Thanksgiving Book List

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Get in the holiday spirit with our Thanksgiving book list, featuring Thanksgiving stories, mysteries, romance, and history!

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne


San Francisco freelance writer Cynthia reluctantly spends Thanksgiving in New England with her married sister Frances and their long-estranged father, Robert. Cynthia believes Robert was responsible for their mother's death twenty-five years ago, but Frances has a different take. The reunion deteriorates as they all confront their shared past. 2006.

Family Saga, Download Only

A Quilter’s Holiday

Jennifer Chiaverini


The quilters of Elm Creek begin a Thanksgiving project to represent appreciation and gratitude for all of life's blessings. Meanwhile, Sarah waits for the birth of her twins, newcomer Anna hopes her friendship with Jeremy evolves, and a blizzard blankets the area. 2009.

Friendship, Holidays, Sequel

The Giving Quilt

Jennifer Chiaverini


Sylvia, Sarah, Maggie, and Gretchen welcome students at their annual post-Thanksgiving camp, Quiltsgiving. Joining them are a college student, a Native American, a widow, and a librarian. The ladies discuss their personal problems and goals while creating quilts for underprivileged children. 2012.


Thanksgiving: The True Story

Penny Coleman


Examines the origins and history of the Thanksgiving holiday as observed in the United States, including information about twelve locations that claim to have held the "first" celebration. Discusses traditional family gatherings, activities (sports and parades), food and menus, and Thanksgiving's broader meaning. 2008.

Grades 6-9, Culture

Paula Deen Celebrates! Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life

Paula Deen


Food Network host presents recipes for celebrating an entire year of holidays and special occasions, including New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Elvis's birthday, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Many of the holidays and individual recipes include Paula's reminiscences and her "Pearls of Wisdom." 2006.

Cookbook, Home and Family


Janet Evanovich


Williamsburg, Virginia. A chance encounter with a wayward pet rabbit introduces potter Megan Murphy to the animal's owner, pediatrician Patrick Hunter. Megan and Patrick become unlikely guardians of an abandoned infant, and as Thanksgiving approaches, the pair contemplates making their makeshift family legitimate. 1988.

Bestseller, Romance, Family

Now Picture This: Sierra Jensen Book 9

Robin Jones Gunn


As relatives gather at the Jensen household for Thanksgiving, Sierra wants privacy to reflect on Paul's recent letter. Sierra avoids the chaos by dreaming of being Paul's girlfriend, but then she begins to wonder if it's OK with God to ignore her family. 1998.

Christian Fiction, Young Adult

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving

Godfrey Hodgson


British professor examines the origins of the Massachusetts colony. Analyzes the effects of the Reformation on world history and the motives that drove the Pilgrims, radical Protestants, to immigrate from England to Holland and then the New World. Describes the creation and the symbolism of the Thanksgiving holiday. 2006.

History, Download Only

Thanksgiving Prayer

Debbie Macomber


Two romance novels. In the title story Seattle medical student Claudia meets Seth, an Alaskan businessman, but is torn between marriage in an unfamiliar environment and her potential career. In A Handful of Heaven waitress Paige and a divorced customer are in love--but both are afraid of commitment. 1984.

Bestseller, Christian Romance

Home Free

Fern Michaels


After pardoning the vigilantes in the Sisterhood, U.S. President Martine Connor requests that the women form a secret agency using private funds. Their first task is to investigate the financiers Martine entertained at Thanksgiving and find out who is skimming millions from government slush funds. 2011.

Bestseller, Mystery

Want Not

Jonathan Miles


New York City, 2008. As Thanksgiving approaches, freegan couple Talmadge and Micah attempt to make the most of their off-the-grid lifestyle. Their lives intersect with those of linguist Elwin and millionaire debt collector Dave, who lives with his trophy wife and stepdaughter. 2013.

Humor, Family

Thankless in Death

JD Robb


NYC, Thanksgiving week, 2060. Twenty-six-year-old loser Jerry Reinhold snaps when his mother insists he get a job. Killing her feels so good that Jerry keeps his murderous streak going--while Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner race to stop him. 2013.

Bestseller, Mystery

The Turkey’s Side of It

Janice Smith


Disappointed at being cast as a turkey in the school Thanksgiving play with his friend Nelson, Adam Joshua and the rest of the kids cast as food figure out a way to make the best of it. 1990.

Grades 2-4, Humor

Kit Learns a Lesson- A School Story

Valerie Tripp


In this sequel to Meet Kit (DB063345), Kit learns hard lessons about the Great Depression. At school, Kit fights with a boy who makes fun of her out-of-work father. But a Thanksgiving delivery to a soup kitchen teaches Kit to be thankful. 2000.

Grades 3-6, Historical Fiction, Download Only

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully, Right Where You Are

Ann Voskamp


Canadian writer and farmer's wife uses scripture to illustrate methods for learning to be grateful for the life one has. Describes training herself to see God's grace in everyday life after enduring family tragedies and years of grief. Defines the Christian term eucharisteo--a lifestyle of thanksgiving. 2010.

Bestseller, Religious Inspiration