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Holiday Cheer 2011

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer 2011

At, we've been celebrating the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, we've been spotlighting a book and give five lucky readers a chance to win it.

Although the contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at this year's featured titles. These are books you'll want to read during the holidays --- and throughout the year as well!

America's Great Railroad Stations by Roger Straus III, Hugh Van Dusen, and Ed Breslin - Transportation


For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. AMERICA'S GREAT RAILROAD STATIONS tells the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape.

Comfort & Joy by India Knight - Fiction


It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last-minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling 16. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it?

Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - Fiction/Short Stories

Available for the first time since its original publication more than 50 years ago, CHRISTMAS AT COLD COMFORT FARM is a charming collection whose hilarious title story features Christmas dinner with the Starkadders before Flora's arrival. These lively tales will delight anyone who loves Stella Gibbons and her signature wit.

A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor - Fiction


A charming holiday farce, A CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD follows James Sparrow as he returns from Chicago to his lunatic family in Looseleaf, North Dakota in the midst of a historic blizzard.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield - Reference

Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. A must-have book for the design conscious, JUST MY TYPE's cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES and SCHOTT'S ORIGINAL MISCELLANY.

OMG Pancakes!: 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love to Eat by Jim Belosic - Cookbook

With a little help from Jim Belosic, everyone can turn breakfast into art. Filled with four-color photos and step-by-step instructions, OMG PANCAKES! will be devoured by families and crafty foodies alike.

Plugged by Eoin Colfer - Crime Fiction


An Irish ex-pat becomes embroiled in one --- and possibly two --- murders, and as he finds himself becoming a prime suspect, he begins to wonder if he is indeed a killer.

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman - Biography


Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of legendary NFL running back Walter Payton, nicknamed “Sweetness.” 

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan - Dystopian Thriller

WHEN SHE WOKE is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future --- where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can.