Thursday, December 19, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - General Fiction 2

A Hamptons Christmas by James Brady
Christmas in the Hamptons would not be complete without traditional holiday trimmings, Steven Spielberg's children dressed as elves, and a little girl's plot to spend Christmas Eve with her heroine, Martha Stewart.

An Irish County Christmas by Patrick Taylor
Disappointed to learn that his sweetheart will not be joining him for a first holiday season in a rural Irish community, doctor Barry Laverty busies himself by caring for his patients and struggling to outmaneuver the manipulations of a newly arrived quack physician.

The Last Noel by Michael Malone
On Christmas Eve, 1963, Noni Tilden and Kaye King—one from a prominent white family, the other from a poor black family—begin a friendship that lasts through four decades of change in their small North Carolina town.

Our Simple Gifts by Owen Parry
Parry offers a heartwarming array of Civil War holiday stories, from a Union officer struggling home through a Christmas Eve snowstorm to a freed slave choosing between revenge and his longing to be a better man than his former owner to an immigrant private who plans a startling yuletide surprise for his comrades.

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry
Delighted to be playing the part of a shepherd in the local Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church, Doug Barnes is suddenly confronted by a host of problems, including the misbehavior of his fellow shepherds and the illness of the family dog.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
In this charmingly funny story by the bestselling Grisham, Luther and Nora Krank have decided to set sail on a Caribbean cruise on December 25th and skip Christmas. They are about to discover that their decision brings enormous consequences—and isn't half as easy as they imagined.

This Year it Will be Different by Maeve Binchy
Binchy brings us the magic and spirit of Christmas in 15 stories filled with her trademark wit, charm, and storytelling genius. Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
A holiday novella set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello as Christmas approaches in 1964, then looks forward from the past to the present to measure what America has gained and what it has lost.

Without a Backward Glance by Kate Veitch
Abandoned by their mother on Christmas Eve 1967, the four McDonald children--Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith--grow up with questions about the past, but as their father progresses into dementia and James encounters their mother again after nearly forty years, old wounds are reopened and individual secrets come to light.

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