Christmas (book) Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list this year?  Look no further!  I have quite a few people on my Christmas list this year that will be receiving books.  There is a book out there this year that is perfect for everyone, something funny, something beautiful, something delicious, and definitely some page turners!

9780385349345_p0_v2_s260x420Have a comedian on your list?  Check out Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire.  This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.  Lemire is the individual behind the dog shaming website that features hilarious pictures of dogs behaving badly.  This book is also perfect for any dog owner who can relate to some of these dog-related mishaps.

9780525953623_p0_v1_s260x420This book is perfect for anyone on your list who enjoys historical fiction.  Perhaps this is best for a mom or a sister, as the spy in this novel is a woman.  The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini is an exciting novel about a woman who works for the Union gathering information during the Civil War.  Chiaverini has written other historical novels, this one features real-life Union heroine Elizabeth Van Lew.  Van Lew was posthumously inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.  Wow!  Not many women of her generation have had that honor.  Psst!  This book is on my Christmas list too!  I can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

9781419708640_p0_v1_s260x420If you have a history buff on your list, or someone who would enjoy beautiful photography, Vietnam: The Real War may be something to check out.  The photos in this book come from an AP collection from the Saigon bureau that was in operation throughout the war.  Pete Hamill is credited as the author, who gathered the photos that make this collection.  He also wrote an important essay and that accompanies the pictures, which puts the pictures and events into context.  He also worked out of Saigon, reporting from Vietnam throughout the late 1960s, giving him a unique experience and perspective.

9780307718969_p0_v2_s260x420If you have news junkie, or someone who enjoys nonfiction on your list check out Five Days at Memorial.  It was written by Sheri Fink, a veteran journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work reporting on the aftermath of Hurricaine Katrina.  It’s this experience and subject that she puts into this book, chroniciling the tale of those individuals who were hospitalized Memorial Medical Center.  This includes those who were charged with caring for them, and their experience immediately following the storm in attempting to care for patients and the difficult decisions they were forced to make.

51VinpxwH-L._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_For the chef in your life, there is Ree Drummond’s new cookbook, released just in time for Christmas: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.  There are some great recipes in this book, recipes that can be enjoyed by both experienced cooks and novices.  Who doesn’t love holiday traditions and all the yummy food that goes with them?  What’s great about this book is that it can be enjoyed throughout the year because it includes so many different special occassions and holidays.

9781617230066_p0_v1_s260x420I recently came across this interesting book about space exploration, which would be perfect for the science fiction fan (or anyone who may have been abducted by aliens!).  Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars is all about just what the title suggests – the search for any form of life throughout the galaxy.  What’s also addressed in this book, Hollywood’s obsession with alien life form represented in film.  The title is also a funny take on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s famous book.

Of course in compiling this list, I added more books to my to-read list.  What books are on your Christmas list this year??

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