When the TV show Twin Peaks originally aired, it was the strangest thing I had ever seen. I remember watching it with my parents and then going to school the next day to talk it over with friends. No one had any idea what was going on, but we all loved it. The other day this post popped up on my Facebook feed about a casting call for a Twin Peaks promo** that David Lynch would be directing! (Don’t get too excited though– according to Mark Frost, the series co-creator, this is just a rumor). The show centered around a small (fictional) town in Washington State, where FBI Agent Dale Cooper has gone to investigate the murder of a local teenager. Whether or not the David Lynch promo will actually happen, it made me start thinking about the show and remembering how amazing it was. So in honor of what is still one of my favorite series ever, here is a short booklist.
Twin Peaks: If you haven’t seen the series, you should probably just get started on that right away. Even if you have, doesn’t this cold weather make you want to curl up in front of the TV with a cup of coffee and some pie?
The Pie and Pastry Bible: “Diane, if you ever get up this way, the cherry pie is worth a stop.” Agent Dale Cooper was a big fan of the pie at the Lamplighter Inn. Learn to bake a great pie from this book or one of our many, many books on the art of pie-making.
God in a Cup: The Obsessive Search for the Perfect Coffee: Agent Cooper took his coffee “as black as molasses on a moonless night,” and appreciated a good cup of coffee as much as he liked a great piece of pie.
Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death: Trying to catch a killer means examining the body, and we’ve got a great selection of books on forensic science. This book is a good introduction to how detectives and forensic scientists work to find clues from a dead body.
Sometimes a Great Notion: Ken Kesey’s novel of the logging industry is set in Oregon, not Washington, but it’s close enough for the purposes of this list. The town of Twin Peaks is a logging town much like the town in this novel; in Twin Peaks style, however, one of the subplots involves the richest man in town plotting to murder the owner of the local saw mill, and my favorite character carries a log and is known as the Log Lady.
*All the quotes in this post were found here.
**If you’ve seen the show, you might remember that in the final episode, Laura Palmer tells Agent Cooper that she’ll see him in 25 years. The show took place in 1989, which means that 2014 is 25 years later! My fingers are crossed for some kind of Twin Peaks reunion this year.