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A Christmas Memory

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First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic. We are proud to be reprinting this warm and delicately illustrated edition of A Christmas Memory--"a tiny gem of a holiday story" (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas seas ...more
ebook, Hardcover & CD, 48 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1956)
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Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. McConnell, beloved grandparents
Capote's Holiday Memoirs: The Whispers of Memory

Truman Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor was chosen as a Moderator's Choice by Laura Webber, "The Tall Woman," as a read for the group On the Southern Literary Trail for November, 2014

These reflections have been written over the course of nearly three years. After my wife read these thoughts, she pointed out the importance of marking the time of thoughts in connection with the events of our lives.

December 24, 2011

Perhaps I should say this is not so
"Oh my, it’s fruitcake weather!"

This has to be one of the sweetest, most nostalgic of little stories I’ve ever read. I loved it! Seven-year-old Buddy and sixty-something Miss Sook are distant cousins and best friends. They share a house with one another, along with various other relatives, and have a precious bond due to the fact that Miss Sook, despite her age, is like a child herself. This story recounts one of Capote’s Christmas childhood memories of this unlikely friendship. Surely, we all h
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Christmas memory, Truman Capote
"A Christmas Memory" is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, it was reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963. It was issued in a stand-alone hardcover edition by Random House in 1966, and it has been published in many editions and anthologies since.
The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an el
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are each other's best friends.

I've watched the television special - - countless times now, so it was impossible to read this without hearing Capote's voice.

Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago.

This short vignette tells of the last Christmas Capote spent with his friend, a distant, decades older cousin.

. . . we have lived together --- well, as long as I can remember. Other people inhabit the hous
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: truman-capote
Actually I’ve read this little sparkling gem for five years in a row,and will have been reading until I have memorized the whole passages.Let me add this;this is one of Haruki Murakami’s favs,and his Japanese translation is great!Good stories easily leap beyond the barrier of languages.It’s an undeniable fact.
This was the sweetest story. I loved the premise which is actually a reflection of the author’s own life and is set in the time of the Great Depression. A grown man is reminiscing on a childhood Christmas memory with his best friend. What makes their friendship so special is that “Buddy” is only 7 and his best friend is his elderly female, childlike cousin whom he had lived with as a child. They are on a search for the ingredients to make fruitcakes as Christmas gifts for thirty people- but they ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, finished tonight with my 10 year old. Note to self....last 2 pages don't sit well. Lots of tears shed by my daughter and I'm trying not to let my voice crack with emotion. Easy to get invested in Miss Sook and Buddy! Quote by daughter "so much love".
“Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago. Consider the kitchen of a spreading old house in a country town. A great black stove is its main feature; but there is also a big round table and a fireplace with two rocking chairs placed in front of it. Just today the fireplace commenced its seasonal roar. A woman with shorn white hair is standing at the kitchen window. She is wearing tennis shoes and a shapeless gray sweater over a summery calico dress ...more
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I can remember first hearing this story read to me when I was in 5th grade. The reader broke down crying, which even at a young age, struck me how emotionally powerful this story remains. It's my favorite Christmas tradition - every Christmas Eve, when I finally retire, I take my worn copy of Capote's A Christmas Memory, snuggle into bed, and transport to a different time. I have an old video of A Christmas Memory narrated by Capote, so I continue to hear his distinct high-pitched voice speak th ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truman Capote wrote a beautiful Christmas story based on some special times he experienced as a seven-year-old. He was living with older relatives including his beloved sixty-something cousin, Miss Sook. She was a little childlike and sheltered from the world. However, Miss Sook knew how to have fun and had a generous heart. He recounts the holiday events of making fruitcakes and homemade gifts, and decorating the Christmas tree with their own artwork. His older cousin put humor, warmth, and lov ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I was in my junior year of high school, my English teacher Mrs. O'Brien brought this book in one day. She sat on the edge of her desk, and she held up a well worn copy of it, and told us that each year before Thanksgiving she reads the entire book (there are three novellas included). Then she proceeded to read to us. We were mesmerized. She read that entire period, and we all had tears in our eyes as she read "A Christmas Memory". The next day, we filed in, she sat on her desk, and she read ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, of course
This short story is the best Christmas literature. Yes, better than A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas. Don’t bother to lecture me.

I have read this bittersweet story so many times that I’ve lost count. And every time I cry. The simple friendship of an abandoned child and his child-like cousin is made even more poignant when you find out the story is true, right down to the rat terrier Queenie: Buddy is actually Truman Capote, and the cousin is his mother’s cousin Nanny “Sook” Faul
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lovely little memory, made my cry at the end for all the lost loves and memories before life takes us all beyond childhood into cold, regimented adulthood. As an autobiography, this is "frankly" true by Capote long before he was taken up into the modern New York vortex. Very sweet, authentic and a perfect read for the holiday season.
Mohsin Maqbool
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

TRUMAN Capote's A Christmas Memory is a recollection of his boyhood in rural Alabama. It was first published in 1956 and has become a modern-day classic. It is an unforgettable portrait of an enduring friendship between two cousins, Miss Sook Falk -- who is in her 60s -- and Buddy – who is seven.
Every November with the change in season, Miss Sook Falk exclaims loudly: "It's fruitcake weather!"
Mr. Capote goes on to explain. “The person to whom she is speaking is myself. I am seven; she is sixty
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5***** and a ❤
This autobiographical novella is a wonderful, touching story of family love. Capote is at the peak of his writing ability here. Our hearts embrace Buddy and Sookie. The date listed is when our book club discussed it, but I've had this book for ages and I read it every December on my birthday.

