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The Christmas Tree Ship,  by Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

 

A story as big as the Great Lakes comes crashing ashore.  There once were dozens of ships that hauled fresh-cut Christmas trees from northern Michigan to Chicago and other ports, their crews braving the dangerously unpredictable waters of a wintry Great Lakes.  The story of the schooner Rouse Simmons is one of the most tragic tales of ships lost in those often treacherous waters.  Loaded with trees for Chicago celebrants, the ship sailed into the year's worst storm and disappeared on November 23, 1912.  Its beloved Capt. Herman Schuenemann and his crew of 15 were lost with it.  The authors, two of the best-known Great Lakes maritime historians, recall the many ships that carried Christmas trees, and especially this one tragic ship, its jovial captain, his amazing family, the discovery of the shipwreck, and the modern rekindling of the Christmas Tree Ship Tradition. 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pages
Price:  $17.95                                                                                                                     
 

Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade,  by Romie Minor & Laurie Tamborino

 

Since 1924, Detroit's annual Thanksgiving parade has delighted people of all ages.  The parade's spectacular balloons, floats, bands, special guests, and holiday spirit have made it the most celebrated civic event in Detroit.  Romie Minor, head archivist at The Parade Company and a librarian at the Burton Historical Collection, and school media specialist Anne Tamborino commemorate the parade tradition with a look back at over 75 years of magic and enchantment.  A unique assortment of historic photographs leads readers on a nostalgic journey down Woodward Avenue and through the memories and hearts of generations.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.

Price:  $21.00

                                                                                                        

 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,  by Robert M. Grippo

 

"Let's have a parade” is the phrase that begins a beloved American tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  In 1924, employees of the R. H. Macy and Company store in Herald Square, many of whom were immigrants and first-generation Americans, chose to give thanks for their good fortune in a manner reminiscent of the festive parades held in their native countries.  The excitement and praise from crowds lining the route that first year led Macy’s to issue an immediate proclamation: the parade would become a tradition.  Before the parade’s first decade passed, Macy’s welcomed the huge and spectacular helium character balloons that became its goodwill ambassadors.  Since then, the parade has become a world-famous treasure.  Through rare and historic images, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade offers readers a chance to reminisce, explore, and delight in 80 years of this thoroughly American celebration.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 160 pgs.

Price: $21.00

 

 

Christmas on the Farm,  edited by Lela Nargi

 

Christmas was the be-all, end-all celebration on the farm.  Pages and pages on the topic appeared in The Farmer’s Wife, and these pages weren’t just about food—although recipes for all the various components of parties and holiday gift baskets certainly abounded.  The magazine’s experts expounded on the best and latest ways to decorate home, tree, and parcels and to create homemade gifts for family and friends, as well as games to be played to capture the spirit of the season.  In short, The Farmer’s Wife presented its own opinion—both grand and humble, broad and minute, and always¾bearing in mind the idea of community among its readers—about the ways in which Christmas should be celebrated.  In this book, you’ll find a smattering of that opinion.  Here are recipes to see you through the entire Christmas season; gift ideas guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing; tips for decking your halls; and stories to delight both the young and the young at heart.

 

Hardcover, 7¼ x 10¼,  160 pgs., 132 b/w illustrations

Price: $17.95

 

Christmas Remembered,  by Ben Logan

Ben Logan won the hearts of readers the world over with his 1975 memoir The Land Remembers.  He returns to the southwestern Wisconsin farm of his youth in Christmas Remembered, a loving tribute to holiday rituals and the people who make them happen: people like his mother, who was married on Christmas Day, and his wife, who brought her own traditions from the mountains of Mexico.  He recalls happy holiday activities growing up in the ’20s and ’30s, including the excitement he and his brothers shared as they created their wish lists while thumbing through the Sears & Roebuck catalog.  “Rituals do not persist simply because they may possess a magical power from outside us,” Logan says.  “They live because they touch something inside us that is wanting and waiting to come out and express itself.”  This new edition of Christmas Remembered, with a foreword by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, will make readers laugh and cry¾ and grow nostalgic for their own holiday seasons past. 

 

Hardcover, 5¼ x 7½ , 208 pgs.

Price: $17.95