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5 perfect Thanksgiving books to read before the big day

Thaw the turkey, bake the pies, and then curl up by the fire with these five festive reads.

Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience by Melanie Kirkpatrick

Now that we’ve read up on the history surrounding the first Thanksgiving, it’s time to learn more about the holiday itself with Melanie Kirkpatrick’s Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience. Thanksgiving is notable for both its distinctly American nature and its long history: President Washington, Lincoln, and FDR all make appearances in Kirkpatrick’s history. “Melanie Kirkpatrick shows brilliantly how, from cooking pot to melting pot, America is a product of Thanksgiving as much as Thanksgiving is a product of America,” praises historian Andrew Roberts.

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