Book Recommendations Newsletter - July 2009
With something for everyone this summer, GiftLit has some great recommendations for July. We also have terrific summer hostess gift for couples and families.
July Book Recommendations
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Children's Book Recommendations
Not All Animals Are Blue: A Big Book of Little Differences by Beatrice Boutignon - Children match sentences to playful vignettes in this adorable and absorbing book that parents and kids can enjoy together. Part of our Educational Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
There by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick - "There" is the strange land of growing up in this imaginative and beautifully illustrated picture book where a young girl wonders "When will I get There and what will it look like?" Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 5-8 collection.
Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise - In this clever new series that is great for reluctant readers, a grumpy old man moves into a Victoria mansion hoping for some peace and quiet but finds it is already occupied by an 11-year-old-boy, his cat, and an irritable ghost. Part of our Great New Releases Age 8-10 collection.
Dormia by Jake Halpern - In this unusual fantasy-adventure, 12-year-old Alfonso, one of the Great Sleepers, must save the people of Dormia with his unusual powers - the ability to perform extreme feats in his sleep. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 10-12 collection.
Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn - Weyn weaves fact and fiction in this spellbinding novel of action, mysticism and romance when five sisters take the journey of their lives - aboard the Titanic. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle - A story of the powerful bond between two very different sisters - Carly, a nonconformist who rebels against her elitist school and hypercritical parents, and Anna, the target of way too much attention with her newly-curvy body who just wants to fit in. Part of our Fiction for Girls collection.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell - Appearing on high school summer reading lists, this provocative book studies what makes high-achievers different. Part of our Adult Nonfiction for Teens collection.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - With romance, swordfights, and thousands of rotting corpses, this delightful comedy transforms a masterpiece of literature into something teens would actually want to read. Part of our Adult Paperback Fiction for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Set in Barcelona in the 1920's, this novel is a dark and delicious puzzle that chronicles a young man's obsession to write a dangerous book that has the power to change hearts and minds. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe - A breezy read, this charming novel travels seamlessly between the 1690's Salem witch hunts and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin - This remarkable and never-before-told story of Fordlandia - Henry Ford's attempt to build a rubber plantation and American-style company town in the Brazilian Amazon - is an extraordinary tale of American hubris and depicts a desperate quest to salvage a bygone era. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike - This moving collection of short stories from Updike, his last before he died, delves into the human spirit and genially recounts the frailties of old age. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman - Perfect for summer experimentation, this innovative cookbook explains the basis of all recipes - ratios. Cookies are easy as 123: 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat, and 3 parts flour. From there, add anything you want. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Plant Secrets by Emily Goodman - Inspire your youngster to explore the great outdoors with this beautifully illustrated picture book that uncovers the secrets of seeds, plants, flowers, and fruit. Part of our Read Alouds Ages 4-8 collection.
The City & the City by China Mieville - This fantastical murder mystery, set in twin European cities that coexist in the same physical location, examines the seen and unseen and the illusions people embrace. Part of our Parent & Teen Reads collection.
We hope you share our love of literature and passion to inspire people of all ages to read and will consider GiftLit for your next gift purchase.