Christmas Book Shopping List ... Part 3

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Books for Your Adventurous Baby Brother
As a little boy, he ran away from home at the drop of a hat, disappearing into the woods with his Irish Setter for hours and hours at a stretch and driving your parents to distraction.  He chose Dartmouth College for the simple reason that the Appalachian Trail runs right through the center of town.  Since graduation, he’s traveled to almost every country on the globe.  Your heart skips a beat every time you get one of his oddly stamped letters and you’re secretly hoping he’ll become a travel writer before too long.
He’s coming home for Christmas this year.
These are books he’ll love.

The Old Ways, A Journey on Foot
by Robert MacFarlane

The Appalachian Trail
A gorgeous volume from Rizzoli,
 with a foreward by Bill Bryson

by John O’Donohue
Because any time spent in nature calls forth the bigger questions.
This is a book with the wise answers.


Books for Your Beautiful Best Friend
There are always Casablanca lilies in the crystal vase on her piano.
  She’s been known to spend weekend mornings polishing silver
 and has never missed a  performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
  She wears her father’s old watch, her great aunt’s strand of pearls and Fracas perfume.
  A solo trip to Italy is on her calendar every May
 and her all-white rose garden is stunning in June. 
  She appreciates beauty and beautiful things. 
She’ll love these books.

The Creative Collection of American Short Stories
I spied this book last year on a table under the trees of USC at the Los Angeles Book Fair,
sitting serenely apart from all the others. 
 Such a lovely volume, with gorgeous illustrations, I knew I had to take it home with me.  
An heirloom collection to treasure and share.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
There are several new annotated editions of Jane Austen’s work that are just splendid.  
This one is most definitely on my list.

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy
Because no matter how gorgeous the movie, 
the book is always better.
I am currently reading this translation and, while I’m no Russian scholar, 
I can say it’s lyrical, powerful and clear.
A gorgeous gift.