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COVID Comforts: Jess Hoffert

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing what the BMC board and staff are reading, streaming, cooking and playing.

Jess Hoffert


The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing our Humanity by Sally Kohn (Algonquin Books, 2018) - This book challenged me to discover my own implicit biases while reminding me to raise my voice against injustice when I see it.

The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather (Custom House, 2019) - An insanely well-researched and incredibly true story about a member of the Polish underground who volunteered to go to Auschwitz in an attempt to undermine it. Gripping and inspiring.


Kim’s Convenience (Netflix) - The first-ever sitcom to feature a Korean-Canadian family. It largely takes place at the family’s convenience store, and it’s a heartfelt riot.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime) - If you haven’t already hopped on the bandwagon of this razor-sharp, 1950s-era comedy packed with incredible acting, do it.

Chernobyl (HBO) - Absolutely devastating to watch at times (we all know what happens), but this show masterfully captures every little misstep that leads to one of the greatest human-error disasters in history.


Linkee - A crowd-pleasing trivia game with a twist: Instead of just knowing the answers, you need to find the link that all of the answers have in common. Available on Amazon.

Half Truth - Co-created by Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings, this game makes you wager how well you can distinguish between three correct answers and three incorrect answers on a card of six responses to a question. Available at

Houseparty - This is a free app that I recently discovered. In addition to doing multi-person Facetimes, it allows you to play built-in trivia and other games. My family has weekly trivia dates with it, and it’s a blast.

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