I like to play matchmaker with the books we publish. Not matching books with other books, but I like to match books with my friends who really appreciate them. I surprised my friend Jessica with a signed copy of The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book by Ted Kooser. I know she’s a big fan of Ted’s work because she sometimes shares his poetry on Facebook, but she lives across the country and couldn’t attend Ted’s recent book signing.
Here are some other books I’ve matched with friends and family:
I recently discovered that I have two friends who each have a favorite women’s basketball team from Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and a Women’s Basketball Classic by Jeff Goldberg. One likes UConn and one likes Notre Dame! Jeff Goldberg recounts the 2001 Big East championship game between these two teams. Thankfully, these two friends haven’t let this rivalry stand in the way of being friends with one another.
Unfortunately, I gifted a copy of Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail: A User’s Guide by Keith Terry to a friend about a week after she returned from a bike trip on that very same trail. At least she’ll have it at the ready if she makes that trip again!
My sister and her husband have considered building their own straw bale house, so Alan Boye’s Sustainable Compromises: A Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living was the perfect book for them. This is Boye’s account of his experiences building and living in sustainable housing.