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Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Brian D. Jaffe

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Imagine a Thanksgiving with so much food that nobody noticed the turkey was never served. Or, trying to host Thanksgiving in China where holiday staples like turkey and dinner rolls are almost impossible to find. Not every Thanksgiving in America is a folk-art painting. They are as varied as Americans themselves, and run the spectrum of emotion and experience - from as rural as watching Grandma slaughter the holiday bird by the barn, to the traditional with family football games in the yard, and to the modern with multicultural meals complete with eggrolls.

It is a holiday for everyone - regardless of whether arrival to the United States was via the Mayflower, Ellis Island, international airport, or any other way. It is a holiday steeped in traditions (which are either faithfully followed, radically ignored, or adapted to individual circumstances), memories and images.

In Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America, 48 writers from across the United States share their individual stories and memories of Thanksgiving and provide insight into the variety of ways the holiday is experienced, celebrated, viewed and cherished by Americans. But, whether held in a country farmhouse, amid the frantic pace of New York City, or in a restaurant, there are a number of common elements. These stories reveal how seemingly simple things- like the passing of a tradition to the next generation, sitting next to Grandpa, favorite foods and recipes, or certain sounds, sights, and smells - can have special meaning and leave warm and indelible memories.

Some of the stories describe the chaos and mishaps of meal preparation, family arguments and first-time hosts - all crises then, but now looked upon with laughter. Other stories recount family traditions, meaningful moments, memorable guests and hosts, remembering those no longer with us, being alone or out-and-out hating the holiday. Thanksgiving Tales is a reflection of Americans, as much as it is a look at the holiday.

It is a testament to the importance of the holiday that Americans will go to great lengths for Thanksgiving - spending money to travel long distances or taking days to prepare meals, sometimes only to find themselves seated next to the weird cousin or sick all night from bacteria-laden food. Yet, it's done all over again the next year.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 497 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 200 pages
  • Editeur : Sestin LLC (1 septembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0041KL6TY
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  27 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent, Nostalgic Look Back.. 1 octobre 2011
Par John Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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...

If I was to criticize anything about this book it would be editor Brian Jaffe's choice of using real writers, or at least folks that have dabbled in writing as a successful sideline for all of his stories. There are no true exceptions. All of the contributors have some background in writing that seems to qualify them for the privilege of being included. Unfortunately this is a practice I have seen in the past in ventures such as this that in my opinion has mixed results at best. Authors, or at least people with a writing background may have the ability to relate a story with much more of a descriptive favor and augmentation, but that doesn't always translate to something desirable, or as a more sincere piece of work. I couldn't help get the feeling in a few of the stories that the authors were concentrating more on describing their personal tale in a way that is colorfully descriptive than just relating what happened and why the memory has kept with them all of these years. I believe that a story from someone that is close to the editor in some way, perhaps a neighbor or old time resident, (or just a relative that spins a home spun tale from their own perspective) would have come off as just as entertaining and moving as the professionals. But despite my feelings of seasoned authors sometimes compromising their memories for the sake of their talent, I still have to say that the vast majority this collection of stories are as well written, warm, funny, versatile, and entertaining as they come. This is the kind of book that one can either just pick up and enjoy with a few minutes pleasure to spare, or curl up with for an hour or more at a time. It fits well in any situation that one could imagine that we enjoy reading, and I guarantee that everyone will find something amusing, touching, or just very familiar in many of its stories. I highly recommend Thanksgiving Tales for its heartwarming look back from many different perspectives on a holiday that the vast many of us have memories of our own we can compare them with. And if I may suggest, perhaps there is a sequel in the future for Christmas? Enjoy.. : )
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ~~Memories~~ 13 novembre 2013
Par Chief, USN Ret...VT Town - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great holiday read! 30 novembre 2010
Par L.K.Hill - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is an anthology full of an eclectic mix of Thanksgiving Day stories. As Thanksgiving is a holiday only celebrated in the U.S., these are fun stories about anything you can think of having to do with this holiday. The writing is crisp, concise, and very relatable. The stories range from food to cultural experiences to sentimental stories, even to a hilarious family football game. These are great stories to read any time of year, but especially if one wants to appreciate a thoroughly American holiday, or just needs a little help getting into the spirit of things!

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable Read 12 décembre 2012
Par A Davis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone's view of Thanksgiving! 25 décembre 2012
Par S. Blantin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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