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Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience

By Kirkpatrick, Melanie

2016-10 - Encounter Books

9781594038938 Check Our Catalog

We all know the story of Thanksgiving. Or do we? This uniquely American holiday has a rich and little known history beyond the famous feast of 1621.

In Thanksgiving, award-winning author Melanie Kirkpatrick journeys through four centuries of history, giving us a vivid portrait of our nation's best-loved holiday. Drawing on newspaper accounts, private correspondence, historical documents, and cookbooks, Thanksgiving brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans.

Many famous figures walk these pages--Washington, who proclaimed our first Thanksgiving as a nation amid controversy about his Constitutional power to do so; Lincoln, who wanted to heal a divided nation sick of war when he called for all Americans--North and South--to mark a Thanksgiving Day; FDR, who set off a debate on state's rights when he changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving.

Ordinary Americans also play key roles in the Thanksgiving story--the New England Indians who boycott Thanksgiving as a Day of Mourning; Sarah Josepha Hale, the nineteenth-century editor and feminist who successfully campaigned for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday; the 92nd Street Y in New York City, which founded Giving Tuesday, an online charity established in the long tradition of Thanksgiving generosity. Kirkpatrick also examines the history of Thanksgiving football and, of course, Thanksgiving dinner.

While the rites and rituals of the holiday have evolved over the centuries, its essence remains the same: family and friends feasting together in a spirit of gratitude to God, neighborliness, and hospitality. Thanksgiving is Americans' oldest tradition. Kirkpatrick's enlightening exploration offers a fascinating look at the meaning of the holiday that we gather together to celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November.

With Readings for Thanksgiving Day designed to be read aloud around the table.

Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive"

By Yates, Jen

2011-10 - Andrews McMeel Publishing

9781449407759 Check Our Catalog

From thankless Thanksgiving turkeys and confusing Christmas conundrums, to less-than-happy Hanukkah horrors and New Year's meltdowns, "Wreck the Halls" has an icing-smeared disaster for every occasion. 232 pp. 100,000 print.

Turkey Trot Murder

By Meier, Leslie

2017-09 - Kensington Publishing Corporation

9781496710307 Check Our Catalog

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 . . .

Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one-until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can’t understand what terrible forces could lead a privileged woman to watery ruin . . .

Alison’s funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed’s young-and very pregnant-new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain?

As a state of unrest descends on Tinker’s Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line-or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce . . .

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

By Karenga, Maulana

1997-10 - University of Sankore Press

9780943412214 Check Our Catalog

The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition

By Morgan, Diane

2001-08 - Chronicle Books (CA)

9780811829915 Check Our Catalog

Everything from the foolproof secret to a moist bird and how to truss and carve it to menu suggestions and simple, elegant table settings. Plus, recipes for classics as well as more innovative dishes, do-ahead tips and plenty of food and technique photographs to make planning in advance a breeze. 64 photos.

100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make

By Stratford, Sue

2016-08 - Search Press(UK)

9781782214045 Check Our Catalog

The book is excellent value, containing 100 projects from some of Search Presss best-selling authors. The projects cover a wide variety of crafts from including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. The tools and materials are inexpensive and widely available and these charming Christmas items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.

The book covers a wide variety of crafts from knitting, crochet, papercraft, stitching, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. Each craft included has a helpful tools and materials section, and projects include a knitted star, a pompom Santa Claus, a polymer clay bear, a felt winter owl, a crocheted Christmas tree heart and a Christmas Tree papercut.

Santa's North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself

By Guinn, Jeff

2007-10 - Tarcher

9781585425891 Check Our Catalog

In this one-of-a-kind Christmas cookbook, St. Nicholas himself invites readers to enjoy a bounty of his most cherished holiday recipes. With more than 70 classic Christmas recipes, this is a must-have for anyone who delights in preparing delectable yet easy-to-make holiday food.

A Baxter Family Christmas

By Kingsbury, Karen

2016-10 - Kuperard (Bravo Ltd)

9781451687569 Check Our Catalog

A New York Times Bestseller A CBA Bestselling Author Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child. Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time, or finding them all over again . . . A Baxter Family Christmas will leave fingerprints on your heart forever.

Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookies and Bars

By Fox, Lori

2008-01 - John Wiley & Sons

9780470111383 Check Our Catalog

Discover America's All-time Best Cookies and Bars

For more than a half century, the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest has celebrated the creativity of America's home bakers--and showcased the country's best baked goods. Cookies and bars are perennial Bake-Off favorites, and this cookbook presents more than 100 of the winners over the years--a bountiful collection of sweet treats that you and your family will love.

The recipes inside are easy to make and oh-so-delicious to eat. From 1949's Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies to 2006's Praline Brookies, you'll find recipe after recipe that hits the spot. These cookies and bars are guaranteed to have your family and friends clamoring for more--and might even inspire you to create your own $1 million Bake-Off recipe!

Open the book and find:

107 delicious Bake-Off recipes along with 39 full-color photos to tempt and inspire you

Most-requested recipes, family favorites, bake-sale crowd-pleasers, brownie delights and

holiday treats

A timeline that chronicles the Bake-Off Contest through the decades

Complete nutrition information for each recipe

Lost December

By Evans, Richard Paul

2011-11 - Simon & Schuster

9781451628005 Check Our Catalog

As heir to the Crisp Copy Center fortune, Luke has it made--until he burns through his entire inheritance in just one year of partying. Ashamed to ask his famous father for help, he finds employment--and romance--as an entry-level clerk. Can his new love get him back on track? 272 pp. 400,000 print. (General Fiction)

Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects

By DK

2017-09 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

9781465463265 Check Our Catalog

Bring the magic of a handmade Christmas into your home with 40 projects for gifts, decorations, and homemade wrapping paper.

Save time and money with the festive craft projects in Homemade Holiday. Clear, step-by-step instructions guide readers to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, make homemade bath salts, and paint authentic tree ornaments. With last-minute ideas and lots of inspiration, this book will help you wrap up gift-giving and decorating for the holiday season.

Pies Sweet and Savory

By Bretherton, Caroline

2013-02 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

9781465402035 Check Our Catalog

Broken down by key ingredients, "Pies: Sweet and Savory" helps choose the "pie of the day" according to what's in season and what's lurking in the fridge and then shares a wealth of step-by-step instructions for producing the best results.

Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us

By Salkin, Allen

2005-10 - Warner Books

9780446696746 Check Our Catalog

Take Frosty out behind the woodshed and hide your menorahs, kinaras, diyas and whatevahs...the time has come for Festivus! The event celebrated by Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) on Seinfeld, in which a bare aluminum pole replaces all holiday and religious symbols, where participants compete in "feats of strength" and undertake the "airing of grievances," has transcended television to become a worldwide phenomenon.

Holiday Cocktails

By Strand, Jessica

2003-09 - Chronicle Books (CA)

9780811841573 Check Our Catalog

Decorated with sparkling photos, this bartending bible is both a fine addition to the home bar and a pretty present for the entertainer on Santa's list.

Where Angels Go

By Macomber, Debbie

2007-09 - Mira Books

9780778325154 Check Our Catalog

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Christmas is a time for angels. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are back, and these three irresistible angels love their assignments on Earth. They often find themselves in trouble, but somehow things always work out for the best.

We Need a Little Christmas

By Donovan, Sierra

2016-09 - Zebra

9781420141504 Check Our Catalog

The best Christmas present? The unexpected romance that brings two former classmates together for a lesson in holiday magic. . .

With its festive Snowed Inn and year-round Christmas store, the pretty town of Tall Pine knows how to do the holidays right. But this year, Liv Tomblyn's homecoming trip may be bittersweet. Liv's grandmother died soon after Thanksgiving, leaving a lifetime of belongings to sort through. Soon Liv is surrounded by memories, including a retro silver Christmas tree. And there's Liv's old friend Scott Leroux--the one-time class clown who's become the town's go-to handyman.

Scott enjoyed helping Liv's Nammy with little fix-it jobs in recent years, but now he's wondering if the crafty grandma had a much larger project in mind. Everything--from Nammy's mysteriously malfunctioning heater to that silver tree--seems to be conspiring to throw Liv and Scott together. Not that Scott objects. For though Liv insists she'll leave Tall Pine when the holidays are over, he's hoping their holiday kisses might thaw her resolve and make this Christmas truly unforgettable. . .

