- Virginia Johnson
Our libraries will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, so now's the time to pick up some reading to take you through the holiday. We have many cookbooks to help plan the feast, but of our other collections these three books tell stories especially true to life and true to the heart to help make your holiday a warm one.
To begin, A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims & the First Thanksgiving, by Godfrey Hodgson, gives a very readable historical account of the feast we commemorate each November. Plimoth Colony's Pilgrims were indeed fleeing religious persecution in the Old World, and so they referred to themselves as a Godly people. This book, a good choice for mature history enthusiasts, tells how their encounters with the local tribe turned from friendly to hostile and gives the true account of their first feast of Thanksgiving.
Both children and adults can join Truman Capote's Thanksgiving Visitor for a helping of holiday hospitality from the rural South. When Buddy's elderly cousin insists that he invite the school bully for Thanksgiving dinner, lessons on compassion and forgiveness are served along side of the turkey.
In the tradition of her famous Little Women series, Louisa May Alcott's An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving tells of seven children in New England preparing for Thanksgiving while their mother is away caring for Grandmother. A good one to share with children of any age.