Jazz Age Wednesdays 11 ― Turkey Time for Pip

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hey Sheiks and Shebas,  I’m pos-i-lutely thankful that you’re at Jazz Age Wednesdays!  Yes, November is National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo), even at Thanksgiving (USA). And yes, I’m still woefully behind on my word-count toward drafting a novel of 50,000 words in a month… but I’m so grateful for all of you that I’m stopping to write this little vignette.  In gratitude, I’ve included a list of books that were popular during the Roaring Twenties along with links where you can get the books free at Project Gutenberg! 

Turkey Time for Pip

1928 Thanksgiving New Yorker
The New Yorker magazine, November 1928

“Paisley Idelle Peabody, I’ll have no complaining,” Granny Phanny stated firmly.

“But Granny, that’s practically all day!  Why can’t I do those errands for you?” I offered in my most reasonable voice.

“Because I said so,” was my grandmother’s answer.  “Don’t make me tell you again,” she added when I opened my mouth to offer a pos-i-lutely valid alternative.  “Now that turkey has to cook between four and a half and five hours.  Here’s a schedule for basting it.  That’s all you have to do.”

My eyebrows might have gone up a tad, but I am sure there was not a calculating expression on my face or anything like that.  So, I don’t know why she had to be such a bearcat about it.  However, Granny pointed at the oven and then turned that boney finger back at me and shook it.

“The only other thing you have to do is stay put!” she warned and I slouched down in the white ladderback chair.

“But Granny, I’ll be so bored!” I pleaded.

“That’s why I sent you to the library yesterday.  You have plenty of books to choose from to read.  But mind you, keep to that basting schedule,” she instructed with a final wag of her finger.

The heels of Granny’s oxfords click on the wood floor as she went to the foyer.  With a pearl hatpin she secured her favorite roll-brim hat to her head, and pulled on a pair of white gloves.  Then she left.

Horsefeathers,” I muttered, but I brought all the books to the kitchen table.

Some of these actually look pretty good, I thought as I read the title and author of each volume.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles* by Agatha Christie

The Age of Innocence* by Edith Wharton 

This Side of Paradise* by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Main Street* by Sinclair Lewis 

Glinda of Oz* by L. Frank Baum

Queen Lucia* by E. F. Benson 

Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners* by Sigmund Freud 

Applesauce!  It was hard to decide.  I got up and basted the turkey and then sat down to choose a book.

The end


I wonder which book our flapper will read first.  What about you?  Have I interested you in a good read?  All of those listed above are available free, and in a variety of formats at Project Gutenberg.  You’ll find descriptions and reviews of these and other Jazz Age books at this Goodreads link.

Speaking of books, here are links to the books about Pip and her friends.

Bijou front only 2

Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Novel-book-The Three Things Serial Story-Teagan Riordain Geneviene-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q-spotlight-author

The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 

I really appreciate you taking time to visit Jazz Age Wednesdays here at Teagan’s Books.  You’re the bee’s knees!  To all of you in the USA, and anyone else who wants to celebrate a day of gratitude — Happy Thanksgiving.



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83 thoughts on “Jazz Age Wednesdays 11 ― Turkey Time for Pip

      1. My joke on Granny backfired when she made me sprinkle sugar from the bowl onto my cornflakes the following morning, Teagan. I had to eat my whole bowl of cornflakes before I was allowed to leave the table. I never played a joke on her every again.

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  1. Finally made it here! I’m with Pip – I’d hate to be stuck with a turkey all day. Hubby deep fries ours – sooo good. I’ve read The Age of Innocence from that list – maybe Pip should start there. Hugs, Teagan!

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    1. Hi Gerlinde. I hope you are having a wonderful visit in Germany.
      I saw the movie trailer and it looks great. Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel on a train like that one!
      Thanks very much for taking time to read and comment. Huge hugs!


    1. Ha! Yes, sometimes they even come in handy for pinning a hat. 😉 I was amazed to find so many wonderful books from the Roaring Twenties, Christoph. I appreciate you taking time to visit. Have a hug-filled thriving Thursday. ❤


    1. Cool beans, Mary! Gutenberg is a treasure trove of Victorian literature too, if you like that. Yes, away from work is good! 😀 Except that I dreamed about work last night… Yeesh… Finally went back to sleep.
      Thank you, my friend. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving too. Hugs!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Teagan, and I know what we have to be thankful for, you! 🙂
    I know you’ll magically catch up on your word count, especially with your time off (for good behaviour?) this week, maybe Crystal can help lend a paw. 🙂
    You know me, I love books so this is right up my book alley. 🙂
    Hope this week is treating you well, off to share. 🙂
    Mega horsefeathers and applesauce fun and hugs xoxox

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    1. Dear Donna, thank you. That is the nicest thing you could say to me. I (and thousands of others) are very thankful for you. You lift up everyone you touch with your inimitable words.
      Yes, it’s a good week! (Amazing, huh?) I only worked on Monday, and off the rest of the week. But wouldn’t you know that I dreamed about work last night… bushwa!
      Have a wonder-filled hug-filled week, my friend. Mega hugs right back.


    1. LOL. John… I am worried about the main course, with Pip left in charge of the turkey. 😀 I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book link. I was trying to write a quick story… when the Project Gutenberg idea popped into my head. Plus, I’ve wanted to feature some 1920s books. So I just went with the whim instead of a real story.
      Many thanks for visiting. Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. Hugs.

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    1. LOL, come on, Diana. Freud’s always good for a laugh. 😉
      I’ve been wanting to feature some 1920s books, and yesterday, when the idea popped into my head to get some from Project Gutenberg, I just went with it. So I’m delighted you enjoyed it. If you like Victorian literature, Gutenberg is a treasure trove!
      A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well. Hugs! ❤

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    1. Good morning dear Ape. Great big thanks for reblogging this vignette and the links to free books. Wishing you and the naughty chimps a wonderful Wednesday. Pip sends a wish to Artie for a happy Thanksgiving, figuring that since he managed to take his time machine to visit her in the Corn Maze that he might celebrate her Thanksgiving with her. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/10/11/jazz-age-wednesdays-5-pip-in-the-corn-maze/
      You’re the bee’s knees!

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  3. Thanks, Teagan. Happy Thanksgiving. I’ve read a couple of the books on the list (Wharton and Fitzgerald’s and the Interpretation of Dreams by Freud), but there are several more I wouldn’t mind a look at. Although yours is higher up on my list, so I better get reading. Thanks again!

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    1. Christie amazes me Dyanna. When I was in my late teens I “converted” from Gothic romance to mystery. I had reached the end of one of her books (I think it was Roger Ackroyd) and my jaw dropped to see all the tiny things she tied together at the end — something I’ve never forgotten and hope to be as good at someday. I even went backward through the book to verify. I couldn’t help wondering (then) if she had written the book backward, from the end first. LOL. Have a wonderful Wednesday. You’re the cat’s meow!

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