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    review by Stacie Skinner
    December 2003

    If you are looking for a great holiday book relating to Christmas, and you live in the Kentucky area or have ties to the state A Kentucky Christmas will bring you heart closer to home. With stories starting from the days when Louisville wasn’t established to the heartache of missing a loved one during the holidays because of drugs and rehab, A Kentucky Christmas explains how Christmas, as a holiday, has evolved and gives light to different traditions throughout the bluegrass state.

    With several authors giving stories and input to the final creation of A Kentucky Christmas, editor George Ella Lyon creates an atmosphere throughout the book including evolution of the holiday, Christmas. Including recipes, poems and short stories, A Kentucky Christmas can be read as a novel or as several short stories but one thing is for sure it is hard to put down.

    To put it plainly, A Kentucky Christmas has made its mark and will be cherished for Kentuckians for years to come.

    A celebration of holiday poetry, fiction, essays, recipes, and songs by more than sixty of the Bluegrass state’s finest writers. Gathered here are writings from some of the legendary voices of Kentucky—and the nation—as well as original Christmas stories and poetry from some of the state’s emerging talents. Among the contributors to this handsome collection are Kentucky’s visionaries, storytellers, historians, singers, cooks, children’s authors, and poets, including all five Kentucky Poet Laureates. A delight for anyone interested in Kentucky literature, history, or traditions, A Kentucky Christmas promises to be a wonderful holiday gift, a treasured family keepsake, and a necessary addition for libraries and for personal collections.

    George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and adults, including With a Hammer for My Heart ,Catalpa ,Borrowed Children , and Mother to Tigers . She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

    A Kentucky Christmas
    Kentucky / Holiday
    Edited by George Ella Lyon
    Penguin Putnam
    416 pages

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