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A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays Hardcover – October 30, 2007

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"Today, anyone writing humorous true-to-life holiday essays will inevitably be compared to David Sedaris and Jean Shepherd--which isn't unfair, as Sedaris's "Santaland Diaries" and Shepherd's "A Christmas Story" are the paragons of Christmas confessionals--but here the comparison is particularly apt. Like Sedaris, Greenwood is a gentle soul who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself, and, also like Sedaris, he lovingly mines his eccentric family for material. Like Shepherd, his prose and delivery are simple and self-effacing, and he comes off as an engaging character."--"Kirkus"

About the Author

David Valdes Greenwood teaches at Tufts University and lives outside of Boston.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Vincent on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A Little Fruitcake is my pick for holiday gift this year. It's a wonderful collection of stories about family and holidays that you can feel comfortable giving to anyone from your traditional Grandma to your quirky and hip college roommate (and it sure beats an actual fruitcake). I'm going to send copies out as early holiday gifts, maybe around Thanksgiving, to help everyone get into the holiday mood.
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I'd recommend this to anyone who has a family, and has spent any holidays with them. It's a delightful read, one that makes you want to get to the next page. Reminds us that family is and will always be something we take for granted, but in the end we understand why they do what they do. I'd love to read more by this author.
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give them A Little Fruitcake. As spirited and hilarious as Sedaris' Holidays on Ice, A Little Fruitcake veers between laugh-out-funny and a warm loving look back at childhood holidays. Valdes Greenwood's voice is fresh, wise, with just the right amount of bite -- the perfect holiday guest (unlike the great aunts you actually have to spend Christmas with!)
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I loved this book. I laughed and I cried and I wished that the story didn't end.
Understanding thru the eyes of a child, the the hopes and disappointments, which surround the holiday season, lead to the reality for the young adult what in life is really important.
I hope everyone reads and loves this book as much as I did.
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I would have loved this book even if it wasn't so well written, as the author grew up in Maine and is exactly my age, so it was like a trip down memory lane to read about his childhood--exciting trips to LaVerderies to get Christmas presents, the feeling of going to the big city when you are really going to a small Maine city, the extra sunny day when I too went inside from playing in the Maine summer to see Nixon resign, picking a Christmas tree from the woods and trying so hard to find the perfect one among the imperfect Maine scrubby forest trees, the transition from the huge colored bulbs to smaller ones that gradually took place, the feeling of a Christmas pageant in a small church, Grants Christmas albums---WOW!

This memoir is told all in Christmases, little samples of the author's life growing up fairly poor in Norridgewock, Maine, half Cuban and therefore half an outsider (although the fact that the other half was an old Maine family probably made it easier).

I know too the feeling of leaving home young and never really going home, and how the guilt when you do visit can be quite overwhelming. This book evokes the time and place so well that it brought me to tears several times. A real triumph.
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