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Four Christmas books to read

If you're having trouble getting in the Christmas mood, time is running out! Get to a bookstore now to check out some new holiday titles. They'd also make great last-minute gifts. Here are four:

1) " In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve story," by David McCullough. Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House. It was Christmas Eve, 1941. As war raged, the two leaders delivered a powerful message that still resonates today.

2) " Everything Christmas," by David Bordon and Tom Winters. In this book, you'll find favorite classic Christmas stories as well as a few new ones. There are also holiday recipes, hymns and carols, the Nativity story, decoration ideas, even Christmas trivia and humor.

3) " A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film," by Jean Shepherd. This edition gathers together in one volume the autobiographical stories that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create the enduring film. The pieces that comprise "A Christmas Story" come together to create a piece of nostalgic Americana.

4) " The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends and Faith," by Joel Osteen. Osteen's first holiday book draws on memories about his family and friends to communicate the meaning of Christmas. A spiritual memoir, it shares stories that are both reverent and poignant; heartwarming and humorous.

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