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A Genealogist In The Archives: Friday Book Review: "Gritty Southern Christmas Anthology"

Friday, January 14, 2022

Friday Book Review: "Gritty Southern Christmas Anthology"

Gritty Southern Christmas Anthology by Various Authors. Published by Bluewater Publication at  2021. ISBN 978-1-949711-89-9.  137 pp. Paperback $14.99; eBook $2.99.


This book review was supposed to have been published on this blog before Christmas. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it did not get published. I thought about not publishing the review because this is a “Christmas book” but after I read it, I decided that it would be helpful year-round.

The publisher describes this book as “This collection contains handpicked works from some of the most successful and creative writers in the South, each of them sharing their story through works of fiction and poetry. It starts with a work from the incoming poet laureate of Alabama and includes a work from the current poet laureate. We have work from the sweetheart of romance writers, Vanessa David Griggs, as well as M.E. Hubbs, author of two books with over seventy stellar reviews. The purpose of this anthology is to be honest about the holidays. Not every story is warm and fuzzy, and that’s okay. The story of the underdog is one that Gritty Southern Christmas Anthology knows well. Dr. Ashley Jones’s opening poem sets the tone, reminding us that Christmas does not mean we have to create a false narrative to save face. We have to be authentic with the people we love the most.”

After reading this book, I felt like I could face the holidays since it’s only been a couple of years since both of my parents have passed and they loved the holidays. Reading the poems, stories, and memories of these 16 authors was inspirational and was a true comfort to me. Therefore, I knew I had to publish this review.

This book contains 16 authored works, each one unique and full of meaning. This is not a book you will sit down and read cover to cover but one that you will read one story and allow it to speak to you before you move on to the next one. It was hard to choose my favorites but a couple that really spoke to me were The Gift, How to Peel an Orange and Blessings in Disguise.

I can highly recommend Gritty Southern Christmas Anthology to anyone who is struggling through the holidays or is struggling through day-to-day life.

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