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Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present
Love this book. Following around three typical suburban Texan families at Christmastime in 2006 (pre-financial crash) is an interesting study into American traditions, consumerism, and holiday spirit. What I enjoyed most was the writing. The journalist author really knows how to capture what is going on, both in the scene before him and in the hearts of the people around him just living their everyday lives. His descriptions are vivid and a tiny bit snarky; he admits from the start that he's a kind of a cliché sarcastic gay man who doesn't buy-in blindly to the holiday joy we all TRY to feel. Cynical is much too harsh a word... more like he's not afraid to ask the questions that run through many of our heads at this time of year. BRILLIANTLY narrated in the audiobook. The narrator really has a feel for the material, as if he wrote it or lived it himself. His smorgasbord of Texas accents is impressive, and you feel like you've met all of these people before: The Congregational church preacher bellowing about their being no room at the inn, the upper middle-class gaggle of "hottie moms" who compliment each other's charitable giving acts in a sweet southern drawl, the deep-voiced Aggie fan neighbor whose outdoor Christmas lights display rivals the Vegas strip. A great read for this time of year, bless your heart.
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