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Christmas magic wrapped in a book

Monday, December 16, 2013

If you want to capture the magic of Christmas, wrap it up with a neat bow and present it to someone special in your life, then give a book for Christmas. I found this year to be an especially rich year for magical stories that tickle the imagination. A good Christmas book should transport readers to a whole new realm, and these books deliver.


1. A Spirited Butterfly: A History of Fashion in Trinidad and Tobago by Rosemary Stone heads my list of Christmas book choices. Published in 2011, this book is about more than fashion and history. It’s a book about the indelible image fashion has stamped on this culture. From Carnival to high-society weddings; ethnic wear and everyday wear, Stone creates a compelling story of how fashion defines us. 


Most people think of fashion writing as description, but Stone proves to be a master storyteller, presenting anecdotes of  icons and ordinary people who define what it means to proudly wear the label of Trinidadian fashion. Stone recreates our colourful past through a history of fashion. That is quite a feat for a nonfiction book. You don’t have to be a fashionista to appreciate A Spirited Butterfly.


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