Whether classics or current bestsellers, don't forget, books make great gifts!
Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson Everybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story? Read these stories by the fire, in the snow, travelling home for the holidays. Give them to friends, wrap them up for someone you love, read them aloud, read them alone, read them together. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic.
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry 1857. After the fire of mutiny has swept through British India, young Lieutenant Victor Narraway arrives at a battered military base at Cawnpore. It is just two weeks before Christmas, but no one is able to celebrate: they have been betrayed. A soldier under arrest for dereliction of duty has killed a guard and escaped to join the rebels, taking crucial information that led to the massacre of nine men on patrol. Someone must have helped him, and medical orderly John Tallis is the only man unaccounted for at the time. He is now on trial for his life, and Narraway is commanded to defend him.
Narraway knows that his is an impossible task. The British Army needs justice to be carried out in full, and there seems no doubt of Tallis's guilt. But Narraway cannot see any motive for his actions. Will an innocent man hang before Christmas?
How Murray Saved Christmas by Mike Reiss Illustrations by David Catrow A hilarious Christmas story from an Emmy award-winning writer of The Simpsons! When Santa’s knocked out cold by a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s walloping punch, deli owner Murray Kleiner reluctantly agrees to take his place. The suit doesn’t fit, Murray smells a bit like pickles, and there’s no way he can remember the names of all those reindeer. But with the help of a pushy elf and an eager-to-believe young boy, Murray finds out that even though he’s not big enough to fill Santa’s suit, he’s got more than enough heart to get the job done.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash, they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences—and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie How do you find the best Christmas present ever for your best friend in the whole wide world? That's what Toot is trying to find out, and Puddle is having just as much trouble. With a nod to previous books in the bestselling Toot & Puddle series, Holly Hobbie shows readers that the best kind of present for the best kind of friend is one that shows just how much you care.
Here are a few more Christmas books for adults.
The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories Collected by Jessica Harrison The perfect gift this Christmas season: a generous selection of some of the greatest festive stories of all time - now in a beautiful clothbound edition. This is a collection of the most magical, moving, chilling and surprising Christmas stories from around the world, taking us from frozen Nordic woods to glittering Paris, a New York speakeasy to an English country house, bustling Lagos to midnight mass in Rio, and even outer space. Here are classic tales from writers including Truman Capote, Shirley Jackson, Dylan Thomas, Saki and Chekhov, as well as little-known treasures such as Italo Calvino's wry sideways look at Christmas consumerism, Wolfdietrich Schnurre's story of festive ingenuity in Berlin, Selma Lagerlof's enchanted forest in Sweden, and Irène Nemerovsky's dark family portrait. Featuring santas, ghosts, trolls, unexpected guests, curmudgeons and miracles, here is Christmas as imagined by some of the greatest short story writers of all time.
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight 'misunderstanding' at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.
He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, where he will rediscover people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
A Surprise for Christmas Collected by Martin Edwards Two dead bodies and a Christmas stocking weaponised. A Postman murdered delivering cards on Christmas morning. A Christmas tree growing over a forgotten homicide. It's the most wonderful time of the year, except for the victims of these shocking and often elaborate murders. When there's magic in the air, sometimes even the facts don't quite add up and the impossible can happen -- and it's up to the detective's trained eye to unwrap the clues and put together an explanation neatly tied up with a bow. Martin Edwards compiles an anthology filled with tales of seasonal suspense where the snow runs red, perfect to be shared between super-sleuths by the fire on a cold winter's night.
We have always been happy to share the books by one of our favorite authors, Kate Westerlund. Did you know, that we have them in German as well? Thank you, Kate!
Weihnachten mit den Tieren Clara, das kleine Reh, wünscht sich ein Weihnachtsfest voller Überraschungen. Doch der Schnee macht alles schwierig für die Tiere im Wald. Das Essen ist knapp. Es sieht so aus, als ob es dieses Jahr nicht viel zu feiern gäbe. Als Clara das Klingeln kleiner Glocken hört, macht sie sich auf den Weg. Und erfährt, dass Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen können, wenn man fest daran glaubt. Bilder von EveTharlet
Wintergeheimnisse Als die alte Eule wie jedes Jahr der Vogelgemeinschaft die Weihnachtsgeschichte erzählt, fragen sie die Zuhörer, warum die Vögel den Menschen denn nicht mehr wie in alten Zeiten die frohe Botschaft singend verkünden. Die Vögel beschließen, ihr Glück noch einmal bei den Kindern auf dieser Welt zu versuchen und es geschieht doch noch ein Weihnachtswunder… In der zweiten Geschichte finden drei Kaninchen und zwei Mäuse im Schnee einen Teddybären. Traurig schaut er aus, finden sie. Hier in der Kälte wollen sie ihn nicht liegenlassen, also packen sie ihn in einen kleinen Ziehwagen und bringen ihn zum alten Bären. Er weiß immer was zu tun ist. Bilder von Feridun Oral
Das Schlittschuhrennen Die Tiere am Teich warten mit Spannung auf das jährlich vor Weihnachten stattfindende Eislaufrennen. Jeder hat seine eigene Idee, wie er gewinnen könnte. Der Gewinner ist am Schluss jedoch nicht der Schnellste. Hilfsbereitschaft siegt. Bilder von Eve Tharlet