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A Christmas Memory Book With CD

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Certain books set up house inside your heart and never leave. Their words become part of you, like memories. You will feel this way about Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Capote spent the first ten years of his life living in rural Alabama with distant relatives. His only true friend was an elderly cousin, who was "still a child", herself, as Buddy, the young boy in this book, describes the frail, white-haired old lady he calls his friend. This is Capote's autobiographical story of waking up every November to "fruitcake weather," of accompanying his friend to pick pecans, buy whiskey from Mr. Haha, and bake thirty cakes, which they send off to President Roosevelt, the bus driver, or even strangers. It is the touching, wistful tale of the abiding love between a boy and a spry old woman who is not afraid to wake through icy water and briers to find the best Christmas tree, who "can't sleep a hoot" on Christmas Eve, and who loves life so much she says, "I could leave the world with today in my eyes." Though the text is exquisitely wrought, it is not too old for young ears. Indeed, such beautiful turns of phrase are gifts to growing hearts and minds. And, because Buddy, the little boy, tells the story, his way of speaking will appeal to any child, especially if read aloud. Take it form my heart, this book is a wonder. This 50th anniversary editions includes a CD of Celeste Holm, reading the book.
Item#: C10958
Age: 7+ years old
Made In: Imported
Author: Truman Capote/ Beth Peck
Pages: 42 pages

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Ratings & Reviews

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I'm purchasing my second

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'I'm purchasing my second copy of Truman Capote's Christmas Memory which I first discovered in a log cabin in Montana over 20 years ago. I remembered that the story was moving but forgot how beautiful the writing is. Thanks.' -- JF, via email

There is nothing I

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There is nothing I like better than a good story, beautifully written. This short memoir meets both criteria. Our family chooses a new Christmas book to add to our collection each year. I am only sorry that it has taken us this long to discover this one. The story is such a sweet tale of friendship. It perfectly captures and reminds us all of the magic of Christmas. Thanks, Chinaberry, for bringing it to our attention!

This was a Christmas

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This was a Christmas gift to my husband .He was delighted with it.

A treasure of a

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A treasure of a little book, .....not to be missed.

Your review of this

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Your review of this book lead me to purchase the book for my daughter for Christmas.After thoroughly enjoying the book (my grown-up on-her-own daughter was also captivated by the book), I just had to order two more copies for gifts to my dear friends.Thank you for all your hard work in culling together the best in children's literature and adult reads too!I have never been disappointed with any book I have purchased from Chinaberry.

I treasure this story

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I treasure this story and I read it every year at Christmas. I love that this copy has beautiful illustrations. I read thisas soon as it arrived and next I look forward to listening to Celeste Holm read it to me! This is a keeper for sure!

I have read this

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I have read this classic many times before, both to myself and aloud to friends and family of all ages.This particular format with audio CD is beautifully presented, and I would recommend it to all and sundry!

A very special book

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A very special book for the whole family. Christmas is a time for family and traditions, and this is a great way to read to the family and start holidays in a great way for your children.

This book speaks to

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This book speaks to the heart.I bought it several years ago for my family.Now I am buying more copies to give as gifts. The story will resonate with you long after reading it!

My daughter loved it

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My daughter loved it as a Christmas gift. (I bought one for me too.) That story has been as much a part of our Christmases over the years as Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Beautiful book, wonderful story

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Beautiful book, wonderful story so well read. This was a Christmas gift to a daughter and her family. Giving "A Christmas Memory" may become an annual gift for the next few years.

The book is lovely

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The book is lovely and the CD is wonderful.I listened to it driving in my car and was carried away to another time and place.

A lovely, well written

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A lovely, well written book. Always makes me nostalgic for loved ones I've lost, but also puts me in the spirit of Christmas.

A big hit as

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A big hit as a present. Get enough copies to hand down to the next generation.

Sending this as a

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Sending this as a gift to someone far away. Haven't had time to read it yet.

A delightful and touching

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A delightful and touching book.I hope it will become a Christmas tradition in the family.

Read it myself

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Charming story a little to deep in meaning for my grandchild age 5.

A Christmas Memory

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I had this book for several years, then gave it away to a granddaughter. I had to order another one because it is my favorite Christmas story.

A Christmas Memory

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I was purchased as a gift. I received a thank you.

A Christmas Memory

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Beautiful story and presentation.

Always a treasure at Christmas Time!

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Love, Love, Love this classic story by Capote! Have not had a chance to listen to the CD but have no doubt it will be just fine.