Subject Guides Books Reading Lists Turkey Day Reads

Fiction and nonfiction for the Thanksgiving holiday, selected by Jennifer Adams. Summaries from ContentCafe. November 2010.

  • America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis
    Collects lesser-known historical events that significantly impacted America's development in the years prior to Washington's inauguration, in a volume that considers such subjects as the nation's real first pilgrims, the coming-of-age of Queen Isabella, and the lesser-known aspects of the first Thanksgiving. F83.D294a 2008
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
    Chronicles the adventures of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving urban farm, complete with chickens, turkey, bees, and pigs. RGBG.C283f 2009
  • The Ghost at the Table: A Novel by Suzanne Berne
    Thanksgiving at the New England home of the second of three sisters marks a reunion between the three Fiske sisters and their long-estranged father, in a portrait of the unraveling of a family.
  • The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
    A follow-up to The Sportswriter and Independence Day once again picks up the story of Frank Bascombe in the fall of 2000, with the results of the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Frank confronted by the perils of Thanksgiving, as he contends with health, marital, and family issues and works as a realtor at the Jersey shore.
  • Lemon City: A Novel by Elaine Meryl Brown
    The death of her disliked husband on Thanksgiving sees Faye and the Dunlap family under house arrest in their African- American hometown in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
    A history of the Pilgrim settlement of New England challenges popular misconceptions, discussing such topics as the diseases of European origin suffered by the Wampanoag tribe, the fragile working relationship between the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors, and the devastating impact of the King Philip's War. F844P73.P534i 2006
  • A Quilter's Holiday: an Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
    The Elm Creek Quilters are home for the holidays, during which days spent hand-stitching heartfelt gifts for loved ones brings forth the true spirit of generosity and kindness, especially when Gwen gifts a quilt project to her mentor's bone-marrow donor.
  • The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
    Gathering at Lillian's Restaurant for a weekly cooking class, a young mother struggles with the growing demands of her family, an Italian kitchen designer works to adapt to life in America, and a widower mourns the loss of his wife to breast cancer.
  • Thanksgiving by Michael Dibdin
    Grieving over the death of his American wife, Anthony, a British journalist, becomes obsessed with discovering his wife's past, and journeys to the remote Nevada desert to confront her first husband.
  • Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday by James W. Baker; foreword by Peter J. Gomes
    In this, the first in-depth study of the most American of holidays, James Baker sweeps away lingering myths and misconceptions to show how this celebration day was born and grew to be an essential part of our national spirit. VA.B174t 2009
  • Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meier
    Amateur sleuth Lucy Stone investigates when Tinker's Cove's annual Thanksgiving festivities are interrupted by the murder of Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan and uncovers a host of suspects while cooking up a holiday dinner for twelve.

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