Recommended Reading: Books to Read If You Love These Shows

In my other life (as an aspiring lawyer) I remember waiting to be called back for a job interview. I was passing time, talking to one of the young associates in the firm and somehow we got into a discussion of TV shows that we liked. As I stood up to go back for my interview, he nervously touched my arm and said, “Whatever you do, don’t let them know that you watch television!”

Well, I can’t remember what I told them, but I didn’t get the job. How good it feels now to finally confess - I watch television! And I read books! (Yes, the two can happily co-exist.)

If you, too, watch television and read books, check out these book recommendations based on some of my favorite shows!

 
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Jen's husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime. Optimistic free spirit Judy has recently suffered a tragic loss of her own. The ladies meet at a support group and, despite their polar-opposite personalities, become unlikely friends. As the women bond over bottles of wine and a shared affinity for "The Facts of Life," Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it. The dark comedy explores the weirdly funny sides of grief, loss and forgiveness.

 
 
 
 

 
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"Politics is about people," former Sen. Selina Meyer is fond of saying. Unfortunately, the people Meyer, a charismatic leader and rising star in her party, meets after becoming vice president are nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. "Veep" follows the Meyer over seven seasons as she puts out (and often starts) political fires, juggles her public schedule and private life, and does everything (everything!) within her powers to advance her ambitious agenda.

 
 
 
 

 
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A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all.

 
 
 
 

 
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Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when they run into each other in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.

 
 
 
 

Gina Warner