It is difficult to choose a book as a gift. Here are some recommendations.
Bookish gifts for the season
“Bookworm?” – A light laugh for book lovers, Jo Hoare’s little book makes fun of over 20 types of book lovers, from sci-fi fanatic to romance readers to “The People You Find In every book club “. It’s cute and beautifully illustrated; I recommend it to all book club members. Dog ‘n’ Bone Publishers.
“Go tell the bees I’m gone” is the just released episode of Diana Gabaldon’s beloved Outlander series. This is his first book since “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” six years ago. It’s a must-have for anyone who follows the series on TV. This book is set in the American Revolution, during which the couple are again threatened with separation in time. For aficionados, you can pair it with “Clanlands Almanac,” a road trip through Scotland by cast members Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish.
“The Lincoln Highway” is a novel for serious readers – who weren’t put off by the length and completed “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Towles is a remarkable storyteller, and in this novel he pairs brothers Emmett Watson, 18, and Billy Watson, 8. After losing their family home, they decide to travel to California and start over. This plan, however, is interrupted by fate, in the person of two escaped inmates who follow and change their travel plans. Towles is able to overlay his novels with different points of view. He produced a classic, says Jenna Bush Hagar, who selected it for her book club. It’s not a quick read, but it’s great.
“The Dutch house” is a beautiful book by Ann Patchett. Set over five decades, this will feel like a getaway in family life, and it’s very readable. “The Dutch House” has been cited for excellence by numerous literary sources, including NPR and the Washington Post, both of which named it Best Book of the Year. I found it rich in character exploration.
“The lyrics: from 1956 to the present day” is expensive but indispensable for serious Beatles fans and those who want to know the lyrics of Paul McCartney’s dual career as The Beatle and later as a solo artist with Wings. Everything is there: 154 songs, comments and photos. It is a beautiful set in two volumes. At $ 100, this can be a stretch for its recipient, making it a great gift.
“State of terror” is the product of a unique twinning between Hillary Rodham Clinton and beloved mystery writer Louise Penny. A president’s tactical decision to appoint a political enemy to his team sets off an international chess game with horrific repercussions.
“Renegades: Born in the United States” is an open conversation between two greats – rocker Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama. (We can also appreciate the ironic title.) The couple talk about life and music, and their love for the motherland. Lots of photographs, abundantly displayed with their discussion.
“Never” is Ken Follett’s latest novel, another epic / thriller set in these days. If you liked Follett’s era novels about the beginnings of civilization (“The World’s Winter”, “The Pillars of the Earth”), you can predict the wonderful handwriting and tension-laden details of this international thriller as Follett returns to a genre he has long mastered.
Club meetings, events
sterling author E. Raymond Tatten will read from “Sawyer’s regrets” and sign copies of her book during a 6:30 p.m. appearance on Dec. 2 in Sterling’s Conant Public Library. He will share the experience of writing a historical novel and self-publishing his work. He has three other novels. “Sawyer’s Regret” is a historical fiction based on the actual capture of 16-year-old Elias Sawyer in Lancaster in 1705. The Native Americans took him and his father to Canada where they used their knowledge of military operations. factory to start their own. Tatten will also be discussing “Moving Willie,” recounting his life as a 9-year-old in Lowell and central Massachusetts. Registration is required; call (978) 422-6409.
Rachel’s Book Club To Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, meets on November 29 at 12:30 p.m., and again on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. life (for better or for worse), ”said Rachel Rosengard, Deputy Director and Adult Services Librarian. Call or stop by to pre-register. The club reads ” The repetitions ” by Annette Christie. The public is welcome.
Deb Horan of Gourmet bibliophiles is hosting a poetry reading / book signing at their Webster boutique on Saturday, December 4 at 1 p.m. Joe Fusco Jr. from Worcester, with his latest collection, “Think about the pandemic during the rust years.” Contact the store at [email protected] to register. Horan said Fusco is a poet / humorist and author of three books of semi-fun poems and essays. He released “Hmm… It’s Different” in 2020.
Dec. 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., illustrator Ralph masiello presents his latest in a series, “The Unicorn Drawing Book.” He will teach young people to draw with him. Children 6 and over are recommended. Masiello has illustrated several children’s books, including “The Icky Bug Alphabet Book”, “The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book” and “The Flag We Love”.
December 2, at 6 p.m., The greatest book club of all time will discuss “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty. The SciFi Book Club discusses “Little father” by Terry Pratchett at 6:30 p.m. on December 7.
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