4 Holiday Titles to Get You in the Spirit

With Thanksgiving past, marking the official start of the holiday season, we have put on display some of our favorite holiday titles that will make visions of sugar-plums dance in your head!

1453802630.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Christmas in Graymoor Mansion
by Mark A. Roeder
Written by Bloomington resident, Christmas in Graymoor Mansion tells the story of friends and family who gather in stately Graymoor Mansion to celebrate the holiday season, but a blizzard traps them in the massive Victorian home Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. To entertain themselves, the guests take turns sharing their Christmas memories and special holiday stories. Join Sean, his family, and friends in their Christmas celebration. There’s plenty of food, including wonderful desserts, Christmas cookies, and steaming hot cocoa to go with this set of Christmas tales. This is a collection of previously unpublished Christmas tales to be read year after year.

51j2QPiSLhL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays
by David Valdes Greenwood
Ah, the sweet memories of Christmas. Gifts under the tree. Cookies for Santa. And, of course, the annual fruitcake. For young David Valdes Greenwood, the indomitable “little fruitcake” at the center of these tales, nothing is sweeter than the promise of the holidays. A modern-day Tiny Tim, he holds fast to his ideal of what Christmas should be, despite the huge odds against him: Sub-zero Maine winters. A host of eccentric relatives. And his constant foil: a frugal, God-fearing Grammy who seems determined to bring an end to all his fun. A book that’s “fa-la-la-licious” (Louisville Courier Journal) and filled with funny, charming Yuletide memories (from building a Lego® manger to hunting for the perfect Christmas tree), A Little Fruitcake will inspire even the biggest Grinches around.

51yQgQ8RDUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Christmas Truck
by J. B. Blankenship, illustrated by Cassandre Bolan
Authored by a former GLBT office intern, if you are in need of Christmas cheer or have some cheer to spare, here is a book to warm your heart, a gift for friends to share. So settle in and know, my friend, before you turn the page, that this is a story for everyone: for friends of every age.
When celebrating a special Christmas tradition things go awry. Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother work together and implement a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met. It’s a story where joy is found in giving and selfless acts unite families.

MV5BNzc5MTM5Mjc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzI0MTcxMw@@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)
Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does?

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WinschBirds1Holiday Double Feature: Make the Yuletide Gay and Come Out, Come Out

Make the Yuletide Gay follows a young gay couple as they spend their first Christmas apart.  When Gunn travels back home to Wisconsin he goes back into the closet to survive the holidays with his Midwestern parents.  When Nathan’s scheduled holiday plans fall through, he arrives on Gunn’s doorstep and they are hilariously forced to juggle the hetero views of his family and their true gay reality.  This movie examines some of the struggles couples face when coming out and celebrates love for family and each other.

Come Out, Come Out includes five short films about the issues of being young and gay.  A “Kiss in the Snow,” “Southern Family,” and “Home for Christmas” examine some of these issues in the context of the holiday season.  “A Kiss in the Snow” focuses on the unrequited love of two teenage boys in the cold winter months in Norway.  “Southern Family” is a short documentary following a young southern boy as he comes out to his family during the Christmas holiday, briefly details their reactions, and shows the strong and unconditional love of his family.  The last holiday short film, “Home for Christmas,” shares a young woman’s fear about coming out to her family.  Through her dream scenario, we see her desired family reaction and are given a new interpretation of the Christmas carol “Silent Night” along the way.

Season’s Readings!

Final papers. Family dinners. Tests. Holiday parties. Presentations. Concerts. Group project meetings.

This time of the year, everyone’s schedule seems like it is full to bursting, and stress levels are on the rise. It might seem like you don’t have time, but consider kicking back with a book for a half hour one night in to take a break from studying (or from your family)!

The times that are the most hectic are those where we need to step back and take a breath; we need to get away from email and chatting, put down your phone, and give your eyes a break from the computer screen after a long day. So cozy up on the couch next to a real or imaginary fire, and take some time for yourself with one of our staff’s favorites!

Carol: Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Fielding

Stone Butch Blues
One of the most frequently checked out books in our library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug: Openly Bob, by Bob Smith

Openly Bob
I laughed out loud while reading it one summer! ~Doug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XanderMe: Stories of My Life, by Katharine Hepburn

Me: Stories of My Life
I didn’t have a choice! ~Xander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JeffreyCall Me by Your Name, by Andre Aciman

Call Me by Your Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KatieThe Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Picture of Dorian Gray
I get the chills every time I read it! Perfect for a dark and stormy night. ~Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of town? Ask your local librarian for a suggestion!

Happy holidays!