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Need a reading recommendation? Well, you've come to the right place. Each month our What to Read page highlights a few of our recent favorites, plus the latest best-sellers to hit our shelves and the hottest "coming soon" titles. 

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Celebrate the holiday season

Here are some recommended books that celebrate the magic of the season.
 

the man who invented christmas: how charles dickens's a christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits

BY LES STANDIFORD

the-man-who-invented-christmas.pngJust before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.


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the true saint nicholas: why he matters to christmas

BY WILLIAM BENNETT

the-true-saint-nicholas.pngBeloved writer and speaker William Bennett brings the legendary Saint Nicholas to life in this fascinating and faith-affirming book that will change the way you think about Santa Claus and the meaning of Christmas. Bennett reflects on Saint Nicholas’s storied life, which has spanned seventeen centuries across Europe, Asia, and Africa, and reveals an inspiring tale of devotion to God and an example of eternal goodness.

The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas focuses on three aspects of Saint Nicholas—historical facts from his life, his legacy in the centuries following his death, and the legendary status that transformed his likeness into the present-day jolly, toy-bearing Santa Claus. The book vividly captures the heart and life of someone who lived long ago—and yet whose life remains an inspiration for everyone to aspire to a higher order of generosity, giving, and devotion to others.

An instant classic by one of America’s most respected thinkers, The True Saint Nicholas is a memorable keepsake to be shared with family and friends every year to evoke the true spirit of Christmas.

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holiday by candlelight

BY LAUREL GREER

holiday-by-candlelight.pngA tragic accident ended the life he once knew.

Is a Hanukkah miracle right around the corner?

This year, Dr. Caleb Matsuda could do without holiday cheer. After an avalanche robbed him of his ability to practice surgery, he struggles to make it through each day. He may be intrigued by new colleague Garnet James, but she’s also a search-and-rescue volunteer who could be in danger at any moment. If only she wasn’t perfect for the man he used to be…

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king solomon's table: a culinary exploration of jewish cooking from around the world

BY JOAN NATHAN

king-solomons-table.pngDriven by a passion for discovery, the biblical King Solomon is said to have sent emissaries on land and sea to all corners of the ancient world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that continues to bear fruit today. With Solomon’s appetites and explorations in mind, in these pages Joan Nathan—“the queen of American Jewish cooking” (Houston Chronicle)—gathers together more than 170 recipes, from Israel to Italy to India and beyond.

Here are classics like Yemenite Chicken Soup with Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley; Slow-Cooked Brisket with Red Wine, Vinegar, and Mustard; and Apple Kuchen as well as contemporary riffs on traditional dishes such as Smoky Shakshuka with Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant; Double-Lemon Roast Chicken; and Roman Ricotta Cheese Crostata. Here, too, are an array of dishes from the world over, from Socca (Chickpea Pancakes with Fennel, Onion, and Rosemary) and Sri Lankan Breakfast Buns with Onion Confit to Spanakit (Georgian Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Cilantro) and Keftes Garaz (Syrian Meatballs with Cherries and Tamarind).

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and delectable recipes, King Solomon’s Table showcases the dazzling diversity of a culinary tradition more than three thousand years old.

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amish christmas cookbook: authentic favorites from three generations of amish cooks

BY LINDA BYLER, LAURA ANNE LAPP & ANNA KAUFFMAN

amish-christmas-cookbook.pngGathered from interviews with real Amish grandmothers, tattered recipe boxes, and old books and diaries, here is an assortment of delicious baked goods, casseroles, snacks, and other festive treats that have been and continue to be popular in eastern Pennsylvania, particularly in the Lancaster area. Christmas is a special time in Amish country—candles in the windows, preparations for the school Christmas play, and gas-powered ovens filling homes with the smells of home-baked goodness. Now you too can experience the warm, comforting recipes of old order Amish cooks. Prepare to make wonderful treats such as:

  • Shoofly Pie
  • Molasses Cookies
  • Frosted Cinnamon Rolls
  • Church Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Baked French Toast
  • Red Beet Eggs
  • Christmas Salad
  • Christmas Cake
  • "Roasht" or Chicken Filling
  • Potpie Noodles
  • Oatmeal Whoopie Pies
  • And more!

With simple ingredients and instructions that are easy to follow, you'll find yourself whipping up new mealtime traditions for your loved ones this holiday season


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all american christmas

BY RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY & SEAN DUFFY

all-american-christmas.pngFrom the wind-swept, snowy ranges of Wyoming to Florida beaches glowing with Christmas lights, All American Christmas traces holiday traditions across the United States. In this beautiful personal keepsake, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy present a dazzling collection of emotional stories, treasured family photographs, and homegrown Christmas recipes from some of Fox News’ most beloved personalities.

Dana Perino takes readers out west to the cattle ranch where she celebrated Christmas with real life “Marlboro Men”—her uncles and grandfather. Maria Bartiromo reflects on growing up in Brooklyn and the famously brilliant light displays in her neighborhood.

Brit Hume looks back at the day he and a friend rushed onto the Washington Senators’ field—and how his parents later warned him that he was now on Santa Claus’ naughty list. For Lauren Green, her understanding of Christmas has evolved with her growing faith.

Beautifully designed to reflect the color and spirit and sparkle of the season and featuring 16 pages of color photographs, All American Christmas is a gift of love from the Fox News family and is sure to be cherished for seasons to come. 

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dear santa

BY DEBBIE MACOMBER

dear-santa.pngLindy Carmichael isn’t feeling particularly joyful when she returns home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. The man she thought was “the one” has cheated on her with her best friend, and she feels completely devoid of creativity in her graphic-design job. Not even carolers or Christmas cookies can cheer her up—but Lindy’s mother, Ellen, remembers an old tradition that might lift her daughter’s spirits.
 
Reading through a box of childhood letters to Santa and reminiscing about what she’d wished for as a young girl may be just the inspiration Lindy needs. With Ellen’s encouragement, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, one that will encourage her to have faith and believe just as she’d done all those years ago. Little does Lindy know that this exercise in gratitude will cause her wishes to unfold before her in miraculous ways. And, thanks to some fateful twists of Christmas magic—especially an unexpected connection with a handsome former classmate—Lindy ultimately realizes that there is truly no place like home for the holidays.
 
In Dear Santa, Debbie Macomber celebrates the joys of Christmas blessings, old and new.

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christmas baking: festive cookies, candies, cakes, breads, and snacks to bring comfort and joy to your holiday

BY JOYCE & LAURA KLYNSTRA

christmas-baking.pngThis collection brings together more than100 Christmas-inspired recipes, each beautifully photographed with easy-to-follow instructions, from holiday classics like Dark Chocolate Crinkles and Decorated Sugar Cookies to international treats like Krakelingen, Linzer Cookies, and Alfajores. Many favorites will spark fond baking memories, and new flavors will create fresh family traditions. From festive and fancy to quick and easy, recipes include:
 

  • Cranberry Almond Thumbprints
  • Chewy Gingersnaps
  • Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
  • Star Bread
  • Cranberry Pistachio Scones
  • Caramel Corn
  • Maple Peanut Clusters
  • Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Christmas Baking contains perfect recipes for holiday gatherings, gift-giving, cookie swaps, and Christmas morning. Written by a mother and daughter team and tested in home kitchens, these treats will bring comfort, joy, and a dash of nostalgia to your holiday.
 

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the matzah ball

BY JEAN MELTZER

the-matzah-ball.pngRachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.

But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy—Jacob Greenberg.

Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah—and Jacob—in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaz

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