The Pilgrim, by Hugh Nissenson.

If you want to get into the true holiday spirit before sitting down to your Thanksgiving feast, read Hugh Nissenson’s The Pilgrim— yes, those pilgrims.  Of Plymouth.  The novel is a hard look at the hardships the colony (and, for that matter, all who lived in the 1600s) endured (told convincingly in a period first-person voice).   It will make you extra grateful for the bounty of 2011.

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