December 2019: Holiday Reads

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The holiday season is here, and with it the desire to curl up with a good book! Here are some of our choice reads for holiday themed books. 


Sally Goldenbaum
Description: "With the Seaside Knitters' help, Mary Pisano converts her charming inherited home into a B&B. Her first week is booked by her very own family, in town to discuss their grandfather's will. She's hoping the tranquility of the setting will smooth over ill feelings among family members. But when her cousin Pam-a Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, native-is found murdered, she realizes she was dead wrong..."--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: FIC Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Rosanna Pansino
Description: Whatever the reason, when families are together they create lasting memories-- and enjoy eating fun foods! Pansino shares recipes for celebrating with friends and family throughout the year, covering holidays and special occasions. She includes vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: 641.86 Pan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Grace Lin
Description: A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
Call Number: E Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2019
Tara Taylor Quinn
Description: "When Nolan Forte returns to Austin a year after a yuletide romance, he is shocked to learn he is a father. He wants to do right by his beautiful baby girl--and her sweet mama, Lizzie Sullivan. But when he reveals his real name is Nolan Fortune, all bets are off. Lizzie doesn't trust men with money. Maybe some Christmas magic can convince her that she, Nolan and Stella are already rich in what matters!"--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi, Susanna Natti
Call Number: J 296.4 Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Joanna Campbell Slan
Description: "Super-crafter Kiki Lowenstein is cramming as much into the ho-ho-holiday season as she can. But Kiki's ambitious plans come to a crashing halt when her student, Eudora Field, drops death at the star of one of Kiki's community center classes"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Jenny Rosenstrach, Victoria Granof
Description: A warm and inviting guide with more than one hundred time-tested recipes and a host of inspiring ideas for turning birthdays, holidays, and everyday occasions into cherished traditions. "Families crave rituals," says Jenny Rosenstrach, not just the big celebrations--but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals. Whether simple or elaborate, daily or annually, these rituals all serve the same purpose: to bring comfort, connection, and meaning to everyday family life. The recipes ideas and menus all translate to prime quality time with the family. How to Celebrate Everything helps families slow down, capture the moments that matter--and eat well while doing it.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 641.568 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Annie Harper, Killian B. Gracious Living magazine says it must be a live tree Brewer, Pene. True north Henson, Erin (Novelist). Last call at the Casa Blanca Bar & Grille Finnegan, Lilah. Halfway home Suzanne
Call Number: FIC If
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Patrice M. Johnson
Description: Christmas traditions, particularly those involving food, often honor our ancestors. Throughout the Midwest where Swedish immigrants settled, the dishes placed on the julbord (Christmas table) tell stories about who we are, where we come from, where we are heading, and what we eat.
Call Number: 641.568 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
1965- Brom
Description: When he stumbles upon a magical bag that belongs to Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus, struggling songwriter Jesse gets an unexpected chance to save his daughter and his own broken dreams, and return magic to Boone County, West Virginia.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
Description: "August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes--as everyone does--that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. But as history tells us, it all happened so differently. Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict--but how?--and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father's newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears--and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene? Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris--a cherished packet of letters in hand--determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Gay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Anna Dewdney
Description: Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.
Call Number: E Dew
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2019
Ilene Cooper, Royce Fitzgerald
Description: With still unnamed twin baby sisters at home, Bobby, owner of a boisterous pet beagle, is worried that his parents will have no time to celebrate Christmas.
Call Number: J FIC Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Leslie Meier
Call Number: LP FIC Mei
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney
Description: While investigating a mystery on New Year's Eve, four friends encounter a big surprise.
Call Number: J FIC Roy
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Sharon Kahn
Call Number: FIC Kah
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2019
Martin Edwards, Martin Edwards, Arthur Conan Doyle, E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung, Arnold Bennett
Call Number: FIC Res
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
Description: Embarking on a mystery seminar cruise during the holiday season, amateur sleuth Alvirah, private detective Regan, and their family members find their voyage overshadowed by a ghost spotting, the disappearance of a fan, and an unexpected storm.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
R. L Stine
Description: In order to throw his New Year's Eve party, Ray promises not to scare his younger brother Brandon with his ventriloquist dummy Slappy, but when strange, mean-spirited things start happening, Ray suspects Slappy of foul play.
