Archive for November, 2019

National Native American Heritage Month

November 7, 2019


November is National Native American Heritage Month. According to a study conducted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center only one percent of children’s books published in 2018 depicted characters who are American Indian or First Nation. Here are some recommended titles all written by native authors:

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Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon

November 5, 2019


It’s November right now. The holidays are heading our way fast and furious. Snow and all its complications feel as though they are right around the corner. There’s so much to schedule, so much to get done. I’ve reached that point where I just need a happy, uncomplicated book. Save your great works of literature for another day. I am here for some sarcasm, a few laughs, maybe a fun fact or two, and extremely low stakes. If this sounds good to you as well check out Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon. 

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You don’t need to know anything about figure skating or care about the Olympics to enjoy this memoir. Though if you are a figure skating fan you’ll have a lot of fun recognizing some of the names he references. Mostly it’s a fun, light hearted detailing of Rippon’s many years of hard work on and off the ice. The audiobook version is also a delight.  

Sandwiches! More Than You’ve EVER Wanted to Know About Eating and Making America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering

November 1, 2019


I am not known for my cooking skills. I am also not a person who really wishes to acquire a wide variety of cooking skills. I am basically just looking to feed myself and not be bored to death in the process. So for those of you that share my very lofty culinary goals may I recommend the book Sandwiches! More Than You’ve EVER Wanted to Know About Eating and Making America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering

Part cookbook, part comic book, part infographic. Recipes are sorted by level, with level one requiring only a plate and knife to prepare, up to level five entitled “The Big Time.”  Interspersed with the wide range of sandwich recipes you’ll find “Between the Bread” pages that give you the history of classic sandwiches like the grilled cheese. This book is fun and easy to use. Definitely not your everyday average cookbook.