Annie Parsons

This is Annie Parsons and these are her good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

Emma Donaghue’s “Room” is the best book I’ve read in the past year. Narrated by a 5-year old boy who has spent the entirety of his life with his young mother in the confines of a single room, the premise is dark – but the larger story is beautiful.

“Little Bee” by Chris Cleave is a haunting book that hinges on a single horrific encounter, forever binding two strangers together. The writing is so precise, so detailed, so perfect, it makes me never want to write again. Clear your weekend and read this story.

I read Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” in two days. It was fantastic, and inspiring, and made me want to choose differently and live a good story.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

The greatest television series I’ve ever watched is “Friday Night Lights.” You will fall in love with the small town of Dillon, Texas, and the people who live there. This show has been known to make grown men cry – so consider yourselves warned.

“Parenthood” is another fantastic show – lovable characters, and relatively true-to-life situations. Being a part of a family is a complicated and beautiful thing.

And my favorite movie of all time is “That Thing You Do!” It’s the happiest, most feel-good story following the rise and fall of a fictional rock & roll band in the early 60s. Directed by Tom Hanks, the cast is delightful and hilarious, and so quotable. Watch it – I dare you not to smile.

What are some good things you use?

I had a birthday in August, and was given the most amazing electric wine bottle opener. The Waring Pro uncorks a bottle with the touch of a button, making refills that much easier.

MapMyRun.com makes logging workouts so simple. Enough said.

And finally, the FURminator is a lifesaver around our house. With two long-haired dogs, it’s our only hope.

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