Book Hunters in Brief #102: Holiday Memoirs

If ever there was a genre that pretty  much anybody with a pen, a stack of paper and some time to kill could tackle, it's the holiday memoir. We all have a story about the pony, Red Ryder BB gun, or Malibu Barbie with Kung Fu Grip that didn't come and for which we've carried a big, steaming dollop of resentment ever since. Likewise, we all have that one trigger--a smell, a taste, a certain slant of mid-winter light--that so evokes what the holidays mean to us personally that it amounts to our own version of Proust's madeleine. Then there is the other side of it. The sad fact is that sooner or later, many of us will have to live through this season that so conspicuously celebrates consumption while struggling to keep a roof over our heads and to feed our families (it must be said that far too many have had more than their fair share of these). Finally, sooner or later, we will all lose someone whose absence will be felt even more acutely when every sight and sound of the season reminds us of days gone by.

People are always talking about the "true meaning of the holiday" as if it were 18 Across in the Times Sunday crossword puzzle. The truth is that there is no single one. We all carry our own with us and it grows and changes as we grow and change.
So, whether or not you choose to sit down and tell your story yourself, you could do worse than spending a few evenings cozying up to one of Book Hunters' selections. There is something for everyone here--from the bah-humbuggiest of us to the Cindy-Lou-Whoiest. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to tell your story.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales From the Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro

Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow

Being Santa Claus: What I Learned About the True Meaning of Christmas by Sal Lizard with Jonathan Lane

The 13th Gift: a True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith

Before you know it, the holidays will be over, and we'll be facing a couple chilly months. That's where Book Hunters comes in. Visit us online, answer a few questions about what you like to read and we'll send you a custom reading list to get you through those long winter nights.

The Book Hunters wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday.