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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
THE DRU GOES DI)EAD, by Bess Streetcr Aldricbh.
As cashier in a smI1 :i ,. c.stern tol n bank, Richard Lanning sa\x all the
joys and sorrows of the small cili;n!nt. i le i as sIure the (Chrlistmas spirit
was dead and he believed thac gifts should ) he abandoned until the world d could
give and receive them \x ith better heart, but something happened that made him
realize the ideal of Christmas will always live.
TRAVELS IN A WORLD AT WAR
STRICTI'.L PERSONAL, by II'. Soersect .aiuihaiin.
Thi s \\ ell-knowxn \writer and traveler has now written his version of the first
fifteen months of the second World War. it differs from other accounts in that
it relates to the reader snatches of conversations and little incidents which hap-
pened to \lr. Nlaughani pe. I. In the ear i part of the war hle as com-
missioned )v the r government to \\ rite a series of articles about France
in wartime, and especially alout t:h attitude of the French people toward their
British allies. hMr. Alaug iham believes in the simple form of writing. This sim-
plicity and personal angle make th:s book on a much discussed subject ..I' worth
THE STORY OF J. M. B.
BARRIE;: THE STORY OF J. 11. B., by 1)Dnis Gcorg' .llaciail.
W- hen Lady Cy nthia Asquith and Mr. Peter Davies, literary executors of
J. MI. B., requcsited MIr. .laca:il t do o Barri's life the\ made possible this Bos-
,_i ,- biography. !t contains events, critical comments on Barrie's works and
understanding of h:s complex character. N.ost of vou \\ho read this biography
will have read Peter P;'n:, Seiin'iiital Tollvnny acnd the rest, so ouii will recog-
nize Peter as ie Ilits in and out and you \\ i' understand Tommx 's sentiments.
MIacka'l has caught the spark of Barrie. Mlackail needed more than knowledge, he
needed knowledge and affection combined by ps: .1I'.1.. . Ie had them. He has
flashed before y\ou a supporting background of time, place and persons, which
does f. 1i justice to J. BI. .. just as the stage supports his plays. iarric is always
the actori; he w antied to be fa:mou.s; ihe was. And the's )iography by its very stvye,
its light touch. its ;ipara sentence, its hints, g:\ves just the coh 'rrct note for Bar-
rie the famous, the comncited. the shy., the insatiiable, the lvaie.
Pu li-h ,d i 1 l,,nl :n n aT i;, !, I, .. 111 1 ,1 'I [h, ,Iiversi N ew f lnlp
shire. EniL 1 ,d :, ecom l, [t -r Oct'1 ,- !. 1127, l 1it l l-t oti. ci I I111-h:tl! Ne\ flini '-p i-e, 1111 e1
-n e acl of A\iu-t 2d, l1\12,
BETII'EIIEN THE ACTS, by I'irginia lI'foolf.
On (ne single day in June, 1939- ith \war imminent in England-the en-
tire action of 1Virinia WVoolf's final novel takes place at Pointz HIill, an English
country house. The entire action of the story revolves around a pageant based
on the \\hole of English history. It is pla ed by the local villagers upon the
lawns of the country house, and directed by the short, thick-legged, masculine
Aliss ILa Trobe. However, it is not the director of the play nor the players who
are the important people in the storx. The chief actors are members of the Oliver
househoki and their self-invited guests. The p!ay is not really the thing at all
that counts- t is the action imniiediately before the pageant, between the acts.
and immediately after that is important and significant.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNING
IN THE .HlIJ., by ]oh Mlasefield.
Here we have a fragment of autobiography of England's Poet I.ureate, John
\lasefield. It is a simple and charming book. About forty-five years ago, chance
took him to \onkers \where for tw o years he worked in a carpet factory, rising
to "mistake finder" at SS.50 a week. \Work in the mill afforded hin much leisure.
He became acquainted w t\h .Mr. \VWiiam Palner Easr's bo)okshop, and a period
of intensive reading and study began. Prior to this, the busy life of the sea
had afforded him little time. But now he entered uLon a systematic study of
Chaucer. f.i I by Spencer, Keats, Shelly, and Sir Philip Sidney. At this
time, too, he started to write poetry. For pros e he read De Quincey, Hazlitt,
Dickens, KlI.;I;,i., Steenson, and Sir Thomas Browne. It is of both his work
in the carpet mill and the opportunity for abundant reading that \lasefield so
engagingly writes in this book.
