Recommendations Requested


I have less pain and more energy, which is great except that it makes me want to do more than I should. Recommendations for Netflix or HBO series is greatly appreciated, also any books, blogs, online shopping, or other time-wasting, seated activities are needed desperately.

I guess that means today it is your turn to write to me rather than me to you. That’s a good thing – remember how helping other people stay sober helps us help ourselves?

Go on then….I have a whole month to fill yet!


About UnPickled

I am learning to walk without the crutch of alcohol. As I begin I am 1 day sober. Gulp. I drank in private and hope to quit just as privately. The purpose of this blog is to help make me accountable - just by following you will give me enormous support and encouragement.

Posted on January 15, 2017, in Getting Sober. Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. “Each time, we ask, “Who am I?”, we answer the question differently. Our identity evolves, as it is the sum of our thoughts, words and deeds. To be ourselves, we have to remember ourselves, which makes our very identity conditional. Each time we remember, we reaffirm our individuality. Our existence as an independent person depends on it, but we don’t exist as self-enclosed units of matter. Who we are cannot be remembered or forgotten. Our identity, as we perceive it, only appears in consciousness. Underneath, it exists in a thoughtless, wordless awareness, in which there is no “We” or “I”, just an “Amness”…simply an indescribable sense of being.”

    That was an excerpt from a free Ebook titled “We Are One”. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please view it on


  2. 21 Jump Street – the movie – was fantastic. We rolled and laughed and I think you could use a laugh. It’s just a belly laugh and so clever and I think you and your hubby will enjoy.

    Meru – this is a documentary about a climbing expedition but also overcoming and not giving up. Great stuff

    Hell or High Water – one of the best movies of 2016 and a great story about two brothers.

    War Dogs – two young guys win a multi million dollar military contract. Very entertaining.

    Good luck!

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  3. Silver Linings Playbook – awesome rom-com, pure escapism, feel good movie.


  4. I just finished watching ‘The Night Manager’- short series and just started ‘Goliath’.

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  5. Australian Open is happening! Day Two is today, will be going on til Jan. 29. Catch it on ESPN2 and online at ESPN3.


  6. I just finished ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel and loved it. If I want something lighter, I reach for an Agatha Christie. Currently the Ms. Marple set… Looks like you have lots and lots of ideas to choose from. *smile* Wishing you well.* -HM.


  7. Recovery lurker

    Sorry about your leg/hand. I’ve been keeping this list of good and better reads since I started my recovery 3 years ago. I send this to friends and I consider you one, since you’ve helped more than you know. Forgive the typos> Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Mrs. Tom Thumb – Melanie Benjamin

    The Aviator’s Wife – Melanie Benjamin

    The Circle – Dave Eggers

    The Dog Stars – Peter Helm(?)

    The Brothers K – David James Duncan

    The 100 year old man who Climbed out the window – Jonas Jonasson

    TransAtlantic – Colum McCann

    Wild – Cheryl Strayed

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie – Mary Ann Shaffer

    11/22/63 – Stephen King

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    Homer and Langley – E.L. Doctrow

    Becoming – Rebecca Scherm

    Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

    Case Histories – Kate Atkinson

    When will there be good News – Kate Atkinson

    Big LIttle Lies – Laine Moriarty

    Etta, Otto, Russell and James – Emma Hopper (my recent FAVE)

    Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline (loved)

    All of the books by Kate Morton (loved)

    Anything by David Sedaris

    The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

    All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (loved)

    One plus One – JOjo MOyes

    The Universe vs Alex Woods – Gaven Extence (Also a fave)

    all books by Tana French (Irish mystery, read in order)

    Wayfaring Stranger – James Lle Burke

    Where’d you go Bernadette – Maria Semple

    The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

    Joyland — Stephen King

    All Fall Down – Jennifer Weiner

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

    Straight Man – RIchard Russo

    The Age of Miracles – Karen Thomson Walker

    The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin (I missed this as a kid, but it’s really fun!)