Update: December 2010
This autobiographical story is based on Capote’s own childhood, living with relatives in Alabama. It’s a memory of the innocence of childhood and the anticipation of someth
Kathy Worrell  ツ
I love, Love, Love this book!

I only had one problem with the book: the three stories are non sequential.

I believe this is my favorite Christmas story this year.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
His personality absolutely comes through, he was always Truman.

This is a Christmas tale that could be read to children as well as being nostalgic and heartwarming to an adult. It also holds a bigger than average dollop of Southern character and nuance. Much more than average. It's also about a special bond between the youngest and the oldest in a household. One cemented by like more than just being the "extras".

He had a gift for placing the onus for outcomes exactly where it belonged without be
Brian Yahn
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Truman Capote is so freaking talented, it's insane. In one paragraph, in a few short sentences, he's able to weave this image of his childhood so clearly, I felt like I was experiencing virtual reality, rather than reading. In the next, he introduces an older woman who exclaims, "It's fruitcake weather!" and takes the narrator on an adventure, and as a reader, I was completely hooked.

The story has an immediate hook, and it packs a powerful and emotional punch possibly stronger than any other sho
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Warm, humorous, and with a soupcon of melancholy. Capote's prose is delectable and filigreed, and speaks volumes than what's overt on the page. A morning well-spent.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is just wonderful; it still moves us deeply and impacts its readers. What is it that makes this story so influential, that it speaks so powerfully to people across cultures, religions, generations, and geographies.

I suppose it is so special because it dwells so minutely on 'certain specificities;' in its local flavor, its food, people. Since this is done so beautifully, without indulging in sentimentality of any sort, the story deeply resonates with readers. Capote captures something
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
As a little girl I had a special friendship with an aunt. She and I connected. We took the greatest comfort in the simplest of things. Miss Sook reminded me of a time long gone. Family get togethers. Straightforward happiness. Before life and all of its knocks erased my innocence.

Remember a time. Calming in its affect really. Believe.
In spite of their poverty, seven-year-old Buddy and his eccentric elderly cousin celebrate the small pleasures of life - gathering ingredients for the annual fruitcake baking, tramping through the woods in search of the perfect tree, and exchanging hand-made gifts on Christmas Day. Delightful watercolour illustrations by Beth Peck bring the story to life before the reader's eyes.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of love and memories. Just beautiful in its' simplicity and unforgettable in how much it makes you remember your past Christmases. It reminded me so much of the special people like my Grandmother and her friends that had such a lasting impact on my life. It reminded me of crocheting and baking cakes and rolls with her at Christmas - gifts for neighbors and friends.

I still miss Grandmother and especially at Christmas. She had an old Santa that always hung from her front door that
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Christmas Story

I read Capote’s Christmas memory every year. He captures the landscape of the South and his ‘friend’ is so familiar as if she were part of my family
Lisa N
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Oh my…it’s fruitcake weather!” begins this story in a homey little kitchen in rural Alabama. Seven-year-old Buddy and his dotty, 60-something cousin begin their Christmas fruitcake-baking ritual foraging for windfall pecans in a nearby grove.

Based on memories from Truman Capote’s childhood where he lived with a family of distant, elderly cousins. This story has Deep South written all over it, from the blackberry jelly, to the fig branches, the moonshine whiskey, the flies in August, and the re
Steve Lindahl
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory is a short, beautifully written story by one of my favorite authors. It's about the relationship between a woman in the latter years of her life and a boy just starting out. It is, according to the book jacket notes, “based on Capote's own boyhood in rural Alabama in the 1930's.” The edition I read was illustrated by Beth Peck. The pictures are as wonderful as the text.

Here is how Capote introduces the relationship between the woman and the boy:

I am seven; she
Oct 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am always looking for books to read in the upcoming Christmas season. I saw this book in a catalog, and thought I would read it first from the library. I'm glad I saved my money and did not buy it.

While beautifully written it is a terribly sad and tragic book, not one that I would want to bring out from year to year and read over again. Perhaps a better title would have been "A Christmas memory -- some sweet but alot bitter and unhappy". It is largely autobiographical, which explains much as
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Nice short read over the Christmas season. A great part comes toward the end when the main character is flying kites with his elderly friend. The friend says, "My, how foolish I am! You know what I've always thought? I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's been a ...more
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I first heard A Christmas Memory on the radio sometime in the 1970's, read by Truman Capote. I was caught and held at once by the eerie quality of his voice, and as I listened to his words, it seemed to me that his voice was the only possible medium through which this southern-gothic Christmas tale could be properly rendered. His voice, the story: all of a piece; yet the written form allows me a langorous repetition of some of his most beautiful sentences. Nothing quite like it.
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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

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“My, how foolish I am! You know what I've always thought? I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I'll wager it never happens. I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are, just what they've always seen, was seeing Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes.” 22 likes
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