Book Talk: Thanksgiving Reads

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While the holidays may be filled with traveling, copious amounts of food, and rejoicing with family members you barely kept in touch with, there is more to it, isn’t there? Sometimes people just get their fill quicker than expected. For those with difficult families, this is a particularly pressing time. And even those with happy-go-lucky families might need a breather from time to time.

Truth is, holiday reading is the best reading. If you’re having a grand time, you get to make it that much better with a great story. If not, you have an excuse to not participate in the family drama. Either way, you win and get to enjoy a great story.

The following is a book list catering to most holiday needs, from books about messed up families, to artsy, feel good novels.

Books About Unconventional Families

More Artistic Books

Cheering Up Books

Escapism Books

Books to Travel With

Books About Being Thankful


Whatever your Thanksgiving is like, there is a book for the occasion. If you need to escape from the seemingly endless mashed potatoes, reach for something like Cosmicomics. If you want to add to the fun in a twisted, crime-filled way, maybe try The Goldfinch.

Thanksgiving is about rejoicing in what you have, even if it isn’t perfect. You could have a dysfunctional family, but that’s just more of a reason to read about a more dysfunctional family. Or maybe it’s a fantastic holiday season, and you can’t wait to enjoy it.

All the same, books just make things better. They’re portals to other time periods and worlds where self-absorption is no longer a thing. Escape yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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