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Subject: Please rec some good Christmas fiction...
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 1:25 PM ET
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I love Christmas and would love some new books w/ a Christmas theme/storyline/setting.




Date Posted: 8/27/2008 1:37 PM ET
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Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
I just shipped that book out after I read it. It was hilarious!!

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:17 PM ET
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I have really enjoyed Anne Perry's "Christmas" series, they all have "Christmas" in the title and feature characters from her other books involved in some sort of a mystery with a holiday theme, but you do not have to have read any of her books to enjoy them.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 8:47 PM ET
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Try 'The Christmas Train' by David Baldacci.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 11:36 PM ET
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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis is a collection of really delightful and offbeat holiday-themed short stories. I recommend it all the time!

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 8:18 AM ET
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How 'bout The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans? This book has 3 of his stories in it --'The Christmas Box', 'Timepiece' and 'The Letter'. (I've got a copy on my shelf).


Date Posted: 9/3/2008 9:10 AM ET
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Try "Christmas On Jane Street" by Billy Romp or "A Redbird Christmas" by Fanny Flagg.

I believe Dorothea Benton Frank also has written a Christmas book called "The Christmas Pearl" or "A Christmas Pearl" but I don't have that one.  It was on many WLs! 

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 11:26 AM ET
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"Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham. I don't ususally read Christmas themed books but this one was really good. It's a quick read too. Not very long. It is funny and touching.


Subject: Christmas books
Date Posted: 9/4/2008 3:26 PM ET
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Oh my, the list is so long.  What kind of books do you like?  I have about 70 books in my Christmas collection and am always looking for more.  Debbie McComber has written some Christmas books about 3 angels (Shirley, Goodness and Mercy) and they are really fun but they are put away and I can't get at them right now to get the titles.  Mary and Carol Higgins Clark wrote  "Santa Cruise"  which is pretty good,  John Grisham wrote "Skipping Christmas" which is fun, David Baldacci wrote "The Christmas Train" which I enjoyed.  "The Christmas Shoes" by Donna Van Liere is a tear jerker as is "The Christmas Box" by Richard Evans.  These are all adult books, but I have a lot of more children oriented books that I love - I guess I'm just a child at heart.  I'd give you more of a list but I need someone to get my books out of storage as the box is too heavy for me.  If you want more, tell me, also do you want the children's ones or just adult?

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 12:03 AM ET
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I must second Holidays on Ice by Sedaris.  Hilarious!!

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 9:25 AM ET
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Red Bird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.  I loved it.  I also enjoyed The Christmas Train

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 12:24 PM ET
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What about In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd?  It's a set of short stories that the movie A Christmas Story was based on.  I love it!!   I think it might have been re-released under the title A Christmas Story, also.

I second Claire's suggest of the Evans books.  I thought they were very good.  I read The Christmas Train, too.  I absolutely hated it.  I rolled my eyes so much while reading it that one almost got stuck.  LOL!!  I'm ashamed of Baldacci for even writing it.such nonsense.  But....to each his own...looks like several people enjoyed it.  :)

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:20 PM ET
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On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts (Paperback - Oct 30, 2007) was FANTASIC! I loved it so much, I put it on my keeper shelf to read every year!

ETA that Skipping Christmas is on my keeper shelf too- it was great!

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Subject: The Christmas Miracle by Jonathan Toomey
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:14 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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Kids' book about how a widow and her son meet a single man who either has no faith or has forgotten what it is like to have one. It is a great read to make you feel good and show kids how it is better to give than receive.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:22 PM ET
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I always get a kick out of the juvenile book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson---It's a hoot!  I also reread O'Henry's Gift of the Magi almost every Christmas.  Short reads, but they'll warm your heart. 


Date Posted: 9/9/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Tidings of Comfort and Joy by T. Davis Bunn http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780785272038-Tidings+Of+Comfort+Joy+A+Tender+Story+Of+Love+Loss+And+Reunion

The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780800718794-The+Christmas+Bus

A Lost Angel and A Christmas Book, both by Elizabeth Goudge (but you're unlikely to get them here)


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