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The series has been widely praised by major critics and publications. Linda Holmes of NPR described Normal People as "a lovely series, not just to binge, but perhaps to dole out to yourself a couple of episodes at a time"[28] while CNN described it as "perfectly [understanding of] the desires we place on communication technologies and the ways they nearly always come up short" and "irresistible in abnormal times".[29]

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Marianne and Connell have different views of their socioeconomic backgrounds.[17] Connell feels that he is trapped in a cycle where the money he spends on Marianne comes from his mother who gets it from Marianne's family whereas Marianne seems unbothered by spending money.[16] Connell lets the class divide come between them numerous times as he fears how he will be perceived. In school, Connell is popular and well liked by his classmates, unlike Marianne. This causes him to ask her to keep their relationship secret so that people do not find out his mom works for hers.[16]

When the pair both attend Trinity College, the class division becomes more apparent.[17] Marianne easily fits in with her upper-class classmates who come from similar backgrounds while those people look down on Connell for his lower socioeconomic status.[18] As their relationship continues, their class background drives them apart. Marianne and Connell start to find friends and partners in their respective social classes. When Marianne starts to date Jamie in their second year at university, Connell feels out of place in her world because of his lack of wealth.[18]

The novel also deftly yo-yos between periods of deep communion (with beautifully wrought sex) followed by painful misunderstandings that compound her characters' insecurities. "I don't know why I can't be like normal people ... I don't know why I can't make people love me," Marianne says, well into their on-again-off-again relationship, after confessing that she never told Connell about her miserable home life because she was afraid he would think she was "damaged or something." Quickly switching perspectives, Rooney writes, "But he always thought she was damaged, he thought it anyway. He screws his eyes shut with guilt."

9. Both Marianne and Connell undergo certain crises of meaning during their later years in college. For instance, Marianne becomes increasingly dissociated from herself and from other people when she is studying in Sweden, and Connell suffers from depression after his friend Rob commits suicide.Do you think that people are generally more vulnerable to internal crises and mental health issues in their late teens and early twenties? Why or why not? What are the most important support systems and coping mechanisms for someone going through such a difficult time, and do you think that Connell and Marianne find them in Normal People?

Irish writer Rooney has made a trans-Atlantic splash since publishing her first novel, Conversations With Friends, in 2017. Her second has already won the Costa Novel Award, among other honors, since it was published in Ireland and Britain last year. In outline it's a simple story, but Rooney tells it with bravura intelligence, wit, and delicacy. Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan are classmates in the small Irish town of Carricklea, where his mother works for her family as a cleaner. It's 2011, after the financial crisis, which hovers around the edges of the book like a ghost. Connell is popular in school, good at soccer, and nice; Marianne is strange and friendless. They're the smartest kids in their class, and they forge an intimacy when Connell picks his mother up from Marianne's house. Soon they're having sex, but Connell doesn't want anyone to know and Marianne doesn't mind; either she really doesn't care, or it's all she thinks she deserves. Or both. Though one time when she's forced into a social situation with some of their classmates, she briefly fantasizes about what would happen if she revealed their connection: "How much terrifying and bewildering status would accrue to her in this one moment, how destabilising it would be, how destructive." When they both move to Dublin for Trinity College, their positions are swapped: Marianne now seems electric and in-demand while Connell feels adrift in this unfamiliar environment. Rooney's genius lies in her ability to track her characters' subtle shifts in power, both within themselves and in relation to each other, and the ways they do and don't know each other; they both feel most like themselves when they're together, but they still have disastrous failures of communication. "Sorry about last night," Marianne says to Connell in February 2012. Then Rooney elaborates: "She tries to pronounce this in a way that communicates several things: apology, painful embarrassment, some additional pained embarrassment that serves to ironise and dilute the painful kind, a sense that she knows she will be forgiven or is already, a desire not to 'make a big deal.' " Then: "Forget about it, he says." Rooney precisely articulates everything that's going on below the surface; there's humor and insight here as well as the pleasure of getting to know two prickly, complicated people as they try to figure out who they are and who they want to become.

The series follows the two as they weave in and out of each other's love lives over the course of four years. It's a stunningly-shot romance centering on two people who mean well, but their personal issues constantly complicate things. Normal People could have easily been a basic trope-filled romance, but refused to do so. Instead, it's a down-to-earth series that follows two relatable people, not unlike someone one may find in their classroom or as a co-worker at work. It's a love story that many people can see themselves in, with contemporary issues folded in. There is plenty to love about this series, so here is what makes Normal People one of the greatest romances of all time.

The series can be seen as an exercise in understanding the different facets of intimacy. As the title suggests, both Marianne and Connell are entirely normal people just trying to get through life and the anxiety that suffocates it. But all the tension in their day-to-day lives slips away in their most intimate moments, allowing them to express themselves as they otherwise couldn't. For example, the second episode shows Marianne confessing a peculiar private thought about Connell while watching him play football. Rather than being odd or uncomfortable, the expression is commendable as he assuaged her insecurities in a personal cranial plane meant only for them. Scenes like this help the viewer to feel almost equally vulnerable as the two characters. The two sometimes find it challenging to deal with the intensity of their feelings and need help expressing them. Marianne at times feels that she isn't enough, whereas Connell has a hard time communicating how he feels to Marianne. Being each other's first loves puts them in confusing spots emotionally, which can be enough for the audience to reminisce about their own love lives.

Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds) and Paul Mescal (Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut The Lost Daughter) are terrific actors and the only two people who could have brought Marianne and Connell to life. Their portrayals are so honest that one may feel like they are watching the most private and intimate moments of two real people and not fictional characters. From the telling looks and moments of thoughtful silence to the natural chemistry between them, Jones captures Marianne's unique blend of strength and vulnerability. At the same time, Mescal, who received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Connell, embodies the alienated and self-conscious high-school athlete, and both come together seamlessly.

Fibrillar amyloid-beta (Abeta) is found in the brains of many cognitively normal older people. Whether or not this reflects a predisposition to Alzheimer's disease (AD) is unknown. We used Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) PET to characterize the relationship between fibrillar Abeta burden and this predisposition in cognitively normal older people at 3 mean levels of genetic risk for AD. Dynamic PiB PET scans, the Logan method, statistical parametric mapping, and automatically labeled regions of interest (ROIs) were used to characterize and compare cerebral-to-cerebellar PIB distribution volume ratios, reflecting fibrillar Abeta burden, in 28 cognitively normal persons (mean age, 64 years) with a reported family history of AD and 2 copies, 1 copy, and no copies of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) epsilon4 allele. The 8 epsilon4 homozygotes, 8 heterozygotes, and 12 noncarriers did not differ significantly in terms of age, sex, or cognitive scores. Fibrillar Abeta was significantly associated with APOE epsilon4 carrier status and epsilon4 gene dose in AD-affected mean cortical, frontal, temporal, posterior cingulate-precuneus, parietal, and basal ganglia ROIs, and was highest in an additional homozygote who had recently developed mild cognitive impairment. These findings suggest that fibrillar Abeta burden in cognitively normal older people is associated with APOE epsilon4 gene dose, the major genetic risk factor for AD. Additional studies are needed to track fibrillar Abeta accumulation in persons with different kinds and levels of AD risk; to determine the extent to which fibrillar Abeta, alone or in combination with other biomarkers and risk factors, predicts rates of cognitive decline and conversion to clinical AD; and to establish the role of fibrillar Abeta imaging in primary prevention trials.

A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available at

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