More to Be Thankful For

I’ve been perusing best-ofs lists for a number of years, online. I like them, and as you might know, I like making my own or building to-do lists from others’ best-of lists. One of the lists that I have come to like the best is from Oprah Magazine. The following list of Thanksgiving reads and Thanksgiving movies leans heavily on Oprah Magazine, but I looked at plenty of other sources and, to be frank, they all seem to draw on each other and therefore repeat a whole lot.

There are more Thanksgiving options for both reading and viewing than I would have guessed. (And remember, I haven’t read or seen most of these. I will provide links and zero-two stars once I read/watch them.)

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  • There There, Tommy Orange *
  • Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, Laurie Colwin ***
  • The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • Still Life, Louise Penny
  • How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie, Gina Calanni
  • The Book of Delights, Ross Gay
  • The Harrowing, Alexandra Sokoloff (too scary?)
  • The Ice Storm, Rick Moody
  • A Patchwork Planet, Anne Tyler
  • “Turkey Remains and How to Inter Them,” F. Scott Fitzgerald *
  • Three Thanksgivings, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Thanksgiving Night, Richard Bausch
  • Oldtown Folks, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Ghost at the Table, Suzanne Berne
  • The Thanksgiving Visitor, Truman Capote
  • Strangers at the Feast, Jennifer Vanderbes
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
  • Thanksgiving, Janet Evanovich (?)
  • American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  • Courting Disaster, Julie Edelson
  • Nothing with Strings, Bailey White
  • The Holiday Season, Michael Knight
  • “Thanksgiving in the Anthropocene,” Craig Santos Perez *

Picture Books:

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  • Balloons Over Braodway, Melissa Sweet
  • We Are Grateful, Traci Sorell
  • 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
  • Giving Thanks, Chief Jake Swamp
  • Thanks a Million, Nikki Grimes
  • The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Louisa May Alcott
  • Ankle Soup, Maureen Sullivan
  • Fat Chance Thanksgiving, Patricia Lakin
  • Molly’s Pilgrim, Barbara Cohen


The Day After Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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  • Jim Henson’s Turkey Hallow (2015)
  • The War at Home (1996)
  • The Myth of Fingerprints (1996)
  • The Oath (2018)
  • The House of Yes (1997)
  • Alice’s Restaurant (1969)
  • Home for the Holidays (1995)
  • Funny People (2009)
  • The Vicious Kind (2009)
  • Holidaysburg (2016)
  • Tadpole (2002)
  • Avalon (1990)
  • The Ice Storm (1997)
  • Pieces of April (2003)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  • Krisha (2016)
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  • Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew (2018)
  • Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary (2015)
  • Free Birds (2013)
  • Tower Heist (2011)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  • Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1996)
  • Nobody’s Fool (1994)
  • Grumpy Old  Men (1993)
  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • Son-in-Law (1993)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Curly Sue (1991)
  • The Big Chill (1983)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Babes in Toyland (1934)
  • Dutch (1991)
  • Soul Food (1997)
  • What’s Cooking? (2000)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007)
  • The Daytrippers (1997)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
  • The New World (2005)
  • Prisoners (2013)

2 thoughts on “More to Be Thankful For

  1. Love the things you do, Devon!! I am in two book clubs plus an American Public Policy Discussion group (and I’m deep into a journey addressing my blind spots in regard to Implicit Racial Bias and Systemic Racism) so I have a pile of interesting stuff I’m committed to reading from month to month. I want you to know though that added to these things, I really enjoy reading your book reviews even if I’m not able to read the books!! You are such an intelligent, thoughtful, creative and assertive 21st century woman and writer!!!

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