Christmas lights are going up and the temperature is dropping. I love this time of year. Curling up with a book by the fire – is there anything better?
As the frantic holiday shopping begins, as you sift through sweaters at J. Crew trying to figure out which one your brother might actually wear, and rack your brain for a gift for your sweetie that’s practical but still kinda romantic, take a minute to remember the best gift of all: books!
I’m pretty proud that my employer launched a Give Books campaign this year. We even enlisted booksellers and taste makers to share their top holiday picks. It’s a cause I believe in, so here are the books I recommend wrapping up and putting under the tree:
Riveting, unpredictable, literally can’t-put-downable. Turns marriage completely inside out and switches perspectives between the wife and the husband, so appeals to men and women in equal measure. Can be devoured in a day or two.
This book will change your life. That is all.
Paris in Color
I blogged about the process of working on this title and even though it’s one of my own, I truly believe it is a gift that keeps giving. Anyone will love getting lost in these photos of Paris on a long winter’s night.
The Art of Fielding
I love baseball, and I loved college, and I love how this story is seeped in the nuances of both. I can think of so many people in my life – guys, girls, baseball fans, fans of The Secret History – who would enjoy this book.
The Year of Magical Thinking
There’s been a lot of sad news within my circle with year. Loss and illness and hard hard things. I’ve grown to understand that this is just part of life. Reading others’ perspectives on grief, love, faith, and grace can help us through these times when it’s impossible to even imagine a way through. Joan Didion’s book is one of the best (see also: Wild, above).
And what’s on my wish list? Here’s a few just in case Santa’s reading . . .