Top 10 Books About Thanksgiving in Literature

Ok so isn’t Thanksgiving yet. But here is a list of books you can start reading now to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday of yummy-ness. Pick one that suits your fancy, as there is a wide array of choices!

1. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott.

From the publisher: “Aheartwarming story set in rural New Hampshire in the 1800s. As the Thanksgiving Day festivities are beginning, the Bassetts must leave on an emergency. The two eldest children are in charge of the household–they prepare a holiday meal like they’ve never had before!”

2. Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme by Davod W. Pao.

From the publisher: “In this comprehensive and accessible study, David Pao aims to rehabilitate this theme [of thanksgiving]… Thanksgiving functions as a link between theology, including eschatology, and ethics.”

3. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen.

From the publisher: “From the truth about Columbus’s historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.”

4. Book of Thanksgiving: Stories, Poems and Recipes by Jessica Faust, and Jacky Sach.

From the publisher: “Many people list Thanksgiving as their all-time favorite holiday, a time when the house smells of harvest delights, and family and friends come to share in the blessings of the year. This warm, inviting collection pulls together a bounty of Thanksgiving traditions, history, recipes, decorating tips, trivia, stories, prayers, and other advice for making your celebration a memorable one.”

5. The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson.

From the publisher: “Recreates in accurate detail one of the most popular events in American history, with photographs taken at Plimoth Plantation, the living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.”

6. The Pilgrims and Pocahontas: Rival Myths of American Origin by Ann Uhry Abrams.

From the publisher: “By comparing two origin myths, investigating them in art, literature, and popular memory, Ann Uhry Abrams uncovers surprising similarities in traditions of remembrance as well as striking differences in the character of the myths and the messages they convey.”

7. William Bradford’s Books: Of Plimmoth Plantation and the Printed Word by Douglas Anderson.

From the publisher: “Far from being the gloomy elegy that many readers find, Bradford’s history, argues Douglas Anderson, demonstrates remarkable ambition and subtle grace as it contemplates the adaptive success of a small community of religious exiles. Anderson offers a fresh literary and historical account of Bradford’s accomplishment, exploring the context and the form in which the author intended his book to be read.”

8. Don’t Know Much About the Pilgrims by Kenneth C. Davis.

From the publisher: “With his trademark question-and-answer format and S. D. Schindler’s detailed artwork, you’ll get an insider’s view of the Pilgrims’ life. It wasn’t easy, but they helped make America what it is today. Now that is something to give thanks for!”

9. Turkeys, Pilgrims and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth, and Ursula Arndt

From the publisher: “Edna Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with our favorite holidays. Full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories, these books are both informative and engaging.”

10. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace, Plimoth Plantation Staff, Margaret M. Bruchac, Cotton Coulson  and Sisse Brimberg

From the publisher: “‘1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving’ exposes the myth that this event was the ‘first Thanksgiving’ and is the basis for the Thanksgiving holiday that is celebrated today. This exciting book describes the actual events that took place…”



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