CRRL Picks: Christmas Memories
Annotation:A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child. Also available as a video and an audio book.
Annotation:As the former president mingles his memories of famous events with those of longtime friendships, readers will get a glimpse of what is important to the man who has hardly ever missed a Christmas away from home. Also available on audio, read by the author.
Annotation:Join Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, and 23 other chefs who share their smashing (sometimes literally) stories and recipes from their Christmas' past.
Annotation:These three works, considered by many to be the author's finest short stories, tell of childhood encounters with his estranged father, the school bully, and an eccentric old maid cousin. A Christmas Memory is also available on video.
Annotation:These stories formed the basis of the holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story: Duel in the snow, or, Red Ryder nails the Cleveland Street Kid -- The Counterfeit Secret Circle member gets the message, or, The asp strikes again -- My old man and the lascivious special award that heralded the birth of pop art -- Grover Dill and the Tasmanian devil -- The grandstand passion play of Delbert and the Bumpus hounds.
Annotation:On Christmas Eve, Clay Spencer has not returned home. His eldest son, Clay-boy, goes looking for him in the snowy Virginia hills. Ladylike bootleggers, a lesson in race relations, and the hazards of nature are all a part of his journey. Earl Hamner's original story launched The Waltons television series.
Annotation:Twenty-five heartwarming stories tell of deliverance from political oppression, a first Christmas in America, and memorable feasts. Includes recipes and songs from many traditions.
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The meaning of Christmas may not come to us until we are older. Looking back, it's easier to see the heartache and joys for the lessons and gifts they were.