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The Autobiography of Santa Claus Hardcover – October 27, 2003

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS:

"A book that deserves classic status."
--The Dallas Morning News

"Delightful."
--Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Charming."
--The Kansas City Star

"The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a great tale with an intriguing premise. It is a heartwarming and fun Christmas read."
--Squeaky-Clean Reviews

"This Christmas tale combines solid historical fact with a fun, enchanting story that will make anyone a believer in Santa Claus. It's a great book for children who are questioning the existing of Santa Claus and teaches all readers, big and small, the real meaning of Christmas."
--The Examiner


THE GREAT SANTA SEARCH:

"Guinn's clever premise draws on the historical roots of the commercialization of Christmas, and his Santa, who narrates, is sanguine when faced with the prospect of facing off against street corner Santas."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"I've read the two earlier books by Mr. Guinn (THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS and HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS), but I felt this one was the best. This was such a fun book to read. While the earlier books were based more on events in history, this one is set in the present. There were so many references to things common to us now - PlayStation 3, CD burners, MP3 players and iPods. Oprah and Randy, Paula and Simon from American Idol made guest appearances. It was fun to see Santa adapt to the 21st century!"
--Lynne's Little Corner of the World


HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS:

"A humorous, well-written historical romp."
--Atlanta Women

"Rich in Christmas-y detail."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Both educational and amusing."
--Library Journal

THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (all three novels in one volume):

"This elegant paperback volume makes for a delightful holiday gift for just about anyone on your Christmas shopping list. Whether it’s reading through 17 centuries of Santa’s autobiography peppered with Christmas magic, discovering how Mrs. Claus and a group of people saved Christmas from being extinct or hopping onto a sleigh ride ‘through the history of Christmas in America’, reading the book will bring Santa’s infectious good cheer into your Yuletide festivities."
--Time Out

"All three books are excellent volumes and well worth sharing with your children. In fact, Guinn cleverly separates each book into 24 chapters, allowing parents who are so inclined to read them to their children one chapter at a time, beginning on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Eve. I dearly love these books."
--Evertime Realms --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeff Guinn is books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of eight books, including The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame and Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, which received the Texas Book Award.

Jeff Guinn is also the author of the bestselling Christmas Chronicles series, which includes The Autobiography of Santa Claus, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, and The Great Santa Search. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Reprint edition (October 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585422657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blake Petit on December 17, 2003
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I can't even imagine how long it must have taken Jeff Guinn to research and piece together this unusual book, but the hard work was worth it. "The Autobiography of Santa Claus" is part novel, part history, and something that anyone who loves Saint Nicholas will be grateful to read.
Guinn tracks down the origins of nearly all pieces of the Santa Claus legends and pieces them together, beginning with the birth of Nicholas in 280 A.D. He traces a life that lasts over 1700 years and explains how every well-known story of Santa Claus came to be, mixing in science with magic and throwing in actual historical figures to color the piece. (You'll never believe who some of Santa's "helpers" actually turn out to be.) He takes the character through the dark ages, through the Victorian era, mixes him in with European and American history and literature and finally brings it all together in the present day.
The book doesn't have much of a climax, but that's because it is written as an "autobiography," not a novel. The stories just stop because they've all been told... for now. That's part of the miracle -- the knowledge that Santa Claus will outlast us all and continue bringing his true gift, hope, to children all over the world long after you and I are gone. It's a wonderful book,and for people who love Christmas, I can't recommend it enough.
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While visiting Barnes & Noble this past weekend on my annual Christmas book hunt, I stumbled across Jeff Guinn's THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS. Little did I know, at the time, was that I stumbled across a true Christmas treasure.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS tells the complete story of Saint Nicholas, from the day that he was born, up until present day. The story is not only a fantastical tale, but features many facts from history, and many Christian undertones.
As we are taken on this incredible journey with Santa Claus, we also meet up with many of Santa Claus' good friends, including Mrs. Claus, who also posess the gift of magic.
This is a must-read this holiday season for everyone the world over. Whether you are 1 or 100, you will be amazed with Santa Claus' fantastical life story.
Erika Sorocco
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While Christmas shopping a few years ago, I happened across this book at a local shopping mall and Christmas has not been the same since! This book is historically accurate, which adds to its believability. Santa explains his life and how many of the legends that surround him are made possible.
Santa is careful to consistantly tie the holiday back to it's true meaning--to celebrate Jesus' birth.
It's a wonderful combination of magic and logic to make Christmas as wonderous for adults as it is for children!
An subtle touch that was given to the book is that it's 24 chapters, which lends to starting the reading on December 1 and leading through to Christmas Eve, just in time to go to bed and dream of Santa's visit.
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I started out loving this book. The opening line "you're right to believe in me", I thought was a fabulous way to begin. But most of the middle was just a long history lesson. It seemed like the author was trying to do his own personal commentary on the history of the world & war by pretending it was Santa's point of view. I found some of the famous people who became permenant Santa helpers hard to swallow; particularly Attila the Hun. What?! And when he got to Santa's commentary on how we shouldn't have fought the American Revolution I almost stopped reading the book. The ending was pretty good & had some magic, as did the beginning. So I'm torn. Overall I'm not sure it was worth the time to read it.
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Although this book was a little slow at times (chalk it up to the ramblings of a VERY old man, who has lived a long and fun-filled life), I feel that everyone, bouth yound and old, should read this story. Live the magic of Christmas through Santa's eyes and never forget that to give up on Santa is to give up on hope! Merry Christmas!!! :)
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For all those who've ever wondered how a 3rd century Turkish bishop named Nicholas evolved into a fat, jolly man in red who lives at the North Pole and drives a reindeer-drawn flying sleigh -- this is the book for you.

A very interesting and entertaining story full of famous historical characters and Christmas cheer.

A little dry for children, a little simple for adults, but sure to be a hit with those who love Christmas and Santa.
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Well most of know that Santa started out as St. Nicholas, a bishop from Asia minor and of course we know he ended up at the North Pole as the man we know today.
But, what happened in between? How did Nicholas start his gift giving and how did he get to where he is today? Jeff Guinn attempts to explain all of that in this delightful book. Read how Santa started out and met the future Mrs. Claus. His travels throughout the world and his eventually settling at the North Pole.
Guinn takes know facts about the actualy St. Nicholas and weaves them into the Santa Mythology we are all familiar with. Fun book to read.
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This is an amazingly clever book, in which the author weaves traditional Christmas beliefs with history and biography. Attila the Hun, Alfred the Great, Theodore Roosevelt--they are all there--and you'll find out what really happened to Amelia Earhart as well. BUY THIS BOOK!
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