What I Checked Out in November



The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley has some amazing and authentic recipes that I used to make our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I highly recommend looking into tribes that are indigenous to your area and learning about their cuisine. It was a much healthier alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.







Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg has some great concepts, but it wasn’t what I expected. I skipped a few chapters in the middle that focused on balancing being a mother and having a career. Most of the content is included in her TED talk.






Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg is a powerful biography of a person I had never heard of. Pauli Murray was pivotal in advancing civil rights and women’s rights, but is largely ignored by history. Some reviews say the book reads like a thesis, but I found it enjoyable and moving. There were several moments when I had to stop reading and reexamine my understanding of the world.





Because of Miss Bridgerton is the first in a regency romance series by Julia Quinn. The writing can be repetitive, which I assume is good for readers who read slowly or come back to the book after some time away. The relationship develops organically and the story line is well-paced.






The Deal of a Lifetime 
by Fredrik Backman. This was a quick, 45 minute audiobook that I was disappointed I had to walk away from. The story is powerful and thoughtful. Not quite the thing to get you into the holiday spirit, but enjoyable nonetheless.






The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories. P.D. James is a master of short mysteries. It’s a short read and well worth your time.






Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) was a rewatch because my husband and I found that we couldn’t remember watching it. Marvel movies are interesting to rewatch because they hide a lot of information that becomes important later. When I watched Black Panther, I had not recognized Andy Serkis‘s character as having also been in Age of Ultron.






I saw the trailer for Thoroughbreds (2017) in a Facebook ad and was intrigued. It’s worth watching once. The cinematography was pretty great, and it was nice to see Anton Yelchin in one last film.

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