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“Skipping Christmas”

by John Grisham

Doubleday, 2001

Now that we are being inundated with Christmas catalogs (toss ’em and shop locally, please), it might be fun to read “Skipping Christmas.” Then again, it might not. Reviews are mixed; either love the book or hate it.

The novel completely lacks the serious action or drama of Grisham’s legal thrillers (“The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” etc.). It’s a simple tale of a couple who wants to spend their Christmas money on a cruise. This means doing away with the tree, decorations, cards, the Christmas party, gifts, donations and all the rest of the holiday symbols.

Unfortunately, their neighbors, determined to see every house on the block decorated, as had been the custom, will have none of it. They embark on a concerted effort to block the cruise plans and get the Kranks back on the Yuletide path.

The struggle between the besieged couple and the neighbors proceeds to a surprise ending. The novel is meant to be funny; it’s obviously a satire on the financial strains of modern living.

I didn’t think it was funny, but maybe I just like Christmas too much.

– Joan Agar, Nevada City.

“Bridges That Stand”

by James D. Folger

ISBN: 0-595-18917-2

This novel should not be missed. It’s a perfect book to read this winter. Do not let the size of the book overwhelm you, for once you read the first few pages, it becomes very difficult to put the book down.

This novel is so great to read, that I even turned the TV off during season premieres.

Walk, run, take the train to your nearest book store, and buy yourself a wonderful book to read.

– Rochelle Lowenthal, Grass Valley

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