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New Year's Holiday

Let the Canton Public Library and this Special Collection help you learn about, prepare for, and celebrate the New Year!

Books

Encylopedia of Christmas and New Year's celebrations by Tanya Gulevich — Entries are arranged alphabetically discussing the history, traditions, symbols and observances of Christmas and the surrounding holidays and celebrations.

The book of the year: a brief history of our seasonal holidays by Anthony F. Aveni — This delightful little book explains with great detail about the origins and modern development of our holidays.

Celebrations: a joyous guide to the holidays from past to present by Jim McCann and Jeanne Benedict — Along with recipes and menus, you'll find ideas for floral decorations, dramatic lighting effects, food presentation, and place settings.

The Folklore of American holidays by Hennig Cohen and Tristram Potter Coffin — This reference book includes an entry on the folklore associated with the New Year's holiday in America.

Holiday food by Mario Batali — Contains complete holiday menus, including recipes and wine suggestions, for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Fiction

Not another New Year's by Christie Ridgway — A romantic novel about one woman who vows that this New Year's will be different.

New Year's Eve murder: a Lucy Stone mystery by Leslie Meier — The 12th in the Lucy Stone series, Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from "Jolie" magazine and Lucy is in. When self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies, and Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square.

Miracle by Danielle Steel — It is New Year's Eve when the storm of the century hits northern California. In a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco, amid the chaos of fallen trees and damaged homes, the lives of three strangers are about to collide. (Also available in Large Print and Audio CD formats.)

A long way down by Nick Hornby — New Year's Eve at Toppers' House, North London's most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isn't quite the private act they'd each expected. (Also available in Audio CD).

The Mummers' curse: an Amanda Pepper mystery by Gillian Roberts — When a reveling Pierrot is shot dead at the Mummers' Parade in Philadelphia, schoolteacher Amanda Pepper is first just a horrified spectator. But then the prime suspect — her friend and fellow teacher at Philly Prep — falsely claims to have been with her at the time of the murder. Amanda can no longer stay on the sidelines, as she plunges into the Mummers' tight-knit world, where no one seems willing to help her find a dangerous killer.

New Year's resolution: husband — This volume contains three original stories by romance authors Rebecca Brandewyne, Anne Stuart and Carla Neggers.

The deal by Timothy J. Lambert, Becky Cochrane — After a New Year's Eve celebration deteriorates into a depressing deconstruction of the sad state of their love lives, a group of friends make a deal to find someone before next year or stop whining about it.

Websites

New Year's Traditions: Read the story behind common New Year's customs and learn the words to Auld Lang Syne.

And Days of 'Auld Lang Syne': Listen to this National Public Radio piece on Guy Lombardo, and hear other renditions of the famous song.

New Year's Crafts: Decorate your home for the holiday and learn how to make party favors for your celebration.

American New Year Food Traditions: Learn about the history of some traditional New Year's foods from the Food Timeline website.

New Year's Resolutions: Advice on keeping several popular resolutions, such as losing weight and quitting smoking.

Tournament of Roses: Learn the history of the Rose Bowl Game and Parade, which occur annually on New Year's Day.

Sound Recordings

Popular songs of Christmas & New Year's by John Fahey with Terry Robb

Winter solstice by John McCutcheon

Film

Ocean's eleven — This classic movie, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., takes place in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. At the stroke of midnight, Danny Ocean and ten of his ex-commando buddies get ready to rob the casino money vaults — all five casinos simultaneously. See the 2001 remake starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well.

Times Square — A documentary on the history of the Times Square area of New York City, where America celebrated victory and welcomes the New Year.