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Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...

A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

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Virginia Campbell, December 17, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
"Skipping Christmas", by John Grisham, is an entertaining holiday tale told in a sure, sly manner. This is the story of how Luther and Nora Krank decide to have a radically different holiday when their daughter leaves home to work for the Peace Corps in Peru. Members of a very close-knit community who enthusiastically partake in all things Christmas, the Kranks meet with much resistance to their getaway plan. They tough it out though, with Luther fighting the good fight and Nora going along for the ride. However, when their daughter Blair suddenly announces that she not only will be home for the holidays, but will bring along her new fiance', the Kranks have to ditch their dream cruise and go into overdrive. Somehow, they must recreate their whole traditional holiday celebrations in an insanely short amount of time. It takes a village to pull it all off, and as grudges give way and fences are mended, the spirit of the season is renewed. "Christmas with the Kranks", starring Tim Allen as Luther, and Jamie Lee Curtis as Nora, is the film version of "Skipping Christmas". I very much enjoyed both the book and the film. Tim Allen is a funny guy, and Jamie Lee Curtis has such great heart and appeal. The film stayed very true to the book, which made them both even more enjoyable.
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