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I love my friends and family so much! But I also love…not being with them every second of every day. If you need time out from the people around you over Thanksgiving, or just want to take advantage of the holiday, here’s what ELLE.com’s staffers will be reading, listening to, and watching this coming weekend.

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(Not enough selections here for you? Check out our best TV, movies, books, and songs of the year.)

Greenleaf

I’m super excited to continue binge-watching Greenleaf when my entire family descends upon New York this Thanksgiving. It’s a campy soap opera set in Memphis, TN, about the Greenleaf family, who run a megachurch called Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. Of course, the family is shady AF and has lots of hidden secrets, so it’s pretty juicy. Also, Oprah has a recurring role on the show, as an aunt, so you know it’s amazing. —Nikki Ogunnaike, Fashion Features Director

Watch Greenleaf on OWN.


The Impact

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For me, Thanksgiving weekend equals multiple train rides and road trips, which means I’ll have lots of time to dive back into Vox.com’s new podcast, The Impact. While it’s not the cheeriest of subjects, The Impact details how policy actually affects people’s lives, and this first season is all about healthcare. If you’re worried about catching up, the best part is it’s still fairly new, so you can fly through the show’s six episodes before you get back to work on Monday. —Madison Feller, Assistant Editor


Lady Bird

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I haven’t seen Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed new film yet—but I intend to over Thanksgiving, when grandparents are around to watch the baby! I’ve always loved Gerwig as an actress and it’s exciting to see her behind the lens here as well (as the director and writer). She told ELLE that she wanted to make a coming-of-age story that centered around girls. Feels like the kind of story we could all use right now. —Leah Chernikoff, Editorial Director

Lady Bird is in theaters now.


Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird

I have a long-standing love for royals, biographies, and aristocratic English things, and this heavy combo of all of the above guarantees to keep me busy throughout a few days and long car rides. Victoria was a fascinating woman with a lot of power who ruled over a massive country during a period of immense change—old-school girl power at its best. —Leah Melby Clinton, Director of Branded Editorial Strategy

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The Nod

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If you’re looking for a smart pop-culture podcast, you’ve found it in The Nod. Co-hosted by Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse, the weekly podcast explores what blackness means for pop culture and everyday life. Fashion history buffs will appreciate the episode that explores the Lo Life community of Brooklyn boosters, who take their love of Polo Ralph Lauren to new levels. A top-rated episode talks about the secret life of Beyoncé and host Eddings’ belief that Queen Bey is hiding something from the world. Put your headphones in and prepare to belly laugh at the friends’ incredible dynamic. —Chloe Hall, Associate Beauty Producer


A Burst of Light: And Other Essays by Audre Lorde

I am going to get into the comfiest, cushiest spot on my couch, swaddle myself in a blanket, and luxuriate in a newly reissued collection of essays by the inimitable Audre Lorde. Lorde has always had a special place in my heart and should have a huge place in cultural conversation still today. These essays reflect her roadmap for intersectional politics, as well as her struggles with faith and an ailing body. It’s an overused phrase, but in this instance it has been and will continue to be literal and accurate: Audre Lorde will give you life. If I have time, I’ll pair the book with They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, a new book by the brilliant Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. —R. Eric Thomas, Senior Staff Writer

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Godless

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I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for this Netflix original limited series. Starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, the show tells a story of a gang of outlaws attempting to terrorize an Old West town populated by only women. I’ve had it so up to here with men in the year of our lord 2017 that I am ready to bask in the catharsis of some women kicking ass in literal no-man’s-land. —Emily Tannenbaum, Social Media Editor

Watch Godless on Netflix here.


Riverdale

Yes, I know, I’m like the last person to get to this fog-drenched, sexy-daddy comic remake. Guns! Murder! Luke Perry! Unlikely twists! Weird made-up drugs! I’m into Riverdale‘s vibe, believe me. But now that I’ll have a few days to spare over the holiday, there’s nothing I want to do more than guzzle the first season pretty much in one go. Add a turkey-leftovers sandwich and I’m in heaven. —Estelle Tang, Culture Editor

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Watch Riverdale on Netflix here.



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