Family: sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them, and relationships can be complicated. But blood is thicker than water, right? In honor of Thanksgiving week, we’re sharing our favorite picks for books with family at their core: the zany, the loving, and the downright weird. Read on for our favorite books that are all in the family!
1) Holidays with the Walker Brothers by Nicole Edwards
You are personally invited to spend the holidays with the Walker brothers and their families. As with any other time of the year, the seven brothers know how to heat things up while stirring up trouble, and between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, they don’t hold back.
2) This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The dying wish of Judd Foxman’s father was that they sit shiva for seven days and nights after his death—regardless of the lack of religion in his life previously. Hilarity ensues as this dysfunctional family reluctantly comes together for the first time in years.
3) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. None has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…
4) The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Vacation with your family is not always ideal…especially when everyone is trying to leave their problems behind in New York.
5) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate—a life and a role that she has never challenged…until now.
6) Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
7) The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready By Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding
Having six out of ten kids go to college is no small feat on its own, but having six kids in college by the age of twelve— that’s nothing short of incredible. Meet Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, high school sweethearts whose simple homeschooling method produced exactly those extraordinary results.
8) Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
When Cameron’s dying father calls him home his lavish life of champagne and women, his life changes forever. This first book of the Chesapeake Bay series will transport you to the soothing breezes of the eastern shores of Maryland.