Reading List: Holiday Gift Guide
Wondering what to get for your book-loving family and friends? Browse our backlist to and find the perfect gift to compliment every personality and interest. (And our gift to you is thirty percent off your entire book order with our holiday sale).
For the TV and movie buff…
There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, & Many Others
by William Daniels
Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more.
Pair with: One of Daniels’ many movies, along with popcorn kernels and unique spices for a fun movie night.
For the young environmentalist…
Have You Seen Mary?
Story by Jeff Kurrus
Photographs by Michael Forsberg
Set on Nebraska’s Platte River, this tenderly woven story of love is also a stirring introduction to these majestic birds, replete with Michael Forsberg’s radiant color photographs.
Pair with: a pair of binoculars for bird watching.
For the American History major…
Saga of Chief Joseph, Bison Classic Edition
by Helen Addison Howard
New introduction by Nicole Tonkovich
This completely revised edition of the author’s 1941 version (titled War Chief Joseph) presents in exciting detail the full story of Chief Joseph, with a reevaluation of the five bands engaged in the Nez Perce War, told from the Indian, the white military, and the settler points of view.
Pair with: a Native American work of art.
For the hiking enthusiast…
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
by Suzanne Roberts
Candid and funny and, finally, wise, Almost Somewhere is not just the whimsical coming-of-age story of a young woman ill-prepared for a month in the mountains but also the reflection of a distinctly feminine view of nature.
Pair with: a traveler’s journal.
For your aunt writing your family’s history…
Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning
by Julija Sukys
Šukys sat down to write about her grandparents and their survival of a twenty-five-year forced separation and subsequent reunion. Piecing the story together from letters, oral histories, audio recordings, and KGB documents, her research soon revealed a Holocaust-era secret.
Pair with: an Ancestry.com membership.
For the wine lover…
Corkscrewed: Adventures in New French Wine Country
by Robert V. Camuto
Robert V. Camuto’s interest in wine turned into a passion when he moved to France and began digging into local soils and cellars. Corkscrewed recounts Camuto’s journey through France’s myriad regions—and how the journey profoundly changed everything he believed about wine.
Pair with: a personalized, engraved wine glass.
For your artsy sister and her football-loving husband…
The Art of Football: The Early Game in the Golden Age of Illustration
by Michael Oriard
This collection takes modern readers back to the day when players themselves were new to the sport, and illustrators had to show the public what the new game of football was. Oriard demonstrates how artists focused on football’s dual nature as a grueling sport to be played and as a social event and spectacle to be watched.
Pair with: a favorite team’s jersey.
For the aspiring poet…
The Poetry Home Repair Manual
by Ted Kooser
Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend—a friend who is willing to share everything he’s learned about the art he’s spent a lifetime learning to execute so well.
Pair with: a box of new #2 pencils, sharpened.