Read this, Watch that: The Wolf of Wall Street edition

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I am sorry…. I tried to resist the impulse. Really, I did.

The higher they rise, the harder they fall…

In the Wolf of Wall Street (out this Christmas), Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort, a stockbrocker who’s “The King of the World!”  There’s a catch, as you might expect — things are not entirely aboveboard.  Don’t believe me?  Watch this:

The film comes out December 25, but what do we read and watch while we wait?

gatsbyIf you want more decadent Leo, try The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby throws the best parties (possibly ever) in the hopes of luring back his lost love, Daisy Buchanan.  The costumes are confections and, as you’d expect in a Baz Luhrmann film, the soundtrack is oddly fitting.  You might also want to read the book.

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It’s more insider information about the world of Wall Street you want?  Try House of Cards.

It’s a journalistic account of the risks, fights and bad decisions that led to a 2008 financial meltdown.

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bondThink you’d like a woman’s point of view? Try Bond Girl.  Alex is fresh out of school and ready to take on Wall Street.  Instead of working on the floor, she finds herself fetching takeout and sitting on a collapsible chair labelled “Girlie.”  Debut author Duffy is herself a veteran of Wall Street and offers an insiders POV through a chicklit lens.

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If you enjoy a good downward spiral, try The Bonfire of the Vanities.  Before it was a terribly miscast movie, it was an amazing satirical novel by Tom Wolfe.

–Patricia

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