I’m sure the majority of you, dear readers, are spending your quiet December evenings sipping hot cocoa by the fire, comforted by the knowledge that your holiday presents are wrapped, cards written and mailed, cookies baked, and lists not only made but also checked twice. For the few of you who may be a wee bit behind on the shopping, here are some suggestions for the bookish types for whom you still need gifts. All of these books were nominated by area readers for the 2014 One Read program, so they come with a local stamp of approval!
For historical fiction lovers, “The Maid’s Version” by Daniel Woodrell has particular appeal. This lyrical novel is set in Missouri, and at just 176 pages, it is a quick read – perfect for the busy holiday season.
For those who prefer their fiction quirky or offbeat, try “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. The story follows precocious eighth-grader Bee and her quest to find her missing mother – the notorious, temperamental, talented, troubled and agoraphobic Bernadette.
For readers of nonfiction, and particularly for those readers who are also writers, I recommend Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.” Patchett reflects on advice received from writing teachers and mentors and reveals the people, places and ideals that have shaped her work.
None of these titles seem quite right? Check out other nominations for One Read 2014 for more ideas.
Finally, for the young readers on your list, check out this post from DBRL Kids about the best books of 2013. Happy shopping – and reading!