There’s STILL time to find a great gift for those hard-to-gift-people on your list. Remember – size does not matter, substance does, and books are the perfect fit for anyone. You don’t even have to ship them because you can simply gift them to an iPad.
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, and a Joyous New Year to all. We truly look forward to sharing more recommendations in 2014. We wish you a great year’s end full of good books and fun with friends and family. Thank you for being a part of The Book Jam in 2013 – 2014 promises to be a year full of fabulous paragraphs and plots.
But before you finish up your wrapping, wait! – here are just a few more ideas before Santa heads out with his sleigh…
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (November 2013) - We love essay collections, and this one by Ms. Patchett is truly superb. And it’s not simply about happy marriages, but about life’s trials and the wisdom that comes with age. Patchett’s writing is clear, funny, insightful and causes you to think a bit differently for a time about owning a bookstore, divorce, friendship, censorship, and life in South Carolina. We truly think this would make a thoughtful gift for mature readers on your list. ~ Lisa Cadow and Lisa Christie
For fiction lovers
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (October 2013) – When I saw this novel on a “best books of 2013″ list – a list that also included Donna Tartt and other authors whose novels tend not to become blockbuster movies, I decided to give it a read. I am so very glad that I did! Mr. Grisham is a master at plot and suspense. And, since I am a fan of the movie A Time To Kill, spending time with Jake Brigance years after the trial from that first book, felt like a mini-reunion. My recommendation? Get this for anyone you know loves to read, but for whom you don’t know what types of books they like. But, please use this next bit of advice, and before you gift Sycamore Row to someone else, read it yourself and enjoy the treasured gift of time with a page-turning story. ~ Lisa Christie
For young adults or sports fans or adults who like young adult novels and/or sports books
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (November 2013) – This is another great young adult book from Mr. Feinstein. This young adult outing is not one from his mystery series, but is about the corruption in college basketball. He definitely has an ax to grind with the NCAA and some colleges, but with this book, he does so in a good story. Reading it with your favorite sports fan or young adult could be a great way to engage in a conversation about abuse, trust and doing the right thing. ~ Lisa Christie
Poetry, or a great gift for anyone who needs a chuckle
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee (2013) – This collection is going to be a go-to gift for a while, especially for those people whose preferred reading genres are unknown. Hilarious illustrations accompany amusing poems about God and what she/he does every day (e.g. take a desk job, make dinner, ponder advice from Buddha). ~ Lisa Christie and Lisa Cadow