    Recent reads below

    Girl Waits with a Gun – Any Stewart

    At the Waters Edge – Sara Gruen

    The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

    True Girt – Charles Portis

    The Light Between the Oceans – ML Steadman

    The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

    The Chaperone – Laura Moriarity

    The Good Lord Bird – James McBride

    The Martian – Andy Weir

    In the Shadow of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

    The Little Stanger – Sara Waters

    The Turner House – Angela Flournoy

    Big Stone Gap – Adriana Trigiani

    Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

    The Good Father – Noah Hawley

    Lily and the Octopus – Steven Rowley

    I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

    Britt-Marie was Here

    Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

    Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

    Flight Of Dreams – Ariel Lawhon

    Be Frank with Me – Julia Claibrone Johnson

    The Forgetting Time – Sharon Guskin

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend – Matthew Dicks

    A Man Called Ove – Frederick Backman

    The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

    Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    End of Watch – Stephen King

    Before the Fall – Noah Hawley

    The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

    The Flood Girls – Richard Fifield

    Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly


  8. great Netflix documentary is The Minimalists. Not quite what you think but very eye opening and easy way to live more simply

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  9. how about writing letters to folks you admire,products you love and people who need a Come to Jesus meeting! Learn more about breathing,watch Orphan Black and Saving Grace!! Love you..Heal quickly!

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  10. Brittany Newcomer

    Wishing your leg a speedy recovery! Do you knit or crochet?


  11. Books: Nightengale, War Brides

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  12. On Netflix -” Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries”… Australian accents – GORGEOUS costumes, a touch of romance and a nice murder to solve… about 30+ episodes.. Great fun 🙂
    Also a good read “All The Light we Cannot See”. a page turner.

    Stay strong! you’ll be roller skating before you know it!! Xoxo

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  13. Sending you love and the very best of health.


  14. Netfflix: Orange is the new black, Penny Dreadful, Making a Murderer, Breaking Bad, Damages, Wentworth, The Ranch, American Crime, The Killing (season 1 & 2; season 3 & 4 meh), Harry Bosch, OA, The Crown. I love anything BBC especially the historical series. If you like public television, download the PBS app. Lots of binge worthy free stuff, and if you make a donation, unlocks even more. Let us know what you are watching, binge on!

    Reading: author Kristen Hannah and Kate Morton always have a good read. Just picked up a few of Kristen Hannah books on Kindle for 2 or 3 dollars each. Laine Moriarty is another author I have recently found. Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch (tons of books), Jeff Wheeler has really good sets of fantasy series. Historical fiction authors: Elizabeth Chadwick, Susan Higginbotham. The Complete Works of Jane Austen. Here are some others:

    Maude by Donna Foley Mabry
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
    Fever by Mary Beth Keane
    Six Scary Stories by Stephen King
    The Good Girl and Pretty Baby both by Mary Kubica
    The Daughters of Hastings series (3 books) by Carol McGrath
    Before You and After You both by Jojo Moyes

    Let me know if you need any other recommendations…….me, mom, sisters, and friends are all huge readers……


  15. We watched the Richard Curtis film About Time recently and enjoyed it greatly. think it’s on Netflix. After a slightly weak rom-com start I thought it really goes from strength to strength. Sending you love and virtual seasalt chocolate! xx

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  16. Barbara Brunlees

    I just finished binge watching the entire first season of The Crown on Netflix. Very, very engrossing. Well worth the watch! Hope you heal quickly!!!

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  17. Check out Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix. Suspenseful with a strong female lead.


  18. Yoga Nidra for recovery! You can find guided meditations on YouTube. I LOVE this. Also, House of Cards on Netflix. Have you ever had a chance to look at all of the recovery documentaries? The Anonymous People? There are others to, just do a google search. Girl on a Train, Where’d you go Bernadette for fun reads. Soul Collage, google it! You can do this!

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  19. House of Cards on Netflix – Kevin Spacey Robin Wright.

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  20. The Wire is great!

