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Holiday Gift Book Suggestion

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wendy
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Holiday Gift Book Suggestion

Post by wendy » Thu December 9th, 2010, 1:21 pm

Looking for a great holiday gift? One of my favorites for this time of year is "December Night" by Willa Cather. It is a beautifully illustrated slim hardback book, containing a scene from the longer novel "Death Comes for the Archbishop." It is designed to look like an old illuminated manuscript and is quite stunning (New York: Knopf, 2004). Regular (and numbered) copies are available while supplies last.

It can be viewed at:
http://www.willacather.org/booksandgift ... gory_id=14

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Post by Michy » Thu December 9th, 2010, 4:12 pm

Two of my favorite Christmas stories are The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson (yes, I know that one is sad, but it's a story I love, anyway, from my childhood).

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Post by Vanessa » Thu December 9th, 2010, 4:56 pm

How about The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder? It can be read a little like an advent calendar as each chapter is one day.
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Post by wendy » Thu December 9th, 2010, 6:03 pm

[quote=""Michy""]Two of my favorite Christmas stories are The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson (yes, I know that one is sad, but it's a story I love, anyway, from my childhood).[/quote]

The Little Match Girl is one of my childhood favorites too. You've just inspired me to re-read it. Thanks!
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Post by LoveHistory » Thu December 9th, 2010, 6:17 pm

I love Christmas stories! More suggestions please.

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Post by rockygirl » Fri December 10th, 2010, 12:44 am

This is a religious one, but I read it every year, "Two from Galilee" by Marjorie Holmes.

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Post by annis » Fri December 10th, 2010, 1:38 am

Every year at Christmas Anne Perry puts out a special novella. They are Victorian mysteries with a Christmas setting and make a fun read which isn't too demanding, but with a twist or two to add interest.

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Post by Michy » Fri January 7th, 2011, 6:35 pm

I was walking the aisles of our local library branch yesterday and discovered they have what looks to be the entire works of Charles Dickens (and they look very old, too, I'm really surprised the library has them out on the shelf). Anyway, there was one volume titled "Christmas Stories", so Dickens obviously must have written more than just "A Christmas Carol." I'm definitely going to put it on my calendar to check this one out next December!

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