Whether your holidays are full of food, shopping, family (and family drama!), hopefully your stocking will be full of some really good books. Like these:
Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
Just in time for the season of gift giving, family get-togethers, and all the delicious food that goes along with it, author Cara Nicoletti shares a collection of stories from some of her all-time favorite books, along with inspired recipes in Voracious.
Nicoletti, an English major-turned cook-turned writer, begins with novels from her childhood, including Hansel and Gretel and a slew of Nancy Drew books she received for Christmas. The stories and recipes transition to adolescence, college years and finally adulthood.
For an avid reader (and/or foodie!), Voracious provides a nostalgic trip down memory lane, along with a great list of book recommendations for stocking stuffers. And it will certainly inspire your next holiday dish. (May I suggest the Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread Cake?)
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Sally Mann’s memoir Hold Still reminds us all of the significance of photographs and the way they connect us to people and places throughout our lives. Mann takes us along as she sifts though the contents of string-tied boxes in her family’s attic, where she experiences the comforts of home through photos of her family and photos of the landscapes from her childhood.
This season, take a moment to look through the boxes of memories tucked away in your own attic. Don’t be surprised if you, like Mann, discover a few revelations and a little bit of grit in between those somewhat skewed memories from the past.
The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith
Lee Smith’s The Christmas Letters tells the stories of three generations of women through a series of letters written to friends and family during the holiday season. The letters are filled with family stories, personal reflections, and even recipes that depict the ordinary, everyday life of each generation.
Through these correspondences, much like those we send and receive today with greeting cards, Smith inspires his readers to reflect on their own triumphs and struggles, with the overall message being that familial bonds endure throughout time.
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
As the highly anticipated sequel to Winter Street, Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Stroll returns readers to the beautiful, picturesque streets of a Nantucket Christmas. From missing siblings to uninvited guests to lots and lots of surprises, the Quinn family drama reaches yet another peak this season.
Celebrate this Christmas as the Winter Street Inn is decked out for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a good book to keep you company as you travel home or a good excuse to keep you distracted from your own family drama, Winter Stroll will fill you with excitement and holiday cheer.
Hannah Faye, Contributing Editor
Part-time writer and full-time reader, Hannah Faye is happy to be Stylaphile’s new contributing book editor. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s molding the minds of students in her English classroom or watching Netflix with her husband.
Read more about Hannah on her blog Follow Hannah Faye.