A Search for America's Christmas Present
By Hank Stuever
Narrated by Ray Porter / 10 hours 18 minutes
In Tinsel, Hank Stuever searches out the most outlandish cultural excesses as well as the secret beauties of modern America's half-trillion-dollar Christmas holiday. When Stuever's narrative begins, he's standing in line with the people waiting to purchase flat-screen TVs at Best Buy on Black Friday. From there he follows Tammy Parnell, the proprietor of "Two Elves with a Twist," a company that decorates other people's houses for Christmas; Jeff and Bridgett Trykoski, owners of that one house every town has with Christmas decorations visible from space; and single mother Caroll Cavazos, who hopes that the life-affirming moments of Christmas might overcome the struggles of the rest of the year. Steuver's portraits are at once humane, heartfelt, revealing-and very, very funny.