I've always felt that it's not by chance that Thanksgiving follows Veteran's Day; we remember, honor and thank those who have sacrificed so much for us on Veteran's Day, setting the stage for a season of gratefulness.
There have been several recent books about the power of gratitude ("Thank You Power" by Deborah Norville and "Thanks!" by Robert Emmons come to mind) and a few more titles on our shelves explore similar avenues.
"Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression" by Mildred Armstrong Kalish sounds like it might be one of those 'poor me' memoirs, but Kalish wants to share "the sheer joy and excitement of it all...It was quite a romp."
"Stormy Weather" by Paulette Jiles is a fictional tale of the Great Depression, and it's all here: the dust storms, drought and devastation, but also humor, romance and the indomitable human spirit.
And for the wee ones, Kevin Henkes delivers a sweet story about how the worst day can turn around in an instant in "A Good Day."