CRAZY MARE, CRAZY COLT!
,IlY 1F'RlIlI), F'IICKA, by .11.1ry O'H-,.r',.
Ken, a dream \ tcn-year-id s youngster, gets his heart's desire-a hours' all his
own. From his )ad's blood horses, 1whe pcks Flicka. a filly with a wild strain
in her blood; ilicka, the daughter of Rocket, a .-" animal. Despite the lii
kno\ n sa\ ing "crazy mare, crazy colt," Ken sticks to Flicka, and his attempts
to train, tame, and nurse her provide good reading. Still this is more than just
another stores of ranch life: horses, bustin' br:ncs, mountain lion hunts, and Ken's
struggles \with Flicka. It is the story of human relationship, the interplay of the
personalities of a family of people \ho deeply love and attempt to understand
each other. It's a lo able story, .. .,ril' written. \\e predict that Flicka ii
be the friend (of evcr\one from i to S0!
ANO 1,'E FOR A .Al)}, by .Ancs MlIarle (C'eelvnd.
This book won the first prize in that n..1 series for books about American
life. Mlrs. Cleveland tells of the life of her family on a New \Mexico ranch in
the wide-open days of the wild w est in thv eighteen hundreds. This pioneer
family had exciting and hair-raising adventures, and t-rrfic hardships, surround-
ed b bandits, wild an mals, and untamed country. A sec:al call on a near neigh-
bor \would take s days and cover 350 miles! The ncans cf co'nve ance was a
buckld ard behind two spirited animals unaccustomed to harmnss.
Agnes Morley C ievel!and and her air! are typical of those courageous
pioneers "who dar:d ch:i al rt c riqiur t \h est. !r lo f of inftor-
tion a ibout the dcvs p .nt of t:i .cs, ;nn reveals i i'o T!, io'nl-: rvype o
SKETCHES OF NEW YORK LIFE
1 71 AFTERNOONS IN NEI YORK, by BI'n Hccbt.
Life in a big city can be pretty exciting for a reporter. Ben lHecht, at one
time reporter for the leading Chicago dailh new papers, in charge of a news office
in Berlin during the \cars 19I' and I19 and now reporting for PNI in New
York has had his share of cxpcr cnces. In his latest book. 701,l Af'ternoons in Ne'r
York, he shares \\th us some of his acquaintances, many of whom we know, and
others unknown to us. In all we have eightY-six different stories, each one inter-
esting and readable-all are tales about people as the reporter meets and sees them
in his daily life about New York. No small part of the enjoyment of the book
is due to the artist, George Crosz. who has drawn an illustration for each tale.
OUR NEIGHBOR-SOUTH AMERICA
SALUI)! A SOUTH AM:IERICAN JOURNAL, hby .lariret r Culkin Banning.
\Vriting w ith a novelist's entertaining style, A\laargaret (; i Banning has
g:ven us a journal of her trip to South America made in the early months of this
year. One of the purposes of this journc \\ as to find out about political con-
ditions in the South American countries. Another was to meet and talk with
South American women, hoping to find out something of the status of women in
order to see if the minds of these South American \\omen were moving in the
same direction as the minds of North American women. lThe author found that
the minds of the women of the t\ o Americas travel in different directions on
more than one question. lMrs. Banning has set do wn in her journal many inter-
esting experiences of her trip, and she has truly \\ written an entertaining book
about our neighbor, South \merica.
FROM SHARE-CROPPERS TO RELIEVERS
ilEN WORKING, by John lFau'lkner.
lMississippi poor \whites and how they fared under the \VP.\ is the burden
of this novel by John Faulkner. WVritten in the Southern agrarian tradition of
Erskine ( ili il, and the other 'V n: n,..i -William, it is a fine piece of work.
One that will certainly bring the sociologist a few thoughts.
"PaI\ Taylor is just an average red-neck share-cropper in the Delta cotton
belt. Never seeing much cash, he decides that the "W. P. and A." offers an op-
portunit\ for advancement. But, in to\\ii 'I' ." Tavlor and his tribe exist, if
possible, even more precariously than on the farm. One hardly y knows what
should be done about such people as the Tlialors. But. this is sure. It is not the
WVPA as it worked for them!
