A Search for America's Christmas Present

Book - 2009
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In "Tinsel," Hank Stuever turns his unerring eye for the idiosyncrasies of modern life to Frisco, Texas, a suburb at once all-American and completely itself, to tell the story of the nation's most over-the-top celebration: Christmas.
Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780547134659
Branch Call Number: 976.4556 STUEVER
Characteristics: xi, 331 p. ; 22 cm.


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Following three Christmas seasons in Frisco, Texas, a Christmas home decorator, a family with a massive home light display, and a single mom that produces her church's pageant are profiled.

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Jan 23, 2020

Stuever, a journalist, spent 2006 exploring the Christmas phenomenon in Frisco, Texas which was experiencing a real estate boom. By focusing on three families, the author shows how Christmas plays out in different family configurations -- a young couple with no children, a single mother with three children, and an upscale nuclear family with two children. Stuever, to his almost horror, documents the excess that fuels Christmas in Frisco. 2006 turned out to be the last good Christmas as the economy faltered in 2007 and crashed in 2008 which had a big impact on the Frisco economy. The final chapters detailing what happened to the three families are fascinating. This book is also a memory trip through big-box retailers that didn't survive the 2008 crash.

Oct 22, 2011

A very interesting but somewhat frightening book on how the holidays take over peoples' lives. I felt very sorry for some of the people mentioned in this book.


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