Thorndike Press

We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace

  • Denise Kiernan
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  • ISBN-10: 143288767X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887674
  • DDC: 394.2649
  • Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
  • 388 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021



A New York Times Bestselling Author

From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, bestselling author Denise Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday. Populated by an enthralling supporting cast of characters including Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, Walt Whitman, Norman Rockwell, and others, We Gather Together is ultimately a story of tenacity and dedication, an inspiring tale of how imperfect people in challenging times can create powerful legacies.


Customer Reviews

“With engaging writing and fresh research, everything comes together in a thoroughly enjoyable package. Readers will find humor (Kiernan’s take on turducken: “a poultry nesting doll with gravy”), pathos (public events were canceled during the 1918 flu pandemic), and surprises (Pilgrims weren’t connected to the holiday until 1939, when FDR attempted to change the date). Lots to consider, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Packed with vivid character sketches, intriguing historical tidbits, and lucid meditations on the psychology of giving thanks, this unique chronicle casts [Thanksgiving] in a new light.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Kiernan traces the history of the formalization of Thanksgiving Day while reframing the holiday’s sense of gratitude . . . [and] engagingly explores the economic, political, and cultural roots and consequences of holiday practice . . . a bright tribute to Thanksgiving’s expression of gratitude and grace.”

— Kirkus Reviews