POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO IN NOVEMBER

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WRITTEN BY MIA QUAGLIARELLO

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11/06/17

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Mother’s got you covered each month with five nuggets from the world of pop culture that are worth your precious time, money, and headspace. This month, the work of Margaret Atwood continues its domination of pop culture, the L.A. Times’ inaugural podcast Dirty John is a hit, and Joe Biden’s moving memoir should bring tears to the Thanksgiving table.

1. This one is a match made in badass lady heaven: Sarah Polley has created a mini-adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace novel for Netflix. The series, which debuts on November 3, arrives at a time of “peak Atwood”—the Canadian writer is in the midst of a major resurgence, thanks to new appreciation for her dystopian work and a hit in Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. The New York Times has a fantastic piece about how Polley brought Alias Grace to life through some serious perseverance and fangirling.

2. Hit podcast alert! Cue Dirty John from the L.A. Times, the paper’s first podcast, hosted by journalist Christopher Goffard. “I’ve written hundreds and hundreds of stories about very bad people,” Goffard tells Rolling Stone, but he says this twisted story of murderous con-man John Meehan got under his skin in a way none other had in over 20 years of reporting. Here are 11 things to know about the true crime thriller before you dive in.

3. We all win when there’s a kids’ movie parents love too, right? It looks like Pixar’s Coco is going to be a “return to form” for the movie studio. What’s more, the film backs up its tale about a boy’s musical journey in the midst of Day of the Dead themes with an almost all-Latino voice cast and more characters of color than any of Pixar’s previous 19 films. The Washington Post has a roundup of early reviews for you to decide if your Thanksgiving weekend deserves a family movie outing. (Um, yes.) It opens November 22.

4. If you equate the name “Sedaris” with hilarity, you’ll want to add “At Home with Amy Sedaris” to your watch list. Described by Vox as if “the Barefoot Contessa got a makeover from the architect of Peewee’s Playhouse,” “At Home” is a zany sendup up of DIY culture—a culture that Sedaris is genuinely into as evidenced by her books I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (2008) and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (2010). (She wrote both those books with her “Strangers with Candy” co-creator Paul Dinello, who also directs “At Home With Amy Sedaris.”) Airs Tuesdays at 10:30pm on TruTV.

5. It’s already topping must-read lists for November and it’s not even out yet: Grab the Kleenex because on November 14 Joe Biden’s memoir comes out. Called Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, the book features Biden opening up about losing his son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015 while serving as Vice President of the United States. Vanity Fair’s got an excerpt here.

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