So.  Last week I went to a book signing featuring Julia Glass.  She was lovely and funny and professional and I came home with a signed copy of The Widower’s Tale. (That means I won’t be lending it out.  Sorry.  No, don’t look at me like that. Go get your own.)

Anyhow, the bookstore was packed.  I was early, but still the only seats available were pretty much front row, so that’s where I sat for 15 minutes, nose to nose with all the books on display.  It was like being a sugar junkie in a candy store. (Oh, wait, that’s me too!) I want them alllllll.  Instead, I’m going to give them as gifts. (Mostly.)  The ones tempting me the most are:

  • Life, by Keith Richards and James Fox (I know Keith doesn’t actually need my money, so I may wait for the library copy for me, but I have a relative or two that would love this.)
  • Worth Dying For, by Lee Child
  • Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories, by Aryn Kyle
  • As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, by Joan Reardon
  • The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of A Well-Known Namedropper by Dominick Dunne (this one came out a decade ago, but since Mr. Dunne died this past year, I’m feeling nostalgic)

I love giving books as gifts, and like to find one for every occasion.  (My uncle just got inducted into a local sports hall of fame, and wound up with Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger.  I thought it was kind of perfect, him being a football coach and all.)  If you like giving books too, this link from MotherReader offers 105 creative ways to do just that.  Happy Gifting!  (And happy reading, too.)

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Liz Michalski


  1. Jan O'Hara of Tartitude on December 9, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I love giving books! In my house, no matter what the main gifts are, Santa always leaves 1 or 2 books in each stocking. I’d estimate about 50% of the money I spend is at our bookstore.

    • liz on December 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      Yep, me too. (And somehow a few books for me always manage to slip into the basket, too!)

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