We talked about Thanksgiving books for kids last year, but we realized that adults also like to read holiday-themed books. Or maybe you’re looking for November book club books for Thanksgiving so that you can read them. There are a lot of different types of books to choose from if you want to read a book with your friends, laugh at a rom-com to ease your turkey day stress, or learn about the history of Thanksgiving.
Before we get started with our curated list, we want to say that we left off five books that everyone else has on their Thanksgiving books for adults list. They didn’t make the cut because they had bad reviews and/or didn’t sound like books we’d want to read. Then, because they seem to be common Thanksgiving book suggestions, they were put right next to our list.
Thanksgiving Books for Adults
This Land Is Their Land by David J. Silverman
While the rest of our list is mostly fiction, we wanted to include one solid non-fiction book for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Thanksgiving. This book is a good choice for anyone who wants to learn more about Thanksgiving. We chose This Land Is Their Land, which came out in 2019 right before the 400th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock. This Land Is Their Land
When the Wampanoag Indian tribe and Plymouth’s governor, John Carver, formed a friendship, it led to a successful harvest and the first Thanksgiving, which the book talks about. For the next 50 years, there was an uneasy truce, but it came to an end in 1675. You’ll find out more about that. Before, during, and after the treaty, Silverman talks about the tensions that people felt. This book is well-researched.
The author was determined to keep the tone neutral and focus on facts that have been proven to be true in the past, which is a good thing but also makes the book sound more academic than like a piece of fiction. That makes it a long book, so we don’t recommend reading it all at once. Instead, we recommend picking it up a little at a time and reading it with other books instead of reading it all at once.
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
First, it was written in 1985 and then made into a popular movie in 1988. The fact that it’s still available in print after 30 years is a good sign.
You wouldn’t expect a travel writer like Macon Leary to be like this, but he is. He doesn’t like things that are out of the ordinary or that are far from home, like going on trips. After his wife leaves him, things get even worse. Macon wants to stay isolated and alone when he comes home. His life then changes when a strange dog trainer comes into it. She helps him get back into the game of life. Chapter 10 is all about Thanksgiving, including how to plan for the day and the big dinner. Anne Tyler also wrote a book called A Patchword Planet, which has a Thanksgiving dinner that doesn’t go well.
The Editor by Steven Rowley
It’s 1992, and James, a struggling writer, is afraid to meet with an editor about his book, which isn’t entirely based on his own life. At 31, after a long time without a job, he doesn’t believe anyone would want to read his work. Then, in a simple conference room, something out of the ordinary happens.Jackie Kennedy Onassis is the person who is in charge of writing the book. She has read his book twice and wants to work with him. James needs to spend time with his own mother in order to make sure the book ends on a good note. Thanksgiving comes into play there!
The Book Girls say that…
Neither of us knew that Jackie Kennedy worked as an editor in New York for most of her life. We both loved this story. Steven Rowley did a great job of capturing what it was like for the authors she worked with over the years to go through the process of writing. This book is by the same person who wrote The Guncle. We think you’ll like it just as much!
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving & Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott
Little Woman is Louisa May Alcott’s best-known and most-loved book. She also wrote short stories, though. One of her best-known short stories is about Thanksgiving, when a mother is called away and the kids try to make the whole meal. So, if you want to read a sweet story set in a simpler time, pick up this book!
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
In this case, Kiley Reid is the author. One of the main events in this popular modern fiction takes place around the Thanksgiving table. If it’s been on your “to read” list, now’s a great time to start reading!
Story: Alix, a successful white woman and Emira, her toddler’s 25-year-old black babysitter, are both important parts of the story.
When Emira goes to Alix’s neighborhood high-end grocery store, an overzealous security guard thinks she’s taken Alix’s daughter, Briar. Emira is both angry and embarrassed when the guard films her and the other person. Angry and determined, Alix is also upset and wants to do something. The viral video, on the other hand, brings something from her own past to light.
Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich
If you’ve read any of the Stephanie Plum books, you know that Janet Evanovich is very good at making things that make you laugh. When a rabbit starts eating the bottom of Megan’s skirt in this short book, the two main characters have the best meet-cute of all time. As soon as she learns that the rabbit’s owner is a handsome doctor, she changes her mind and wants to call him out on it.
This is a good choice if you want a light and funny romance with cheesy Hallmark movie vibes. Unless you want something more complex or literary, don’t bother with it.
Still Life by Louise Penny
Inspector Granache: The First Book starts on Thanksgiving weekend in the small town of Three Pines, in Canada. Artist Jane Neal is killed and found in the woods. People in the area love her. Because the town is so crime-free, it doesn’t even have a police officer. This is a big surprise.
Be careful if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries and haven’t read this series yet, because you might get hooked. Book 17 has just come out! The Book Voyage challenge is a great way to get through a lot of books. This is a great book for when we visit North America in November.
A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau
As of 10/5/21, this cheesy rom-com is free on Amazon! They are in a series about the Wong family, who are very cute. For Thanksgiving, the parents set up blind dates for all three of their kids to go on. As a party boy, Nick works for an advertising company. This is the first in the series.
They chose Lily, who was Nick’s most recent one-night stand, as the woman to marry his brother. As with most of his other dates, he can’t forget her, unlike most of his other dates. In spite of the fact that Nick didn’t come home with the goal of getting married, he might change his mind…
It’s what the Book Girls say… This one starts off with a steamy scene in the first chapter, so be warned.
The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
This book has three stories by the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, including “The Thanksgiving Visitor,” which is one. Autobiographical people from A Christmas Memory appear in the story. The main character is 9-year-old Buddy and his cousin, an old woman who is his best friend and also his best friend.
In order to stop Buddy from being bullied on his way to school, Miss Sook decides to invite him to their big country Thanksgiving dinner, which will be a lot of fun.
Eliza Starts a Rumor
In a secret, Eliza is a suburban wife who is afraid to leave her house. It’s for Thanksgiving, so she makes herself go to the store. She hears younger moms talking about a new local online group for women while she is there. There are people who don’t know Eliza that don’t like her group.
For fun, Eliza spreads a rumor on her board. She didn’t think it would go so far, but she was wrong. As they share their own problems and lean on each other, the women in this book learn how to deal with their own issues. This book is a great mix of comedy, drama, and real-life stories. It’s a big revelation that happens at the big dinner, even though most of the book takes place before the big event.