Is there a book you hope to unwrap this holiday season? A book you’d like someone to give you? Would you like to give some books as gifts but aren’t sure what the best titles are?
Here are some recommendations from the Library Staff. Most titles are available in ebook as well as traditional book form.
Outstanding books by two of our leading writers:
Canada, by Richard Ford
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, which just won the National Book Award.
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a first novel written by an Iraq war veteran
Alice Bliss, by Laura Harrington, about a teenage girl coming of age on the home-front, is now in paperback
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? a quirky book, written in emails, faxes, and memos, by Maria Semple, creator of the TV show, Arrested Development.
For those who enjoy mystery and suspense:
The Beautiful Mystery, book 8 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, set in Quebec, by Louise Penney
The Fallen Angel, by Daniel Silva, espionage in a Vatican setting
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane, the second book in his Boston-based
historical novel series
Chronicles of Downton Abbey: a new era by Jessica Fellowes, for those anxiously awaiting Season Four of the series
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by John Meacham, a biography of our third President
Life in Color by Susan Hitchcock, a book of photographs from National Geographic
The 20th Century in Poetry, Edited by Michael Hulse and Simon Rae
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs a delightful compendium of essays, stories, drawings, and cartoons, about man’s best friend
Two books about books;
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe: mother and son read and discuss the same books, while she is undergoing chemotherapy.
My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount:one hundred leading cultural figures talk about which books matter most to them; includes lovely illustrations
Books about Food -- always welcome gifts:
Epicurious Cookbook by Tanya Steel
Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
And two memoirs about growing up in families that own restaurants:
Charlotte au Chocolat, by Charlotte Silver
Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl
For Children and Teens, our Youth Services Librarian, Emma Weiler,
Picture Books So many to choose from every year– where to start? Here’s an assortment that will appeal to many children
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer
Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin featuring Pearl and her older sister, Lexie
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson – about Maya, a new girl, no one wants to play with
Who Could it Be at This Hour? By Lemony Snicket, author of the Unfortunate Incident series
Children’s Graphic Novels –a format that keeps growing in popularity
Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman- a debut novel that’s getting a lot of attention
Kill Order by James Dashner-a prequel to his Maze Runner series
Reached by Allie Condie-the final book in a trilogy
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan-a graphic novel by a well-known artist
Would you like ideas? Visit the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012
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