Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas

by John Grisham
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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...

A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307576071
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 49,549
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.


From the Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1955

Place of Birth:

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Education:

B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981

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Skipping Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 380 reviews.
Joyek More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the movie, Christmas with the Kranks! I would highly recommend both. The book is better than the normal hokey Christmas books and has several delightful twists and turns. My husband and I could truly relate. We have one child, a daughter. We have gone through the empty nest syndrome. We have had to adjust our holidays around different family scenarios through the years. One year, we made a decision to fly to Orlando before Thanksgiving and spent Thanksgiving day at Disney World! We felt the pangs of guilt being away from family and friends...even though it was very enjoyable being in Orlando in November and taking a cruise a week later. This is a great book! I have read almost all of John Grisham's books and appreciate this one even though it is totally different from his normal style of writing. Thank you for a treasure!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After celebrating Christmas for years with their daughter, Luther and Nora Krank decide a holiday change is what they ought to do while their offspring is serving in South America with the Peace Corps. Neither of the Kranks particularly enjoys the holidays due to crassness and the frenzies of late shopping amidst a horde. They agree to Skipping Christmas this year by going on ten day cruise with the money they didn't spend on the holiday. They ignore charities and their neighbors who insist the lights and Frosty must go up. This year, they will be dining on a luxury ship rather than hosting a gala as they have done for years. However, the Kranks are about to learn an American lesson when it comes to Skipping Christmas as plans of mice and bah humbugs often go astray in late December. This is a lighthearted entertaining reprint of John Grisham's satirizing a capitalist Christmas. The story line is fun, but not anywhere near the excitement of the author's legal thrillers. Still with a eggnog nod to It's A Wonderful Life, fans who enjoy a warm holiday stocking yarn will want to learn how hard it is to simply skip Christmas. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to get away from the holiday rush and have a smile or two pick up John Grisham's newest book 'Skipping Christmas'. I loved it and had it read in no time at all. Happy hoidays to all.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd year I've read this book and I'm still not tired of it. Skipping Christmas is a light, quick read that always reaffirms my love for the holiday and reminds me not to take it too seriously. Now normally I don't read this book and come away with and moral questions about the meaning of Christmas and I'm still not doing that, but one question that does come to mind is, would a family who makes this decision really get ridiculed by their friends and neighbors this much? Now I live in the city, not the suburbs, and I'm almost positive that a family going on a cruise for Christmas would be envied not looked down upon. Maybe it's different in the suburbs or small towns. Maybe the neighbors there really would harasses and condemn someone wanting to take it easy a particular year. I hope that's not the case but I could easily see it happening. As much as I love the book I still haven't seen the movie version, Christmas With the Kranks, and probably will not any time soon. While I love Jaime Lee Curtis, Tim Allen is not one of my favorites and I tend to get annoyed when I see him on screen. There are a lot of you out there that love this movie though and I'm sure I would as well if someone else were in it.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Skipping Christmas is a fun little Christmas tale surrounding the Krank family and their attempts to forgo the holidays for a tropical cruise. After Thanksgiving, Luther and Nora Krank's only daughter joins the Peace Corp and is off to Peru for a year. The holidays just won't be the same without her. Luther, an accountant, sees that last Christmas they spent over $6,000 on the annual party, tree, gifts, cards and everything else that encompasses the Krank family Christmas. He and Nora decide to forgo everything related to the holiday and instead leave on Christmas day for a 10 day cruise in the tropics. If only it were that easy! The neighbors harass them to put up the decorations so the street can win the neighborhood Christmas contest. The Fire and Police Departments want to sell them their annual calenders and fruitcakes. Everybody is talking about them behind their backs and calling them Scrooges. Then on Christmas Eve, their daughter calls from Miami and is coming home for Christmas! The Kranks then have about 10 hours to figure out how to acquire a tree, string the lights, hang the decorations, get a turkey, plan a party and buy gifts. Mayhem, chaos and laughs ensue. Skipping Christmas is entertaining, amusing, and at times a little over the top. Although this book is silly and comical, the ending is truly heartwarming.

