For Your Hipster Brother
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, this graphic novel features different interpretations of the Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.
A look at the man, the myth, and the magic that is SHATNER! I also love how you can use his name as a noun, verb, adverb, or adjective now.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons: One Woman’s Quest to Trade Self-Help to Elf-Help by Shelly Mazanoble
Drawn upon the wizard-y wisdom of the author as she shares her epic struggles with relationships, spirituality, family and other real-world issues, armed with insights gained from playing D&D.
For Your Dad
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan
Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself.
I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby
In this hilarious new collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wacky and wonderful insights in to the human condition that are sure to become classics.
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
Four major challenges confront America: globalization, the nation’s chronic deficits, information technology advances, and intensifying problems in energy consumption. Fortunately, influential New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum don’t just offer a diagnosis; they prescribe treatments. This thoughtful, readable analysis of our present situation describes how political factionalism and mindless hedonism have undermined our ability to respond to crises that will loom ever more ominously in the coming decades.
For Your Mom
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
It could be a fairy tale: a young German princess from a small principality is swept from obscurity to marry the heir to the Russian throne. Pulitzer Prize winner Massie writes a biography that reveals Catherine the individual as well as Catherine the empress.
Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Listen to her interview on NPR’s Morning Edition here.
Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes, and Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion and Living by Natalie Chanin
Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, takes readers on a compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration. Picking up where the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book left off, Alabama Studio Style is a craft and lifestyle book all in one.
For Your Foodie Aunt
The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle
“A must-have cookbook for backyard gardeners and farmers’ market aficionados alike.” – Taste of the South magazine
Castle aims to make “what’s in season” the answer to “what’s for dinner?” This timely cookbook, with over 300 dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals made possible by the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and most of the rest of the nation as well.
A top “10 Must-Read Fall Books for Food Lovers.” – Zagat.com
A southern Renaissance man, Eugene Walter (1921-98) was a pioneering food writer, a champion of southern foodways and culture, and a legendary personality among food lovers. This charming book introduces a new generation of readers to Walter’s culinary legacy, and is a revelation to anyone interested in today’s booming scene in vintage and artisanal drinks–from bourbon and juleps to champagne and punch–and a southern twist on America’s culinary heritage.
For The Animal Lover
Roam by Alan Lazar
Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity, but Katey’s devotion to Nelson buoys the pup even as he worries his home may be falling apart. But one day he follows his nose and gets lost – very lost. Over the course of eight years, Roam follows Nelson as he crosses the country searching for his family. Escaping death in a shelter, Nelson grows into an old dog with a cynical eye and a world-weary demeanor, but underneath it all, a fearless and courageous spirit. After all, he believes that one day he’ll make it home . . . and maybe, just maybe, he will.
Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself by Julie Klam
Klam focuses here on dog rescue, and its healing power not only for the dogs who are cared for and able to find good homes, but also for the people who bond with these animals. Klam became involved with rescue after years as an owner of purebred dogs. Along the way, she has collected stories from friends who have also found that guiding dogs to nurturing homes made their own lives richer.
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