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Not nearly as refined as the residents of Downton Abby, the Southern California elite portrayed in Katie Arnoldi’s The Wentworths (Overlook, 2008) provides an equally fascinating look into the lives of the very rich, very duplicitous, very distorted (unfortunately in this milieu, the distortion appears to be the new normal) Wentworth clan and their friends, servants, paramours and nemeses. This book is a black-humored novel of manners, with shifting perspectives deftly presented by Arnoldi. A delectable treat.

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Bad Men

Bad Men

By Drew Grant

On Sunday night, as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were making history as the first two women to successfully elbow out a male host for the Golden Globes, audiences took in an unprecedented display of girl power. With Lena Dunham winning for Best Actress in a Comedy, Girls taking Best Comedy, and Julianne Moore winning for Game Change, we trumpeted a new era … one in which women could not only captivate an audience but do so with an unlikable protagonist. (Hannah Horvath is no Tony Soprano, but she can be plenty unappealing at times.)