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Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present

Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present - Hank Stuever I read this in the weeks leading up to Christmas, which I thought was the perfect time for this book about one community's immersion in the holiday of Christmas. Tinsel is a sobering expose about Frisco, TX and the myriad ways Christmas is celebrated by a quintessential affluent suburb. Christmas is such a personal and intimate yet completely commercial experience in America. Tinsel helped me put in perspective how my family rates in whole range of Christmas experiences. Illuminating, honest and probing, Hank Stuever, casts an inquisitive eye into the soul of a slice of America and what it says about who we are.