It’s the start of the holiday season and while the library offers many useful cookbooks and tons of fun craft books for Thanksgiving, why not try some books that reflect the history, fun, and, let’s face it, the dysfunction that comes along with the holiday!
“The ghost at the table” by Suzanne Berne is the story of Thanksgiving at the New England home of the second of three sisters.
When their elderly, long-estranged father reappears, they find themselves reunited for a cold, snowy Thanksgiving that awakens sleeping tensions and old sorrows. Frances envisions a happy family holiday with her husband and daughters in her lovely old New England farmhouse. Cynthia, a writer of historical fiction, doesn’t understand how Frances can ignore the past their father’s presence revives. Adding to her uneasiness is her research for a book on Mark Twain’s daughters, whose lives she thinks eerily mirror her own and Frances’s.
“Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick rethinks the events and players that gave rise to a national mythology about Pilgrims living harmoniously with their Indian neighbors. Instead, Philbrick tells a story of ethnic cleansing, bloody wars and the deterioration of English-Indian relations. While he introduces familiar elements, Philbrick also recasts well-known characters like Miles Standish, William Bradford, and Benjamin Church.
Will Butterfield can’t believe it. His 75–year–old mother, Holly, is drunk and threatening to jump off the roof! Holly and Fiona, another elderly relative, won’t stop tormenting Will and his wife Elizabeth with their bizarre (though often amusing) antics.
But then Henry Ward, a neighborhood handyman, meets the two old women, and he, his daughter Alison, and grandchildren are drawn into the Butterfields’ lives in surprising ways. Both a comedy and a love story, “Thanksgiving Night” by Richard Bausch is about the real meaning of family, and one particular clan that has many reasons to be thankful.
This holiday season, stop by the library and check out our collection of books, movies, and CDs. Take some time for yourself amidst the chaos of cooking, cleaning, and eating to relax with a good book.
1. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham
2. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich
3. “Cross my Heart” by James Patterson
4. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child
5. “Gone” by James Patterson
6. “W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton
7. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
8. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith
9. “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri
10. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks
1. “The Heat”
2. “Game of Thrones, Season 3”
3. “Homeland, Season 2”
4. “Monsters University”
5. “Man of Steel”
6. “White House Down”
7. “Now You See Me”
8. “Red 2”
9. “The Way, Way Back”
10. “The Great Gatsby”
MONDAY—3 p.m., Blood drive by the Rhode Island Blood Center.
TUESDAY—1 p.m. — our weekly Tuesday film will be shown in the Auditorium. This week’s choice is “Now You See Me” (rated PG-13, 116 minutes, 2013) — An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
TUESDAY EVENING—6 p.m — our weekly Chess Club meets! All ages and experience levels are welcome!
WEDNESDAY—The Library will be closing at 5 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday.
THURSDAY—The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Nina Wright is the reference librarian at the Westerly Public Library.