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READ: It is Wood, It is Stone by Gabriella Burnham


Brazilian American author Gabriella Burnham’s debut novel It Is Wood, It Is Stone is a reflection of love and relationships, sexuality, class, privilege, overthinking and anxiety. Last year, the novel was named one of the best books of the year by Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, and Good Housekeeping and for a reason–when you pick up this book, it is hard not to find yourself sucked into the narrator Linda’s relationships and self discoveries while in São Paulo.

From the Publisher:

With sharp, gorgeous prose, It Is Wood, It Is Stone takes place over the course of a year in São Paulo, Brazil, in which two women’s lives intersect.
Linda, an anxious and restless American, has moved to São Paulo, with her husband, Dennis, who has accepted a yearlong professorship. As Dennis submerges himself in his work, Linda finds herself unmoored and adrift, feeling increasingly disassociated from her own body. Linda’s unwavering and skilled maid, Marta, has more claim to Linda’s home than Linda can fathom. Marta, who is struggling to make sense of complicated history and its racial tensions, is exasperated by Linda’s instability. One day, Linda leaves home with a charismatic and beguiling artist, whom she joins on a fervent adventure that causes reverberations felt by everyone, and ultimately binds Marta and Linda in a profoundly human, and tender, way.
Get it here or at your local library .


WATCH: House of Gucci’s Official Trailer

The first trailer for the House of Gucci film featuring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is finally here. You remember the paparazzi photos of the two from March that had the internet buzzing, don’t you? Well this is even better.

The fashion biopic, directed by Ridley Scott, centers on the story of Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite (Lady Gaga), who after marrying into fashion royalty was sentenced to 29 years in prison for plotting the murder of husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), heir to the Gucci empire. The film also stars Al Pacino, Jared Leto, and Salma Hayek. Based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, the trailer definitely serves the drama of it all and then some.


LISTEN: duendita

duendita is a young Afro-Latinx soul artist whose music will take you on a serious trip–making you feel like you are floating on a cloud while you reflect deeply within yourself and the world around you. Seriously, go listen to her spiritually intimate EP ‘direct line to My Creator’ for yourself.

Since then she has released a few singles including more recently ‘Bio’ and ‘Open Eyes’ which are just as good. This fall you can catch her on tour in the US with psychedelic rock band Crumb.

Listen on:

Spotify Apple Music 

–Leah Flannery


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