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We’re Totally Thankful For Good Books

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” ― W. Clement Stone

Looking for a good book to take on your holiday travels? We’d like to share these, all of which also happen to take place around Thanksgiving. 

Looking for a good movie? Check out our spotlight on The Best – and Worst – Thanksgivings on Film.


Thankless in Death
by J.D. Robb

As NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends for Thanksgiving, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents – by ending their lives. Soon the killer is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life, and Eve is increasingly frustrated in her efforts to cover all the potential victims as Jerald stays a terrifying step ahead.


The Off Season
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The sequel to “Dairy Queen” takes D.J. Schwenk from Labor Day to a Thanksgiving football game that you will never forget… Life is looking up for D.J. She’s in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who’s cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there’s the fact she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team — the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. As autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand Amber, Schwenk Farm, her relationship with Brian, and most of all her family. As a whole herd of trouble comes her way, she discovers she’s a lot stronger than she—or anyone—ever thought.


The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford

In the fall of 2000, with the results of the presidential election still hanging in the balance, Frank Bascombe confronts the perils of Thanksgiving as he contends with health, marital, and family issues and works as a realtor at the Jersey shore.



Skating Under the Wire
by Joelle Charbonneau

When roller-rink owner Rebecca is hired to look into a string of home invasions and a dead body turns up at a bridal shower, she is forced to put aside her hopes for a quiet holiday season. With the help of her Elvis-loving grandfather and her commitment-seeking boyfriend, Rebecca has to track down thieves that have eluded the cops for years, solve a murder, get her friend safely married, and somehow cook dinner for an ever expanding Thanksgiving guest list – without getting herself killed.


I am an Executioner: Love Stories
by Rajesh Parameswaran

Stories about the power of love, and the love of power. The unforgettable opener, “The Infamous Bengal Ming,” is narrated by a misunderstood tiger whose affection for his keeper goes horribly awry. In “Demons,” a woman tries to celebrate Thanksgiving after the sudden death of her husband, even though his corpse is still sprawled on their living-room floor. In “The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan,” an ex-CompUSA employee sets up a medical practice in a suburban strip mall armed only with textbooks from the local library and fake business cards.


Broken: A Novel
by Karin Slaughter

When the body of a young man is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It’s a brutal, cold-blooded murder. And all too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton, home for Thanksgiving after a long absence, finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.



A Catered Thanksgiving (A Mystery with Recipes)
by Isis Crawford

Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are experienced caterers. But when they’re hired to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for fireworks-millionaire Monty Field and his family, the turkey explodes – taking Monty’s head with it. A second exploding turkey is found in the garage, then a snowstorm traps the sisters at the mansion with Monty’s family, and they’ve got their work cut our for them solving the mystery and surviving Thanksgiving.


Strangers at the Feast
by Jennifer Vanderbes

As the country teeters on the brink of the 2008 recession, three generations of the Olson family gather for Thanksgiving. Parents Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter and her newly adopted Indian child, and their son, who has been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. Nearby, seventeen-year-old Kijo and his best friend Spider set out from their housing project on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these Kijo, Spider and the Olsons ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone’s life.


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  1. Emily Gleichenhaus says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Children at local schools and libraries know me as “Mrs. G” others through my SING BOOKS WITH EMILY live performance program and blog.
    I’ve assembled a list of all the Illustrated Thanksgiving Songs I’ve found so far…Thanksgiving in Singable Picture Books:

    This is a list of books (many of them hyperlinked to posts about the individual books/songs) that illustrate songs about Thanksgiving.

    You might also enjoy this list of Illustrated Songs for Hanukkah:

    Love, Mrs. G (aka Emily Gleichenhaus)

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