If you are scrambling to buy those last-minute holiday gifts and have some bookish types on your list, here are some suggestions for a variety of reading tastes. All of these books were nominated by local folks for our community-wide reading program, One Read, which means that they are generally thought to appeal to a diverse and cross-generational audience and address thought-provoking themes.
- For the memoir lover on your list, try Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” which tells of the author’s somewhat ill-conceived but ultimately transformative solo hike on the Appalachian Trail.
- Historical fiction fan? Give “A Good American” by Alex George. The author is from Great Britain, but he now calls Mid-Missouri home and set his epic novel in the Show-Me State!
- Nonfiction reader or film buff? Check out “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood” by Mark Harris. Named one of the best books of the decade by Salon.com, it explores the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 and how they reflect the cultural transformation not only of film, but also of America itself.
- Readers of literary fiction should love the gorgeous prose and coming-of-age tale in “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje.
For the youngsters on your list, check out gift recommendations from DBRL Kids. Happy reading! (And gifting!)