12 Days of Christmas Reading, 2nd week

In anticipation of the approaching holidays, the Library will be featuring 12 Christmas/Holiday themed books/movies in the upcoming weeks. Check out the selections for week 2 and get started on your holiday reading!
Christmas Gift!
By Ferrol Sams
This charming account of the celebration of Christmas in a Fayette County, Georgia, family is re-created with joy and appreciation of the quirks among the author’s extended family. Sams, a novelist ( Run with the Horseman ) who is a practicing physician, captures the essence of storied Southern hospitality in a mélange of vignettes recalling Christmases observed in years that were lean as well as bountiful. With acceptable hyperbole (“Our daddy was imbued with every masculine virtue that has ever been delineated”), and benign oversight of the perplexities of Southern society prior to World War II, Sams takes the reader into the comfortable “Big House” on Christmas Day, filled with aunts, uncles and wide-eyed children who, in the continuity of their traditions, give meaning to the word “family.”
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gift-Ferrol-Sams/dp/0440503590/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259591579&sr=1-1
This book is located on the 6th floor PS3569.A46656 Z465 1989
Christmas Stories
Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
Christmas Stories is a treasury of short fiction by great writers of the past two centuries—from Dickens and Tolstoy to John Updike and Alice Munro. As a literary subject, Christmas has inspired everything from intimate domestic dramas to fanciful flights of the imagination, and the full range of its expression is represented in this wonderfully engaging anthology.
Goblins frolic in the graveyard of an early Dickens tale and a love-struck ghost disrupts a country estate in Elizabeth Bowen’s “Green Holly.” The plight of the less fortunate haunts Chekhov’s “Vanka” and Willa Cather’s “The Burglar’s Christmas” but takes a boisterously comic turn in Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas” and in John Cheever’s “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor.” From Vladimir Nabokov’s intensely moving story of a father’s grief in “Christmas” to Truman Capote’s hilarious yet heartbreaking “A Christmas Memory,” from Grace Paley’s Jewish girl starring in the Christmas pageant in “The Loudest Voice” to the dysfunctional family ski holiday in Richard Ford’s “Crèche”—each of the stories gathered here is imbued with Christmas spirit (of one kind or another), and all are richly and indelibly entertaining.
This book is located on the 6th floor PS648 .C45 C4579 2007
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
By Les Standiford
Charles Dickens was almost 32 in late 1843, and his career trajectory was downward. Since the mega success of The Old Curiosity Shop, dwindling sales of his work and problems with his publisher left little doubt in his mind: he would support his growing household as a travel writer on the Continent. As the disappointing Martin Chuzzlewit continued its serialization, A Christmas Carol appeared in a richly illustrated edition. Although initial sales were brisk, high production costs coupled with spotty advertising and a low retail price made the book unprofitable. But, says Standiford, this modern fable had a profound impact on Anglo-American culture and its author’s career. If Dickens did not precisely invent Christmas, his ghost story created a new framework for celebrating it. Standiford (The Last Train to Paradise) covers an impressive amount of ground, from the theological underpinnings of Christmas to Dickens’s rocky relations with America, evolving copyright laws and an explanation of how A Christmas Carol became responsible for the slaughter of more turkeys than geese in the months of November and December.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Invented-Christmas-Dickenss/dp/0307405788
This book is located on the 5th floor PR4572 .C69 S73 2008
Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art
Foreword by John Updike
Christmas. Whether they love it or hate it, remember it fondly or shudder at the thought, readers are sure to find a kindred spirit wrapped up among the pages of this premiere holiday collection, part of the esteemed magazine’s popular anthology series. Culled from the past 75 years, fiction, poetry, and memoir explore this most celebrated of holidays in all its guises. Gathering a merry cast of regular contributors, the list of notable authors and artists is as lengthy as the wish list of a starry-eyed five-year-old sitting on Santa’s knee. From Alice Munro’s poignant “The Turkey Season” to John O’Hara’s urbane “Christmas Poem,” the cream of the literary crop is represented. Strewn throughout are samples of favorite magazine features as well as its incomparable cartoons and signature covers. On Thurber and Trillin! On Keillor and Mencken! Add a dash of Nash and top it off with a frosting of White and you have a timeless gift of fine literature that is destined to last beyond the holiday season.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-New-Yorker-Stories-Poems/dp/1400063418
This book is located on the 6th floor PS509 .C56 C517 2003