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…
For non fiction readers
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
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Luckily for anyone still looking for great books to give to friends and family this holiday season, our 2013 holiday gift themed Pages in the Pubs continued in Hardwick, Vermont on December 3rd.
Once again, our goals were to uncover great gifts for our readers, raise money for libraries (this time, Jeudevine Memorial Library), increase sales for superb independent bookstores (Galaxy Bookshop), and gather a community of book-lovers together, bringing business to a local restaurant (Claire’s). Once again, the list the presenters came up with is eclectic, and full of superb ideas for giving.
This post lists all 21 books that at least one of the four Hardwick presenters picked as a superb holiday gift. Each has a special six word review written by the presenter. Their selections are linked to the Galaxy Bookshop’s web site where you can learn more about their picks and order your selections. Our Hardwick presenters included:
- Jerry Schneider – Jerry was born and raised a few miles from “Winesburg”, Ohio and taught English a few years before heading to Montana. He is a children’s librarian/educator in schools. In summers does nature programs in libraries. He is working on a YA novel about a father, son, and baseball.
- Lisa Sammet – Lisa is the Library Director at the Jeudevine Memorial Library in Hardwick. She’s been a librarian, youth librarian, English teacher, farmer, and Peace Corps volunteer. She also has been a professional storyteller performing in schools and libraries for over 30 years.
- Linda Ramsdell – Linda opened The Galaxy Bookshop in 1988 and has enjoyed opening boxes of books and putting them in the hands of readers ever since. Linda considers herself extraordinarily fortunate to have spent half of her life in a place where books, people, ideas and imagination meet.
- Lisa Christie – Lisa is the co-founder/co-blogger for the Book Jam Blog. In previous times, she was the founder and Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Vermont and USA, literacy programs that help children love books. She currently works as a non-profit consultant/independent bookseller.
Have fun looking at the selections. We truly hope you enjoy getting some holiday shopping accomplished from the comfort of your computer/iPad/cell-phone (you can download from the link), or from an in-person visit to your local independent bookstore. Enjoy!
MEMOIR FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH OTHERS’ EXPERIENCES
End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe. Selected by Lisa S. – As mother dies, she and son read.
NON-FICTION/REFERENCE BOOK/POETRY: FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO THINK AND CHAT WHILE SITTING BY THE WOOD STOVE
Maps by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinska. Selected by Lisa C. - The world unfolds through fun illustrations.
Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by D. J. Brown. Selected by Linda – Gripping and inspiring window to a world and time.
50 Foods by Edward Behr. Selected by Linda – Opinionated culinary guide with fun illustrations.
ADULT FICTION: FOR A MAN WHO HAS ENOUGH TECH TOYS BUT NOT ENOUGH GOOD FICTION
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. Selected by Jerry - Classic glimpses of small town lives.
Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Selected by Lisa S. – Two friends. Iraq War. Poetic. Tragic.
Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver. Selected by Jerry - Shows why Carver is the best!
ADULT FICTION: FOR A WOMAN WHO ONLY HAS TIME FOR THE BEST FICTION
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Selected by Lisa S. - Follows friends from camp. They mature.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Selected by Lisa C. - Not Eat Pray Love. Just great fiction.
Bitter Almonds by Cosse. Selected by Lisa C. – French woman tutors. Immigrant teaches. Sparse.
ADULT FICTION FOR ANYONE
11/22/63 by Stephen King. Selected by Jerry – Can Jake alter events around JFK?
Transatlantic by Colum McCann. Selected by Linda - Spectacular storytelling, expansive scope, real and imagined.
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen. Selected by Linda - Pure laugh out loud fun.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION: FOR TEENS & TWEENS AND THE ADULTS WHO LOVE THEM
The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. Selected by Lisa S - Time Travel, Mystery, Adventure and romance.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Selected by Jerry - Can classmates get beyond extraordinary face?
BOOKS FOR YOUNGSTERS: THOSE BEYOND TONKA TRUCKS & TEA PARTIES, BUT NOT YET READY FOR TEEN TOPICS
Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill. Selected by Lisa C. – For Little House Fans. Gold Rush.
True Colors by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. Selected by Linda - Heartwarming, historic, memorable characters & mystery.
PICTURE BOOKS: FOR FAMILIES TO READ TOGETHER DURING SNOW STORMS
The Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert. Selected by Linda - Horses! Reindeer! Travel with Anja. Magical.
