Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas : A Novel

3.53 (70,344 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.53 (70,344 ratings by Goodreads)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A classic tale for modern times from a beloved storyteller, John Grisham offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 106 x 190 x 16mm | 142g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440422965
  • 9780440422969
  • 57,839

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Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today. The Philadelphia Inquirer
Grisham is an absolute master. The Washington Post

Never let it be said this man doesn t know how to spin a good yarn. Entertainment Weekly
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"Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Grisham is an absolute master."--The Washington Post

"Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good yarn."--Entertainment Weekly
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About John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.

Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.

When he's not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.

John lives on a farm in central Virginia.
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Rating details

70,344 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 21% (14,605)
4 31% (21,739)
3 33% (23,212)
2 12% (8,177)
1 4% (2,611)

Our customer reviews

My Review Did I enjoy this book: I always do. I looked at my copy and I first read it in 2001. I know I have read it almost every year since then. The Kranks are your typical family who tends to go a bit over-the-top at Christmas. When Luther, the accountant, goes over the numbers, he realizes that with the money they spend on Christmas they could go on a cruise and still have money left over. So begins the Kranks attempt at skipping Christmas. It is a great idea, in theory. Skipping Christmas is such a fun read. It is light, funny, quick, and always gives me a good laugh. I think at one point or another everyone thinks about skipping Christmas. After reading this book, you won’t want to. It just isn’t worth it. But this book will make you laugh out loud. Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Will I read it again: Absolutely. I’ve read it at least 10 times already, why would I stop now? Belinda's Review Did I enjoy this book: I did. There’s an old cliché about how one phone call can change everything. Too bad no one told Nora and Luther, our main characters, about the old saying. If only they’d have known, their story might have been very different. Nora and Luther are cute caricatures of typical Americans who get carried away during the last month of every year. With their nest recently empty of any reason to believe in Santa, miserly Luther decides Christmas is too expensive. He and his wife will skip it altogether and enjoy a cruise instead. Almost immediately they realize that skipping Christmas is harder than just going along with tradition. However, our stubborn, but lovable protagonists simply dig in and get carried away with the idea of not getting carried away by the Christmas craziness. And it looks like they’re going to pull it off until the phone rings and the laughs begin. Would I recommend it: Absolutely not . . . if you’re in public. When people see you sitting alone with your nose in a book giggling to yourself they give you funny looks and whisper to the person next to them. Or so I’ve been told. So don’t embarrass yourself. Read it alone and laugh out loud all you want. Will I read it again: more
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