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Skipping Christmas

By John Grisham (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.7" Width: 4.93" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Nov 30, 2001
Publisher   Random House Audio
ISBN  0553712837  
EAN  9780553712834  

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Outline ReviewJohn Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home."

Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.

Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas. --Jerry Brotton,

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Four CDs, 4 hrs. unabridged
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences--and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

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More About John Grisham

John Grisham Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham’s hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing’s greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, The Associate, The Confession and The Litigators) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

John Grisham currently resides in the state of Mississippi. John Grisham was born in 1955.

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Skip This  Dec 11, 2008
I had to read this for a book group. The first part of the book brought up many issues such as non-conformity, group think, commercialism of the holiday....but the second half fell totally apart and there they were, right back in the thick of it, and very happy that their future son in law wasn't too dark. It read like a screen play, and read like the author had to write it. Im sorry he did, and Im sorry I had to read it.

By the way, if he is really going to skip Christmas, why not go the week or two before? Thats when the craziness is the worst. A story of spending Christmas on a cruise ship could actually have been a very interesting one.

A tale of Christmas, and how it comes whether you want it to or not  Dec 3, 2008
Luther and Nora Krank's daughter, Blair, has decided that now, after graduate school, she will join the Peace Corps and head off to distant Peru. Blair departs just after Thanksgiving, leaving Luther and Nora with a heavy sense of empty-nest syndrome. Luther doesn't know how to face Christmas this year without his daughter. Digging through his past records (he's a Tax Accountant by trade) he realizes that last year they spent $6,100 on Christmas and have nothing to show for it. So this year, he decides to skip Christmas and take Nora on a ten day tropical cruise instead.

Nora, at first, is reluctant but finally agrees. There's so many things to miss; the gifts, the shopping, their home party, office parties, the decorating, the food, the donations, the policeman's and fireman's funds, the parade, and more. It becomes tougher and tougher for Luther and Nora to stick to their guns, especially when the entire world thinks that they've gone crazy.

With each new assault on his right to do as he pleased, Luther becomes more determined to ignore Christmas. Friends and neighbors, the whole town, act as if they'd discovered a new variety of sin. (Nora's bikini story at the tanning bed, where afterwards she runs into the minister of their church, is hilarious) They're decision even attracts the town's small newspaper. Despite the aggravation and opposition they face, Luther and Nora are ready to embark on a whole new phase of their lives. Until Blair calls home, with some startling news.

'Skipping Christmas' a short but very well written story filled to the brim with the brighter and darker sides of humanity, friendship, and frustration. There's plenty of humor along with the nuisances, some when you least expect it. The characters are fully fleshed, and could be your very own neighbors. This is the perfect little volume to give as a Christmas gift, heartwarming and whimsical. I highly recommend this book, especially during the Holiday Season. A solid 5 stars. Enjoy!
Perfect timing  Nov 30, 2008
Don't you love when you read a book at the perfect time in your life? Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and I always find the transition from feeling full and grateful on Thursday to crazed and stressed with Christmas shopping on Friday jarring. This year, with the economy in the toilet, I've been even more of a Scrooge, lamenting another year of increased credit card debt and whatnot.

I'm so glad I just finished Skipping Christmas. It starts as Luther and Nora Krank are saying goodbye to their daughter Blair at the airport - she's heading to Peru for two years with the Peace Corps. Christmas won't be the same without her, and Luther, an accountant, figures out they spent $6,100 on Christmas last year, "the vast majority of it down the drain ... And that, of course, does not include my time, your time, the traffic, the stress, worry, bickering, ill-will, sleep loss - all the wonderful things that we pour into the holiday season."

His solution: skip Christmas and use the money to go on a Carribbean cruise for 10 days. The cruise is only three grand, so they'll actually save money on the proposition. But the plan isn't well-received by the neighbors who expect to see Frosty on the roof, friends who will miss their annual invitation to the Krank's Christmas Eve bash, the scouts who sell Christmas trees, the cops who sell's a hoot. I laughed - hard - and even cried at the end.

After I finished, I got up and it was snowing, and I made myself a sandwich with Thanksgiving leftovers and actually said to my husband, "I have the Christmas spirit!" (To which he replied, "I think I'll read that book before it goes back to the library.")
I am one of those few readers in the known universe that is not overly fond of John Grisham's legal thrillers. I do like the way the man writes though, and thoroughly love his novel, A Painted House. This work sort of falls into the category of "this is not a book I would seek out, but hey, I need something light to read."

The basic premise of this story is a wear couple, a successful couple, which has just shed their only child to a stint working for the Peace Corps in some South American Country. Christmas is coming on, with all the usually frantic spending, party going, visiting, dinners and (I can relate to this) the pain of decorating. In short, Luther Crank decides to skip Christmas all together, and talks his wife into taking a cruise instead; not party, not cards, not gift giving, no donations and no decorating. Of course you know the old saying; "the best laid plans of mice and men...." Thereby hangs the tale.

This is a rather light read and should be read as the author intended, sort of tongue in cheek. It is a fast read, one that you do not have to think about all that much and is amusing, although I must say, shows quite a lot of insight in to our psychic and our forced interaction with community and family. Much of the silliness that surrounds Christmas, many of the little quirks of this holiday are rather exaggerated by the author; but this is simply good story telling. I will do feel though, that by overly exaggerating the situation, the author makes some pretty good points and certainly will give you some food for thought. The overall story moves along at a very nice pace. Some of the interaction with neighbors and business associates can be pretty funny, and I must say, pretty typical.

Overall, this is a fun little read but if you choose not to take in all that seriously, then it becomes even more fun. I like it when an author strays from his or her normal genre, even though it seems that many fans almost seem betrayed. Give Grisham a least he makes the effort to write something other than his normal fare.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
I Don't Get It  May 8, 2008
I've read two very different books by John Grisham and I have to say, I don't get his appeal. Skipping Christmas has a decent premise: fed up with the expense and consumerism of Christmas, a couple decides to skip the celebrations and instead go on a Caribbean cruise. The news doesn't sit well with the neighbors, who for some reason feel they have a say in their decision.

As I said, the idea is not bad, but the writing is so mediocre (and in occasions, worse than mediocre) that the novel never engages the reader. The end is better than the rest of the book, and it manages to be moving, but even though this novel is only 277 pages, it feels very, very long.

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