Books & Flicks: Kate Atkinson and Permanent Midnight

Posted by on May 1, 2012


Disclaimer: I am not a movie or book reviewer and would never attempt to call myself such a thing. I have utmost respect for those who do that. I am just a bookworm and movie lover who wants to share what I’m reading and watching.


CASE HISTORIES by Kate Atkinson. This is an author my friend, Mary Pols, recommended at some point in time. Mary, who wrote ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, (the book that was turned into a TV show starring Jenna Elfman), once wrote a column for our newspaper where she listed the books she was taking to Maine for her summer vacation. I carried that list around for a year, reading every book on it. And every year since then I’ve begged her for a new list. (Are you reading, Mary?) Well, somewhere along the line she mentioned Kate Atkinson. It’s about time I read it. So far, it is gripping. I can’t wait to put the kids to bed and dig in some more.

MURDER IN THE MARAIS by Cara Black. I’m embarrassed I haven’t read Black yet. I mean, after all, I love mysteries, I love Paris. Enough said. Soon. Soon.

HELL GATE by Linda Fairstein I’m looking forward to reading this author for the first time, as well. You might have noticed that all I read lately is mysteries. Well, it’s sort of  my job to read as my books in my genre as I can. But that doesn’t mean I won’t read a really great book in another genre, so please send any recommendations my way.

(The other books in my To-be-read pile have been mentioned in past Books & Flicks posts.)





Thanks to the super cool and awesome MA Talbott, I ordered this for family movie night. I am continually impressed by the calibre of kid’s movies out there. I now look forward to family movie night as much as my kids do. I’m always looking for recommendations, so please send them my way.





This movie, starring Ben Stiller, had me laughing out loud at times, but had some extremely disturbing parts, as well. The film is based on the memoir of Jerry Stahl, a sitcom writer who gets hooked on heroin. My husband and I both cringed as his character shot up with a baby in the carseat beside him. Oh the life of a junkie. But a really decent movie.




Anyone who has read any of my posts before knows I’m obsessed with this series. It just makes me happy.

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2 Responses to Books & Flicks: Kate Atkinson and Permanent Midnight

  1. Kristi

    Oooh, thanks Giovanna, always looking for new books and authors to check out. xoxo

  2. Giovanna

    You like France and mystery novels…I do do not know how I did not think earlier to suggest books by French author Fred Vargas. She is an archaeologist and an historian, working as a researcher, and used to write mystery novels (some of them featuring Commissaire Adamsberg) during her summer vacations. I don’t know now, she is hugely popular in France and would imagine she writes full time.