BETWEEN THE LINES OF HISTORY
I''ATERS OF THE 'llI)'DRNESS, by Shirley Scifert.
From the drab pages of pioneer history, Shirlev Seifert has created a heroic
figure, that of Gcorge Rogers Clark. In her new book, "Waters of the \ilder-
ness," he is known variously as "Devil-Alan," or a "Nanhchtanga," meaning Big
Knife. He embodies the pioneer spirit. That spirit which forged ahead through
insurmountable difficulties and discouragemenits.
In the 1770's Clark and his meager hand of Kentuckians were trying to re-
capture the British towns and forts along the Miississippi, Missouri and Ohio
Rivers. I lis immediate aim \\as to secure safety for the settlers from the Indians,
who were urged on by the lBritish general. "HI-airbuver General" Hlamilton, who
paid a bounty on scalps . white scalps!
Clark's dreams were shared by the gorgeous Terese de Leyba, who had re-
cently come from the courts of Span. She too sacrificed her love and herself
for these dreams of a better America.
CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS
TREASURY OF1 GILBlERT AND SULLIVAN, edited by Deecns Taylor.
The x\ words and music of 103 songs from eleven operettas. ul r ullYII
tratcd by Lucille (Coreos.
THE A ilERiCAN SPORTING SCENE. by John I'. Kieran.
Somet ing new in a sport )book by the wizard of "Informat io, Please!" I
]ustrated by Joseph (;. (Goliinkin ith more than eight\ remarkable pictures,
nearly\ half of them in color.
I I)SW fEPT, by Mary . Chase.
Strength. beauty, and understanding are skillfully interw-oven to make this
storv of barren Eastern \ainbe one of the outstanding novels of the year.
SAIRATOGA TRUNK, by Edna Ferber.
The scene is Ne\\ Orleans and Saratoga in the "0's and SO's--a st(or full of
vitality, romance and action.
BOTANY BAY, by ( Is .ord: ,; and ]janmes H
A thrilling adventure sto\r of the famous penal colon established in Aus-
tralia in 788. historical novel bi Nordhoff and I lall since Bount v
Trilogy, and just full of exciting adventure in this ni\\ novel. Botanv Bay.
WII'I.) IS THE RI i'ER, by Lomis Bronifield.
,r i Civil \ ar \New Orleans as the setting, and hot-blooded. undisciplined,
young Toin Bedkoe as the hero-this makes a robust and exhuberant storv.
THE SO li' GOOSE, hv lPa'i G
How the snow i, gooe, owned bv a lonely man and a little girl, became the
svym l (o hope and saft rtv t'he lost armies on the beach at Dunkirk makes a
beauft:l nd wue~ing' story.
REAA: 0; i'I I I/I.D).x by C//fton FaJinmai.
"'. martin er (cf c' ei'. i es of li'ilition, P asel" and book critics for
The Ne. Yorkr has mad: an unconventional, modern '., '. _v of reading
he hlas liked selected ifro the irit:ngs of the past two decades.
11Y IEST G ,iLS, by Helen E. Hokinson.
i c are x our ivo i te ilokinson girls, together at last, ;,...r ,ri col-
lected between rto covers for ithe many triendis who have so thoroughly en-
joyed their w.!- .. ,. befuddled affairs in The e: Yorker.
LINES OF i.E ST ,RES ST'A NCE. by Lauere !cKi/nic'.
Larcncc c ne\ cicve rv and Ihu!'ior)''six-v d'
leisure tii at\ :ties Cof the hum:ian race--or w hat \e work at \heln not working..
The illustrations make an amusing complement.
GIFT BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
ELIN'S 1AM.ERIKA, byv .Iar ,gurite de An gyli.
TIold and equis tely illustrated by the beloved children's artist, this little
book has for its clinx the Clhrinstms wh5ch broui'hrt .I E!in a friend fron
THE LONG C(IHRI/'T I'S by Rult Suver.
\ collection of stories and poems aVIIT saints and cv.s and all kinds of
things, one snory for each night between Clh4ispaIs and Epiphany.
SNOiX Ba' OREI CHRISTI lAS, by Taisba I ador.
lxo\ C watr-coi is illustrate th.s appealing little storx of a Chr stmas spent
bi three children in .n ldhii-faiond .ew x'ngland house wrh crooked xiin-