Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Today’s holiday book review is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Here’s what it’s about:

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas Memory,” “One Christmas”, and “A Thanksgiving Memory.” All three stories are distinguished by Capote’s delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

This was the first time I read A Christmas Memory and the other short stories in this collection. I’m a little shocked by that. It’s a book many of us older kids have read in high school English class, although it’s also suitable for middle schoolers.

What wonderful stories these are! Written in the perspective of the main character, Buddy, and based on Capote’s childhood during the Great Depression, it still holds up as entertaining today. Great lessons in human nature, these stories will have you both laughing and crying. This is a collection I could read every holiday season.

My Grade: A-

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