Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Great book, Lots of detail and interesting characters...Cal" Stephanides recounts his rich family history, beginning with his grandparents, Desdemona and Lefty (secretly siblings), as they leave Greece in the 1920s and settle in Detroit. By the time Calliope is born in 1960, his parents are upper middle-class Greek Americans, but when he is 14 they discover that Calliope is actually a hermaphrodite. Taking the name "Cal," he runs away, finally finding a home in a San Francisco burlesque show. Jeffrey Eugenides's epic novel, like its main character, is a wonderful hybrid creature that perfectly captures three distinctly American stories: the immigrant tale, life in the 1960s suburban world, and finally the gender-bending and identity-altering situations that we associate with the beginning of the 21st century. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2003, MIDDLESEX became both a literary and a commercial success--a success further bolstered by its selection for the Oprah Book Club in 2007.
First time I was ever introduced to Sofia Coppola. A movie that flew under the radar for the most part but for some reason I fell in love with it. As always with Sofia Coppola's movies there is a fantastic soundtrack.
Kevin Spacey (Lester Burnham) stuns his family and himself when he loses his job and finds a life, because everyone (his daughter included) are convinced he is just one big loser. By the end of the movie, he finally knows he is a... Kevin Spacey (Lester Burnham) stuns his family and himself when he loses his job and finds a life, because everyone (his daughter included) are convinced he is just one big loser. By the end of the movie, he finally knows he is anything but.