Thanksgiving Delights

By Mary Simon

Want to make your 2017 Thanksgiving memorable? Carve out some time for relaxation. This list includes fiction and non-fiction books, movies, cooking, and music CDs that will inspire and uplift you—and maybe even earn you the title of true entertaining whiz. Enjoy!

  • The Thanksgiving Day Murder

    1995 by Lee Harris

    A cozy murder mystery with a Thanksgiving Day parade, an ex-nun as the key detective, and a whole cast of eccentric characters. Don't get so caught up in reading that you overcook the turkey!

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  • Download Live! The El Sid O's Thanksgiving Session

    2001 by Buckwheat Zydeco

    Get ready to dance off that Thanksgiving dinner with Buckwheat Zydeco. This 2007 recording captures the spirit, rhythmic pyrotechnics, and pure joy of zydeco.

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  • A Guy's Thanksgiving

    2015 by Skylar M Cates

    Glamour, Arizona is the unlikely setting for this Thanksgiving tale in the Guy Series. One large dog, old flames, and new challenges are the ingredients tossed together for a frothy delight.

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  • Thanksgiving Entertaining

    2005 by Lou Seibert Pappas

    I have used this book from Williams-Sonoma for 20+ years and it has never failed me! Religiously follow the recipes and instructions (with no alterations) and you will truly impress your guests. The suggested decorations really enhance the Thanksgiving experience too, so try a couple.

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  • The New Thanksgiving Table : An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food

    2008 by Diane Morgan

    Diane Morgan is a cookbook author, freelance food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. More importantly, she is a celebrity chef that you can trust with your most important meal. Again, fidelity is important—no creative variations allowed!

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  • An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

    2009 by Graeme Campbell

    This 2008 movie, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, provides a nostalgic escape for family and friends. Set in the late 1800's, this story is heartwarming and conveys the true meaning behind giving thanks. Costumes and sets are delicious.

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  • A Catered Thanksgiving : A Mystery with Recipes

    2010 by Isis Crawford

    This culinary cozy is hilarious and so much fun. Especially if your family is as persnickety about the perfect Thanksgiving meal as the Field family. Perfect for the holiday.

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles


    One of the classic comedies with a Thanksgiving theme. There is no better "trying to get home for the holiday" movie than this! Prepare to be extraordinarily entertained.

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  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving


    It doesn't matter how many times you've seen this, there is always new joy in watching this special family-friendly movie every year. So gather everyone around, before or after the holiday meal, for smiles and laughter.

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  • Curly Sue

    2003 by James Belushi

    John Hughes directs this film starring Jim Belushi and Alyson Porter as homeless, but kind, con artists. This pair will steal your hearts and make you truly count your blessings this Thanksgiving.

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  • Dutch

    2012 by Peter Faiman

    You can't see this movie often enough. The theme of Thanksgiving Day plays a major role, but what you will remember is the bratty, spoiled son and the shenanigans the new boyfriend has to perform to get the young man to visit his mum for the holiday.

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