A Christmas Memory / One Christmas / The Thanksgiving Visitor

A Christmas Memory / One Christmas / The Thanksgiving Visitor

by Truman Capote


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A holiday classic from "one of the greatest writers and most fascinating society figures in American history" (Vanity Fair)!

First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Truman Capote (In Cold BloodBreakfast at Tiffany's) about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for Capote's fans young and old.

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two friends share of beloved holiday rituals.  

A Christmas Memory has been described as "[a] gem of a holiday story" (School Library Journal, starred review), and this warm and delicately illustrated edition is one you'll want to add to any Christmas or Capote collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679602378
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2000
Series: Modern Library Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 187,239
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

TRUMAN CAPOTE was born in 1924 and died in 1984. Based on his own boyhood in rural Alabama in the 1930s, A Christmas Memory was orginally published in Mademoiselle in 1956 and later was included in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

BETH PECK, a designer and illustrator of many children's books, fell in love with the writing of Truman Capote and counts her paintings for A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor, also by Capote, among the work that is closest to her heart.

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1924

Date of Death:

August 25, 1984

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut

Read an Excerpt

Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago. Consider the kitchen of a spreading old house in a country town. A great black stove is its main feature; but there is also a big round table and a fireplace with two rocking chairs placed in front of it. Just today the fireplace commenced its seasonal roar.

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A Christmas Memory / One Christmas / The Thanksgiving Visitor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ellegeentea More than 1 year ago
The stories of holidays with the author and his elderly, distant cousin really touched my heart. They stayed with me for days. So delightful and well-written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each Christmas for the last 5 or 6, I am taken back to a two hundred year old home in CT, where I first heard Sister Cassidy read aloud to us A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. To say read aloud is not quite right, for when you are surrounded by sepia toned pictures, large floral throws, sipping hot cocoa with goodies to munch, and the reader, who could be Sook herself and all ready has a lilt to her words, you know you are in for a delightful experience. Of course we all know that the best Christmas gifts are not in satin tied cellophane, for they are as Capote remembers, time spent with loved ones, memories of kite flying, and cousins like Sook, who may give you a 'dime wrapped in toilet paper.' Capote's story is a wonderful remembrance. Kristin Andersen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this, quick read.
honeybunchspk More than 1 year ago
Very readable. Makes a good gift, or a nice addition to your own library.
liederlover More than 1 year ago
I own this book in another edition, and purchased this one as a gift. I like this particular edition because it includes the less-available 'One Christmas.' VERY evocative of the time period, the South, and childhood. Wonderful, timeless stories to be read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen the video with Geraldine Page narriated by Truman Capote himself and to read this story is just as if the book comes to life. In my lifetime I like 'Buddy' have been so fortunate to meet and become aquainted with the 'relatives that people don't speak of at the family reunion.' This book though sad in nature is a very good look at a childs life in the rural south, when passed from relative to relative.
tracyfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of three classic stories which glow with Truman Capote's obvious love and fondness for his cousin Sook. A Christmas Memory will make even the most ardent fruitcake hater long for a taste. One Christmas rekindles the memory of every child's quandary wondering whether or not Santa Claus is real. The Thanksgiving Visitor couples an unwelcome guest with a life lesson in how to bestow dignity. Worth revisiting every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first taste of Truman Capote away from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I have to admit that I was blown away by these stories. Rarely does a story pull at my heart strings anymore, but these stories practically left me in tears. Incredibly moving.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nostalgia and sentimentality are woven together beautifully in this brief memoir by Truman Capote. Written in the mid-fifties before the peak of his acclaim and subsequent dissolution, this is a touching story of friendship and the memories of youth. In a simpler time and place the young Capote shares the essence of Christmas with his elder cousin. A moving memoir for those willing to believe.
jennyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll just admit up front that Truman Capote has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager, so no unbiased reviews from me on his books. This slim little volume of holiday-themed short stories was the perfect treat for this time of year. All three stories are autobiographical and take place during the years that Capote lived in Alabama with his cousins. His cousin Sook is one of my favorite characters ever (she must have been a joy to know). This is the description of her from A Christmas Memory: In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never: eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry. Here are a few things she has done, does do: killed with a hoe the biggest rattlesnake ever seen in this county (sixteen rattles), dip snuff (secretly), tame hummingbirds (just try it) till they balance on her finger, tell ghost stories (we both believe in ghosts) so tingling they chill you in July, talk to herself, take walks in the rain, grow the prettiest japonicas in town, know the recipe for every sort of old-time Indian cure, including a magical wart-remover.Is it any wonder he loved her?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read
AnnieStopper More than 1 year ago
This book has become one of my favourites to read during the holiday season. Truman Capote is a captivating story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was very fun and crazy espesially buddy(his best friend wicth is 60) I recommend this book for people that want a fun heart warming story
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RSista More than 1 year ago
Good stories are good forever and these stories will be read and re-read--to children and grandchildren and even to each other while we make the dressing and stuff the bird.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. I loved this and all of Capote's work! This is truly a heart-warming book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Years ago i saw the tv special 'a christmas memory' and never forgot it, such a wonderful and heartwarming remembrance. Each Christmas thereafter i looked for it in vain on tv. Now i have the video and this book and every Christmas i look forward to reaquainting myself with this bittersweet tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the online class about Christmas Literature. I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and depth of Capote¿s touching story. Normally, I would have never thought of reading a Truman Capote book, memories of his appearance as a somewhat awkward and strange man on such 60¿s TV shows as ¿Laugh-In¿ clouded my judgment. This is worth a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite a loving story!