When a former comedy writer for David Letterman “retires” at the age of 28, he moves to a Florida senior community and finds retired life more complicated than he had expected. Rodney Rothman’s experiment, Early Bird, is light and funny, yet unnerving, as it intimately exposes his new friends’ lifestyles.
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A female PhD in Mathematics from Yale, Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, and a pioneering computer programmer, Grace Hopper’s story is one of perseverance, foresight and success. The rich and engaging biography Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt Beyer is a fascinating must-read.
With his sharp wit, wry undertones and characteristic insight, Craig Ferguson weaves an engaging and uplifting tale of his path from Scotsman to Scottish-American. American on Purpose is Ferguson’s memoir of his ordinary origins, his extraordinary perseverance and his pursuit of that still inspirational national ethos – the American Dream.
Need a cozy mystery to curl up with on these grey, cloudy afternoons? I suggest the beltway capers of Margaret Truman. Murder at the Library of Congress brings you into one of our grandest institutions on the National Mall and plunges deep into the stacks of jealousy, rivalry and revenge.
Brenda Blethyn portrays Grace Trevethyn, a newly-widowed housewife who resorts to cultivating marijuana to make money. With the green thumb and street-savvy of her handyman, played by Craig Ferguson, Grace’s life becomes an exhilarating and madcap adventure in her picturesque British hometown. If you like Weeds, check out Saving Grace.