Thanksgiving day is great. For me, it starts active, with a run (the Turkey Trot), but then moves into some serious downtime while the food preps and we wait for cocktail time to get started.
For the girl who loves rich kid dramz:
“Dazzling Heights” – The second novel in Katherine McGee’s YA trilogy picks up right where The Thousandth Floor left off, with this group of overprivileged teens trying to make sense of what happened at that party on the top floor of the world’s tallest building. With all the fun, futuristic bits of the first novel and even more juicy secrets, this book kept me hooked. I found it only slightly cheesier than the first (mainly in the romantic subplot points) but didn’t mind too much.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
For the person who wants to impress their fam once they sit down at the dinner table:
“So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” – I was a big fan of Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test so I was excited to read this non-fiction work on the causes and effects of shaming culture. There has been a big shift in shaming – what used to be public flogging is now a barrage of insults over Twitter. This book evaluates how our culture picks people apart in a very public, long-lasting fashion. You’ll sound very smart when you whip out some of this knowledge at the table. You’ll also have a healthy dose of perspective, which is always great on a day that centers around being grateful.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
For the black(ish) sheep attending a WASP Thanksgiving:
“Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales” – You might know her as Schmoopie from the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld or as the wife to George Stephanopoulos, but that’s all her adult life. What you may not realize is that Ali Wentworth is the daughter of a super prominent DC family where couture was commonplace, boarding school was expected, “summering” was the norm, and people [her mother] have names like Muffie. In this collection of essays, Wentworth details a childhood that most would consider wacky and out of touch…yet she makes it humorous and relatable.
4 out of 5 stars.