12 December 2008

Top book picks for the season

My friends at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino CA put together a quick list of "top gift picks" and presented it in person to shoppers the other night, along with timed 30-second presentations about each book. The list follows, and if you search the comments, you may find some of those 30 second recommendations here, too. Buona Festa!


The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Cobra in the Barn by Tom Cotter

Vet Tails by Charlie Freed
Red Bird by Mary Oliver
Not Yet Drown’d by Peg Kingman
Beautiful Engagements Calendars from Paperblanks
Testimony by Anita Shreve

The Early Mendocino Coast by Katy Tahja
Mendocino by Janet Ashford
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

How To Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons
Everyday Survival or Deep Survival
by Laurence Gonzales
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Gallop and Swing by Rufus Butler Seder
It’s Time to Sleep My Love by Nancy Tillman
There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz
The Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm
The 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan et al
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Slam by Nick Hornby

1 comment:

Christie Olson Day said...

Here's what I loved about a few of the gift picks Tony mentions --

Outliers: I couldn't stop reading it and can't stop thinking about it. Gladwell's insight into the data behind the stories of success makes for irresistible reading -- and will change the way you look at the world. I've been calling this "literary cocaine" because it's stimulating, it's highly addictive, and it will keep you up all night.

Graceling: This first-time author has created a fierce, strong heroine, a sensitive, modern-minded hero, and a smokin' hot romance between them! Add suspense, humor, and thought-provoking superpowers, and it's a great read for teens and adults, too. Fans of Stephenie Meyer will LOVE this.

Not Yet Drown'd: Jane Austen goes to sea! This Northern California author's wit reminded me of Austen, anyway. The book features a young Scottish widow traveling by ship to India in search of her missing twin brother, presumed dead by drowning. There's a mystery involving tea, opium, and bagpipe music, plus a sensitively drawn romance. And yet it's literary, so you don't hate yourself in the morning.

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