Call Number: J FIC Sti
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Mike Berenstain
Description: Presents forty recipes for holiday foods, including sweetheart chocolate cake for Valentine's Day and cozy hot cocoa for Christmas.
Call Number: J 641.568 Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Laura Jacobsen
Description: Aneesa and her grandmother come up with a plan to help two girls who are refugees celebrate Eid in America.
Call Number: E Mob
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2019
Lucy (Novelist) Foley
Description: During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they've chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands--the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group's tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year's Eve, the cord holding them together snaps. On New Year's Day, one of them is dead, and another of them did it.
Call Number: FIC Fol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Wendy Pfeffer, Jesse Reisch
Description: Describes how and why daylight grows shorter as winter approaches, the effect of shorter days on animals and people, and how the winter solstice has been celebrated throughout history. Includes activities.
Call Number: E Pfe
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2019
Call Number: SC Wor
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Stacy Connelly
Description: Workaholic Evie McClaren will do anything to prevent the sale of her family's hotel. Even fake a holiday romance! Wealthy charmer - and prospective buyer - Griffin James seems delighted to play along... providing steamy, realistic PDAs under the mistletoe. Wait. Was that last kiss real? All Evie wants for Christmas is the Hillcrest House Hotel. And all Griffin wants... is Evie by his side - for real.
Call Number: FIC Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Jennifer Castle
Description: Teens Kendall and Max witness a tragic accident during the holidays and, racked with guilt, accept a dare to perform seven random acts of kindness to strangers by New Year's Eve.
Call Number: YA FIC Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
B. B Haywood
Description: As the town of Cape Willington prepares for their annual autumn festival, Candy Holliday, running this year's haunted hay ride, must find out who turned her holiday attraction into a real-life horror show when she discovers a dead body near some fake tombstones.
Call Number: FIC Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
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A Holiday Yarn : A Seaside Knitters Mystery
Sally Goldenbaum
FIC Gol
New Year's Eve Thieves
Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney
J FIC Roy
Baking All Year Round : Holidays & Special Occasions
Rosanna Pansino
641.86 Pan
Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Choir : A Ruby, The Rabbi's Wife Mystery
Sharon Kahn
FIC Kah
Bringing In The New Year
Grace Lin
E Lin
Resorting To Murder : Holiday Mysteries
Martin Edwards, Martin Edwards, Arthur Conan Doyle, E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung, Arnold Bennett
FIC Res
Fortune's Christmas Baby
Tara Taylor Quinn
FIC Qui
Santa Cruise : A Holiday Mystery At Sea
Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
FIC Cla
Four Sides, Eight Nights : A New Spin On Hanukkah
Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi, Susanna Natti
J 296.4 Ben
Slappy New Year
R. L Stine
J FIC Sti
Handmade Holiday Homicide : A Kiki Lowenstein Mystery
Joanna Campbell Slan
FIC Sla
The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook : Cub-friendly Cooking With An Adult
Mike Berenstain
J 641.568 Ber
How To Celebrate Everything : Recipes And Rituals For Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, And Every Day In Between
Jenny Rosenstrach, Victoria Granof
641.568 Ros
The Best Eid Ever
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Laura Jacobsen
E Mob
If The Fates Allow : An Lgbtq Holiday Anthology
Annie Harper, Killian B. Gracious Living magazine says it must be a live tree Brewer, Pene. True north Henson, Erin (Novelist). Last call at the Casa Blanca Bar & Grille Finnegan, Lilah. Halfway home Suzanne
FIC If
The Hunting Party : A Novel
Lucy (Novelist) Foley
FIC Fol
Jul : Swedish American Holiday Traditions
Patrice M. Johnson
641.568 Joh
The Shortest Day : Celebrating The Winter Solstice
Wendy Pfeffer, Jesse Reisch
E Pfe
Krampus : The Yule Lord
1965- Brom
FIC Bro
The Worst Noel : Hellish Holiday Tales.
SC Wor
Last Christmas In Paris : A Novel Of World War I
Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
FIC Gay
Their Yuletide Promise
Stacy Connelly
FIC Con
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Anna Dewdney
E Dew
Together At Midnight
Jennifer Castle
YA FIC Cas
Lucy's Holiday Surprise
Ilene Cooper, Royce Fitzgerald
J FIC Coo
Town In A Pumpkin Bash
B. B Haywood
FIC Hay
New Year's Eve Murder [Large Print]
Leslie Meier
LP FIC Mei