As a side note: Skipping Christmas was made into a movie called Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WAS VERY FUNNY KEPT ME LAUGHING AND THINKING THE SAME THOUGHTS
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. I recommend the book to the readers who like to read books based on holidays. Its a very well written book, Mr. Grisham gives the reader a sense of how hectic but also how joyful the Christmas season is. Characters in the book include Blair Krank, who is not a main character in the book, but changes the plot of the story dramatically from the beginning to when she makes another appearance in the end. Mr. Krank,who is Blair's father, he is a businessman who is fed up with the hectic routine of every Christmas. Mrs. Krank, who is Blair's mother, she is the tradition keeper of the family,she doesn't like all the hectic mess of Christmas but loves the parties, decorations, traditions and the family gatherings of Christmas. The setting of the book is Hemlock Street. The people of Hemlock loved the Christmas traditions. Every year the street of Hemlock would compete against other streets for the most decorated street. They did the same thing year after year of putting hundreds of lights up and an identical Frost the Snowman on every roof of the houses. No one had ever broken this tradition on Hemlock until the Kranks did. Blair who was in her early 20's had just graduated off of college, a friend of hers and joined the Peace Corps who was stationed in Peru. So, she wanted to join her friend there, so she took a flight to Peru, which left Mr. and Mrs. Krank in disbelief and tears. Days after Blair left, Mr. Krank ran into a travel agent who convinced Mr. Krank into leaving the Christmas tradition behing and take a boat trip to the Caribbeans. Mr. Krank then told his wife about his plan and soon after she was also convince, but would the rest of Hemlock agree with their decision. As the year got closer to Christmas Day, Mr. Krank got more in depth with his plan by getting tan sessions for him and his wife and saving money. Which meant no celebrating of Christmas whatsoever. No decorations, presents, Frosty, which added up to Hemlock not being able to win since not all the houses were decorated. This action fill Hemlock with confusion, especially from the neighborhood's most active resident, Vic Frohmeyer. He was the man behind the idea of Frosty and almost everything about Christmas on Hemlock. All the neighbors questioned the Kranks for their actions. Since Blair was gone, what was the point of celebrating Christmas, for this one year, it was all about Mr. and Mrs. Krank treating themselves. Christmas Eve came around and they were starting to pack for their trip when they got the most dramatic news. To find out the news they got you will have to read the book. You will not be disappointed if you read the book. It was a very good and truthful book about the traditions of Christmas.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
Most of us can’t help avoiding the yearly Christmas frenzy. Although we dream about coming into the holiday season with calm serenity, invariably we are caught up in the endless sea of parties, Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and decorating. What if our dreams for a quiet holiday actually became a reality? That’s what happens to Luther and Nora Krank. After sending their daughter, Blair, off to the Peace Corps, the couple realizes there is no longer the need to put on a big Christmas extravaganza! They refuse to put up a Christmas tree and theirs is the only house on Hemlock Street without a lighted plastic snowman precariously clinging to the front of their chimney. This year, there will be no Christmas Eve party at the Krank household, either. Even buying gifts is put on the back burner. In place of their typical Christmas traditions, Luther books a Caribbean cruise for his wife and himself. However, the Kranks’ plans suddenly go awry when Blair surprises her parents by returning to the states – and with a fiancé doctor in tow, too! Frantically, Nora Krank attempts to assemble a delicious Christmas dinner out of basically nothing and manages to come up with little better than smoked trout. Luther pleads with his neighbor to borrow their Christmas tree while they’re out of town and nearly slides off the roof attempting to wrestle the plastic Frosty onto his slippery roof. Nevertheless, the true Christmas spirit is revealed when Luther decides to donate the tickets for their Christmas cruise to his neighbor and wife, who is dying of cancer. Despite their differences, the Kranks’ neighbors ban together to help assemble a Christmas Blair will be proud of. We are a part of our traditions and they define us in a thousand tiny ways. In shedding them, we lose a little of ourselves. By celebrating and remembering them, however, we achieve everything we ever wanted.
tinydancersmom More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book! So funny and I really connected since I have often wanted to skip Christmas myself. Grisham does take the traditions to the extreme but that only makes the book funnier! I never tire of reading it.....December or July!
cbisct More than 1 year ago
Fun time and a good read. Nothing to strain your intellect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and watch the movie version called "Christmas with the the Kranks" ever year right after Thanksgiving. This book gets me into the holiday spirit because it reminds me how important family is!
