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“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.”

Abraham Lincoln

Abe’s grammar notwithstanding, his is a sentiment shared by many. Gift-giving season is upon us, and the only thing better than getting a book just might be giving one. If some of the family, friends and colleagues on your list are educators and scholars, the choice of a gift is simple. They will want more books. To help make the selection easier, we have searched DiverseBooks’ offerings for suggestions that reflect many cultures and interests, including some Christmas tales.

In the spirit of the season, topping our list are three titles from University of Mississippi Press. Each of them gathers stories and essays from native writers, famous and lesser known, to weave a tapestry about warm winter holidays in the South.

Christmas Stories from Mississippi, edited by Judy H. Tucker, $27, (List price: $30), October 2001, ISBN: 9781578063819, pp. 216.

Christmas Stories from Louisiana, edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, $27, (List Price: $30), October 2003, ISBN: 1578065887 (9781578065882), pp. 164

Christmas Stories from Georgia, edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, $27, ((List Price: $30), September 2005, ISBN: 1578067952 (9781578067954), pp. 208.

For some other gift suggestions, see these links:



Mississippi Quilts

Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art

Arte: Dutch Caribbean Art

The Sketchbook (Tattoo Artistry)

Ambassador Gordo: The Comic Strip Art of Gus Arriola


Cooking/Food History

The Soul of Southern Cooking

Tabasco: An Illustrated History

The Catfish Book



Southern Writers Quiz Book

Choctaw Tales

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

African American Writers Portraits and Visions

Native American Writing in the Southeast: An Anthology

Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions

Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets



Sports and the Racial Divide: African American and Latino Experience in an Era of Change

African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

Passage on the Underground Railroad

Women and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-1965

Photographs from the Memphis World, 1949-1964



The Beat: Go-Go Music  from Washington

The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age




Richard Wright’s Travel Writings: New Reflections

A Place Called Mississippi: Collected Narratives

Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped Through Stories


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