Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Club Book Selection-December

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Here's a synopsis and some reviews. It's a quick read, so you still have time to get it read by December 2nd. Call Laurie Hansen (435-660-0094) for a copy. If there's another Christmas book you'd like to read other than this one, read it and please come share it with the group.
Book Summary

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences--and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Book Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The misanthropy in this short novel makes a good antidote to the more cloying Christmas tales, and the book is fun to read. To compare it to Dickens, however, is...humbug.

Daily News (New York)
Slides down as smoothly as eggnog...and it's a lot more fun than a fruitcake. --Jerry Brotton
Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas.

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