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El Jefe

Twelve Days FTW!

As a cook at heart, I've always liked dragging out the feast days as long as possible, As a lapsed historian, someone bugged by the Crachit-like pre-Christmas grind (I can trace an arc from the many batches of Christmas cookies my mother turned out in December during my Seventies childhood -- and she was a professor faced with exam-grading time at a small college -- and the start of high school in the mid-Eighties when we first began baking after Christmas), and someone whose youngest daughter was born on Epiphany, I'm on the bandwagon. Now you just need to cook up some line about honoring the logic of the feast for the boys' sake, part of that catechistic education after all, about presenting gifts that recognize a person's nature, and you're golden ....

El Jefe

I can also claim to be disinterested (in the correct sense) in your plight because I got Unseen Academicals and the three cookbooks that I really, really wanted (including the rather magnificent Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Cooking, yes I *am* a hardcore foodways type) on the first day. The Stilton-and-leek tart on Boxing Day rocked, btw.



The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, by Douglas Brinkley

The Best American Travel Writing, edited by Simon Winchester.


The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. I think this is the one I gave my sister; it was wrapped so quickly the cover hasn't stuck in my mind.


The Rector of St. Thomas Church (Episcopal) reminded people in his Christmas morning sermon that we could take Christmas to February 2nd (Candlemas Day).

I bought myself a book with a friend's (birthday) gift -- a book of finishing techniques and ideas for crochet work.


Shelby Foote and Charlie Pierce! This Oliver Mannion is a young person to get to know. The Shiloh and Gettysburg sections are great but someone should find him a 3-volume set. They are available, cheap, and repay re-reading every few years. Foote on historical fiction: Why make it up when there is no way to improve on what actually happened...


Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America" came my way just before Christmas, and I just finished it (just after Christmas the 25th). I highly recommend this book to anyone. Its portrait of family life is marvelous. And it does illustrate how close real history can be to alternative black holes.


Lance, I have stacks and stacks of review copies sitting here. I wish I could transport them to you somehow.


First, move to a Greek or Russian Orthodox neighborhood, and you get your twelve extra days.

Second, I got the new Paul McCartney biography. I'd link it, but I don't recommend it.

Doug K

we are Greek Orthodox, I applaud your idea ;-)

Gave "A Time for Silence", Patrick Leigh Fermor, to my wife, as she has been visiting monasteries lately. I hope not to lose her to the allure of silence..
The Orthodox church has male and female monks, without distinction. It's odd since the church doesn't allow female priests.

Received none, though I bought other PL Fermors for myself. This is probably due to having moved house with too many books in the recent painful past.

The boys got Amazon gift cards but they are plotting to buy an iPod Touch with them. Humph.

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