Conor McKnight is an emotionally stunted alcoholic with a job he hates, an anorexic sister who’s fixated on third-world suffering, and a beautiful girlfriend who may have just left him. He’s searching for something no one can seem to find, in a big city inundated with money and ambition—things that don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with the life of love and family that he seeks. A beautiful look at the imperfect human condition.
Consider this your guide to Thanksgiving from the ultimate expert in the business: the Food Editor of the New York Times. This book instructs even the most frazzled home chef in the art of making delicious gravy and decadent homemade pies, and of course, the volume includes a perfect, no-fail recipe for turkey. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, consider this your meal-planning necessity that will get eager family members around the table, and transform the kitchen prep from scary to smooth-sailing in no time.
A Patchwork Planet
Anne Tyler brings us a sensitive novel about Barnaby Gaitlin, a 30-year-old divorcé with a daughter he can’t relate to, no money, and a dead-end job with an errand-running service for senior citizens. Even though he’s in his 30s, he still endures punishment by his parents for a series of costly mistakes he made as a teenager. He encounters a woman named Sofia one evening, believes her to be a guardian angel, and through a series of encounters, begins dating her and assisting her elderly aunt. When he’s faced with an accusation that mirrors the mistakes of his past, his life may be turned entirely upside down—again.
The Lay of the Land
Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land is the complicated story of a 55-year-old man who finally feels as if his career and relationships are turning the corner to a more stable and permanent stage of life. As a realtor, father, and ex-husband, he enters the fall of 2000 with a sense of stability, only to face multiple challenges along the way. Among everything, he attends the first Thanksgiving since his divorce. Despite the unexpected bumps in the road, he knows things are about to settle down and become more solid in the coming new year… or so he thinks.
Family lies at the very heart of Thanksgiving. Regardless of if we get along with our families, or don’t see eye-to-eye politically, Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings everyone to the table, despite adversity or dispute. Here are four books that tell stories of families at their best and at their worst, that embrace the autumn season and the true history of Thanksgiving, and that lend tips on how to make it the best holiday meal yet. Happy Thanksgiving, readers!
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