Books About Thanksgiving

atkins-bookshelf-books“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday,” observed comedian Johnny Carson. “People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” After an hour of gobbling up traditional aromatic cholesterol-laden holiday food; enduring the usual grousing about relatives’ ailments, the weather, the economy, turkey-brained politicians; politely smiling at old chestnuts that began with “back in my day…”; dodging tiresome questions related to your specific stage in life (high school, college, career, marriage, children, retirement, recent hospitalizations, etc.), ignoring the caterwauling and flying specks of mashed potatoes from the kiddie table, and ignoring the exchange of thinly-veiled barbs among siblings that reveal decades-old rivalry and unresolved issues — a person can only take so many servings of dysfunctionality. What better time than to distract the crowd by lobbing an innocuous joke or pithy observation and surreptitiously ducking into a quiet room to sit down for a relaxing read… about why you should be thankful. The irony of it all! For moments like this, Bookshelf presents books about or related to Thanksgiving.  Bon appétit.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch
The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne
Dear Family by Camilla Bittle
A Secret Affair by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
A Quilter’s Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini
Courting Disaster by Julie Edelson
Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich
The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
Dear James by Jon Hassler
Model Behavior by Jay McInerney
Want Not by Jonathan Miles
Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser
Weight of Winter by Cathie Pelletier
Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
Nothing with Strings by Bailey White

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