What I Checked Out in November

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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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