Notable Reads: December 20, 2011

We’ve made a list of the less-than-classic holiday tales that may not necessarily warm your heart the way Rudolph might, but we think they’ll give you a good chuckle or warm your belly with some good nosh in this Notable Reads: Holiday Edition …

The Autobiography of Santa Claus – Jeff Guinn
Ever wondered where Santa came from? When he started giving out gifts? Where he met Mrs. Claus and who exactly got to name the reindeer? According to author Jeff Guinn, the big man in red himself passed on his historic tales to be shared with everyone. History and humour meet fantasy and folklore in this comedic tale of how Santa Claus came to be.

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming – Lemony Snicket
One of the funniest holiday books we’ve ever read comes The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, courtesy of Lemony Snicket, most famously known for his books ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. The short story tells the tale of a latke that screams as he’s dropped into a pan of hot oil to be cooked. Upon escape, he runs into many other holiday decorations (that can also speak, luckily) and he explains to each one the history and traditions of Hanukkah. Paired with hilarious illustrations, it’s a great way for kids to learn and anyone over thirteen to get a good laugh.

Christmas With Gordon – Gordon Ramsay
Want to put on a great holiday feast to impress friends and family, but not sure where to begin? Look no further than Gordon Ramsay’s latest Holiday cookbook. Ramsay, now renowned for his competitive cookery and high-end restaurants, brings a holiday themed cookbook that make gourmet food a homemade reality. Featuring advice, quotes, mouthwatering pictures and 75 recipes for any kind of meal, it’s makes a great investment to ensure the success of any holiday meal, or a great gift.

You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas – Augusten Burroughs
The hilarious (and painstakingly true) stories from Augusten Burroughs and his often unpleasant experiences with the whole holiday season make for a poignant collection of stories, not limited to waking up beside Santa himself, and eating the face off of a six-foot stuffed Kris Kringle. His pessimistic, endearing wit makes this a humorous adult holiday read.

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror – Christopher Moore
While everyone in Pine Cove is happily shopping, singing and wrapping the week before Christmas, little Joshua Barker is urgently changing the items on his wish list because he’s confident he saw Santa take a shovel to the head. We’re sure you can only imagine the places the book leads, and highly recommend it.