Four Books For Giving Thanks

Book cover for 365 Thank Yous by John KralikI’m not talking turkey today. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so you likely have your menu set and ingredients prepped. (At the library, our copies of “Thanksgiving 101” and “New Thanksgiving Table” started flying off of the shelves weeks ago.) Instead of food ideas for your feast, I thought I’d give you gratitude. Here, in no particular order, are four books about giving thanks.

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter” by Steve Dublanica. Be nice to your servers, people. Dublanica writes about his years working in New York City restaurants in this casual and irreverent memoir that uses a narrow lens to explore manners, morals and human behavior.

365 Thank Yous: The Year A Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life” by John Kralik. To be blunt, Kralik’s life stunk. Failed marriages, distant relationships with kids growing more distant, career in a tail spin, health problems – something had to change. Kralik decided to write a single thank you note a day, and this book details how a simple act transformed his attitude and ultimately his life.

I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me: A Memoir” by Jimmy Breslin. Seasoned New York journalist Breslin experienced what he labels a miracle–an unrelated, relatively minor health issue lead to the discovery of a life-threatening aneurism. His survival of a risky surgical procedure and his full recovery motivated this exploration of his remarkable life, from his rocky childhood to his rise as a journalist.

The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude” by Margaret Visser. Visser looks at the cultural history–and even the science–of thankfulness, from the complexities of gift-giving rituals among different peoples to the way modern-day parents doggedly instruct young children to thank others.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for reading!

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