14. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Humor, Kira · Tags: , ,

A Cat's Christmas by Stefanie Samek, 180 pages, read by Kira, on 11/10/2014

indexThis is a sweet get-yourself-in-the-mood-for-Christmas for Catlovers.  There is both humor here as well as stories traditional Christmas tales told from Cat standpoint.  The humor was gentle and clever, Not the loud guffaw and bust your gut type.  I was impressed at how continually Samek was able to riff on the cat humor, finding all sorts
of puns and ways to have fun.  This book includes feline versions of Christmas Carols, treats and goodies for cats, the poem The Night Before Christmas, as well as Dicken’s A Christmas Carol for cats (eg Bob Scratchit).  Some of the ideas really did seem plausible.

03. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Christmas : a Candid History by Bruce David Forbes., 179 pages, read by Kira, on 01/17/2014

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Did you know that the Puritans banned the celebration of Christmas in the US & UK for almost 2 Centuries!  So working Christmas was the norm, when Bob Cratchit asked Scrooge for the day off.  The christmas-a-candid-historyChristmas Carol story makes it seem as if, Scrooge is being a mean person, as opposed to a law-abPURITAN-BAN-ON-CHRISTMAS-WAS-TO-PREVENT-DEMONIZATIONS-OF-CITIZENS-IN-COMMUNITYiding citizen, a shrewd business person.  The biggest reason for the revival of the winter holiday celebration in Britain & America was the book, the Christmas Carol; the 2nd reason for the revival of celebrating Christmas, was the press’ fascination with the young Queen Victoria & Prince Albert from Germany who captured the royal families’ Christmas Tree in the newspaper.  The “tradition” caught on.cmaspuritans

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Classics, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

A Christmas carol in prose : being a ghost story of Christmas by Charles Dickens, 129 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/08/2014

christmas carol The classic Christmas tale of one man’s journey to learn what’s really important in life and how just one person does matter. With four ghosts, sweet Tiny Tim even though this story is set in Victorian England it contains important lessons and reminders for all of us. God Bless Us One and All!

29. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Pamela, Romance · Tags:

White Christmas by Diana Palmer, 365 pages, read by Pamela, on 01/28/2014

white christmasTwo romantic little Christmas stories to warm your heart – even after the holidays.

28. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Pamela · Tags:

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, 229 pages, read by Pamela, on 01/20/2014

redbird christmasOswald Campbell has been given less than a year to live.  He moves from Chicago, Illinois to Lost River, Alabama hoping the warmer weather will ease his passing. Lost River is a quaint little town, full of all sorts of characters.  A little girl with a crippled leg and a lame little redbird bring all the town’s residents together to usher in a Christmas miracle.  The characters are endearing; the town happenings are charming.  This is a book about hope and friendship.

31. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Lisa · Tags: ,

A Christmas Memory: One Christmas; The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote, 107 pages, read by Lisa, on 12/24/2013

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas Memory, ” “One Christmas, ” and “A Thanksgiving Memory.” All three stories are distinguished by Capote’s delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

23. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Christian, Fiction, Pamela · Tags:

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, 183 pages, read by Pamela, on 12/21/2013

roseRose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

18. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Tracy, Westerns · Tags:

A Big Sky Christmas by William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone, 416 pages, read by Tracy, on 12/10/2013

From the masters of frontier fiction comes a holiday tale set in the very heart of America–a Western saga of courageous souls coming together, with a little help from the Jensen family

11. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry, 116 pages, read by Kira, on 12/11/2013

Once again I’m impressed with Dave Barry.  He is so funny.  This time he strings together a cohesive narrative with gut-busting sections, and Christmas cheer.  Its a story told about a family who’s dog is dying and how this affects the annual Christmas pageant.shepherd_angel_walter_barry  santa-and-nativity-scene

04. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Claudia, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction · Tags:

Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, 229 pages, read by Claudia, on 11/28/2013

With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, “New York Times” bestselling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget “A Redbird Christmas.”

30. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Tracy · Tags: ,

The Haunted Tea Cosy by Edward Gorey, 66 pages, read by Tracy, on 09/12/2013

Gorey has never been funnier or more “impossible to resist” (Boston Herald) than in this peculiar retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.