Our top picks in books and movies
Our top picks in books and movies. DANIELLE GROEN
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.
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.