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I have a pre-order for the audiobook edition of Mulligan’s Christmas Stew. I want to listen to this author’s stories about celebrating Christmas all over the world through the years.
Here is the description from Amazon:

“For more than 30 years as a roving reporter, AP pecial correspondent (and legendary storyteller) Hugh Mulligan wrote witty, quirky, and sometimes poignant Christmas columns from many distant datelines. Whether he was writing from London or Austria, Israel or Vietnam, or the snows of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, Mulligan managed to capture the essence of the holiday spirit for all to enjoy.

Now The Associated Press has assembled these delightful stories in a new collection, Mulligan’s Christmas Stew. This serving of tasty tales is sprinkled with humorous and touching observations as well as enchanting reminders about the joy and reflection the time of the year brings to all, both young and old. The volume features an introduction by Malachy McCourt as well as Christmas quizzes and artifacts from the AP corporate archives.

Mulligan’s Christmas Stew is a journey through the world of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, the birth of Christmas carols, the real cost of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, Christmas at the White House, and so much more! Have yourself a Merry Mulligan Christmas!”

I love the 1920s and this true story of a fatal mistress intrigued me. Here is the description from Amazon:

“JAKE & CLARA is based on a true story from the dawn of the Jazz Age about scandal, politics, Hollywood—and murder. When Warren Harding won the White House in 1920, his campaign received millions from Jake Hamon—“The Oil King of Oklahoma.” Harding planned to make Jake the most powerful businessman in America. But Mrs. Harding (some called her “The Duchess”) had one condition—the married man had to end his affair with his long-time mistress, a girl named Clara.

Jake and Clara had been together for ten years, since she was seventeen and he was thirty-seven. But Jake coveted the powerful Washington job, and he dumped Clara a couple of weeks after Harding was elected.

A few days later, Clara shot Jake.

By the time Jake died, Clara was in the wind. A headline-grabbing national search was conducted for the beautiful fugitive. Clara “sightings” were reported far and wide. A pair of colorful lawmen found Clara in an unlikely hiding place and brought her back to Ardmore, Oklahoma to face the charge of first-degree murder.

What followed was one of the most sensational murder trials of the era. A “dream team” of powerful lawyers surrounded Clara in the courtroom. Soon Hollywood came calling, wanting to put Clara’s story on the big screen…

…starring Clara as herself”

Disclosure: I received a pre-order of Mulligan’s Christmas Stew from Audible and a copy of Jake and Clara from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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