It’s that time of year again: They’ve begun playing the poppy Muzak tunes at the grocery store, the absurdly huge tree has been erected near the food court at the mall, and retailers have begun their timid sales projections. The holiday season is upon us—full force—and that means you will eventually need to break down and purchase a few Hannukah or Christmas gifts, unless you want to be known as Scrooge.
Give’em books, is what I say. Books make excellent gifts for the avid readers of all age groups, with all interests. And, as proof that I read more than just business books, here’s a list you can take with you when you do your holiday shopping:
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wrobleski: Part Hamlet, part modern thriller, readers are thrust into rural Wisconsin into the life of Edgar Sawtelle, a young mute man who must face his uncle coming into family after his father suddenly dies—an uncle who he feels had a hand in his father’s death. Praised by Stephen King, and selected to be part of Oprah’s book club, The Story Edgar Sawtelle is sure to please all the avid fiction readers in your life.
- Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Brett Witter: A cold winter night in 1988, a small orange tabby kitten was cruelly shoved into a book return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. Luckily for this animal—christened Dewey Readmore Books by his rescuer Myron—he survived and was able to make a difference in the lives of countless people he met while being the library ambassador. A touching and poignant book for animal and book lovers alike—who could not like this book?
- Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip … with Recipes! by Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein: The host of the popular Food Network show of the same name takes readers on a roadtrip of some of his favorite hot spots, and provide recipes to boot! A great gift for any fan of the show, or any foodie with a cookbook collection.
So there’s a quick start for your shopping … take a cold weekend afternoon and head out to the bookstore to see what else tickles your fancy!
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