12 Days of Christmas Viewing!

In anticipation of the approaching holidays, the Library will be featuring 12 Christmas/Holiday themed books/movies in the upcoming weeks. This week features three holiday movies for the whole family to enjoy and one book about Christmas on television. Check these out, and more, at the Library!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
By Tim Burton
Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder — where every holiday has its own special land … and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels, it’s up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together. This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award(R)-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy(R)-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton (BATMAN, PLANET OF THE APES). THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHIRSTMAS — a delightful treat the whole family will enjoy!
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Before-Christmas-Special/dp/6305949980
This movie is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection PN1997.5 .N5 2000
It’s a Wonderful Life
By Frank Capra
George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director’s optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra’s triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming–in the teary-eyed final reel–his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It’s a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Wonderful-Life-60th-Anniversary/dp/B000HEWEJO
This movie is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection PN1995.9 .C5113 I758 1998
The Nutcracker
By Peter Tchaikovsky
Live from the Bolshoi Theatre. This 1978 remake is a truly spellbinding version of this Christmas classic. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies combine with superb dancing to create pure delight. Starring Yekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Victor Levashev, and Sergei Radchenko.
Famed Bolshoi duo Yekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev star in this production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. Maximova dances the role of Maria, the young girl whose mysterious uncle Drosselmeyer (Victor Levashov) gives her a wooden nutcracker (Vasiliev) for Christmas. When he comes to life, she rescues him from marauding mice and is taken to the Kingdom of Sweets for a series of entertaining divertissements from many nationalities.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Tchaikovsky-Nutcracker-Maximova-Vasiliev-Bolshoi/dp/B00003M5G8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1260800377&sr=1-1
This video is located on the 2nd Floor in the Media Collection M1520 .T35 N8 1999
Christmas on Television
By Diane Werts
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Christmas on TV. Whether it’s the made-for-television specials of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” a “M*A*S*H*” Christmas in Korea, Kramer playing Santa on “Seinfeld,” or the annual holiday disaster on “The Simpsons” or “South Park,” television’s many representations of this beloved holiday have become as essential a part of our holiday season as lights, gifts, or mistletoe. In this entertaining chronicle of television and the Christmas season Diane Werts weaves discussion of the many programs that have appeared during holiday seasons throughout the years with interviews with writers, producers, and stars. Not only are readers given a chance to re-live their favorite holiday moments on TV, but also to gain illuminating cultural insights into the increasingly strong bond that unites these two American traditions. This book is the first to cover the entire history of the depiction of Christmas on television, and includes a discussion of programs that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice. An introductory overview helps readers to understand the basis on which television’s success with the holidays is based, and chronological chapters go on to consider the many different ways in which the season has been celebrated in variety shows, sitcoms, specials, and dramas of the past six decades.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Television-Praeger-Collection/dp/0275983315
This book can be found on the 5th floor PN1992.8 .C5 W47 2006

New for the Holidays

New books in Browsing for your holiday reading:
Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
Homer & Langley by EL Doctorow
Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason
Character Driven : Life, Lessons, and Basketball by Derek Fisher
Have a Little Faith : A True Story by Mitch Albom
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Murder of King Tut : The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Ice by Linda Howard
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Highest Duty : My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger

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

12 Days of Christmas Reading!

In anticipation of the approaching holidays, the Library will be featuring 12 Christmas/Holiday themed books/movies in the upcoming weeks. Check out this week’s selections and get started on your holiday reading!
Lakeshore Christmas By Susan Wiggs
Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas—and there’s nothing more magical than Christmas on Willow Lake. The prim librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon’s annual holiday pageant, and she’s determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she’s always read about.
Because her co-director is recovering former child star Eddie Haven, a long-haired, tattooed lump of coal in Maureen’s pageant stocking. Eddie can’t stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking.
Maureen and Eddie spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie’s original—and distinctly untraditional—music. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas?
And how is it possible that they’re falling in love?
This book is located in the Browsing Collection on the 2nd Floor
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Lakeshore-Christmas-Chronicles-Susan-Wiggs/dp/0778326896
A Christmas Carol and Other Stories By Charles Dickens
An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens’s beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge–who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts–is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of Christmas. ‘Whether the Christmas visions would or would not convert Scrooge, they convert us,’ wrote G. K. Chesterton. ‘The story sings from end to end like a happy man going home.’ The Modern Library edition also presents two more of Dickens’s popular Christmas stories, The Chimes and The Haunted Man, Dickens’s last Christmas tale, which features one of his greatest comic families, the Tetterbys. With an introduction by John Irving.
This book is located on the 5th floor PR4557 .A1 2001
Source: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780679641315
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
This book is located on the 6th floor in the Juvenile Collection R658b
Source: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Best-Christmas-Pageant-Ever/Barbara-Robinson/e/97800644
Silent Night : The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce By Stanley Weintraub
History is peppered with oddments and ironies, and one of the strangest is this. A few days before the first Christmas of that long bloodletting then called the Great War, hundreds of thousands of cold, trench-bound combatants put aside their arms and, in defiance of their orders, tacitly agreed to stop the killing in honor of the holiday. That informal truce began with small acts: here opposing Scottish and German troops would toss newspapers, ration tins, and friendly remarks across the lines; there ambulance parties, clearing the dead from the barbwire hell of no man’s land, would stop to share cigarettes and handshakes. Soon it spread, so that by Christmas Eve the armies of France, England, and Germany were serenading each other with Christmas carols and sentimental ballads and denouncing the conflict with cries of “Á bas la guerre!” and “Nie wieder Krieg!” The truce was, writes Stanley Weintraub, a remarkable episode, and, though “dismissed in official histories as an aberration of no consequence,” it was so compelling that many who observed it wrote in near-disbelief to their families and hometown newspapers to report the extraordinary event.
This book is located on the 3rd floor D530 .W45 2001
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Night-Story-World-Christmas/dp/0452283671