Journey by Aaron Becker. Selected by Jerry - Red marker, imagination, & her spectacular journey!
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Tom Lichtenheld. Selected by Lisa S. - For littles who love machines & need sleep!
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Selected by Lisa C. - Crayons protest. Readers laugh. Great gift!
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On a chilly November evening one week before Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, readers from Norwich, Vermont gathered to hear about some superb new books to give this holiday season (even if only to give to oneself).
This evening was the latest outing of the Book Jam’s live event – “Pages in the Pub”. This event is designed to bring together independent booksellers, literary bloggers, public librarians, and book lovers for an evening of talking about great titles. This time, we gathered at the Norwich Inn, sipped drinks, and turned pages, all with the goal of raising money for the Norwich Public Library. This time we focused on GREAT books for holiday gift giving. Because of everyone’s efforts, a few people completed their holiday shopping during the event, and most got a good start on checking off their lists. And, we raised over $1,000 for our superb local library while increasing sales for our treasured independent bookstore.
This post lists all twenty books discussed during the evening, each with its special six word review written by the presenter. (Yes, we again limited the presenters to six words so we would not run out of room in this post, and they creatively rose to the challenge.) Each of their selections is linked to the Norwich Bookstore’s web site where you can learn more about their picks and order your selections. You’ll also notice that the selections are divided into rather specific categories to make browsing easier. Have fun looking, and enjoy getting some holiday shopping accomplished early from the comfort of your computer/iPad/cell-phone.
Our superb presenters included:
- Lucinda Walker – Lucinda has been the Director of the Norwich Public Library for 11 ½ happy years. Her journey to librarianship began at the Windsor Public Library, where she spent many a long Saturday afternoon in their children’s room. When she’s not wrangling 7th graders at NPL, she loves skiing, making chocolate chip cookies and dancing with her family.
- Penny McConnel – Penny has been selling books for 30 years and cannot imagine doing anything else. She lives in Norwich with her husband Jim, a retired dentist. When not reading or selling books, Penny can be found cooking, in her garden, singing and for two months in the winter enjoying life with Jim in California.
- Stephanie McCaull – Stephanie’s most recent reincarnation is a book-devouring, nature-loving, dinner-making, stay-at-home, but rarely-at-home-mom to two kids and two dogs, but with a husband Philip to help. She lives in Norwich and loves daily crosswords, monitoring peregrine falcons and endless walks in the woods.
- Lisa Christie – Lisa is the co-founder/co-blogger for the Book Jam Blog. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Vermont and Everybody Wins! USA, literacy programs that help children love books. She currently works as a blogger, non-profit consultant and occasional bookseller. She lives in Norwich with her husband Chris, two sons & a very large dog.
- Lisa Cadow – Lisa, co-founder and co-blogger of The Book Jam was our emcee for the evening. She is also the founder of Vermont Crepe & Waffle and the food blog Fork on the Road. She works as a health coach for Dartmouth Health Connect. She lives in Norwich with her husband, three teens, three cats and an energetic border collie.
COOKBOOKS: FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO COOK UP A CULINARY SNOW STORM
Dinner: A love story by Jenny Rosenstrach. Selected by Stephanie - “Go-to” recipes +humorous narration = family winner.
Notes From The Larder by Nigel Slater. Selected by Penny - Readable Cook Drool Eat Classy Creative.
NON-FICTION/REFERENCE BOOK/POETRY: FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO THINK AND CHAT WHILE SITTING BY THE WOOD STOVE
Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley. Selected by Lucinda - An essential for all book lovers.
One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson. Selected by Penny - Aviation, Politics, Baseball, Weather, History, Geology.
Maps by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinska. Selected by Penny - Beautiful. Children, adults explore illustrated geography.
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Selected by Stephanie - Poetry. Dogs. Love. Perfect for gifting.
Shakespeare’s Restless World by Neil MacGregor. Selected by Lisa - Museum Director explains Elizabethan objects. Insightful.
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylander. Selected by Lisa - Great illustrations. Funny, yet reverent. Gift!
ADULT FICTION: FOR A WOMAN WHO ONLY HAS TIME FOR THE BEST FICTION
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Selected by Lucinda - She’s born. Lives. Dies. Lives. Ectera.
Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth GIlbert. Selected by Penny - Desire, Adventure, Compelling, Botany, 18th Century.
ADULT FICTION: FOR A MAN WHO HAS ENOUGH TECH, BUT NOT ENOUGH GOOD FICTION
Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Selected by Lucinda - Suspenseful mystery surrounds a reclusive director.
Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd. Selected by Lisa - It’s Bond. Read it. Have Fun.
Transatlantic by Colum McCann. Selected by Penny - Historic fiction. Ireland. Didn’t want to end.
ADULT FICTION FOR ANYONE
Benediction by Kent Haruf. Selected by Lisa - Slow-paced. Gorgeous prose. Great characters.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Selected by Stephanie - Lagos-NJ-London. Savvy immigrant perspective. Surprising. Engrossing.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. Selected by Lucinda – Coming-of-age & quirky. Highly entertaining!
PICTURE BOOKS: FOR FAMILIES TO READ TOGETHER DURING SNOW STORMS
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Selected by Stephanie – Crayons creatively air grievances. Giggles abound.
BOOKS FOR YOUNGSTERS (AGES 8-12): THOSE BEYOND TONKA TRUCKS & TEA PARTIES BUT NOT YET READY FOR TEEN TOPICS
Wonder by RJ Palacio. Selected by Stephanie - Ordinary inside/extraordinary outside. Inspiring. Real.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION — FOR TEENS /TWEENS AND THE ADULTS WHO LOVE THEM
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Selected by Lucinda – It’s 1986. Misfits, comics & love.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. Selected by Lisa - WWII Women Pilots. Concentration Camp. Important.
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On a chilly October evening at the end of a lovely fall foliage season, readers from Woodstock
gathered to hear about some superb books they should add to their autumnal reading list.
This evening was the latest outing of the Book Jam’s live event – “Pages in the Pub”. This event is designed to bring together independent booksellers, literary bloggers, public librarians, and book lovers for an evening of talking about great titles. This time, we gathered at Woodstock’s Bentley’s Restaurant, sipped drinks, and turned pages, all with the goal of raising money for Vermont public libraries, including Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library.
Below is a list of all sixteen books discussed during the evening along with its own special six word review written by the presenter. (Yes, we limited the presenters to six words so we would not run out of room in this post, and they creatively rose to the challenge.) Each of their selections is linked to INDIEbound where you can learn more about their picks. You’ll also notice that the selections are divided into rather specific categories to make browsing easier. Our superb presenters included:
- Kathy Beaird - A librarian in schools and public settings for more than 20 years and a lover of books for 60.
- Carol Boerner – A retired eye surgeon, reinvented with Vermont Facial Aesthetics – a cosmetic beauty business.
- Lisa Cadow – Founder of Vermont Crepe & Waffle, a food cart and caterer and co-founder/blogger of the Book Jam.
- Julia MacDonald – She can almost always be found with her nose in a book or making chocolate chip cookies.
These four women persuaded audience members to purchase 78 books, raising over $700 for Vermont libraries, and helping Yankee Bookshop sales. And now, their selections:
Adult Fiction: For women who only have time for the best
Little Island by Katharine Britton, selected by Julia - Secrets create the landscape of lives.
We are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, selected by Lisa - Humans. Chimps. Different Kinds of Family.
Adult fiction: For men who have enough electronic gadgets, but not enough good fiction to put in them
Hour of the Red God: A Detective Mollel Novel by Richard Crompton, selected by Julia - Maasai detective-exciting plot-dangerous Nairobi.
Adult Fiction: For ANYONE who loves fiction
Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, selected by Kathy - War story told with hopeful heart.
Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser, selected by Lisa - Starting over midlife. Taking Chances. Love?
Memoir / Biography: For people who enjoy living vicariously thru other people’s memories/adventures
Road to Burgundy: The unlikely story of an American making wine and a new life in France by Ray Walker, selected by Julia - A full-bodied armchair travel book.
Mud Season by Ellen Stimson, selected by Kathy - LOL comedy of flatlander mistakes. Hilarious!
Memoirs with a food angle: For the foodies out there
The Telling Room: A tale of love, betrayal, revenge and the world’s greatest piece of cheese by Michael Paterniti, selected by Lisa - Magical cheese. Obsession. Spain. Fine Storytelling.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A memoir of food and longing by Anya von Bremzen, selected by Carol – Charming. Poignant. Horrifying. Personal. MUST READ.
Cookbooks: For people looking for culinary inspirations
Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes: Over 100 recipes from the world’s greatest food regions by Jamie Oliver, selected by Carol - Culinary travelogue. Sophisticated recipes. Endearing style.
