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Holiday Survival Guide: Stories

Would a holiday story lift your mood? We offer a medley of new novels, well loved classics, short stories, anthologies, and one non-fiction winner.


Christmas at The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art from the editors of The New Yorker
Drawn from eighty years of marvelous holiday cheer, this collection includes personal histories, Talks of the Town, short fiction, cartoons, cover art, and a personal favorite, James Thurber's "A Visit from Saint Nicholas (In the Ernest Hemingway Manner)."
 

Christmas Ghosts: An Anthology selected by Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis
Seasonal ghostly stories from authors including Dorothy Sayers, Charles Dickens, Marjorie Bowen, Margery Allingham, Lord Dunsany, Grant Allen, Hugh Walpole, Oliver Onions, Algernon Blackwood, Jerome K. Jerome and E. F. Bozman.
 

Christmas Stories edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
A treasury of short fiction by great writers of the past two centuries, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Trollope, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Willa Cather, O. Henry, Saki, Vladimir Nabokov, Damon Runyon, John Cheever, Truman Capote, John Updike, Muriel Spark, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, and Richard Ford.
 
Collier-Thomas, Bettye
A Treasury of African-American Christmas Stories
An inspiring collection of 18 stories and 2 poems exploring the significance of Christmas.
 
Dickens, Charles
Charles Dickens' Christmas Ghost Stories
Dickens wrote five "Christmas Books," beginning with A Christmas Carol in 1843 and ending with The Haunted Man in 1848. These cozy, domestic fireside ghost stories offer quintessential Victorian Christmas spiced with a dash of terror.
 

Holmes for the Holidays and More Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
Brilliant collections written by respected mystery writers. Each story features Holmes and Watson, solving dark crimes during the season of light.
 
Irving, Washington, with the original illustrations by Randolph Caldecott
Old Christmas
Delve into delightful Christmas traditions in nineteenth century England, originally part of The Sketch Books of Geoffrey Crayon, which included Irving's most famous stories, "Rip van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
 
Kleypas, Lisa
A Wallflower Christmas
In this latest addition to the seasonal-themed Wallflower series, four friends experience the magic of Christmas romance in Victorian London.
 
Milne, Kevin Alan
The Paper Bag Christmas
Two brothers discover an antidote to the materiality of the holidays when they volunteer at a children's hospital between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
Shapiro, Anna
A Feast of Words: For Lovers of Food and Fiction
Classic novels are combined with the craft of cuisine, pairing menus and recipes with passages from treasured fiction.
 
Standiford, Les
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
The story of how Dickens and his holiday ghost story revived the most notable holiday of the Western world.
 
Thomas, Dylan
A Child's Christmas in Wales
This poetic tale of tipsy aunts, grumbling uncles, good things to eat, presents, cats, and newly-fallen snow entrances readers of all ages.
 
White, Bailey
Nothing With Strings
For the first time in one volume, here are Bailey White's Thanksgiving tales, broadcast yearly on National Public Radio, in which she weaves reality and fantasy into sketches and stories of Southern small-town life.
 

Updated: August 24, 2009