Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - General Fiction
Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story by Paul Auster
In an unsentimental but affecting fable, Auster relates the holiday tale of a colorful cigar shop owner whose life is altered by a lost wallet, a blind woman, and an unconventional Christmas dinner.

A Big Sky Christmas by William W. and J.A. Johnstone (new!)
When an 1873 wagon train of immigrants is battered by harsh storms, outlaws, and Indians, Smoke Jensen and an old mountain man known as the Preacher come to their aid and promise to get them to Montana Territory by Christmas. A holiday western!

A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott
After being moved by the letters of two Civil War soldiers--one Union and the other Confederate--three friends track down the soldiers' descendants and invite them to a Christmas reunion in Covington, where the letters will serve as holiday gifts. For more Christmas memories with the ladies of Covington, also read A Covington Christmas.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
It’s not Christmas without this classic by Dickens. Miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. For something different, also try Dickens’s The Christmas Books, which includes The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man.

Christmas in Cornwall by Marcia Willett
Moving to Cornwall in an effort to strengthen familial ties, Clem and his five-year-old son, Jakey, establish unconventional bonds with the jovial nuns at a local convent until an unexpected event threatens to end the nuns' way of life.

The Christmas Pig by Kinky Friedman
In an unconventional holiday tale set in a kingdom two hundred years in the past, 10-year-old Benjamin, a mute autistic savant, is commissioned to paint a nativity scene for midnight mass and meets a talented pig who helps him to find his voice.

Christmas, Present by Jacquelyn Mitchard
When Eliot and Laura Banner learn that Laura has a terminal condition, they gather their children and family around themselves during the holiday season to convey her blessings to them for the future and remember their shared history.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend.

Daniel Plainway by Van Reid
During the Christmas holidays in 19th century Maine, Tobias Walton and his fellow companions in the Moosepath League become caught up in the lives of colorful associates of country lawyer Daniel Plainway.

More fictional holiday stories to come on December 19!

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