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A Christmas Memory (Tale Blazers) Paperback – September, 1990
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A Christmas Memory is the classic memoir of Truman Capote's childhood in rural Alabama. Until he was ten years old, Capote lived with distant relatives. This book is an autobiographical story of those years and his frank and fond memories of one of his cousins, Miss Sook Faulk. The text is illustrated with full color illustrations that add greatly to the story without distracting from Capote's poignant prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 3 Up-- This tiny gem of a holiday story, although a memory, is told in the present tense, which gives it a certain immediacy. Written by Capote as if a backward glance at his childhood while in college, the story traces a month of pre-Christmas doings in his parentless, poor household. The seven-year-old and his "friend," a distant, eccentric, and in those times elderly (mid-sixties), cousin prepare several dozen fruitcakes and mail them to people they admire. Gathering the pecans from those left behind in the harvest, buying illegally made whiskey for soaking the cakes, getting a little tipsy on the leftovers, cutting their own tree, and decorating it with homemade ornaments are some of the adventures the two share. The outside world barely intrudes on this portrayal of a loving friendship which wraps readers in coziness like the worn scrap quilt warms the old woman. Reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger, Peck's watercolor-and-ink full-page illustrations greatly enhance the text. Her use of lighter shades, tawny colors, and fine lines plus a background wash which suggests rather than delineates detail is perfect for this holiday memory of Christmas celebrated in rural Alabama in the early 1930s. --Susan Hepler, Arlington Public Library, VA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What's more, you can read it without a single wince. So can your kids. So can your smug brother-in-law, who hasn't approved of an American writer since Henry James.
This is a simple tale of a young boy, Buddy, and his much older female cousin, whom he calls "My Friend." They live together as cast-offs in a couple of back rooms in a worn-out Southern homestead where they are almost totally ignored--and that suits them just fine. Yes, they would appreciate a little more ready cash to finance their major operation--making numerous fruitcakes for everyone from the mailman to Mrs. Roosevelt. But their rich creative imaginations and their love fo reach other provide most of what they need for a joyous life: ripe pecans, a jar of wildly brewed liquor, a generous recipe, a couple of home-made kites, and a huge Christmas tree paid for with determination, high standards, and conviction that they who seek shall find.
If you haven't read A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, treat yourself now. And then, if you've been a really good girl or boy,
see the film version starring the glorious Geraldine Page and show it to your kids or your parents--or Mrs. Roosevelt.
It truly is a special piece of literature and I highly recommend it for all who want an old fashion story to feel the sense of unconditional love between two individuals who have nothing but eachother. A must for your library.
I wanted this year to get a book for the five college students in our family that they might cherish from year to year. This edition with its lovely drawings is exactly that. The added DVD of Celeste Holme's reading the story is a bonus.
Capote tells a very simple story of how an older cousin and he prepared for Christmas, baking fruit cakes, hunting the perfect tree, and making kites as surprise gifts for each other. As they fly their kites on a beautiful Christmas Day, she tells him that she suddenly realized in the beauty of that moment that the Lord was already come, "that things as they are, just what we've always seen, was seeing him." Isn't that what Incarnation means.
"My friend, as though inaugurating the Christmas time of year that exhilarates her imagination and fuels the blaze of her heart, announces: 'It's fruitcake weather. Fetch our buggy. Help me find my hat.'" ~ Truman Copote, A Christmas Memory