A Trio of Holiday Books


A TRIO OF HOLIDAY BOOKS comes in a slipcase

with three first editions signed by

Holm, Hassler and Heilbron! 

Faces of Christmas Past by Bill Holm

Dimensions: 9″ x 6″, 64 pages


ISBN: 1-890434-02-7

AN EXCEPTIONAL memoir that speaks with wit and grace to the perils of Christmas and self-imposed burdens of ritual duty (like the newsy Christmas xerox). Illustrated with annual Christmas card photos of the author as a boy.

“In towns like Minneota, the solid front of Christmas habit brought even the atheists to church on Christmas Eve. A Hindu could not have escaped appearing in the manger scene, toasting the holiday afterwards with garishly decorated butter cookies dunked in thin coffee.” —Faces of Christmas Past

“Minnesota’s finest prose stylist, tiny Minneota’s big Bill Holm, happily (for us) returns to print with this slight, elegant meditation on Yuletide on the prairie.”  —Mpls St. Paul magazine

Underground Christmas by Jon Hassler

Dimensions: 9″ x 6″, 64 pages


ISBN: 1-890434-09-4

CLASSIC HASSLER, Jon’s story is about a man named Jay who has come rather late to his midlife crisis. Nearing fifty, Jay finds himself dislocated by a divorce and by his only child’s attempted suicide. Seeking stability, he has taken a temporary teaching position at his alma mater, St. Andrew’s College (which sounds suspiciously like St. John’s at Collegeville). The story opens in the school’s potting shed, which in earlier days had been a root cellar.

Christmas and New Year’s on the Minnesota Frontier by Bertha L. Heilbron

Dimensions: 9″ x 6″, 23 pages

HARDCOVER w/dustjacket

ISBN: 0-9639338-9-2

RELIVE HOLIDAY merrymaking at Fort Snelling beginning in 1927. Join missionary William Boutwell among the Indians at Leech Lake on New Year’s Day 1834. Dine at Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey’s St. Paul table on saddle of venison. Glimpse family Christmases in pioneer communities including Faribault, Hastings, Le Sueur, Minneapolis, Sauk Center, Shakopee, and Winona. This first book in our annual Christmas series was published in 1996.

“One of the nicest things about this book is the inclusion of Ms. Heilbron’s reference notes to the original letters and journals.”  
—The Afton Paper

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