This Is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits

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Celebrate the merriest season of the year with award-winning author and music journalist Annie Zaleski's collection of the 100 most popular and beloved holiday songs of all time.

'Tis the season! Break out the eggnog, hang the mistletoe, blast those Christmas songs, and settle down in your favorite armchair with this beautifully illustrated volume exploring well-known and lesser-known behind-the-scenes stories of the 100 most cherished holiday songs of all time and their everlasting impact. From artists such as Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald all the way up to Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande, this all-encompassing collection of holiday favorites (called one of "the 25 best Christmas books of all time" by Book Riot) is sure to warm your heart during the merriest season of the year.

What song was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single of all time? Which popular Christmas tune was reportedly written to commemorate Thanksgiving? What holiday song led to a special meet-and-greet between the song's 10-year-old singer and a 700-pound hippopotamus?
Spanning musical genres and decades of classics and modern hits, some of the featured songs include:
  • "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
  • "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey
  • "Deck the Halls" by Mannheim Steamroller
  • "Christmas Tree Farm" by Taylor Swift
  • "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" by The Beatles
  • "Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry
  • "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" by Gwen Stefani
  • "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt
  • "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee
  • "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by NSYNC
  • "Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry
And many more!

Including full-color illustrations throughout, this gorgeously packaged compendium is the perfect gift for you and your loved ones to experience the holiday magic year after year.

Author: Annie Zaleski
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Published: 10/17/2023
Pages: 224
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 8.27h x 7.24w x 0.79d
ISBN: 9780762482726

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 08/01/2023 pg. 92
Booklist 09/01/2023 pg. 24

About the Author
Annie Zaleski is an author, editor, and journalist with a focus on music and pop culture. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including NPR Music, The Guardian, Time, Rolling Stone, Salon, Billboard, The A.V. Club, Vulture, Alternative Press, Stereogum, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. She is the author of a 33 1/3 book on Duran Duran's Rio, Lady Gaga: Applause, and Pink: Raise Your Glass, and contributed an essay to Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop, among others. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Darling Clementine is a duo of designers and illustrators, Ingrid Reithaug & Tonje Holand. Ingrid and Tonje both did their university degrees in the UK, but are now working and living in Oslo. Since launching their independent stationery line in 2006, they have developed a worldwide brand with an extensive assortment, selling everywhere from Tokyo to Helsinki. Their style was the platform when establishing a design studio with the same name, undertaking a wide range of various commissions. These days, the business is divided in two sections, DC Creative & DC Decorative. DC Creative takes on all sorts of design and illustration commissions, alongside DC Decorative, who aims to develop and take care of the brand, constantly launching new products.

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