Scenes from a Holiday: The Eight Dates of Hanukkah / Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution / Emma Townsend Saves Christmas

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Three women. Three holidays. Three stories to make that time of year a lot more fun.

If singles events planner Nicki Heller thought she was confused before about what she wants from her relationship, then a blow to the head certainly isn't helping matters. The doctors have assured her family that Nicki's on the mend. But for now? Well, let's just say she's in a, uh, Hanukkoma. Trapped in the unconscious world of Menorahville, she's celebrating ...

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Overview

Three women. Three holidays. Three stories to make that time of year a lot more fun.

If singles events planner Nicki Heller thought she was confused before about what she wants from her relationship, then a blow to the head certainly isn't helping matters. The doctors have assured her family that Nicki's on the mend. But for now? Well, let's just say she's in a, uh, Hanukkoma. Trapped in the unconscious world of Menorahville, she's celebrating Hanukkah on an endless loop...along with a date from hell for each night.

Like everyone else in the world, Carrie Pilby used to make a lot of resolutions she didn't keep. But this New Year's it's going to be different. She's going to be different. Really. The twenty-year-old genius is determined to be less geeky and more social and has imposed a new rule for herself: leave the apartment at least twice a week. Hey, she has to start somewhere....

A country Christmas isn't exactly at the top of Emma Townsend's "Dear Santa" list this year. Flannels and work boots? No, thanks. She's a dignified Manhattanite now. So how did she end up back in the "winter wonderland" yet again? It's family tradition, and she can't let her parents down. This is it, though--this is the last year she forsakes her life (and fashion) for ornaments and tree trimming and live-action nativity scenes. No matter how good-looking that guy in her parents' yard is.Wait, where'd he come from?

It's the perfect time to make a scene.

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No matter which holidays you celebrate -- Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's, or all three -- this contemporary anthology has a little holiday romance for everyone.

In Laurie Graff's "The Eight Dates of Hanukkah," singles events planner Nicki Heller suffers a blow to the head and sinks into an unconscious hell -- eight days of Hanukkah, where she gets the world's worst date each night. In Caren Lissner's "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution," the appealing Carrie, an agoraphobic genius, decides to fashion a new life for herself -- if only she can leave her apartment. In Melanie Murray's "Emma Townsend Saves Christmas," Emma, country bumpkin-turned-New Yorker, would do anything to avoid another day in flannels and work boots; yet here she is back in Vermont for a hometown holiday. In each case, the success formulas these women think are surefire turn out to be the impediment to their holiday dreams. Ginger Curwen
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Three Red Dress Ink authors come together for stories of Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and a country Christmas. In Graff's "The Eight Dates of Hanukkah," events planner Nicki suffers a blow to the head and finds herself trapped in a "Hanukkoma"-an endless loop inside her mind in which each day of Hanukkah brings her a new date from hell. Will she wake up and take stock of the good things in her real life? In "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution," the quirky title character from Caren Lissner's debut novel (Carrie Pilby) is back, determined to peek out from her shell. And in Melanie Murray's "Emma Townsend Saves Christmas," big-city lawyer Emma is stuck at her parents' farm in Vermont for Christmas. Things begin to look up, however, when she discovers that her high school crush still lives in town. Purchase for your chick-lit readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373895373
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

First-time novelist Laurie Graff is an actress whose credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, national tours and commercials. Laurie has performed the story Shiksa Syndrome at the WorkShop Theater Company, where she is a member. Her one-act play, Charlie & Flo, received a PSNBC production, and two pieces are published in The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1999.

Laurie's next book for Red Dress Ink is FEAR OF FROGGING, a sequel to YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS, when Karrie does more than just kiss a couple of frogs!

Caren Lissner, 32, lives in Hoboken, N.J., directly across the river from midtown Manhattan. She's the editor-in-chief of a chain of eight weekly newspapers based in Hoboken and spends the rest of her time as a "chronic creative writer" of fiction and satire. She grew up in central Jersey and majored in English at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she loosed her bizarre sense of humor on the university community through an award-winning biweekly humor column in the Daily Pennsylvanian.
After graduating in 1993, Lissner moved to North Jersey. As she began work as a reporter covering gritty political battles and festivals in Hoboken, she also continued her fiction and satirical writing, managing to place a few humorous essays in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. After working on many short stories, her first published one was the humorous "State of the Relationship Address" in Jane magazine in 1999.
Around that time, Lissner began working on Carrie Pilby. The book has won raves for its observational humor and ability to keep the reader thinking.
When she's not writing, Lissner cohosts Tuesday Night Triviaeach week in Greenwich Village, where fellow nerds show up on teams and match wits to win bar tabs. She also enjoys driving around singing badly. She has run a writers' group in Hoboken that has met monthly since 1994.

Melanie Murray studied acting and theater history at NYU. MISS BUBBLES STEALS THE SHOW was her first novel and she is currently working on her second. Melanie lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and bulldog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Cheesey

    ln one story a woman falls, goes into a coma and while in her coma is stuck in Menorahville where she can only leave if she marries.
    In another, the beginning of the story portrays a woman who difficult and not able to fit in because she is smart.

    I couldn't read any further. Perhaps the writers redeem themselves but I didn't have the patience to get there. I felt like I was reading the book version of any cheesy movie you might find on Hallmark or Lifetime- If you like that then this book may interest you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    Scenes from a Holiday

    Hannukah has always held some sort of calamity for Nikki Heller, the heroine of The Eight Dates of Hannukah by Laurie Graff. This one is no different, the only good part might be she's in a minor coma, during which she relives Hannukah over and over, and will continue to do so until she gets it right. Will Nikki see the light? .............. Mark Twain is alleged to have said not to let your schooling get in the way of your education, but Carrie Pilby has. Though a genius, she has no social skills, so makes a pre-New Year's resolution to acquire some. It may be the scariest thing she's ever done in Carrie Pilby's New Year's resolution by Caren Lissner. ................. Melanie Murray rounds out the collection with Emma Townsend save Christmas. Emma's having a Sweet Home Alabama moment. She's turned her back on her hickville past and hokiness in general. Yet, she does make an annual trek home, away from sophistication to celebrate through gritted teeth, lest she disappoint her parents. This is to be the last year, until she gets a reminder that Christmas is a time for love. .............. Whatever your holiday, secular or religious, there is a story to honor it here. Though fairly average, it's a way to pass the time between events.

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