The Big Lebowski – If you’ve only seen it once you haven’t really seen it. Gets funnier after multiple viewings so it’s perfect for a lockdown. Not kid friendly.
All books by Matthew Pearl. He writes historical fiction that is interesting and amazing. His best is The Technologists about the beginning of MIT and use of electricity. He uses real characters from the school. Geraldine Brooks is fantastic as well. Historical fiction with an emotional layer. Her best is People of the Book. I love that the chapters alternate between two threads; conservation of the Haggadah in current time and how the damage occurred historically.
I just finished Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates. I found it a very powerful read. If you are looking for something uplifting in these times, it may not be a good choice. But if you want to use this time to expand your understanding of race and white privelege, and you haven’t read it, it is a must read. On a much lighter note I am a big fan of the Navaho police mystery series by Tony Hillerman and now by his daugher, Anne Hillerman. Insights into Navaho and other Southwest native American Culture in the context of good old fashion crime/detective novel. Really nice as audio books too.
Here’s a link to a delightful, hour long documentary on the history of The Honeymooners that Sue P. put me onto recently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9bmQbqINvY
Cracked Marbles by Tom Palmer – This book is about a surgeon in Maine and the different patient interactions he has had. I really liked it because it gave a different perspective on medicine. I have often read stories from city hospitals but I enjoyed these stories of rural Maine.
Teeth by Mary Otto –This book talks about oral health in America and the impacts of not having routine dental check ins. I like this book because I like teeth but it’s also interesting to read because a lot of people don’t prioritize oral health like they do with other aspects of their health and well being. This book definitely shows how important it is and shows us how we need to advocate for better oral health care for all.
The Happiness Lab- This podcast is all about happiness! During the different episodes Dr. Laurie Santos provides listeners with ways to be happier in life and provides scientific evidence to back it up. I’ve enjoyed listening to this lab because it has given me different exercises that I can use in my daily life that make me feel happier and more gracious in different aspects of my life.
This American Life- My mom got me into this podcast over spring break! I like this podcast because it provides listeners with stories that they might not usually hear. I enjoyed listening to the story about Abdi the American, a Somali who won the Diversity Lottery. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a podcast that will keep them on the edge of their seat!
The Mindy Project- This is a hilarious TV show that follows a doctor (Mindy Kaling) through her life. If you need to laugh, watch this! I love this show because Mindy Kaling is the best,
The Secret Life of Pets and The Secret Life of Pets 2- These are just fun movies for when you need to feel like a kid again!
Our Planet –I enjoyed learning about different parts of the world and the different animals in this docuseries! (Also I would highly recommend any of the BBC docuseries like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet)
Insight Timer – A free meditation app. It has hundreds of wonderful meditations and talks of varying lengths as well as “courses” by many well known Buddhist, Christian, etc. practitioners. They now have many new meditations addressing fear of the Coronavirus. The app also has wonderful, relaxing, meditative music you can listen to.
I love Schitt’s Creek. Eugene Levy (Best in Show) and a cast of characters, which include his real life son, are so funny and quirky. I look forward to each episode and seems to just get better and better. I’ve loved every moment of this show. It’s on it’s 6th and final season now.
Story Seeds Podcast – Six through twelve-year-olds were selected to share a story idea with an author, and this podcast shows the child and author work together to make a story. Great for families and as inspiration for all writers.
The Wheel of Broken Bend Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a quaint and funny novel about a woman from Sweden unexpectedly taking over her deceased pen pal’s book store in the American Midwest.
New Kid in Town- A Netflix Stand up comedy special. Good natured, observational and really funny.
Knives Out – Movie – Clever, well constructed murder mystery with an all star cast.
The Gone World by Thomas Sweterlitsch– Book- Engrossing sci-fi time travel detective story with time travel logic that holds up.