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Lillian Smith's Memory of a Large Christmas

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As a young child in the early 1900s, writer and civil rights crusader Lillian Smith lived an idyllic, small-town life. Of the many customs by which her and her eight brothers' and sisters' days were ordered, none are so fondly remembered by Smith as those of the Christmas season.With a lighthearted touch, she recalls such times as when the family hosted forty-eight chain-g ...more
Hardcover, 78 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by University of Georgia Press (first published November 1st 1980)
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Jameson
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My sister liked my blog about my memories of Thanksgiving and sent me a copy of a slim and magical volume, Memory of a Large Christmas, by Lillian Smith. I think my sister intended it as a sort of appreciative gift, but I choose to think of it as payment for the blog, because looked at it that light, it makes me the highest paid writer in the world.
I had never heard of Lillian Smith, and from what I can tell, she seems to have fallen out of fashion with today’s readers. She was a Southern lady,
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Polly
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lovely little book, memories of the large (large in number of people involved, amount of food, amount of work, and of the care and love it all took, too) Christmases her family had in Florida when she was a child in the 1920s and 30s. Also of the large Christmas after her family lost all their money, and had to move to a small house in the mountains, when her father invited all of the chain gang who were building roads nearby for Christmas dinner. It's really just a handful of childhood memories ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Memory of a large Christmas by Lillian Smith
Enjoyed this read because of the details in years gone by when you had to make your own gifts.
Even when road crew is invited to dinner and you'd think it'd be a bit scary and it was the total opposite.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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See my review at www.newsoutherngentleman.wordpress.com - link available at my author page. Thanks for stopping by!
Joanna Crawford
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Wonderful short book with much wisdom. Everyone should add it to their holiday collection!
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Lillian Smith was a writer and social critic of the Southern United States, known best for her best-selling novel Strange Fruit (1944). A white woman who openly embraced controversial positions on matters of race and gender equality, she was a southern liberal unafraid to criticize segregation and work toward the dismantling of Jim Crow laws, at a time when such actions almost guaranteed social os ...more
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