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2010 Holiday Gift Giving (Click to Listen) or download http://www.box.net/files#/files/0/item/f_662874425/1/f_662874425 now.

Happy Holidays to our listeners. Blessed are the readers, as they say (or maybe that’s just what we say!).

We keep hearing from people who need gift ideas  – for office mates, for birthdays, winter solstice celebrations, for the first snow, for host/hostess gifts or just because.To help those of you searching for that perfect gift of a book, we have some ideas. Even if it’s the last minute you should still be able to find these titles at your local bookstore.

First, two cookbooks:

The perfect book and cookie for everyone on your list

The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 by Gourmet Magazine. Beautiful graphics, some great history of american cooking and life.  Good recipes that yield delicious cookies.  And these in turn could become superb gifts. A nice cycle heh?

Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan – This master of the French Table provides recipes that inspire and allow you to enjoy one delicious meal after another.  Yes, it is French cooking. But it has a modern slant and tells you what the French are eating today – both at home and in restaurants.

Then some non fiction.

Always Entertaining, Julia Child

As Always Julia: The letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto — a collection of 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent.  The letters show a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women. They also illustrate the often challenging process of creating Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We recommend reading this, cooking a good french meal from Around the French Table and then watching Julie and Julia.

Now for some fiction.

Vida by Patricia Engel – a collection of related short stories about a Colombian-American woman who grows up in New Jersey as the daughter of Colombian immigrants.  The characters who inhabit these stories will move you and stay with you long after you close the book. This book is reminescent of Lahiri’s collections, but stands well on its own with a firmly Latin flavor.

We now have two picture books for kids and the adults who love them

Shhhhhhh…..It’s bedtime

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska – This book explores the different kinds of quiet with kind words and amazing illustrations.  Could calm the most frazzled holiday shopper and many many children. A great going to bed book.

Alfie Runs Away by Ken Cadow – This is a lovely story of a boy who runs away to home with a little help from his mother.

Now, one for chapter book readers (or those who are reading to chapter book readers).

Danger Box by Blue Balliet – A great old fashioned adventure story set in modern day Michigan. This tale incorporates an engaging mystery, small town life, surviving today’s recession, life with disabilities, growing up with beloved grandparents, finding friends and Darwin. Yes, it manages all that!

Other books we thought of but did not mention during the podcast.


Room: A novel by Emma Donoghue – A stunning novel about survival.  Despite a disturbing concept – a boy and his mother are held hostage in a room, it remains uplifting – Lisa LC promises.

Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong – Great fiction for anyone needing a well written book that leaves you feeling good at the end.

Non fiction

Spoon Fed: How eight cooks saved my life by Kim Severson – You will love the time you spend with Ms. Severson.

Chapter books

The 68 Rooms by Marianne Malone – A superb story reminiscent of The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler.

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Listen Now to Ken Cadow on the Book Jam

Another first-time author and Vermont resident, Ken Cadow, joins us to kick off the Book Jam for the month of May (full disclosure: Ken is Lisa LC’s husband). His new book Alfie Runs Away , published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is a gem for the read-aloud-crowd and looks at the age-old subject of running away. Cadow’s story, however, offers up a twist on the theme: Alfie’s mom actually helps him to pack his bag!

A little girl looses her tooth and goes around the block. Or is it around the world?

But “Alfie” is not the focus of our discussion. Instead, we talk about the books that Cadow would pack  if he were to run away – both as a little boy and now, as a writer of children’s books who’s all grown-up.  Where the Wild Things Are was his earliest favorite story (his local librarian even had a copy reserved just for him!) and would be the first in his suitcase. Next would  be the works of Peter Sis
(MadlenkaTibet Through the Red Box, and The Wall:Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain) as “every page” he observes, “is like walking through a mural.”

A story of creating one's own family

Cadow’s bag wouldn’t be complete without the Chronicles of Narnia or the works of E.B. White.  He particularly “appreciates E.B. White’s sense of place” and his “awareness of the cycle of life and death.”  One Man’s Meat: A Book of Collected Essays is one of White’s books that Cadow rereads annually. As is The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell with “decorations” (and not illustrations, mind you) by Maurice Sendak). This enchanting story, one Cadow has read to his own children countless times, tells the tale of a lonely hunter who lives on an island who creates his own family from a mermaid, a bear, a lynx and a finally, a baby.

And Cadow “wows” the Lisas with a little know piece of Tolkein knowledge from the Lord of the Rings. Listen all the way to the end of this episode, and you’ll even hear some unedited, encouraging words from J Lisa C (she’s nice and funny even when she thinks the tape is turned off!).

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