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Your Friday Five

Thanksgiving Topics

The days are shorter, the leaves are falling, and there are already Christmas ads on TV. This can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is almost here. Soon we will be stuffing ourselves silly, ideally surrounded by those we love.

For today’s Friday Five, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of books related to topics I think about when I think of Thanksgiving: food, family, gratitude, history and shopping.  


Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor From Simple Ingredients by Ina Garten
Ina Garten is one of my favorite food personalities on TV and has recipes that are very easy to follow. This cookbook is one I often go back to as it contains recipes for a lot of comforting dishes, such as Roasted Potato Leek Soup and Brownie Pudding.

One of my favorite recipes is the one for French Apple Tart; it is a nice alternative to apple pie.


This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 
I think it is safe to say that no family is perfect. Dysfunctional families have provided for great storylines in many books and movies.

A perfect example of this can be found in This is Where I Leave You, where the Foxman family is forced to sit shiva together for seven days. Tropper manages to weave humor into a story that deals with manydifficult issues. This book might just make you feel a little better about your own family.   


Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness has been quite the buzz word over the past year. It is defined as “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment."

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect, show gratitude, and remember how important it is to enjoy the present. This book will guide you through breathing exercises and remind you to find beauty in your everyday surroundings.


Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick 
Did you know that the first Thanksgiving lasted for days and the participants consisted of about 50 colonists and 100 Pokanoket Indians?

This book has a whole chapter dedicated to Thanksgiving (Chapter 7), but more importantly, it includes a well researched history of the Pilgrims' life in the New World and their complex relationship with the Native Americans.  Philbrick does a good job of tackling the myth that this time in history was as black and white as it is often portrayed.     


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone 
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, shopping is a major part of the Thanksgiving weekend. Online shopping in particular has seen an increase in sales as more consumers are choosing to buy from the comfort of their homes rather than battling the long lines at the store. And in this day and age, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t bought something from Amazon.

This fascinating book details the important decisions Jeff Bezos made throughout his career that shaped Amazon into what it is today.