During the holidays, I add one, small, book that celebrates the holiday season to my coffee table collection. I leave this stack of tiny books out hoping someone may pick one up for a quick read. Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory is one of the holiday books that made my stack some years ago. It’s an endearing autobiographical story told by Buddy, a seven-year-old boy whose best friend is his Aunt Sook. Each year these two save up to make fruit cakes for the family and friends–they also partake in the ingredients (whiskey), and it’s just the sweetest Christmas story you can read.
I find there is no middle ground when it comes to fruit cakes. You either love them or hate them. But I think a lot of the distaste stems from eating a bad fruit cake and never giving the good ones a chance. If you are in that camp, I highly suggest trying the Holy Spirit Monastery’s fruit cake. They’re made by monks who live in Conyers, Georgia and I have never had a better one.
A Christmas Memory was originally published in 1956 by Mademoiselle Magazine, and was later adapted to film, but the copy I have matches my holiday decor and would make a great stocking stuffer and guarantees mirth. If you would like to hear Truman Capote read A Christmas Memory, visit the following link: LISTEN TO CAPOTE CHRISTMAS ON YOU TUBE. Mind you there is a rather long song before he begins reading, but I truly love listening to Capote’s voice.
Finally, this year the editor of Southern Literary Review, Donna Meredith, asked me and the other associate editor, Claire Hammer Matturra, if we would be interested in creating a list of books that we’ve reviewed to share with our readers. Donna’s Picks, Claire’s Dozen, and my top ten holiday gift picks may be viewed here: SOUTHERN LITERARY REVIEW’S OFFICIAL 2022 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE. Please share your favorite books and our lists. Every share helps an author promote their books. And remember to support Independent Bookstores!
Have a Safe and Festive Holiday Season!