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Friday, November 7, 2014

Books Make Great Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Reprinted from auburnpub.com

Now that Halloween is in our rear view mirror, stores go all out to decorate for Christmas and people begin to think about putting together their gift lists. The great thing about giving books as gifts is that they always fit, they are never the wrong color, and they open up minds.

Let’s start with the kids. Actor/writer B.J. Novak, whose adult book of stories, “One More Thing” drew critical praise has written a unique book for children. “The Book With No Pictures” is just that- a book with no pictures, but children are delighted with all the silly words and sounds that adults make reading this clever book.
The Book With No Pictures

Baseball superstar Derek Jeter has written a children’s book (ages 8-12) about his life as a Little Leaguer. “The Contract” describes how his parents had him sign a contract stating the rules for his behavior if he wants to play baseball. Every young baseball fan (and their parents) will love this book.
The Contract
“I Am Malala” by 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai is a children’s version of her story of defying the Taliban to get an education. She’s a recent Nobel Prize winner and great role model for children too.
I Am Malala
Older teens will adore Allie Condie’s latest YA book, “Atlantia” set in a fascinating underwater world she created, about sisters and their bond.
For people who appreciate humor on your list, standup comedian Jim Gaffigan’s newest book is “Food, A Love Story” which shares his love of junk food in his own funny way.
Food: A Love Story
Around the Table
Speaking of food, the cook on your list will be happy that Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa is back with “Make It Ahead”, which gives the reader recipes to make meals ahead of time and reheat. Country singer Martina McBride follows in the steps of  Trisha Yearwood with her cookbook “Around the Table”.
Make It Ahead

Horror fans will be happy to know that Stephen King has returned to his roots with is newest big novel, “Revival” about faith, addiction, redemption and humanity, with a crazy, heart-stopping ending.
Thriller lovers will rejoice at the return of Michael Connelly’s Los Angeles detective, Harry Bosch, in his newest novel, “The Burning Room”. On the mystery side, Irish writer Tana French continues her brilliant Dublin murder squad series with “The Secret Place”.
The Burning Room

Romance is always in the air, and some of the favorite writers in the genre have Christmas-themed books out. Debbie Macomber’s “Mr. Miracle” features a guardian angel who takes the guise of a community college teacher to help a young woman get her life back on track.
Mr. Miracle
Sherryl Woods’ “The Christmas Bouquet” is the 11th book in her popular Chesapeake series featuring the O’Brien clan and their various friends and romantic partners.
The Christmas Bouquet
Nora Roberts has written over 200 books, and her latest is “Blood Magick”, the last in her Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy. Set in Ireland, Branna O’Dwyer, the owner of The Dark Witch Shop, a tourist shop that sells lotions and soaps, is looking for love; will she find it?
Blood Magick
For the more literary fiction fans on your list, there are lots of wonderful books available. Former Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley begins an ambitious series about 100 years of life in the American Midwest with the first novel, “Some Luck”. It takes us from the 1920’s to the 1950’s through the life of a farm family. It has been long-listed for the National Book Award.
Some Luck
For people who prefer true stories, Atul Gawande has written “Being Mortal” a thought-provoking book that looks at how Americans deal with the end of life. It discusses nursing homes, hospices and how our culture has trouble with this difficult part of life.
Being Mortal

Many history buffs were glued to their TV sets this fall with PBS’s series “The Roosevelts” about the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The companion piece to the series is a gorgeous book, filled with beautiful photos, “The Intimate Roosevelts” by C. David Ward and Ken Burns, and will look wonderful on every coffee table or bookshelf.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

For the sports fan, Harvey and Fredric J.Frommer has written a terrific book about the heated New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox rivalry over the years, “Red Sox Vs. Yankees: A Great Rivalry” .
Red Sox Vs. Yankees
And don’t forget that Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be signing copies of his new book, “Bleeding Orange” at Downtown Books & Coffee on E. Genesee St. on November 13th. Contact the store at 515-3411 to preorder your copy.
Bleeding Orange

Now that you can cross off your Christmas gift list, you can plan your Thanksgiving dinner.

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