Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Perfect Gift 2

There is a book out there for everyone on your list and Porter Square Books has gift ideas for every baffling family member and idiosyncratic friend.

For someone interested in a different perspective on London during WWII: The Night Watch(novel), by Sarah Waters

For the Foodie who doesn't really cook: A Day at elBulli by Ferran Adria is a cookbook of sorts that is more an exploration of a creative genius.

For the young intellectual: A Fraction of the Whole (novel) by Steve Toltz is the story told by twenty-year-old Jasper Dean about his infamous family and his own struggles with self-awareness.

For the Friend Who Spends All Day in a Cubicle: Then We Came to the End (novel) by Joshua Ferris is a funny (like The Office) intelligent novel about what it means to work all day without making anything real.

For the middle school (and up) aged boys who may not be that fond of reading: Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl. These are short stories with Dahl's usual little twists of humor and darkness. One of the stories "Lamb to the Slaughter" was made into a short film by Alfred Hitchcock and is available on DVD.
Anne M.

For the history buff or general non-fiction reader: Brave Companions by David McCullough. This book contains essays on a wide range of people and is, as so many of McCullough's books are, as readable as a great fiction book. Not as daunting and more affordable than the two or three inch thick hardcover you were thinking of buying!
Anne M

For someone about to be stuck on a plane for eight hours: The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, and How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper. All well written, fast paced, and funny. Tropper's writing is in the same vein as Tom Perrotta.
Anne M.

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