When I’m a parent I imagine myself driving down the road, playing Fallout Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and The Academy Is albums (from the mid-2000s) for my kids. When I was a kid, my mom did this with 80s music. I’m not an huge fan of the general style but I feel like the 80s and the 90s were a great time to be a kid.
Ok, on to the recommendations! (When you’re done, go check out Alexandra’s recs!)
On the first Tuesday of the month, February through November, we’re highlighting books & films from/about specific eras that we recommend! (Television shows, too, sometimes!) There’s no commitment or link-up during those months on your end, but in December we’ll host a recap/link-up for the entire year!
B O O K S
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan) shows up on all those “must read” lists, but I hadn’t heard of it until a college roommate recommended it. I don’t know what it was, but once I sorted out which mother belonged to which daughter, I was so moved and swept up in their stories. I think this is a beautiful story about the struggles between old and new generations.
I read a book called Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda) for one of Erin’s challenges and ended up absolutely loving it. It was a very maternal book so I didn’t think I’d be able to relate, but it absolutely floored me. It also brought back such vivid memories of my trip to India.
M O V I E S
(1981) An incredibly under appreciated movie is Wet Hot American Summer. It was filmed in 2001 and stars Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Copper, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, and so many more. It’s so dumb and goofy- it sucks you right in. If you really love it, they made some tv episodes, too.
(1982) While it’s admittedly a super raunchy movie, there’s something about Fast Times at Ridgemont High that makes me love it. It’s funny, but it’s also kind of disturbing in that the author of the book the film was based on actually went undercover as a student at a CA high school to develop these stories.
(The placement of apostrophes are important because of sentences like that one ^ )
B O N U S
I know there are a millions 80s television shows, but I didn’t have a clue what to recommend. What do YOU recommend?
- While I don’t have any TV to recommend, I am hoping to catch GLOW sometime soon. I also was to watch Freaks and Geeks!
- Book-wise, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt has been on my TBR list for a while.
And that about sums it up! Be sure to pop over to Alexandra’s blog and check out her recommendations, too!!
Obviously the 1990s is the greatest decade because we were born into this world 😉 Just kidding! Next month we’ll dive into the 90s and explore some of the best books, movies, tv shows, and more set in this decade! Dig out your scrunchies and overalls!