The Box of Delights BOOK REVIEWS

Your local independent bookshop is pleased to offer a wide variety of cards, prints, journals, sketchbooks, calendars, agendas, puzzles, games, and other printed matter. This is the last week to make your special orders in time for Christmas, so don’t forget: a book is a gift that can be opened again and again!

The Night Before Christmas

Nikolai Gogol

“The day of Christmas Eve ended, and the night began, cold and clear.”

In the way of most fairytales, the original Night Before Christmas is darker and more disturbing than the sweet nursery rhyme we all know. This new translation of the Russian classic tells the story of the night the devil stole the moon and fought the humble blacksmith Vakula for the hand of Oksanka, the most beautiful girl in the village. Conveniently stocking-sized and featuring illustrations by three celebrated Russian painters from the 19th century.

Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions

Molly Peacock

From the celebrated author of The Paper Garden comes this whimsical and magical collection of short stories inspired by the lives of the letters of the alphabet. Each letter, from A-Z, is given life: X returns home from a quadruple bypass and struggles with her new sense of mortality; K is a brash young knight on crusade. A unique and imaginative collection of tales, this book is for everyone who believes in the magic of words.

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel

Tom Rachman

Rachman follows up his internationally acclaimed debut novel with another brilliant and intricate story, spanning 25 years in the life of a young woman, from the end of the Cold War to the digital revolution of today, from Bangkok to Brooklyn. Tooly Zylberberg runs a bookstore in an isolated village in Wales, keeping herself removed from the people in her life, and avoiding questions about her strange past. When a long-lost boyfriend resurfaces, the old mysteries and long-buried secrets he stirs propels her on a journey across the world.

Snow for Christmas

Doretta Groenendyk

Everybody loves a white Christmas. In this charming new book from beloved Annapolis Valley author Doretta Groenendyk, a small child makes a Christmas Eve wish for snow, prompting the whole family to fondly reminisce about their favourite white Christmases.