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Bad Santa book cover
Bad Santa book cover

Bad Santa


A heartwarming tale of a Mall-Santa/master thief falling in love and bringing joy to all the children.

An Xmas staple. -Mykle

Lethal weapon book cover
Lethal weapon book cover

Lethal weapon


Two Vietnam-vets-turned cops have only one thing in common : they both hate to work with partners, but when a routine murder investigation turns into a no holds barred war with an international heroin ring their partnership becomes the key to survival.

Classic. The older I get, the less I relate to Riggs and the more I relate to Murtaugh. -Mykle

Love actually book cover
Love actually book cover

Love actually


It's all about love and holiday cheer in London. The Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower's young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

An amazing ensemble cast of interconnected characters experiencing love and Xmas. -Mykle

Die hard book cover
Die hard book cover

Die hard


A team of terrorists has seized a building in L.A. and taken hostages. A New York cop, in town to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, is the only hope for the people held by the savage criminals.

The best Xmas movie ever made. -Mykle

Elf book cover
Elf book cover



A human that thinks he's an elf goes to New York to meet his biological father then saves Xmas.

Great performances by James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Will Ferrell. -Mykle

Sophie's squash book cover
Sophie's squash book cover

Sophie's squash

Pat Zietlow Miller

jE Miller
Picture Books

A young girl befriends a squash.

A seasonal favorite of mine! This book riffs on the perennial issue of loving something maybe too much, especially when its existence is fleeting. Great for fall and appreciating what we have when we have it. -Frannie


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