In anticipation of the next six-ish gravy-smothered, twinkle-light-bedecked weeks of the holiday season before us, we are reserving a special spot in our roundup just for all the finger-licking, heart-warming goodness. This week, a few stories about gratitude, giving, and (obviously) more gravy to help remind us all what Thanksgiving is really about.

What’s more: a few features on what’s going on in the entertainment world, and some stories that are, if nothing else, just that—really good stories.

Happy reading!

P.S. We added another new title: Men’s Health, featured in our holiday series below. Add it to your library by tapping (+) in the app.

P.P.S. See if you can spot a story about Next Issue and our new partner in the December issue of Chatelaine.

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Next Issue Picks

Best of Adventure


Find your dream vacation: sleep in the Alps; see the best view of Everest; summit a Mexican volcano; penguin-watch in Antarctica; hike through Quito; explore the Indonesian coastline; discover unfamiliar culture in Africa. (Just a few ideas.)

The A-Team Killings

Rolling Stone

Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base. Was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war? Brutal, honest, and eye-opening.

The Year Ahead: 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek

Get prepared for all the major trends, disruptions, breakthrough products, innovations, and revolutions of 2014 with Bloomberg Businessweek’s biggest issue since 1999.

I'm a Government Witness

ESPN The Magazine

“I’m a government witness, for God’s f***ing sake… I’m not doing anything illegal.” Angel Heredia trains some of boxing’s heaviest hitters, but does his past as a ped cheat make him a threat to the sport—or a potential savior?

Good Stories

Up Front: The Long Road Back


Two years after the tragic deaths of her children and her parents from a fire in her home, Madonna Badger reflects on what happened—and what keeps her going.

Guy Walks Into a Bar

The New Yorker

An amusing short story that cleverly combines a handful of jokes we’ve all heard too many times into an original, charming piece that, somehow by the end, is pro-gay rights. (No joke.)

I Believe: An Essay by Bill Gates


“I believe that every life is valuable. That we can make things better. That innovation is the key to a bright future. That we’re just getting started.” He’s also a little obsessed with fertilizer, but he tries not to talk about that too much at cocktail parties.

Deer in the Heart of Dixie

Field & Stream

Get invited to this old school club of hunters who run deer with dogs through the swamps of Alabama, and you’ll share breakfast with 75 others, hear a whole lot of howling from both hounds and hunters, and, if you don’t shoot straight, possibly get a paddling from a guy in a funny hat.

Two Reels and a Microphone

Men of the Year: Justin Timberlake


JT’s one of our favorites, but he’s just one of 29 Men of the Year. Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Kevin Spacey, Chris Christie, Andy Samberg, John Oliver and many more also get a spotlight in this issue.

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

Popular Mechanics

Can a scientist watch a sci-fi movie and believe that it’s good, even if it bends the laws of nature? The answer is yes—to a degree. It must have both scientific plausibility and cinematic merit. And if it has neither, well, see “Sci-What?” (The 5 worst.)

Design Report 2013

Entertainment Weekly

EW goes behind the scenes (and seams) to deconstruct the year’s best costumes, set design, and hair and makeup on the big and small screens.

Hottest Acts of 2013

Us Weekly

Kelly scores advice from Adele, Kanye gives props to Lorde, and Britney schools Miley. This year’s music royals sound off to Us.

Holiday Series: Gratitude, Giving & Gravy

The Ingrate's Guide to Living Longer

Men's Health

Gratitude might be a “chick thing.” But it’s another reason women are happier and live longer than men. It’s about time we settled the score—with two very simple words.

Live Green and Save During the Holidays

All You

The volume of American household waste grows by 25 percent (about a million extra tons) between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Here, 20 ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle while reconnecting with family and friends.

The Giving Spree

O, The Oprah Magazine

What’s on your wish list this year? Profound happiness? Deep gratitude? A better world? They can all be yours if you follow O’s guide to giving what you’ve got. Here, an abundance of inspiring ways to share a little cash, show off your skills, and make every moment count.

The Sinful and the Saintly

New York Magazine

Thanksgiving two ways: a truly gluttonous spread for those looking to indulge, and a Mediterranean-style meal for the butter-phobes.

New Issues

Better Homes and Gardens