RD Rec­om­mends

Our top picks in books and movies

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY DANIELLE GROEN

Our top picks in books and movies. DANIELLE GROEN

1 BE­COM­ING

Michelle Obama

The for­mer first lady’s path from the

South Side of Chicago to the East Wing of the White House has re­ceived heaps of me­dia at­ten­tion, but Be­com­ing is the first time she’s writ­ing about that jour­ney her­self. This me­moir lingers over sev­eral piv­otal lo­ca­tions along the way: Prince­ton, where she was one of the rare Black stu­dents; Baskin-Rob­bins, where she and Barack shared their first kiss; the C-suite, where she wres­tled with the com­pet­ing de­mands of mother­hood and work. Each story un­spools with Obama’s cus­tom­ary can­dour and warmth. Nov. 13.

DID YOU KNOW? In 2001, Michelle Obama—down a babysit­ter and with her hus­band away—brought four-month-old Sasha to a job in­ter­view. “If you want me to do the job,” she told them, “you’ve got to give me flex­i­bil­ity.” They did—so they did.

2

THE FLAME

Leonard Co­hen

In a 2016 in­ter­view with The New Yorker, pub­lished weeks be­fore he died, Leonard Co­hen said, “My nat­u­ral thrust is to fin­ish things I’ve be­gun.” True to his word, he held on for this col­lec­tion of po­etry. Although the book is shot through with a sense of mor­tal­ity, Co­hen’s play­ful­ness and wit lend buoy­ancy, too. His il­lus­tra­tions, mostly be­fud­dled-look­ing self-por­traits, are an un­ex­pected de­light. Oct. 2.

3 THE WIN­TERS Lisa Gabriele

A dash­ing suitor lives in a silent, spooky house, where his first wife (dead) once ruled and his new wife (plain) now lives—The Win­ters wears its debt to clas­sic thriller Re­becca on its sleeve. But Lisa Gabriele mod­ern­izes the ac­tion with a mega-rich Long Is­land set­ting and a wicked step­daugh­ter. The re­sult is a slow­burn page-turner that would do Daphne du Mau­rier proud. Oct. 16.

4 BO­HEMIAN RHAP­SODY

He’s got the moves and he rocks the ’stache: Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek is Fred­die Mer­cury’s dop­pel­gänger in this biopic. The film delves into the front man’s per­sonal life, his bi­sex­u­al­ity and his clashes with band­mates, but since this is a movie about Queen, there’s the req­ui­site time de­voted to on­stage the­atrics and epic tunes. Nov. 2.

5 THE FAVOURITE

Be­fore she trans­forms into QEII for the next two sea­sons of The Crown, Olivia Cole­man bur­nishes her royal pedi­gree in this quirky and sump­tu­ous his­tor­i­cal romp. She plays Queen Anne, the 18th-cen­tury monarch with a pen­chant for brandy and an even greater weak­ness for sexy, bossy women push­ing po­lit­i­cal agen­das—like the Whig Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Churchill’s cousin, the Tory Abi­gail Masham (Emma Stone). Nov. 23.

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