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Happy Thanksgiving, some shopping advice, and movie recommendations

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, friends and readers, from all of us at Just the Right Book!

All this talk about the big-box stores opening at midnight for Black Friday gives me the shivers. Come Friday morning, those of us who stayed warm in our beds will likely wake up to stories on the news of people waiting in line overnight, out in the cold, to spend their hard-earned money on stuff. I hope not to hear any stories this year of fights breaking out or people being trampled, but if past years are any indication, it seems like those kind of stories are almost inevitable. Shopping for stuff has become a full-contact sport.

But I’m here to offer a friendly reminder about some of the alternatives. Shop with us at Just the Right Book. We are an online small business. The online part means you can shop any time, in your pajamas if you’d like, and the small business part means you can still have the satisfaction of participating in Small Business Saturday (or supporting us any day of the week). If you live near Madison, CT, you get the triple benefit of supporting a local business as well. Also, we sell books–arguably much more transformative, transporting, and enlightening than so much of that other stuff. Of course, humans can’t exist on books alone (though some may say that it is possible), so for your non-book gifts, we encourage you to support other small businesses either online or local to you.

And now for some lighter fare—since Thanksgiving weekend is such a popular time to go to the movies, here are some books-turned-movies playing in theaters now:

The Descendants starring George Clooney, based on
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, based on
My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark.

The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, based on
The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson.

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