Tis The Season
Fiction and Nonfiction for the holidays, selected by Jennifer Adams. Includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice. Summaries from ContentCafe. Added December 2010.
- Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop:
'tis the season to be deadly : stories of mistletoe and mayhem from 17 masters of suspense
edited by Otto Penzler
A suspenseful and unique collection of Christmas stories edited by award-winning Otto Penzler, including works by major bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, and Lawrence Block.
- A Wee Christmas Homicide
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
'Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Lisa has a plan involving Tiny Teddies, the hot toy of the season-- which turns out to be a toy to die for...
- A Christmas Blizzard
by Garrison Keillor
A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt, arriving just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard.
- The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck
A young boy is given a sweater by his mother before she dies--a final gesture that teaches him the true meaning of love.
- Home in Time for Christmas
by Heather Graham
When she rescues a man claiming to be a patriot soldier, sentenced to death by British authorities, Melody Tarleton takes the stranger to her parent's house where a little Christmas magic, some enchanted petals, and ancient potions take them on an unimaginable adventure.
- The Christmas List
by Richard Paul Evans
A successful but heartless businessman sees his own obituary in the newspaper after a case of mistaken identity, setting in motion a series of events that profoundly changes the lives of several people who have suffered due to his ruthless business practices.
- Home for Christmas
by Andrew M. Greeley
Years after abandoning his childhood sweetheart, a guilt-riddled Pete Kane becomes a distinguished army captain and experiences a transforming near-death experience in the wake of a bomb attack, a situation throughout which he is encouraged by an old friend to rekindle his past relationship.
- A Christmas Promise: A Novel
by Anne Perry
When a younger fellow orphan is imperiled by her uncle's murder and the flight of a family donkey, Gracie, Charlotte Pitt's maid aids the child's search for both the killer and the donkey.
- Lakeshore Christmas
by Susan Wiggs
When Maureen Davenport, a prim and proper librarian, is forced to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant with Eddie Haven, a recovering former child star who hates Christmas with a passion, she prays for a Christmas miracle.
- The Perfect Christmas
by Debbie Macomber
Tired of being single, Cassie Beaumont, who longs for a husband and kids, hires professional matchmaker Simon Dodson who assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets her perfect match.
- A McKettrick Christmas
by Linda Lael Miller
Returning home for Christmas, schoolteacher Lizzie McKettrick brings along her beau, Whitley Carson, but fate has a surprise in store for her when their homebound train is halted by a massive avalanche and she helps Dr. Morgan Shane care for the injured passengers.
- Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery
by C.S. Challinor
Christmas in the English countryside — what could be more charming? Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a historic hotel in East Sussex. But instead of Christmas cheer, the red-haired Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawry? Or an almond tart laced with poison?
- The Spy Who Came for Christmas
by David Morrell
As holiday celebrations take place in Santa Fe, Agent Paul Kagan is on the run with a baby the Russian mafia wants to destroy, and turns to a mother and her young son for help during a violent night where they all must work together to keep the child safe from harm.
- A Wallflower Christmas
by Lisa Kleypas
Arriving in London for his arranged marriage, uncivilized American rake Rafe Bowman receives lessons in London etiquette and gentlemanly behavior from four former Wallflowers during the holiday season, an effort that is complicated by the bride's unexpected ways.
- Kissing Christmas Goodbye: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
by M.C. Beaton
Bored with the routine cases coming her way, Agatha Raisin finally gets an intriguing case after the poisoning death of a wealthy widow, Mrs. Tamworthy, who had sent Agatha a letter warning that she believed that someone in her family intended to kill her.
- Matchless: A Christmas Story
by Gregory Maguire
Entwines the classic fairy tale of the little match girl with a story of Frederik, whose mother is seamstress to the queen and who spends many evenings crafting a village in the attic of their small, cold home.
- A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Dickens' tale of Scrooge's discovery of the true Christmas spirit is presented with Rackham's famous pictorial interpretations.
- Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
Accountant Luther Krank is a Scrooge for the new millennium. He calculates that he and his wife, Nora, can take a Caribbean cruise during Christmas for much less money than they spent during the previous year's Christmas season. But Luther doesn't just want to take a vacation during Christmas; he wants to take a vacation from Christmas and skip it altogether.
- Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris
An anthology of humorous Christmas tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries," "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family," and a new tale of holiday mayhem.
- The man who invented Christmas:
how Charles Dickens's A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits
by Les Standiford
A study of the story behind "A Christmas Carol" describes how Charles Dickens self-published the holiday classic, revitalizing his failing literary career and reviving the celebration of Christmas amid the struggles of the Industrial Revolution.
- Chanukah & other Hebrew holiday songs:
25 of the best-known Hebrew & Yiddish melodies arranged for easy piano with lyrics & guitar chords
by Alan Small
Twenty-five of the best-known Hebrew and Yiddish melodies arranged for easy piano and complete with lyrics and guitar chords.
- The Story of Hanukkah
Learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
- Seasons for celebration:
a contemporary guide to the joys, practices, and traditions of the Jewish holidays
by Karen L. Fox and Phyllis Zimbler Miller
illustrations by Vicki Reikes Fox
An essential sourcebook of Jewish holidays explains the meanings and customs of each important day in a format that demonstrates how to effectively combine tradition and creativity.
- Kwanzaa: everything you always wanted to know but didn't know where to ask
by Cedric McClester
Over 13 million Americans observe Kwanzaa. Yet, in spite of these impressive numbers, confusion still surrounds this unusual holiday.
- Gettin' Merry: A Holiday Anthology
A new collection of African-American romance tales celebrate Kwanzaa in Francis Ray's The Wish, Homecoming by Beverly Jenkins, The Way Back Home by Monica Jackson, and Geri Guillaume's The Seventh Principal.
- Naughty or Nice
by Eric Jerome Dickey
The backdrop of this book is Christmas/Kwanzaa in Los Angeles, with lights twinkling in the windows and fake snow glistening beneath the palm trees. The McBroom sisters—Frankie, Livvy and Tommie—all have serious man problems.
- Winter Solstice
by Rosamunde Pilcher
A moving tale of loss and transcendence follows the lives of five people, buffeted by life's difficulties, who come together on a rundown estate house in Northern Scotland during a revelatory Winter Solstice.
- Celebrate the solstice:
honoring the Earth's seasonal rhythms through festival and ceremony
by Richard Heinberg
Provides information on the history and meaning of the solstices with practical suggestions on how to celebrate them now.
- The Solstice Evergreen:
History, Folklore, and Origins of the Christmas Tree
by Sheryl Karas
The book reveals hidden meanings of evergreen trees throughout human history - for over 5000 years.
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