Staff Picks

Giving Thanks

From cookbooks to histories about Thanksgiving to novels centered around the holiday there is a book for any aspect of Thanksgiving that interests readers.

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Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life     Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life    
M.J. Ryan
    179.9 Rya

Thanksgiving isn't the only time for appreciating the good things in our lives. Through a series of essays Ryan inspires us to develop a sense of gratitude in every aspect of our lives and offers practical suggestions to help us focus on all that we have, rather than our perception of what may be lacking.

Giving Thanks : Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie     Giving Thanks : Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie    
Kathleen Curtain
    394.2649 Cu

Giving Thanks traces the history of Thanksgiving from its origins to modern day traditions through recipes and the stories that accompany them. Including dishes from the many and varied cultures that make up America this book also includes archival photos and drawings of past celebrations.

Thanksgiving : the Biography of an American Holiday     Thanksgiving : the Biography of an American Holiday    
James W Baker
    394.2649 Bak

Baker examines both historic and contemporary Thanksgiving celebrations including family gatherings, recipes, sermons and other traditions detailing how they have changed over the years. He also dispels popular myths and misconceptions about this uniquely American holiday.

Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America     Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America    
Glenn Alan Cheney
    394.2649 Che

Cheney recounts the pilgrims’ struggle to survive in a new world that led them to a celebration by sharing a 3 day feast with the Native Americans. He brings to life the human stories of birth, death, hope and hard work that led to the first Thanksgiving.

The Giving Quilt: an Elm Creek Quilts Novel     The Giving Quilt: an Elm Creek Quilts Novel    
Jennifer Chiaverini
    Chiaver

When the creative residents of Elm Creek gather the week after Thanksgiving to work on quilts for Project Linus, they respond to Sylvia's provocative questions to alleviate respective personal challenges and learn helpful lessons about the strength of human connections.

The New Thanksgiving Table : an American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food     The New Thanksgiving Table : an American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food    
Diane Morgan
    641.568 Mor

Filled with a variety of unique recipes (including Indiana persimmon pudding) and tips to make your holiday stress free this book is both beautiful and practical, including indispensable do-ahead tips and even recipes for leftovers.

The Thanksgiving Ceremony: New Traditions for America's Family Feast     The Thanksgiving Ceremony: New Traditions for America's Family Feast    
Edward Bleier
    394.2649 Bl

This book offers a new tradition for American families to create a greater sense of togetherness around the Thanksgiving table. Filled with history, poems, prayers and readings, the heart of this book is a read aloud ceremony including participation for all ages.

The Thanksgiving Visitor, One Christmas, and A Christmas memory     The Thanksgiving Visitor, One Christmas, and A Christmas memory    
Truman Capote
    Ca

These classic short stories were inspired by Capote’s own childhood in Atlanta. In The Thanksgiving Visitor eight year old Buddy attempts to deal with a bully with help from his understanding adult cousin. In this emotion filled story he learns to be thankful for friendship, family and love.

Turkey Day Murder     Turkey Day Murder    
Leslie Meier
    MYS Meier

Between cooking Thanksgiving dinner and wrangling her four children Lucy Stone must discover who murdered a disagreeable local activist. A small town setting and an amateur sleuth combine to create a charming holiday mystery.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen : More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions     Vegan Holiday Kitchen : More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions    
Nava Atlas
    641.5636 Atl

Have yourself a happy vegan holiday! This exciting, inviting cookbook by Nava Atlas, one of the most respected names in vegetarian and vegan cooking, fills the biggest gap in the vegan repertoire with more than 200 delectable, completely doable recipes for every festive occasion.