A family-operated bookstore that started in 2001 at 406 Meeting St. in West Columbia now carries an estimated one-of-a-kind and gently read 40,000 books, with some inventory available on its online database. Ed Albritton, owner of Ed's Editions, says Thanksgiving prompts self-reflection, often about gratitude found in life.
Ed and his team—Liz Brooker, Eric Albritton and Irene —suggest the following four books for this popular reading season. To contact them about securing these or other gratitude-related books, visit EdsEditions.com or call 803.791.8002.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This story's constant theme is to pursue dreams by following one's heart's desires. In the book, during a young boy's journey, he learns to listen to his heart and follow the language of omens. With each passing obstacle and hurdle the young boy encounters, there's a lesson learned.
Gratitude: Reflections On What We Owe to Our Country by William F. Buckley Jr.
The author renews his call for a year of voluntary national service for young people 18 years and older, in areas such as health, daycare and the environment, to strengthen their feeling and appreciation for their nation.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Much about this book relates to interpreting the meanings of unconditional love and of friendship. As such, the book teaches children "as your life becomes polluted with the trappings of the modern world — as you 'grow up' — your relationships tend to suffer if you let them fall to the wayside."
Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer
Join the book's Little Critter character as he learns why it's important to be thankful for what he has, not to be upset about what he doesn't. This book shows children what gratitude is and why everyone should be thankful for the blessings they receive.