(By Chris Sharp) Here I am this holiday season, playing a veritable Santa Claus.  In fact, my own Holiday-themed Amazon Books that I have written are all priced now under $10, with one book priced fewer than three dollars.  So, all this makes it possible to remember more people during the Christmas season – perhaps even 30 or 40 people who have earned a Christmas remembrance from us.  Yet I understand that buying Christmas presents for 30 people at a typical Christmas present price of say $30 dollars will cost a handy base price of $900 with tax and shipping cost yet to be added.

I truly understand that.  And I understand that if we bought a three-dollar gift for each of our 30 friends who deserve at least a thoughtful remembrance from us, that would cost us only $90 as opposed to that $900 for a traditional gift of $30.  But what kind of respectful gift of content can we get these 30 friends for the holiday season?  A big three-dollar bag of potato chips, say?

I wouldn’t do that.  And because I couldn’t do that, I am putting my three Holiday themed books for Christmas present buying to expand the present giving during the holidays. This I am dong by offering this link for a free exhibition of three of my holiday books through this Amazon link, which includes my newest book with attorney Barrie Vernon that came out on Amazon this November – The Bible’s Who’s Who:  https://www.amazon.com/author/sharpchris.

But I am also having some difficulties in this action-oriented Southern California environment we live in to sell the idea of reading books, and especially books that are written by unknown authors.  Who knows what live action a person may miss out on in Southern California while being pre-occupied reading a book by an unknown author?

I surely understand the reluctance to fill one’s brain with the written  words of an unknown author like Chris Sharp when we have not even given the truly great American authors such Mark Twain, Henry James, Herman Melville and Edith Wharton a chance to spend even one warm night inside our minds.

And so to hurry up the process of inviting me and my words into your brains, I would like to invite some other American writers and their words into your minds for the coming year as well.  Here they are:

Who was the real Huckleberry Finn?  

Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” has been credited not only with becoming the transformer of the 19th Century novel into 20th Century fiction, but its colloquial style has also been thought to have changed the entire way we Americans speak to each other.  If Huckleberry’s free and easy way of narrating events had never been exposed to Americans, it is said we would still be talking to each other like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s talking heads.  

“Huckleberry Finn” has always been universally popular, except among some violent PTA groups who share with the Taliban hatred of any art or literature that has been created within the past 1,000 years.  But even the admirers of “Huckleberry Finn” have been mystified over the decades over what they have seen as an incredibly obvious flaw in the novel.  When Huckleberry rescues Jim from slavery, why is it that he doesn’t bring Jim north to the free states?  Why instead does he row south on the Mississippi River with Jim into the very heart of Southern slavery? 

Read more here: A Sharp View:  American books to get us through 2018