December 18, 2012
Gift Guide 4: READ!
This is going to be quick and unglamorous. Here are some great books, still available from Amazon for delivery before Christmas!
When I Heard the Learned Astronomer, poem by Walt Whitman, illustrated by Loren Long
The Birds of Bethlehem, by Tomie de Paola
The Loud Book, by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska*
Bear Has a Story to Tell, by Phillip Stead
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke
* It honestly wasn't a great year for children's books this year. When my favorite book (The Loud Book) was a sequel, you know we're in trouble. For my favorite Children's Christmas books: click here. Also here is my "Essential Starter library" for girls and boys, which is chock full of great gifts.
Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Editors of Phaidon Press
Jerusalem: A Cookbook, Yotan Ottolenghi
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perlman (I may be the only foodie in the world who is not the hugest fan of Deb Perlman, but this book is just stunning, and well worth purchasing.)
Dinner: A Love Story, by Jenny Rosenstrach
Coincidentally, by Fr. George Rutler
When I was a Child I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson
Bad Religion, by Ross Douthat (not the most fun Christmas gift, admittedly)
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz
Bringing Nature Home, by Ngoc Mihn Ngo
Idylls and Rambles, Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
FICTION + POETRY
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Albert Campion Mysteries by Margery Allingham
Sinners Welcome, by Mary Karr
Anterooms: New Poems and Translations, by Richard Wilbur
The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh
Related: 2012 Gift Guides, 2011 Gift Guides, Cookbooks, Literature. And for DC Residents: Last Minute Shopping in DC/VA