When it comes to choosing bookish gifts for family and friends, our local booksellers have you covered. We’ve rounded up their top picks of 2021 in this guide to holiday gifts for the special bookworm in your life.
Patti Callahan’s “He Was a Wardrobe”
Logically minded Megs was studying math at Oxford when her 8-year-old brother George fell ill. Her last wish is for her to ask the great CS Lewis where the idea for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” came from. What follows is not so much an answer as it is a journey through a big imagination. This is one of those novels that is good for anyone who enjoys the magic and wonder of storytelling.
“Les femmes de Capote” by Laurence Leamer
Author and social butterfly Truman Capote was the friend and confidante of a swarm of elite New Yorker women he called his swans. It’s the story of how and why he let his fascination with the spotlight get the better of him, and his famous unfinished autobiographical novel, “Answered Prayers”. It’s exactly the kind of fancy literary story we love to read when the nights are long and the TV gets boring.
“Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion” by Stephen W. Martin, illustrations by Dan Tavis
Meet Fluffy, an adorable kitten. So adorable, in fact, that anyone who sees her will spontaneously explode into balls of sparks and fireworks. It’s hard to make friends when no one can even look at you. In desperation, Fluffy moves to a desert island and makes a friend! This smart and original book is all about finding friends who accept you for who you are. Children will be charmed and adults will not hesitate to read it aloud over and over again.
“A Place to Hang the Moon” by Kate Albus
“A Place to Hang the Moon” is the story of three orphaned siblings who are evacuated from London during the blitz to live in the countryside with the secret hope of finding a permanent family. William, Edmund, and Anna discover enemies, friends, compassion, the most wonderful librarian of all time, and the power of books in their quest for a forever home. Like hot chocolate on a winter’s day, this book will leave the young reader in your life smiling.
“The Shared Land” by Anjali Enjeti
“The Parted Earth,” a Hub City Press title, was one of my favorite books of the year, putting a human face on a slice of history that we here in America don’t know much about if. we know nothing: the partition, which separated India from Pakistan and Hindus from Muslims. It’s a love story, a coming-of-age story, a family identity story – and it’s just beautiful.
“The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
On the subject of difficult history, Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “The 1619 Project” expands New York Times Magazine’s award-winning series into a book exploring the ways in which the legacy of slavery continues to take a heavy toll on people. Africans. Americans. I listened to the podcast version of his original series and was looking forward to this book.
Anthony Doerr’s “Cloud Cuckoo Land”
Anthony Doerr’s new book is expansive, ambitious, and beautiful, with interwoven storylines set in the 15th century in Constantinople, present-day Idaho, and in an interstellar spaceship. Tying these disparate threads together is the love of books and the written word, and Doerr’s knack for creating complicated yet likable characters is again on display here, as was the case in his Pulitzer Prize winner ‘All the Light. that we cannot see ”.
“Welcome to Dunder Mifflin” by Ben Silverman and Brian Baumgartner
For fun, The Office fans will love digging into “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office”. Cast, creators, and crew talk about character creation, story arc development, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and more. Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin on the series, and Ben Silverman, a producer, have conducted hundreds of interviews with everyone connected with the series to provide fans with this delicious guide to the beloved TV show.