This has been a tough year for pharmaceutical companies, with price concerns on the tip of everyone’s tongue, the race to the bottom on generic drug pricing and its impact on drug shortages, FDA now back almost fully in the facility inspection mode, Warning Letters flying out of the Agency at a breakneck pace, and M&A activity gobbling up (no pun intended) nearly everything with an accretion value. On top of that, the world is going crazy, with war in the Middle East and Ukraine, with politics seeming more like a game of “gotcha” rather than representing the needs of the country, along with the seeming inability to effectively govern, compounded by endless conspiracy theories, scares the you-know-what out of me. What ever happened to bipartisanship and compassion? One might wonder what is there to be thankful for this year? 

I think the best and certainly most important thing we have to be thankful for this (and every) year centers around family and friends and health.  With the pandemic somewhat behind us, I was trying to come up with something clever to say to put a smile on your faces, but I find it hard this year.  So, I chose to develop a Thanksgiving library list to share with you that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. 

Please look for some of these new titles for your reading enjoyment that deal with the TG holiday: 

Silence of the Yams – A thrilling tale of those “orange” potatoes and how they quietly became famous at Thanksgiving time.  

Where the Turkey & Dads Sing – a modern classic from the Deep South outlining the best way to keep relatives from doing karaoke before or after Thanksgiving dinner. 

The Son Also Slices – history of the evolution of turkey carving being passed down a generation. 

The Maize Runner – Exciting but a bit corny story told about a boy that saved the day by finding the last corn on earth and racing it home in time for the feast. A particular favorite for corn lovers! 

A Tale of Two Turkeys – A very rare Dickens novel about an astonishing discovery at the Thanksgiving dinner table. This is a takeoff of the author’s first novel “Two Heads are Better Than One”. 

The Lily Pad and the Modesty – A Roman take on feasting while mostly clothed! Not to be confused with the real classic the Iliad and the Odyssey. 

The Great Gatsby – A horror story of a family member whose physical digestive problems with turnips nearly turned Thanksgiving deadly.  

And last but not least, 

For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls – See what happens to guests when they are late to dinner in this riveting novel about anger and ultimate forgiveness. 

All joking aside, we at Lachman wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! Also please try to do something nice for someone in need this season. Oh, and sorry for offending any of the authors not mentioned in this post.