By Melissa Chapman
WARSAW — Our national observance of Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating faith, family and freedom.
Traditionally it’s spent with family and friends on the fourth Thursday of November. The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. The feast lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
Thanksgiving may look a bit different this year, and new traditions might have to be created, like sharing what we are grateful for as we gather round Zoom. From home-cooked desserts to virtual toasts, there are many ways to preserve the holiday spirit.
A great idea to get people into the mood of the holiday is to curl up with a stack of excellent fall reads. Below are a few Thanksgiving-themed books that are at the Warsaw Community Public Library.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will look different in 2020 than it did in prior years. The iconic celebration, watched around the country, will be “reinvented” with a virtual ceremony. Keep the spirit of the in-person parade alive with this children’s book, “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” by Melissa Sweet, which highlights the incredible effort it takes to get those larger-than-life balloons onto the streets of New York.
Opposites attract in Anne Tyler’s 1985 “The Accidental Tourist.” When protagonist Macon Leary, a grief-stricken travel writer who hates travel, meets Muriel, a dog trainer, his life of solitude is turned upside down. Complete with a slow-roasted turkey, this is one kooky love story that will make one smile through the tears.
Spend Thanksgiving giving thanks to the most important person in your life: You. One way to live your best life is to get in touch with your inner purpose. Oprah Winfrey’s latest book, “The Path Made Clear,” will help you find it. Oprah shares personal stories and lessons while mapping out a route to finding not just success, but significance.
The bird isn’t the only thing getting killed in the murder mystery “Turkey Day Murder” by Leslie Meier. This is the seventh book in the Lucy Stone series. Stone’s become a pro at keeping calm while solving mysteries in her town of Tinker’s Cove. That ability comes in handy as Native American activist Curt Nolan’s head ends up at the town’s annual Thanksgiving football game with an ancient war club burrowed into it.