budman11 More than 1 year ago
this book is a short book and easy reading...it is soooo funny and the author makes a good point about commercialism at christmas time. we, in our family, have joked many times about forgetting the traditional christmas and going skiing or something...again..this is a must read book..i enjoyed it thoroughly as i am a 'John Grisham' fan anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A humorous story with a serious theme. Perfect to read during the time of holiday stress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Will have you laughing out loud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read, never gets boring. One of the best christmas books I have ever put my hands on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and laughed all the way through it. I now read it with my kids. They think it is hillarious. What a great reminder of what is really important about Christmas.
bobkat More than 1 year ago
Every Christmas season I try to read a Christmas novel of some sort. There are a lot of very heart wrenching stories out there...I pass those up. Christmas to me is a time of optimism, faith, love, thoughtfulness but also just plain fun. I read this novel by Mr. Grisham when it first came out and I loved it. It is just hilarious but it also has a very good sense of Christmas - love for family and thoughtfulness of others. I plan on reading it again soon. Please Mr. Grisham write another great story like this. You have a talent for it.
Bad_Witch More than 1 year ago
While reading this book I laughed out loud more then once. I laughed so hard at one point in the book I cried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. Similar to the movie but much better! I'm a slow reader and I was able to finish this in a day. Definitely addictive! So many "situations" to deal with. And you thought that planning a family get together was hard. Try going through what this family does! A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny, fresh, easy to read, lighthearted, laughed from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book by John Grisham. This book was very funny and worth reading. I'm not a big reader but this book kept my attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell in love with it. I am only 14 but I know a good book when I see one. I can also relate to this book because my father always talks about skippping christmas or doing Christmas a week later to avoid the high prices of things. This book is truely a work of art, that should be shared with people over the holidays, for a little laughs and the true spirit of Christmas. If you're looking for a little Christmas cheer to pass on, stop and try this book. I just know you'll fall in love with it too. Merry Christmas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me, the movie hardly did this book justice. Luckily, I read the book before I saw the movie and just fell in love with it. This is a good book if you need a good laugh :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham is a story of a family by the name of Krank. The holiday season was creeping on them quickly and Luther Krank was not looking forward to it. Their daughter was out of the states and Luther began to realize it was the perfect time to take a break from Christmas. No more crowded malls, long lines, stop and go traffic, or busy town centers. This Christmas would be spent in the Caribbean and Nora was quick to agree with the idea. Little did they know many surprises were in store. ¿No, Luther, it cannot wait. I¿m doing dessert for lunch tomorrow.¿ It is interesting to see how fed up Nora already is and it is only the beginning of December. `If you don¿t want to go, then hush up and I¿ll go.¿ This kind of stress and tension is what brought on the idea of skipping Christmas. Wouldn¿t life be easier and calmer? Skipping Christmas is a book with many emotions. It is an overpowering story of the importance and spirit of Christmas. So many connections can be made with our own lives with the hectic and busy schedules during the holiday season. It¿s as if we could just skip the whole thing. When we just are kidding ourselves by this though, Nora and Luther took it seriously, as some of us wish we could do. It changed forever the way they saw Christmas. I was very intrigued when I began this book. At first it was upsetting how unappreciative they were of the whole season. But those feelings were soon forgotten after the hilarity of the story. I found the details, especially the little things like when Luther is hanging upside down or when he steals the Christmas tree, to totally involve me in the story. I was completely satisfied with the ending and how amazingly touching the story was and how it really portrayed the meaning of Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book I, it was nice and easy reading. This book made me ready for Christmas and can't wait for it to come. There were some humorous parts in the book that were entertaining. I would have to say the end of the book was my favorite part. The middle although I had though was just a little bit dragging with almost the same idea over again. I was needed but maybe he didn't need to have that much in there.