"Sierra Donovan captures the magic of Christmas in this charming and romantic tale. I smiled the entire time I was reading it " --Shirlee McCoy, author of Sweet Surprises

"Donovan keeps the magic going. . .Christmas cheer and sense of love will melt the heart of any reader." --Publishers Weekly

"Sentimental and sweet with a touch of melancholy, the third installment of the Evergreen Lane Christmas romances will appeal widely to small-town romance fans. . .Flawless execution and warm, real-feeling characters will have readers turning the last page before they know it." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Praise for Sierra Donovan's Do You Believe in Santa?

"This story is like the perfect cup of hot chocolate: sweet, warm and nostalgia-inducing." --RT Book Reviews

Praise for No Christmas Like the Present

"A charming holiday story that combines the magic of It's A Wonderful Life with the warmth of A Christmas Carol." --Donna Alward

"Donovan packs this contemporary romance full of all kind of Christmas magic." --Publishers Weekly

"A stand-out story." --RT Book Reviews

The Complete Guide to Card Making: 100 Techniques with 25 Original Projects and a Template Gallery

By Beaman, Sarah

2003-05 - Collins & Brown

9781855859791 Check Our Catalog

Thirty-five unique greeting card projects, plus scores of motifs to mix and match for original designs, make this a must-have for crafters. This comprehensive guide covers everything from creating blank cards and envelopes to advanced embossing procedures. Celebrate births, birthdays, engagements, weddings, holidays, friendship, and romance with beautiful keepsake cards.

Merry Cowboy Christmas

By Brown, Carolyn

2016-09 - Forever

9781455534944 Check Our Catalog

This Christmas, Santa's wearing a Stetson in this "sweet and funny" USA Today bestselling romance filled with holiday cheer and "a captivating cast of characters" (Publishers Weekly).
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who's come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation . . .

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he'd never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she's falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.
More in the Lucky Penny Ranch series:
Wild Cowboy Ways
Hot Cowboy Nights
Wicked Cowboy Charm

Taste of Home Holidays & Celebrations: 467 Recipes for Every Occassion

By Briggs, Janet

2015-10 - Reader's Digest/Taste of Home

9781617654169 Check Our Catalog

From formal holiday gatherings to casual game nights, Taste of Home Holidays & Celebrations makes the most of every get-together. Divided into four sections (one for each season of the year), this colorful collection is sure to be your most-trusted source for unforgettable parties, dinners, buffets and more. Whether hosting a formal Christmas dinner, spooky Halloween party, succulent Thanksgiving meal, glorious Easter brunch, neighborly barbecue or quant bridal shower, Holidays & Celebrations helps create incredible memories that last a lifetime.

From Sunday morning brunches and festive Christmas dinners to casual backyard barbecues and haunting Halloween parties, it seems there's always a reason to gather with family and friends for fun and, of course, food Featuring more than 350 recipes, Taste of Home Holidays & Celebrations promises to turn every occasion into a memorable event. Divided into four sections (one for each season), this colorful cookbook is sure to become your most-trusted source for party planning, holiday fun, cozy get-togethers and more. Turn to the spring section for Easter mealideas as well as St Patrick's Day celebrations, Cinco de Mayo buffets, Mother's Day breakfast items, bridal shower favorites and more. The summer area of the book offers recipes for Fourth-of-July festivities, family reunions and block parties, and other warm-weather celebrations you'll be excited to be a part of . As autumn rolls in, turn to this cookbook for dozens of Halloween recipes, tailgating specialties and bake-sale staples. You'll also discover formal Thanksgiving menus as well as recipes for a casual Turkey-Day get-together and an easy Black Friday lineup. Hosting an open house or round robin this winter? Turn to the winter section of Holidays & Celebrations. There, you'll find plenty of party ideas, including an after- sledding gathering, a New Year's countdown and a Super Bowl party. Christmas couldn't be more festive than with the splendid dishes found here. Keep impressive yet easy yuletide menus at your fingertips and create cute holiday treats for little ones. Attending a cookie exchange? We have wonderfully sweet sensations lined up for you. You'll also discover how simple it is to host a merry open house, bake up a few gifts from the kitchen and celebrate Christmas morning with family and friends. After all, with Holidays & Celebrations it's never been easier to make the most of every occasion-all year long

