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Season’s Readings

December 2011

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Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 15 hours 17 minutes.
Collection of more than 250 recipes for Christmas treats from appetizers to main dishes, and from breads to desserts. Also includes holiday decorating tips, make-ahead ideas, food gifts to give, and new twists to standard recipes.
Download Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook, DB64150

Celebrate Hanukkah by Deborah Heiligman.
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 30 minutes.
Explains the Jewish holiday called Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. Discusses the menorah, prayers, traditional foods, and the game of spinning the dreidel. Includes instructions for lighting candles and playing dreidel, and a recipe for latkes, or potato pancakes. For grades K-3 and older readers.
Download Celebrate Hanukkah, DB64912

Celebrating Ramadan by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith.
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 44 minutes.
Introduces Islamic beliefs and practices. Follows fourth-grader Ibraheem and his Muslim family in New Jersey through Ramadan, the month of praying and fasting that ends with the feast of Eid al-Fitr. For grades 3-6.
Download Celebrating Ramadan, DB53543

Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays by Robert J. Myers.
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 11 hours 56 minutes.
Hallmark Cards presents a detailed history and description of forty-five holidays and holy days celebrated in the United States, giving brief summaries of fifteen more. Includes widely observed celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as regional observations, religious feast days, and ethnic festivals.
Download Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, DB55381

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer; Stories about the Love, Inspiration, and Joy of Christmas--Our 101 Best Stories edited by Jack Canfield.
Read by Dan John Miller. Reading time 10 hours 8 minutes.
Inspirational stories center on the true meaning of Christmas and on traditions, memories, the spirit of giving, and love of family. Commercial audiobook.
Download Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer; Stories about the Love, Inspiration, and Joy of Christmas--Our 101 Best Stories, DB72371

Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season by Alice Medrich.
Read by Barbara Pinolini. Reading time 4 hours 22 minutes.
Triple winner of the Cookbook of the Year award presents more than fifty recipes for chocolate desserts, for each holiday of the year and special occasions. Designed to follow the calendar, the recipes include chocolate pecan pie, breakfast Valentines, Passover brownies, chocolate Easter baskets, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Download Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season, DB63535

Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 11 hours 9 minutes.
Anthology of holiday writing featured in the New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 2002. Seasonal poetry and prose highlight themes like the spirit of giving, family, Santa Claus, and Christmas carols. Contributing authors include James Thurber, H.L. Mencken, Alice Munro, E.B. White, and foreword author John Updike.
Download Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art, DB57538

Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday by Paula Deen.
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 4 hours 21 minutes.
Television chef presents recipes for the Christmas holiday including ideas for giving gifts of food and for hosting an open house. Also covers baking traditional cookies and preparing breakfast and dinner on the special day. Shares her memories of celebrating the season with family and friends.
Download Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday, DB65761

The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest by Dorothy Winbush Riley.
Read by Camille McCurty Ali. Reading time 11 hours 56 minutes.
An anthology of essays, folktales, poems, personal profiles, and recipes on the African American festival of Kwanzaa. The selections serve to illuminate the seven principles of the event and to guide in its celebration. For senior high and older readers.
Download The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest, DB42533

Cookies for Christmas by Jennifer Dorland Darling.
Read by Kerry Cundiff. Reading time 7 hours 42 minutes.
Collection of more than one hundred Christmas cookie recipes from the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen. Includes cutout, shaped, sliced, dropped, and bar cookies that feature old world favorites and new cookie ideas with a flavor twist.
Download Cookies for Christmas, DB54501

A Family Christmas selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy.
Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time 10 hours 6 minutes.
Anthology of Kennedy's holiday favorites. Encompasses poems, stories, scriptures, songs, and essays of the Christmas season. Includes her own 1962 letter to Santa as well as works by Irving Berlin, Robert Frost, George Washington, Langston Hughes, and other notables.
Download A Family Christmas, DB65732

The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays by Malka Drucker.
Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 4 hours 35 minutes.
Arranged by the Jewish calendar, this collection of stories, poems, songs, crafts, and games discusses each of the religious holidays beginning with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Included are Sukkot, Simhat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B'Sh'vat, Purim, Pesah, Shavuot, Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha'atzmaut, and finally the Sabbath. The history and rituals of the observance are discussed at the beginning of each section. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
Download The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays, DB40298

A Foxfire Christmas by Eliot Wigginton.
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 4 hours 36 minutes.
Appalachian high school students of the Foxfire learning tradition assemble holiday memories from the mountains of northeast Georgia. Based on interviews with neighbors and family members. Includes instructions for recreating simple ornaments, gifts and toys, and recipes and menus.
Download A Foxfire Christmas, DB59352

Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season from NPR's Annual Holiday Special
Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 3 hours 6 minutes.
Twelve stories celebrating Hanukkah by contemporary authors Myra Goldberg, Daniel Pinkwater, Harlan Ellison, Dani Shapiro, Elie Wiesel, Mark Helprin, and others. In Anne Roiphe's "The Demon Foiled," a new Jewish mayor attempts to light the family Hanukkah candles while he is being filmed for local TV.
Download Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season from NPR's Annual Holiday Special, DB62028

It's Kwanzaa Time!  By Linda and Clay Goss.
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 1 hour 59 minutes.
Collection of stories, songs, and poems celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African American observance based on old African festivals and traditions. Also includes games and recipes. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
Download It's Kwanzaa Time!, DB42923

Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies by Irma S. Rombauer.
Read by Barbara Pinolini. Reading time 5 hours 44 minutes.
Collection of over seventy-five recipes for various types of cookies including bar, drop, rolled, filled, hand shaped, and molded. Also shares recipes for icings and glazes and holiday drinks such as eggnog, hot cocoa, espresso, and mulled cider.
Download Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies, DB55427

Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking by Eric V. Copage.
Read by Gordon Gould. Reading time 11 hours 16 minutes.
Kwanzaa is a week-long (December 26-January 1) African-American celebration of the "first fruits." The author has compiled a sourcebook for the observance. Included are selections from historical works, folklore, and biographies that illustrate the Nguzo Saba (seven principles of Kwanzaa), interspersed with a host of recipes from the African diaspora.
Download Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking, DB34528

Kwanzaa Karamu: Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Feast by April A. Brady.
Read by Shona Tucker. Reading time 1 hour 26 minutes.
Explains the meaning of this African American celebration. Provides recipes for children and adults to prepare together for the feast and instructions for making decorations and gifts. For grades 3-6 and older readers.
Download Kwanzaa Karamu: Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Feast, DB60693

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Read by David Cutler. Reading time 1 hour 54 minutes.
A collection of Christmas letters penned by J.R.R. Tolkien and signed as Father Christmas that were sent to Tolkien's children from 1920-1943. Each recapped activities of the preceding year at the North Pole, including reindeer running amok and the North Polar Bear breaking the moon into four pieces.
Download Letters from Father Christmas, DB63808

A Literary Christmas: Great Contemporary Christmas Stories by Lilly Golden.
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 12 hours 54 minutes.
In one story, a poor child's last thread of hope snaps. Another tale reveals the tension that builds up when some families gather. The ubiquitous Christmas play includes a part for a small girl with a big voice, who happens to be Jewish. In all, twenty-seven stories explore the spirit of Christmas and what it means in cultural, psychological, secular, religious, and emotional terms. Some strong language.
Download A Literary Christmas: Great Contemporary Christmas Stories, DB38274

Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings by Madeleine L'Engle.
Read by Gillian Green. Reading time 4 hours 25 minutes.
Selections from forty years of the award-winning author's reflections on Christmas themes conveyed in stories, poems, essays, letters, and journal entries. Topics follow the Christmas season: Advent, Incarnation, Epiphany, Glorious Mystery, Redemption, and Celebration. The title piece recalls a past Christmas when L'Engle feared her daughter had leukemia.
Download Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings, DB63705

Politically Correct Holiday Stories: For an Enlightened Yuletide Season by James Finn Garner.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 1 hour 53 minutes.
Garner, who wrote Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (RC 38598, BR 9870) and Once upon a More Enlightened Time (RC 40614, BR 10132), now rewrites holiday favorites for the 1990s. Includes "'Twas the Night before Solstice," "Frosty the Persun of Snow," and "Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer." In "A Christmas Carol," Marley is visited by spiritual facilitators.
Download Politically Correct Holiday Stories: For an Enlightened Yuletide Season, DB43421

The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time 1 hour 45 minutes.
A collection of eight tales--one for each night of Hanukkah--by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). In "The Parakeet Named Dreidel" a pet lost in Brooklyn on the eighth night of Hanukkah eventually unites his former and current owners through love. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
Download The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah, DB71860

The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren.
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 1 hour 54 minutes.
Rick Warren, pastor of California's Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose-Driven Life (RC 55648, BR 17782), uses biblical scripture to examine the origins of Christmas. Describes the holiday as a time of celebration, salvation, and reconciliation for all people.
Download The Purpose of Christmas, DB67520

A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit by Mike Huckabee.
Read by Guy Williams. Reading time 6 hours 38 minutes.
Talk-show host Mike Huckabee--a former presidential candidate, Arkansas governor, and pastor--shares experiences that taught him the true meaning of Christmas, emphasizing God, family, love, and hope instead of shopping and presents.
Download A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit, DB69899