10. MUSIC: Paloma Faith: Fall to Grace
In the vein of Amy Winehouse and Duffy, but with a Björk-influenced style, Paloma is a blue-eyed Brit soul singer with some serious pipes. Her first album was a critical hit in the United Kingdom and she has her sights sets on American dominance with her follow-up collection, Fall to Grace (out Tuesday). The first single is "Pick Up the Pieces"; watch its beautifully-shot video below.
9. BOOKS: Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On by
Sex Changes is not for the faint of heart. Not because it's absolutely shocking, but because Christine Benvenuto pulls no punches when it comes to telling the story of the end of her marriage. One evening her husband, Tracy, turned to her and said he was constantly thinking about his gender identity. Two years later Tracy was living as a woman and moving out of their home. Christine's memoir is full of honesty, anguish, and humor as she retells how she navigated those years. Amazon.com