedy to the sublime and are often haunting. Listen with headphones, if possible. Deep Stealth Mode is an episode courtesy of their friends at Here Be Monsters. Told by a protective mother about her transgender 7 year old daughter. Around 20 minutes long. Listen on Soundcloud or search for ‘Love and Radio’ on your podcast app and go to the 26 Feb episode.

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