Librarians give – and get – a lot of books this time of year. Seeing that familiar shape surrounded by festive wrapping is a special thrill. Sure, we know it is a book, but what book? We recently shared some ideas on how to choose good books for your loved ones. Now here are some titles we’re especially excited to be giving – or receiving – this year.
Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. An uncommon look at a seemingly common bird, this is narrative nonfiction at its best. And, yes, Mozart had a pet starling. So did Haupt. From the Seattle author who brought you Crow Planet. – Linda
Pie & Whiskey edited by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon. These two Spokane authors have been hosting spirited literary events inspiring northwest authors to write poems, stories, and essays under the influence of butter and booze. The resulting anthology is funny, wise, insightful, irreverent — and handy. Fits in a (large) stocking! – Linda
American Cake by Anne Byrn. In 115 recipes Bryn charts the history of America in cakes, from colonial America to present day. This is great for the baker who likes a project, and will relish trying recipes from every era; and also for the amateur baker-historian, who loves a recipe with a story. – Andrea
American Housewife by Helen Ellis. This is a stocking-stuffer-sized book of snark. In 12 short stories Ellis gives the reader a book group with an unexpected price for entry; celebrity treasure hunters; and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line. Give to the reader in your life who likes a little bit of darkness with their humor. – Andrea
Soucouyant by David Chariandy. A son returns home to his mother who has been living with dementia. He comes back to make peace with the demons of his family’s life and reveal what’s been lost before it’s too late. Stories of her life in the Caribbean flash throughout. Folklore and remedies, an immigrant’s story. – Kara
A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher. Alma recently adopts her nephew Loren and just as quickly he gets kidnapped. Although devastation takes over the aunt’s life, everything is not as it seems. The connections the author uses to unite characters while they are separated from each other was beautiful and magical. – Kara
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson. This is the perfect book of essays for readers wanting to learn more about race in America, challenge their notions of whiteness and the role that they can play in being a part of change. – Misha
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. This memoir in reading is the perfect gift for the book-lovers in your life. It will give them loads of suggestions and remind them of the power of reading. – Misha
Arbitrary Stupid Goal, by Tamara Shopsin. Even the most jaded reader will be tempted by the title of this delightful memoir, set amidst the glorious chaos and inefficiency of Greenwich Village in the 1970s, and filled with cockeyed wisdom about cherishing the moment, and finding ecstasy in the everyday. – David
Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies, by Andrew DeGraff. There are some gifts that are for the whole party: irresistible picture books that get passed from hand to hand, and provide special respite for introverted bookworms among us. This is one of those: thoughtful, clever, amusing and riveting. – David
For even more gift ideas, check out our full list here.
– posted by David W.