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December 2009 Selection: Skipping Christmas
By: John Grisham
Copyright: 2001


About the Book:

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents.

That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise.

But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Related Web sites:

Wikipedia page for this novel

Internet Movie Database page for Christmas With the Kranks

Skipping Christmas page on the official John Grisham web site

Publisher's official web site for this novel

50+ reviews of Skippking Christmas at

If You Like Skipping Christmas, Try:

Christmas With the Kranks movie
The film adaptation of this novel.

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By: Christopher Moore. 2004.

The Christmas Train
By: David Baldacci. 2002.

Silent Night
By: Mary Higgins Clark. 1995.

A Painted House
By: John Grisham. 2000.

Skipping Christmas Reader Comments:

I enjoyed this one tremendously when I read it a few years back. The holidays can be both invigorating and overwhelming at the same time, and this tapped into my inner Scrooge. Grisham's novel was much, much better than the slapstick farce that the film became. If you've only seen the movie, give the book a try instead.

-- Steve D.
patron of Bennett Martin Public Library.
Customer Review Score - 7

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