“How to Spell Chanukah… And Other Holiday Dilemmas” by Emily Franklin

I am super ready for Hanukkah, and I have the blog posts and perfect book to show for it! With the first night just days away, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t mention How to Spell Chanukah sooner. But here’s the thing: it’s a collection of short stories. So you can easily ready one or two before bed and still probably finish by the eighth night.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m more of a historical fiction type. So why the sudden interest in autobiographical short stories? Well, because I really love learning how other people celebrate holidays. A big caveat for this book is that I’m pretty sure everyone who contributed is American. I would love to read a follow up with stories written by people around the world. There are so many of us across the globe with a variety of traditions, and I think that would be really fascinating!

That all said, I enjoyed reading all the different takes and personal experiences. As promised by the editor, Emily Franklin, there are stories that are funny, poignant, and even a little offbeat. But if there’s one thing that I can guarantee it’s that at least one, if not more, of these 18 stories will strike a chord with you in one way or another. Happy Hanukkah, my friends!

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