The Most of Nora Ephron
There is no writer (in my opinion) who has drawn humanity, love, humor, wit, and charm more saliently than Nora Ephron. Every rom-com aspires to her effortless charm, and Schitt’s Creek (while not really a rom-com), translates her playbook gracefully. If you swooned when Patrick sings Tina Turner to David, or shed a tear when Ted leaves for his veterinary excursion, you’ll appreciate a deep-dive into the queen of the heart-tug genre.
You may know (and love) Akilah Hughes from Pod Save America, her YouTube channel, or various bits across the funniest programs on TV, but her collection of essays is laugh-out-loud funny. She is able to provide grace and perspective through embarrassment, pathos through the pain, and always keeps it cute. Akilah’s beginnings in rural Kentucky to her growth in finding herself and success in her career will make you laugh and cry. The perfect combo for any Schitt’s Creek fan.
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
If the plight of a rich family who loses all their money is your preferred sub-sub-genre, you need to pick up this novel. Fern and Edgar’s summer on Martha’s Vineyard is interrupted by the discovery that there’s no money left in the estate of Fern’s recently deceased parents, which is the sole source of Fern and Edgar’s income. This sends the family into a tizzy and, in the confusion, both parents leave on separate misadventures, accidentally abandoning their three children without a guardian for three days.
New in paperback, this book explores the ludicrous tasks involved in parenting with the wit and warmth Moira Rose would bring to changing a diaper. Ali Wong’s letters to her daughters are a bit sharper and more acerbic than a feel-good episode of Schitt’s Creek (full disclosure), but the truths they spout fit the bill.
Only a few folks in the world have as dynamic a mastery of the English language as Moira Rose, but Benjamin Dryer (Random House’s copy chief) might give her a run for her money. But now is not the time for pettifogging… This book is as witty and delightful as a chin-wag with Catherine O’Hara herself. But with this text, you might actually learn something.
This Book Will Make You Kinder
Henry James Garrett
From the creator of Drawings of Dogs, this book explores the everyday ways small acts of kindness can change us all for the better. We’re sure Ted would appreciate the inevitable puns, optimism, and dog doodles.
Schitt’s Creek is one of those shows that seemingly came out of nowhere. From a little-known Canadian production company to cult favorite to mainstream success, the trajectory of the show’s popularity is almost as exuberantly optimistic as its story.
At its heart, it’s a “fish out of water” story about a rich family who is stripped of their worldly possessions and dropped in an obscure town that offers nothing more than a motel and a diner. However, what makes this show special, and why its fans—who include Mariah Carey—adore it is that it doesn’t rely on well-worn tropes, like haves vs. have-nots punchlines. It neither demonizes nor glosses over the nuances of these polar opposite lifestyles. Sure, comedy legends Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy bring some slapstick to the screen (the wigs have names, and The Crows Have Eyes (III)), but ultimately, the show honors the humanity and absurdity of real life. A firm grasp on reality seems to be just what the doctor ordered, because the show is now a certified success—and an Emmy-winner.
If you love the show, you’ll love these feel-good comedies.
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