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13 Quick Reads For Thanksgiving Travel

  First Posted: 11/21/11 02:19 PM ET   Updated: 11/21/11 03:37 PM ET

If you're anything like the rest of the country, you'll be spending Thanksgiving in your hometown, happily surrounded by family and food. The only thing separating you and this deliciously caloric event is a pesky plane ride: hours of line-waiting, ear-popping and turbulence.

Rather than sneakily listening to your iPod during takeoff, pack a short book in your carry on and entertain yourself without risking mechanical failure. Your reading could make for great dinner conversation or subject-changers when your extended family asks why you still aren't seeing anyone.

Here's a list of the quickest page-turners, from compact classics to more modern speed reads.

Do you already know what book you’ll be reading on your trip home? Let us know in the comments!

Julian Barnes's "The Sense of an Ending"
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This Booker Prize winner is the best way to get a small dose of this accomplished writer. As entertaining as it is somber, the story involves an aging man reflecting on his schoolboy days, and unraveling the details surrounding a friend's death.

Length: 176 pages
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Filed by Madeleine Crum  |