The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

By Good Housekeeping Magazine

2013-10 - Hearst Books

9781588169747 Check Our Catalog

Hang the stockings, deck the hall--and cook up a happy holiday When it comes to Christmas, no one does it like Good Housekeeping. Brimming with more than 300 celebration-worthy recipes, sparkling decorating ideas, and suggestions for homemade (and home-baked) gifts, this sumptuous, mouthwatering collection will make the season extra merry. Triple-tested, fail-proof recipes come from both the magazine's archive of favorites and from celebrities like Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Bobby Flay, along with favorite Christmas memories from Sting, Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey, and many other famous contributors. Delight family and guests with irresistible Cranberry Mojitos, Glazed Ham with Apricots, Roast Turkey with Wild Mushroom Gravy, and Herbed Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Thyme--and then top if off with a to-die-for delicious Dulce de Leche Christmas Wreath or Gingerbread Whoopie Pies.
This truly is the greatest Christmas cookbook ever--and sure to become a cherished part of your holiday tradition.

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s

By Waggoner, Susan

2011-11 - Stewart, Tabori, & Chang

9781584799238 Check Our Catalog

In her newest volume, Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of Christmases past with the vintage crafts projects readers have been craving. Inspired by the most sought-after treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, Waggoner recreates a tempting array of decorations and provides step-by-step instructions that allow anyone to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked treat cups. Those pressed for time will also find quick crafts for every decade, along with style notes and decorating tips to pull it all together. Nostalgic bonus art throughout provides a host of images to use in greeting cards and photo holders. And to keep spirits merry and energy flowing, Waggoner includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes, from Mackinac Island Fudge to old-fashioned soft caramels.

Christmas on Main Street

By Ross, JoAnn

2013-11 - Berkley Books

9780451419538 Check Our Catalog

Tis the season to fall in love in four quaint small towns.

Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas

By Fitzgerald Ella

2007-09 - Universal Music Distribution

5099950001521 Check Our Catalog

A sparkling 24-bit remaster of Ella's classic 1967 holiday album! She puts that legendary voice to work on Joy to the World; O Holy Night; We Three Kings; Away in a Manger; It Came upon a Midnight Clear; Silent Night; The First Noel , and more.

The Magic of Gingerbread: 16 Beautiful Projects to Make and Eat

By Beddall, Catherine

2016-09 - Peter Pauper Press Inc.

9781441319807 Check Our Catalog

Dorie's Cookies

By Greenspan, Dorie

2016-10 - Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

9780547614847 Check Our Catalog

James Beard Award-winner for Best Baking and Dessert Book 2017

All-new collection from a "revered icon" and "culinary guru" (New York Times).


Over the course of her baking career, Dorie Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes. Yet she has never written a book about them--until now. To merit her "three purple stars of approval," every cookie had to be so special that it begged to be made again and again. Cookies for every taste and occasion are here. There are company treats like Portofignos, with chocolate dough and port-soaked figs, and lunch-box Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars. They Might Be Breakfast Cookies are packed with goodies--raisins, dried apples, dried cranberries, and oats-- while Almond Crackle Cookies have just three ingredients. There are dozens of choices for the Christmas cookie swaps, including Little Rascals (German jam sandwich cookies with walnuts), Italian Saucissons (chocolate log cookies studded with dried fruit), and Snowy-Topped Brownie Drops. And who but America's favorite baker could devise a cookie as intriguing as Pink-Peppercorn Thumbprints or as popular as the World Peace Cookie, with its 59 million Internet fans?

Make & Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day

By Hung, Steph

2014-10 - Roost Books

9781611801484 Check Our Catalog

A design-savvy craft book with 35 cute, simple projects that celebrate the people we love in the everyday moments.

This is a book of 35 simple, modern craft projects to make any day special for the people we love. A handmade gift--even the smallest and simplest of gestures--brings a smile and makes a moment more meaningful. Any day, not just holidays and specific occasions, is an opportunity to create and gift. These versatile projects require no special skills and work for a range of people--from children to house guests--and occasions.
Visually driven in its presentation, Make and Give stands apart from the traditional craft book with its bright colors and modern, graphic look. Each project is illustrated with step-by-step photographs, charts, and unique infographics. Less text, more photos, and illustrated designs guide the reader.
The projects are inspired by the things the authors--designers and crafters by trade--make for their own friends and family. The book includes the authors' personal inspiration for each project, as well as "Make This For" tips to encourage readers to think about the special people for whom they could make these crafts.
Projects include fill-in-the-blank tattoos, pressed herb prints, a weekday advent, a family tree embroidery, hand-drawn pillows, and candy capsule necklaces.