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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Sestin LLC (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982729006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982729007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2013
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This collection of tales about Thanksgiving will make you both happy and sad. Everyone has their favorite memory of that wonderful day in the gathering of the American families.

I thought that Jan Underwood's "It's Not Thanksgiving until Momma Cries" was superb. I laughed at the mouse that got trapped in the oven. And, the poem by Sheri Nelons was wonderful.

Each one of these is special for their own memory. I became nostalgic for those days that are gone forever but remain so vivid in my memory.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Most highly recommended.
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I have to say it's been quite a while since I have enjoyed such a pleasure of reading something like Thanksgiving Tales. As an editor of American historical fiction I have an interest in anything that has to do with America and its story. Most of my readings in the past have been part of doing my job. It's rare when I relax with something for just pleasure, and usually it is something other than history. This book may not be fiction, but it is indeed historical in that it deals with a strictly American custom that we can truly say is ours alone, and, has its roots in a both very fascinating and volatile time in our nations history. Thanksgiving Tales (TT) is a very generous and diverse collection of personal recollections about Americas one true holiday. There really isn't a story here that is retold that a reader couldn't find something close to home in. This collection has it all, colorful, humorous, heart warming, (and breaking), affectionate, forlorn, blessed, you name it and it is here. Not all the tales come off as well as others in their touching us in some way, or being that entertaining. But that seems to me to be just a question of our particular tastes when it comes to spinning old tales of holidays and family get together's in general. Some people just never care much for them, or have a very specific idea of what an old family or holiday tale should be made up of. These contributors recollect the day and its memory in their own way. Personally I found most them very warm and entertaining, and I enjoyed this book immensely. And I can even see myself reading some of the favorites again some time in the future...Read more ›
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I like Thansgiving and being with family and friends. Doesn't everyone? It's always interesting to see the point of view of others. I liked the collection by various writers and reading about their thanksgiving memories.
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I have to say I was looking for something about Thanksgiving, since it's my favorite holiday, not expecting to find anything:( However, I saw this and bought it!! Very happy I did!!! Short stories, which were nice to get you into the holiday feeling, but I laughed out loud:) Some of the stories were spot on for my family!!! Would highly recommend it, & keep it for next year to get into the holiday spirit!!! Glad I did not pass it by!!!
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As with all collections, some entries were better than others, but each told a different side and a different perspective of celebrating (or not celebrating) the tradition of Thanksgiving and how that may have even changed over the years. We get to enjoy loving, laughing, crying, reflecting, and pondering on Thanksgiving as each author reflects on what they believe (or learn to believe) is truly important about the holiday.
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If you are looking for a polished collection of literary gems you will be disappointed. But if you want to peek inside the lives and dining rooms of ordinary people and laugh and cry alongside them this book is for you. Hidden between the pages are some truly beautiful stories of love, loss and laughter. Other tales are so roughly constructed that you might be tempted to skip over them but even these expose deep emotion that prompted the attempt to share them. In the end, I came away with a greater appreciation for Thanksgiving, tradition, family and the tenacity required to do this thing every year in spite of all the ups and downs of life. Good read!
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By Mimi on November 24, 2013
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This is a collection of very nice, enjoyable stories about the various aspects of Thanksgiving. Each author gives his or her perception of what the holiday either means or meant to them. Some stories are poignant and heartwarming, others not so much. They are all entertaining. Gives you the warm fuzzies about Turkey Day.
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I enjoyed the stories. I read them all on Thanksgiving, and they helped get me in the "Thanksgiving mood!" There were a good diversity of stories, representing both functional and dysfunctional families, rural and urban settings, and some ethnic diversity. Some were touching, and some made you want to cry. My only complaint is that I really love humorous stories, and there were not enough of those for my taste. I remember one being laugh out loud funny, and a couple with some humorous parts. Overall, though, a nice way to enter the holiday season.
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