Notable | Christmas stories
Three new books offer a range of fiction and nonfiction related to the holiday.
Blue Christmas: Holiday Stories for the Rest of Us (B&B Press), edited by John Dufresne, is an anthology of 17 stories, many by Florida writers such as Diana Abu-Jaber, James W. Hall and Les Standiford, published by Books & Books in Coral Gables and available locally at Inkwood Books.
The Book of (Holiday) Awesome (Amy Einhorn Books) by Neil Pasricha is a cheerful invitation to revel in every gloriously corny part of Christmas, from the joy of having the giftwrap pattern line up and spending Christmas Day in your jammies to the happy moment when the in-laws depart.
Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 (Da Capo Press) by Stanley Weintraub looks back 70 years to the historic weeks after the attack, when Winston Churchill came to Washington to meet — right through the holiday — with Franklin Roosevelt to decide the course of World War II as a nation held its breath.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor