Kindle Ebook Thanksgiving Autumn
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Holiday-themed books. They can’t be that bad, can they?

That’s the thought that started this list and the deep dive into the CCPL digital catalog for some wonderfully bad reads to help you pass the time as you stand in line for those Black Friday deals. What transpired on that deep dive is something for a therapist to deconstruct, but the result is a combination of murder, romance, and possibly murder-romance novels centered on Thanksgiving.

There’s even a kids book or two in there just because Junie B. Jones is pretty awesome.

Since our physical libraries are closed until Saturday, all of these books can be downloaded with your library card through Overdrive and hoopla. Here you are, a dozen books to endure those long Black Friday lines.


Overdrive selections:

Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich

Leading off the list is the tale of a match-making rabbit. From the synopsis: “When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.”

It's unclear if the rabbit was invited to the meal or part of it.


Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams

After the sickly sweet Thanksgiving romance between Megan and Patrick, you’ll need a little bit of murder to soldier through the rest of the list. But not too much murder. Temper that murder with pie – pecan pie.

There’s an arsonist with no concern for human life, a romance between Ella Mae and Hugh cooling faster than an oven with the pilot light out, and a dog in a sweater trying to get a cookie off a table. Here’s to hoping the dog isn’t really the firebrand.


Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier

“I’m going to kill you for talking me into running a 5K on Thanksgiving.” We’ve all been there – but someone decided to follow through and now Alison Franklin is dead in Blueberry Pond.

Not sold yet? Here’s your jacket teaser: “It's late autumn in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and the last surviving flowers on Lucy Stone's porch have fallen victim to the first frost of the season. But as the part-time reporter learns, this cold November morning will claim more than potted plants . . .”


Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) by Barbara Park

After that trio, it’s time for a break and a trip back to first grade and Room One to see Junie B. Jones reconcile being thankful with her distaste of pumpkin pies. From the book: “Room One is getting ready for their very own Thanksgiving feast! There's even a contest to see which room can write the best thankful list. The winners will get a pumpkin pie! Only it turns out being thankful is harder than it looks. Because Junie B. is not actually thankful for Tattletale May. Or scratchy pilgrim costumes. And pumpkin pie makes her vomit, anyway. Will Room One win the disgusting pie? Can May and Junie B. find common ground? Or will this Thanksgiving feast turn into a Turkey Day disaster?”

She’s right about those scratchy pilgrim costumes.


Dr. Carbles Is Losing His Marbles!  By Dan Gutman

Something is definitely up with Dr. Carbles at My Weird School. It’s Thanksgiving and he’s up and fired Mr. Klutz. AJ was thankful to have four days off from school to celebrate Thanksgiving, but now he has to spend it trying to save his principal’s job.

Did Mr. Klutz’s firing have anything to do with his depiction of American Indians during an assembly? Was it the live turkey performance art? One hundred pages should clear this mystery up in a hurry.


Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meier

Meier makes her second appearance in this digital download list with Turkey Day Murder. With that whole unpleasantness with the dead body at the Turkey Trot earlier in the day, who would have expected a follow-up killing? Apparently the people of Tinker’s Cove.

From the description: “Tinker's Cove has a long history of Thanksgiving festivities, from visits with TomTom Turkey to the annual Warriors high school football game and Lucy Stone's impressive pumpkin pie. But this year, someone has added murder to the menu, and Lucy intends to discover who left Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan deader than the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey.”



From the hoopla catalog:

Classic Thanksgiving Stories by Various Authors

There are some really great stories about Thanksgiving that have stood the test of time, and hoopla has a great collection of stories featuring some amazing writers. If you spend Friday fighting crowds for that last 4K TV, then use this collection of stories by L.M. Montgomery, Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, and Louisa May Alcott to rekindle that Thanksgiving spirit.



Thanksgiving Groom by Brendan Minton

Now, this is the fifth part in the Alaskan Bride Rush series, but that shouldn’t stop an intrepid digital reader like yourself. There’s more-than-a-pretty-face Penelope lost in the Alaskan wilderness in late November, a former attorney living off the land, and somehow – SOMEHOW – possible nuptials?

The description: “Heiress Penelope Lear came to Treasure Creek, Alaska, in search of adventure. And to prove to everyone she's more than just a pretty face. But when she gets lost in the middle of the wilderness - in chilly November - Penelope needs help. Her rescuer? The mysterious man who's been missing from town for months. Tucker Lawson, a handsome former lawyer, is now a man of the land - and doesn't want to be found. As Thanksgiving approaches, he promises to lead Penelope back to Treasure Creek. But will he go as her groom?”

Say “I DO!” to this read!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain

There’s no better time than a major holiday to subject your extended family to a discussion – and ultimately an argument – over the correct spelling of this bear family’s name: Berenstein or Berenstain. It’s the Mandela Effect and is sure to leave some people laughing, some people angry, and everyone confused about their childhood.

The truth is, if you remember them as Berenstein, you’re from Earth 1; those of you who swear it’s Berenstain, you crossed over from another Earth during some cosmic incident and now you’re stuck here. Aside from the spelling, the books are the same and definitely worth a download for the kids and your inner children.

The Maverick’s Thanksgiving Baby by Brenda Harlen

There’s a lot to unpack in this title. There’s a cowboy, a Hollywood lawyer, and a preview that reads like a string of TMZ tweets.

“Stop the presses! Can you believe there's about to be another wedding in Rust Creek Falls? Yes, local cowboy Jesse Crawford is tying the knot with Maggie Roarke, that Hollywood lawyer who's been flitting in and out of town for the past several months. Rumor has it their hasty nuptials might have something to do with Maggie's brand-new baby bump. We're all for one big happy family, but we're a little puzzled by this pairing. Maggie and Jesse couldn't be more different if they tried are they really ready to saddle up for the long haul?”


The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

Selected in the hopes this would be a Thanksgiving version of “Ghost” starring Patrick Swayze, this is actually the book with the most family drama on this list. This family has been dealing with the aftermath of their mother’s death for 25 years. But her death was suspicious, and her daughters have differing memories of what happened.

Now it’s Thanksgiving, dad’s coming to visit, and that extra place setting at the table is for all the drama about to get pulled out of the grave.



Until Thanksgiving by Michael Rupured

This title was selected solely for the cover. It’s just blind luck that it also happens to be the first book in a series and about Thanksgiving! The smoking man in the black leather jacket, the shaggy-haired guy who appears to be peeking out from behind him, and the shirtless man with a handlebar mustache – all over a nightscape of Washington, D.C. – this book was written for this book list!

“Though DC has its share of troubles, specifically in the form of a murderer targeting gay men, Josh soon discovers its charms as well. Unlike his old home, DC is crawling with men who want to date him… In particular, Josh would love a chance with relocation expert Thad Parker, but Josh is sure Thad is seeing someone, so he looks for love elsewhere. Then Josh learns Thad really is available. Maybe they can work it out after all. Suddenly the future seems bright again. Of course, Josh doesn't know he's the murderer's next target...”