A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers

A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers

by Charlene R. McCord, Wyatt Waters
     
 

An Algonquin tradition continues with this third stellar collection of holiday stories by some of the South's most distinguished writers. This year's volume, with a preface by the acclaimed Fred Chappell, includes stories of families, couples, children, and those on their own, illustrating the many ways that Christmas can manifest itself: from the teacher who

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An Algonquin tradition continues with this third stellar collection of holiday stories by some of the South's most distinguished writers. This year's volume, with a preface by the acclaimed Fred Chappell, includes stories of families, couples, children, and those on their own, illustrating the many ways that Christmas can manifest itself: from the teacher who shows one boy how to manage the world so that it's Christmas every day to the girl who, in an attempt to best her father, buys for her mother the most magnificent necklace ever. With stories and essays by Bailey White, Rick Bass, Ellen Gilchrist, Marianne Gingher, George Singleton, Michael Parker, Steve Yarbrough, Lynne Barrett, Bret Anthony Johnston, Stephen Marion and Aaron Gwyn, A Dixie Christmas celebrates a season filled with large expectations and graced with small surprises.

Each story is accompanied by watercolors frm the award-winning Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters, specially commissioned for the anthology.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This third volume from the editors of Christmas in the South and A Very Southern Christmas features such notable Dixie authors as Ellen Gilchrist, Rick Bass, and NPR commentator Bailey White. In Gilchrist's "A Southern Christmas," a woman takes a brief, nostalgic look back on Christmas during World War II, when the best present was a new wardrobe for her doll. Short story writer Lynn Barrett's tale revolves around lebkuchen ("love cookies"), central to a family's holiday traditions. Not all of the stories in this uneven collection are in the heartwarming holiday vein, however, so readers looking for a charming Fannie Flagg-style holiday read may be disappointed. Regional libraries will want a copy, but this is an optional purchase for most short story collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565124837
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
10/30/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Charline R. McCord has taught at various colleges in the South, has published essays in the Southern Quarterly and Mississippi Quarterly, and has contributed essays to a number of books about Southern writers. She is Associate Director of PIRE's Southeast Center for Application of Prevention Technologies.

Wyatt Waters is widely known for his vibrant renditions of Southern culture. His works have been featured in Art and Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor, and Mississippi Magazine. His paintings are held in some of the largest private and corporate collections.

Judy H. Tucker has had three of her plays produced, has published in Mississippi Magazine, and has served as editor on four previous books with artist Wyatt Waters.

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