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A Family Christmas

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by Caroline Kennedy
     
 

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"When I began assembling [this] collection, I was skeptical that I would learn anything new about Christmas, but reading and reflecting on the history and spirit of Christmas brought back many memories, and taught me a great deal. . . . The literature of Christmas ranges from the miraculous to the tragic, the profound to the ridiculous, but always represents the

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"When I began assembling [this] collection, I was skeptical that I would learn anything new about Christmas, but reading and reflecting on the history and spirit of Christmas brought back many memories, and taught me a great deal. . . . The literature of Christmas ranges from the miraculous to the tragic, the profound to the ridiculous, but always represents the connection to something larger than ourselves." —Caroline Kennedy

In A Family Christmas, Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural readings, and lyrics that are most dear to her, drawing on authors as diverse as Harper Lee, Nikki Giovanni, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Collins, John and Yoko, and Charles Dickens. There are also many lesser-known gems throughout and personal treasures from her own family—including a young Caroline's Christmas list to Santa Claus and a letter from her father as President to a child concerned about Santa's well-being. This diverse and unique anthology will become a timeless keepsake, and will enrich your heart and mind with the spirit of Christmas.

A Family Christmas includes selections from: Groucho Marx, Emma Lazarus, Mark Twain, Sandra Cisneros, Pearl S. Buck, Truman Capote, Gabriela Mistral, Ogden Nash, Clement Clarke Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Marianne Moore, Calvin Trillin, E. B. White, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Kennedy, who possesses a proven track record for bringing literary anthology into the publishing mainstream, offers a potpourri of her favorite stories, poems, essays, scriptures and songs associated with the holiday season. Though David Sedaris's performance of his whimsical monologue "Six to Eight Black Men" provides a notable exception, the narration duties fall to a rotating cast of veteran readers. Some standout performances include Barbara Caruso's rendition of Grace Paley's "The Loudest Voice," Jeff Woodman's presentation of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Saidah Arrika Ekulona's brief but riveting selection from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby Harriet A. Jacobs. Some listeners might have preferred a greater proportion of contemporary recordings from their original sources. Also, some of the letters, telegrams and other correspondences are choppy relative to the overall flow of the collection, and the musical selections sometimes serve as pleasant interludes rather than stand-alone works of expression. However, in an era when Christmas has become a polarized tug-of-war between religious and secular arenas, Kennedy strikes an appealing balance that celebrates diverse perspectives. The enclosed booklet is helpful for tracking down specific material. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (Oct.)

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The Plain Dealer - Rochelle O'Gorman
“If your inner Grinch still awaits transformation, look no further than Caroline Kennedy's A Family Christmas, perhaps the best compendium of holiday literature and music to ever cross this audiophile's desk. . . . this is the real deal: classic stories and favorite carols juxtaposed against witty modern essays from writers known for sentiment and not sentimentality.”
— Rochelle O'Gorman, The Plain Dealer
Winston-Salem Journal
“If your inner Grinch still awaits transformation, look no further than Caroline Kennedy's A Family Christmas, perhaps the best compendium of holiday literature and music to ever cross this audiophile's desk. . . . this is the real deal: classic stories and favorite carols juxtaposed against witty modern essays from writers known for sentiment and not sentimentality.”
— Rochelle O'Gorman, The Plain Dealer
From the Publisher
“The recording succeeds in its stated aim, which is to enrich your heart and mind with the spirit of Christmas.”
—Winston-Salem Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401322274
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Pages:
333
Sales rank:
231,046
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling A Patriot's Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, and the co-author of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City and President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She lives in NY.

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Family Christmas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
earp30wyatt More than 1 year ago
This is a top notch resource for everything Christmas. This is a great book to use in the classroom, with your family,and I use it also in my bookclub. It does triple the duty. This is a gorgeous edition of a book that brings Christmas closer to your heart each and every time you read it.
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KRMI More than 1 year ago
"A Family Christmas" by Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg is a real treasure. When I ordered it, I never imagined that it would contain so many classic stories and fascinating anecdotes about Christmas. The many stories and facts are put together beautifully, creating a true keepsake.
TUYU More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this book at the library... so glad I did!!! This book is terrific... It holds treasures from the past and present that you'll want to pass on to your children and your children's children. So many memories will be cherished in sharing this book at Christmas time... Your Christmas' will never be the same after having this book become a part of your family's Christmas traditions. Great to give as a gift (to family, friends, newly married couples, and new parents) and not just at Christmas time.... A good book to have in your home library with lots of little treasures inside.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A book of warmth, and pleasure. Let us all not forget the true meaning of integrity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved Caroline's other books and i knew that i could not go wrong getting this one. She has done an excellent job of picking poems, songs and stories of Christmas. Take a break from the stress of Christmas and sink into this wonderful Christmas book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this collection charming and before I knew it, I had the Christmas Spirit. Caroline did a wonderful job collecting poems, stories, letters, etc. She even included my favorite and rarely seen 'A Christmas Memory' by Truman Capote. Love It!!!!!!!!