The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian recipes for a new generation by Mollie Katzen, selected by Kathy - Enchanted Broccoli Forest all grown up.
Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 most requested, naturally delicious recipes from one of America’s best loved restaurants by The Moosewood Collective, selected by Lisa - Veggies, veggies everywhere. Prepare deliciously every day.
Coffee table books or literary gifts: For all your favorite hosts/hostesses/co-workers
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard Betts, selected by Carol - Novel. Serious. Instructive. FUN. Great gift.
Picture Books: For families to read together on cozy fall days
Journey by Aaron Becker, selected by Julia - Lonely Girl, red marker adventure, stunning!
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, selected by Carol - Charming. Family fun. Exquisite illustrations. Wordless!
The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney, selected by Kathy - Every page a work of art.
The Book Jam would also like to thank the Vermont Community Foundation for making it possible to take Pages in the Pub to Woodstock.
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Autumn means that the easy meals of summer — from vegetable gardens and farmers markets — are no longer our go-to options. It also means that families with young children are a wee bit busy with school, hockey, driver’s ed, basketball, soccer tournaments, homework, art classes and ballet and well, laundry. The word we’re hearing in our tiny New England town is that many of us are a bit tired of our tried and true recipes. With this in mind, we searched for some “new to us” cookbooks, and have two to recommend to add some variety and ease to your autumnal meals. (We also included a well-crafted mystery to read while your soups simmer and your veggies roast.)
Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 Most-Requested Delicious Recipes From One of America’s Best-Loved Restaurants. By The Moosewood Collective (2013). If you haven’t yet been able to make a pilgrimage to one of the most beloved vegetarian landmarks in the country, then you can satisfy yourself with the newest compilation of recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. This cookbook is full of vegetable-based inspirations to fill a kitchen for years. You won’t find a lot of cutting-edge fare in this collection but what you will find is honest-to-goodness dishes that will remind you all that can be done with the bounty of the plant kingdom with ingredients you are likely to have on hand. Recipes for Classic Gado Gado, Peruvian Quinoa and Vegetable Salad, Moosewood’s Classic Tofu Burgers, Kasha and Mushroom Pilaf, and oodles of vegetable stuffed pitas grace these colorful pages. And since most of us are lucky enough to have at least a handful vegetarians and vegans in our lives, this books is helpful to have on hand to feed, satisfy, and to continue to surprise these lovable folks with satisfying dishes. A great gift for the holiday season. ~Lisa Cadow
Soupesoup by Caroline Dumas (2010/2012 English translation) – While in Quebec last week, I was amazed by the food (and kept trying to ascertain where Louise Penny’s fictional town of Three Pines would be placed). In one of the many cafes we visited, I commented to my husband that we needed a better repertoire of delicious, nutritious and quick-to-prepare meals to serve during that too brief interval between the end of hockey practices and the beginning of homework. Then, in a wonderful moment of “ask and you shall receive”, I found a superb road map for nutritious and memorable meals when pressed for time – Soupesoup by Ms. Dumas. This book has pages of delicious looking soups and sides, almost all requiring ten or fewer ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. (The sweet potato soup required two ingredients, with two optional garnishes, and was a hit in our house.) Ms. Dumas, a renowned Montreal restaurateur, grew up in a rural Quebec town, and her book is filled with French cooking – personalized and simplified by her unique experiences. As Ms. Dumas states in the introduction, because she acquired a sense of urgency in the kitchen from working as a canteen cook on movie sets, she tends to “cook with spontaneity, moving around the kitchen quickly, often surprising myself with the results”. I look forward to putting her recipes to the important “I don’t have much time to produce good food” test all winter long. ~ Lisa Christie (NOTE – it appears this title may be hard to find in the USA. We will keep searching for an independent source.)
And now a book to keep you occupied, but not too distracted, as you wait for things to cook. Since we already referenced Louise Penny in this post, we are reviewing her latest as this post’s fiction pick.
How the Light Gets In by Louise, Penny (August 2013) – In this outing, Ms. Penny ties up (in very satisfying ways) most of the loose and lingering ends from the past four or five Gamache mysteries. We think this is one of the best books in her series, and look forward to seeing where this series goes now that so many characters are ready to move on from their past misdeeds.
Posted in Food Lovers, Two Peas in a Pod: Similar Themes | Tagged Caroline Dumas, How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny, Montreal, Moosewood, Moosewood Collective, Moosewood Restaurant Favorites, Soupesoup, Three Pines | 3 Comments »