Christmas on the Great Plains (Bur Oak Book)

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A special holiday collection of fiction and nonfiction by classic and contemporary regional authors celebrates Christmas with Jane Smiley's "Long Distance," "The Living Crèche" by Mary Swander, Mari Sandoz's "The Christmas of the Phonograph Records," and other works by Willa Cather, Hamlin Garland, Paul Engle, Constance Vogel, and Tom Kooser, among others.

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Dorothy Dodge Robbins teaches English at Louisiana Tech University. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Critique, the Midwest Quarterly, the Southern Quarterly, and the Texas Review. Kenneth Robbins is the director of the School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University. He has published four novels, nineteen plays, and numerous works of short fiction, essays, memoirs, and reviews. Together they are the editors of Christmas Stories from Louisiana.

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"Christmas on the Great Plains . . . provides an in-depth survey of the many traditional ways of celebrating, and traces them to their ethnic origins." Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline.

"(The) editors . . . gathered stories for every mood of the holiday season. The wide range of contributors lends the anthology a classic yet current feel."  Minnesota History.

"This collection of stories is an unusual mix because of its variety and because, like all good stories, they take you to a different place.  Which is a beautiful thing while staying indoors, warm and reading."  Twyla Hansen, the Lincoln Journal Star

"With its collection of classic and modern holiday stories, Christmas on the Great Plains will remind you of the warmth that can infuse this special season."  Tina Owen, Iowa Alumni Magazine.

". . . a compilation that captures the beauty, landscapes, climates, and stories of Christmas on the plains."  The Iowan.

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