Ahhh, December. The hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift for those you love. The choir concerts and the baking, the wrapping and the decorating. And the reading! Amid the stress and busyness of the month, make sure to carve out some time to curl up with a good book. Pick one from our list of ten excellent holiday-themed books below, or ask a librarian for a suggestion.
By Hazel Gaynor
Avie Elliot’s plans to visit her brother, Will, and his best friend Thomas in Paris at Christmas are destroyed by the beginning of World War I. Her letters form an epistolary tale woven with Thomas’s visit to Paris during the Christmas of 1968.
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By Gregory Maguire
In a dark weaving of Germanic legends and fairy-tale motifs, the origin story of the toymaker Drosselmeier from The Nutcracker ballet brings depth and detail to the tale of Klara and her magical toy soldier.
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived our Holiday Spirits
By Les Standiford
Part writing memoir, part study of Dickens’s impact on modern Christmas traditions, this nonfiction book looks at how the author’s humanism continues to influence us.
By Fannie Flagg
When Oswald T. Campbell leaves Chicago for the tiny town of Lost River, Alabama (believing he’s experiencing his last Christmas ever before his emphysema kills him), the many widows of the town take an immediate interest. But it is the cardinal Jack and the lonely little girl named Patsy who really steal his heart. Plus: Holiday recipes!
By Connie Willis
With her trademark quirkiness and wit, Connie Willis blends a holiday tale with a bit of speculative fiction. Every year, Ori navigates a minefield of holiday dinners with people she’s barely related to (due to her father’s many marriages). Her ex step-grandmother Dottie’s vivid memories of a seasonal job at Woolworths in the 1950s coincide with a medical student’s research on traumatic flashbulb memories, leading Ori down unexpected paths.
By Agatha Christie
When the tyrannical old man Simeon Lee is found dead on Christmas Eve, Hercule Poirot assists with the investigation.
By Louisa May Alcott
While many readers love Louisa May Alcott for her book Little Women, there is much more to her work than Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. She also wrote gothic tales, thrillers, and many short stories. Collected here are more than ten Christmas-themed stories that are full of wonder, whimsy, and hope.
by Amy S, Assistant Librarian