Winter Holiday Books - Adults

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The afterlife of Holly Chase

The afterlife of Holly Chase

Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author
2017

After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change.

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The atlas of Christmas : the merriest, tastiest, quirkiest holiday traditions from around the world

The atlas of Christmas : the merriest, tastiest, quirkiest holiday traditions from around the world

Palmer, Alex, 1981- author.
2020

"Do you know that in Guatemala there's a "Burn the Devil" tradition to kick off the Christmas season, where revelers gather to set fire to devil-piñatas? In Sweden, a popular figure in Christmas traditions is the Yule Goat, a rowdy, menacing character who demands gifts. And in Japan, a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken has become the classic Christmas Day feast. These and many other global Christmas traditions are featured here in this delightful book. From decorations and activities to feasts and special treats, there's a wide range of both lovely and unusual traditions from around the globe."-- Publisher's description

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Baking for the holidays : 50+ treats for a festive season

Baking for the holidays : 50+ treats for a festive season

Kieffer, Sarah, author
2021

"A festive baking book featuring more than 50 recipes to enjoy during the holiday season and all winter long"-- Provided by publisher.

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Black sun

Black sun

Roanhorse, Rebecca, author
2020

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. A ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is carrying one passenger described as harmless. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

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Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe

Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe

McLean, Stuart, 1948-2017, author
2017


The Christmas bookshop : a novel

The Christmas bookshop : a novel

Colgan, Jenny, author
2021

Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia isn't appealing. Reluctantly, Carmen moves in with her sister and takes a job helping revitalize a shabby old bookshop. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?

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Christmas shopaholic : a novel

Christmas shopaholic : a novel

Kinsella, Sophie, author
2019

The misadventures of Becky Brandon Née Bloomwood continue in a new novel full of holiday cheer and--of course--lots of shopping!

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In a holidaze

In a holidaze

Lauren, Christina, author
2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year - but not for Maelyn Jones. She's living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. One day, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake, she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop - and finally get her true love under the mistletoe. Author is a pen name of writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

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Let it snow : 24 recipes for festive sweet treats

Let it snow : 24 recipes for festive sweet treats

Prus, Agnes.
2019

"As the icing sugar slowly falls... Let it Snow gathers over 20 heavenly recipes for baked goods and sweet treats to make during the holiday season. Bring warmth and sweetness into your home during the most festive months of the year with a whole host of delights..."--Page [4] of cover.

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The Matzah Ball

The Matzah Ball

Meltzer, Jean, author
2021

When her publisher insists that she write a Hanukkah romance, Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a Jewish woman with a secret career as a Christmas romance novelist, unexpectedly finds inspiration when she encounters a childhood aquaintance at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah.

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Moon of the crusted snow

Moon of the crusted snow

Rice, Waubgeshig, 1979- author
2018

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadearship loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again.

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New Year's kiss

New Year's kiss

Matthews, Lee, author
2020

Shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher while spending Christmas break at her grandmother's Vermont lodge, and he agrees to help her complete her bucket list before New Year's Eve.

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Royal holiday

Royal holiday

Guillory, Jasmine, author
2019

"Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain Private Secretary and his charming accent and unyielding formality. Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years and has never given a personal, private tour...until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy fling come New Year's Day...or are they?"-- Provided by publisher.

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The sisters of the winter wood

The sisters of the winter wood

Rossner, Rena, author
2018

A tale inspired by Jewish mythology is set in a woodland village on the border of Moldova and Ukraine and follows the experiences of two sheltered sisters who uncover a secret magical heritage.

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Snowblind

Snowblind

Golden, Christopher, author
2014


The terror : a novel

The terror : a novel

Simmons, Dan, 1948-
2007


This time next year

This time next year

Cousens, Sophie, author.
2020

Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn't be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they're about to meet again.

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Wild + free holidays : 35 festive family activities to make the season bright

Wild + free holidays : 35 festive family activities to make the season bright

Arment, Ainsley, author
2020

"Wild + Free is a great resource for parents to engage their kids' creativity using festive, holiday-themed crafts, outdoor activities, and essays that celebrate the warmth of the season. Curated by Wild + Free families around the world, this full-color book is filled with creative and intellectually stimulating ideas and hands-on activities parents, educators, and caregivers can use to nurture their child's curious spirit and imagination. With step-by-step instructions, lush photography, and family-tested and kid-approved activities, Wild + Free is a valuable guide to helping children spark wonder in the most wonderful season of the year." -- Amazon.

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Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Hilderbrand, Elin, author
2017

It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.

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Wintering : the power of rest and retreat in difficult times

Wintering : the power of rest and retreat in difficult times

May, Katherine, author
2020

"An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing Arctic seas. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season"-- Provided by publisher.

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