The Christmas Plains by Joseph Bottum

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A well-respected writer and editor's memoir of childhood Christmases set in the sometimes harsh but always captivating landscape of South Dakota.

Wreaths and holly, fruitcakes and mistletoe, ornaments and snowflakes, St. Nick and Scrooge's humbug, Joseph and Mary, a young child in a manger and magi from the East. These words automatically stir up the season of Christmas and invoke memories of family and friends and hope and faith. By turns sweet and comic, sentimental and serious, the former editor of First Things magazine shares his reflections of the mad joys and wild emotions of the season while growing up on the South Dakota plains.

About Joseph Bottum

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JOSEPH BOTTUM is a one of the nation's most widely published essayists and poets, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers from the Atlantic Monthly to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and National Review. A bestselling e-book author, Bottum is the former editor in chief of the journal First Things and former literary editor of the Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing editor and regular writer. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, lectures widely on literary and religious topics, and lives with his family far off in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Author Residence: Faulkton, South Dakota

Author Hometown: Faulkton, South Dakota
Published October 23, 2012 by Image. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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