Thanksgiving 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It is that time of the year again. Although Thanksgiving will be slightly different this year, there are plenty of things to be grateful for. This year’s Thanksgiving can still be memorable. Family gatherings can be held through Zoom, shared joys can be reminisced through the phone, and you can always spend your weekend watching a movie, trying out new desserts, or curled up reading a good book. If you are on the hunt to read a memorable story during this year’s Thanksgiving weekend, check out some of the ones we have in our collection below.

Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

“Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won’t be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton—not after her husband suddenly disappears . . . Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it.

But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh My! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

“The New York Times bestselling authors of Hello, Cupcake! and What’s New, Cupcake? are back, applying their oversized imaginations not just to cupcakes but to cookies, pies, cakes, and other treats, with projects that are more hilarious, more spectacular, more awe-inspiring—and simpler than ever. No sweet treat is safe from their ingenuity: refrigerator cookies, pound cakes, pie dough, cheesecakes, bar cookies, and Jell-O are all transformed into amazing and playful desserts.

There’s something for everybody in this book, and every single item you need can be found in the neighborhood supermarket or convenience store. This enhanced e-book, with five stop-motion videos demonstrating recipes from the book and links that allow you to easily find exactly what you’re looking for, is one of the best ways to experience this phenomenon. Playing with your food has never been so exciting—or so easy” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

The Rest of Us Just Live here by Patrick Ness

“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

“Stacey Ballis cooks up a delicious broth of a novel about a woman whose perfect life falls apart in spectacular fashion—leaving her with a house to restore, an antique cookbook (but no cooking talent), and one very unhappy schnauzer. To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess; her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Annek’s life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiancé who cooks like a dream. Until Anneke’s charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day.

In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration and what little savings she has into finishing the renovation. But at the first step into the house’s overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Gemma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house’s original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma’s life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she’s been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

“An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train, setting off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives.

Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista. A trio of today’s bestselling authors, John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

“In this bestselling true story, one Honduran boy goes in search of his mother, who left to find work in the United States ten years ago when he was just seven years old. This is the true and heartbreaking story of sixteen-year-old Enrique, who sets off on a journey alone to find his mother, who he has not seen for eleven years, not since she left her starving family and illegally entered the United States, hoping to make enough money to send home to Honduras.

With little more in his pocket than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s phone number, Enrique embarks on a treacherous odyssey, traveling by clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. Even when confronted by bandits, thugs, and corrupt cops, he is determined to complete his journey, often buoyed by the kindness of strangers or simply by luck finding water or food. In the face of this hostile world, Enrique’s love for his mother and his desire to be reunited with her will endure and triumph. Enrique’s journey tells the larger story of undocumented Latin American migrants in the United States. His is an inspiring and timeless tale about the meaning of family and fortitude that brings to light the daily struggles of migrants, legal and otherwise, and the complicated choices they face” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Huma Abdulaziz

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