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  21. Stranger Things with Winona Ryder. I didn’t think I would like it because I’m not really into paranormal/alien type stuff but it’s Sooo good!


  22. Have you seen Risky Drinking on HBO?
    Thanks for staying in touch every day. We all benefit from you being sidelined, but hope you are up romping around really soon. Especially liked your piece about all the pain–seeing it as a process like what we’ve gone through to quit drinking. Take good care.

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  23. better call saul! breaking bad! Friday night lights!

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  24. Battlestar galactica – the 2004 tv update with Edward James Olmos.

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  25. If you happen to get an HBO subscription…Game of Thrones. Despite my initial resistance to it, I started watching it recently and am totally sucked in! They have some strong female leads and characters. Check it out

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    • Waiting for the new season..


    • Two favorites of mine, Mad Men and Jane the Virgin. Mad Men is about an “ad” guy in the 60s. But he has a lot of baggage and the back drop of New York and all that occurred during the late 50s is great. I must admit, Mad Men has a lot of drinking, but it did not want to make me drink, in fact, it did the opposite, made me glad I don’t. As for Jane the Virgin, a telenovela within a telenovela, very clever, funny, good acting.
      Books, I am reading Cooking for Picasso, so far I love it.
      Hope you are healing quickly. I love all the blog posts, they are uplifting in this cold and dark time of the year.


  26. Grace & Frankie/Netflix, Chef & the Farmer/PBS

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  27. Hey Jean, you are doing great with keeping plugged in, I know a lot of us may tend to isolate and that would not be useful to us recovering folks, but its so good you are reaching out! Heres some of my favorite binges, Nurse Jackie I believe on Netflix, Ray Donavan on Showtime, one of my husband and I’s favorite shows, I know you said HBO but maybe they will give you a free month especially if you tell them your situation and you could say, if you you will pay for it going ahead, worth a try. Also I like Frankie and Johnny on Netflix, its funny and light and entertaining. If you like a good mystery we loved “The Killing” on Netflix, all the seasons were great but we loved season one and the twist in the end, season two and three were good too but some parts hard to watch, but the end of the whole season was great! The two main characters you will fall in love with. I am reading Glennon Doyle Meltons books and am getting a lot out of them all, learning a lot about myself, she’s a good writer. My hub and I also liked Tribe by Sebastian Junger a great look at how we are all connected and we liked The Couple Next Door, a pretty good mystery! Happy watching, reading and healing!! Glad you are feeling better.

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  28. How about Mad Men from the beginning.I loved that show. Even though the drinking culture is a big part of it, the show does go on to reveal how the secrets and lies and double lives -and alcohol-catch up with everyone.Intense!!! I like the episodes where Don’s drinking catches up to him and he realizes that he has to change his ways. Love the episode where he’s standing in his kitchen pouring all the liquor down the sink. Been there.

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  29. This is Us is a great new show!

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  30. A 30 day journey to stillness will occupy 5 minutes a day… lol

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  31. Hi – I have listed some of my favourite podcasts at You’ll see Bubble Hour is listed. I’ll second Black Mirror and Crown on Netflix, and a documentary called The Minimalists, and a doco Freakonomics. Also a book called Changing on the Job, a great book about how people make sense of the world – really helps understand those people who sometimes drive you nuts.

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  32. Versailles on Netflix! I’m reading “This Naked Mind,” by Annie Grace and it’s an awesome sober resource so far! Hope you feel better soon, I can relate, broke my foot last year. I did a lot of coloring, very zen!

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  33. The Leah Remini Scientology series on A&E. So good.

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  34. The Crown on Netflix is excellent. Fills in the blanks about the history of Queen Elizabeth and her life in the early years. On the opposite spectrum is The Ranch with Sam Elliott, Debra Winger and Ashton Kutcher. It can be very crass, but funny.

    Enjoy and get better soon.

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  35. bigtreelittleleaf

    Some of the episodes are a little dark, but if you haven’t seen Black Mirror (Netflix) it’s definitely worth watching 😊

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