My erstwhile Everything is Fine co-host Tally Abecassis told me about Daisy Jones & The Six, which she thought might be right in my wheelhouse. The book is by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it’s a fictional oral history of a band that makes it big in 70s L.A. And it is right up my alley in so many ways: it satisfies my obsession with 70s L.A., and rock history, and it reads like such a real oral history that I have to keep reminding myself it’s not.
I’m not especially proud of this fact, but I am fascinated by the royal family. I don’t admire or wish I knew them—most of them seem, frankly, like a snore—but I do think the fact of their existence in 2022 is pretty crazy. Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—the Truth and the Turmoil is an irresistible combination of juicy gossip, rigorous research, and snappy writing. And though it sags in certain sections, it remains a rollicking good time.
I’m not sure how I was supposed to resist the siren song of Anna: The Biography, but rest assured, I didn’t. So far it feels far from definitive—Anna’s a slippery character, and even though a number of her friends spoke to author Amy Odell, a clear portrait of her doesn’t emerge—but it’s full of plenty of good nuggets that I haven’t read or heard elsewhere. Any fan of old-school magazine culture will get a kick out of this.