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Winter Holiday Reads

Description: Check out this eclectic holiday collection of adult fiction and non-fiction books spanning across various countries, religions, and winter landscapes!

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Burning Bright

by Megan Hart and Stacey Agdern and Jennifer Gracen and Kk Hendin

This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world burns a whole lot brighter.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Hanukkah in America

by Dianne Ashton

In New Orleans, Hanukkah means decorating your door with a menorah made of hominy grits. Latkes in Texas are seasoned with cilantro and cayenne pepper. Children in Cincinnati sing Hanukkah songs and eat oranges and ice cream.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas

by William J. Bennett

If you've ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?". . . If you've ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention. . . If you've ever thought there is no such person. . . You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Mischief and Mistletoe

by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley and Nicola Cornick and Patricia Rice and Joanna Bourne

Confections that charm and delight, like the holidays themselves. --RT Book Reviews Unwrap the most romantic of Regency delights in this sparkling holiday collection. . .

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Krampus: The Yule Lord

by Brom

When he stumbles upon a magical bag that belongs to Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus, struggling songwriter Jesse gets an unexpected chance to save his daughter and his own broken dreams, and return magic to Boone County, West Virginia.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

by Augusten Burroughs

You've eaten too much candy at Christmas...but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses...but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present--as only he could.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays

by Eric V. Copage

Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays offers more than 125 treasured recipes from people of African descent all over the world: Jerked Pork Chops and Fresh Papaya Chutney from Jamaica; New-Fashioned Fried Chicken, a

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow

24 stories, 6 poems and songs, and 22 recipes for the Christmas season.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Best-selling author Charles Dickens has created some of the world's most remarkable and memorable characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and Bob Cratchit--all from his famous novella, A Christmas Carol.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

The History of the Snowman

by Bob Eckstein

Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose?

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Crimson Snow

by Martin Edwards

Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Dedicate and Celebrate: A Messianic Jewish Guide to Hanukkah

by Barry Rubin and Family

All about Hanukkah for Jews and Christians

Date Added: 12/07/2017

You Better Knot Die

by Betty Hechtman

The bookstore where Molly Pink works is planning a huge party where the identity of a popular author will be revealed. But before the author appears, another person disappears: the husband of Molly's neighbor.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Winter Solstice

by Elin Hilderbrand

Raise one last glass with the Quinn Family at the Winter Street Inn. It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Winter Street

by Elin Hilderbrand

In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

The Snow Child

by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Snow Country

by Yasunari Kawabata and Edward G. Seidensticker

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Home for the Holidays

by Debbie Macomber

Everyone Wants to be Home for the Holidays...The Forgetful BrideCaitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Advent with Pope Francis

by Marianne Lorraine Trouvé FSP

Let the inspiring words of Pope Francis guide your Advent journey of preparation so that you can fully celebrate the birth of Christ.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love and Wonder

by Amy Newmark

Anyone who loves this joyous time of year will love these heartwarming and entertaining stories of family bonding, holiday hijinks, community spirit, and family and religious traditions. A fantastic holiday gift and a great way to start the season!

Date Added: 12/07/2017

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil

by Sean Tejaratchi and Al Ridenour

The Krampus, a folkloric devil associated with St. Nicholas in Alpine Austria and Germany, has been embraced by the American counterculture and is lately skewing mainstream.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Holiday in Death

by J. D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas tails a serial killer who has a passion for the "Twelve Days of Christmas" in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.No one likes to be alone during the holidays.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Nicholas: Epic Journey From Saint to Santa Claus

by Jeremy Seal

A historical investigation into the transformation of Saint Nicholas. The author often writes from the perspective of a saint protecting his own interests.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

A Season of Love

by Kim Watters

The Soldier's Gift Just in time for Christmas, a tall, dark and handsome Scrooge visits Holly Stanwyck's holiday shop, threatening eviction.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

Saint Nicholas

by Joe Wheeler

You know him as the rotund merry-maker in the red suit. Butset aside the childhood myth. In this portrait, you'll encounter the true St.

Date Added: 12/07/2017

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