If your family is like mine, you never quite know what to expect when the holidays arrive. Will it be smooth sailing, or will someone inevitably choose to bring up the most contentious political debates of the season? For the book-lovers who may have to deal with frustratingly dense relatives, these eight audiobooks about family will help you make it through Thanksgiving with your own family.
Each of the titles on the list below is an acclaimed family drama released in 2017. The stories touch on every corner of the globe and span decades in the lives of their protagonists. From a tale of historical fiction about children stolen from their families in Depression Era Tennessee, to the tale of an Iranian-American woman living in modern-day Europe, these are books about people, with all of their virtues and faults.
No matter if you plan to drive home for the holidays or have already booked your flight and hotel, it's essential to have a great selection of books to read and listen to while you travel. Not only will these titles help keep you awake in your seat, but they will also make the time you spend in a cramped airplane or car fly by.
Compiled by Audiobooks.com, this list of family-centric books will keep you entertained throughout the holiday season. Some of them, such as Joshua Max Feldman's Start Without Me, deal directly with the national day of turkey and stuffing, but others lack that holiday framing. Either way, you can't go wrong with choosing any of the eight audiobooks below as the soundtrack to your homeward-bound holiday travels.
Obviously, listening to an audiobook will not iron out your family's differences this holiday season, but it probably can't make them any worse. Depending on how badly your Thanksgivings tend to go, having a poignant, funny, family drama at your side could make your dinner table conversations feel a little less tense. And, if all else fails, having a few of these books loaded up on your favorite device will give you something comforting and relaxing to come home to at the end of a long day with your family.
No matter how lovely your family is, the holidays are a stressful time. These audiobooks will help you make it through Thanksgiving with minimal anguish. Check out the eight titles on the list below, and share your favorite family-centric reads with me on Twitter!