Book Recommendations Newsletter - June 2009
Father's Day is June 21stth and GiftLit has great gifts for Dad! Check out our popular Favorites for Men or browse our other gifts for men. You can customize any collection to make it special for Dad and write your own personalized message for the beautiful set of bookplates that come with each gift.
GiftLit also makes a great graduation gift. Browse our gifts for teens to find the perfect gift for those hard to buy for teens.
June Book Recommendations
Our book experts have picked some great new book recommendations this month for children, teens, adults and families. Click on the collection link to buy one of our book a month collections. To buy individual books, click the "Buy from Amazon" button next to any recommendation.
Children's Book Recommendations
Hook by Ed Young - With arresting artwork from Caldecott winner Ed Young, this absorbing tale of perseverance tells the story of a small eaglet who finally learns to fly. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley - With exquisite photos and simple text, this moving picture book elegantly demonstrates that while children around the world have many differences, the rhythm of their day is much the same. Part of our Around the World Age 5-8 collection.
Dessert First by Hallie Durand - Full of silliness and humor, this beginning chapter book stars the cheeky Dessert Schneider who learns that even when dessert comes first life isn't always a piece of cake. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 8-10 collection.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly - Growing up in rural Texas in 1899 is not easy for 12-year-old Calpurnia Tate who is more interested in books and science then learning needlework and perfecting her baking skills like a respectable young lady. Part of our Historical Fiction for Age 10-12 collection.
Bloodline by Katy Moran - Warring kingdoms, bloody feuds, and a boy's battle for survival make the Dark Ages come alive in this tale of war and courage that is a historical twist on Tolkein's Middle Earth. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - The always popular Sarah Dessen doesn't disappoint with this nuanced and beautifully written summertime tale of self-discovery. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim - From two graphic novel masters -- the author of the groundbreaking American Born Chinese and the award-winning illustrator Kim -- come three vivid tales of adventure that explore the boundaries between the worlds we live in and the worlds we create. Part of our Graphic Novels for Teens collection.
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith - Precious Ramotswe is in personal need of her own formidable detection talents in the latest installment of this best-selling series that resonates with wit, warmth and wisdom. Part of our Adult Books for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Nobody Move by Denis Johnson - This slim, crime novel from National Book Award winner Johnson is a radical change from his past work, but with a wicked sense of fun he paints a vivid and darkly comic story of revenge-minded lowlifes chasing riches. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound by Ron Darling - A great Father's Day gift for any baseball fan, this fascinating look inside the pitcher's mind uniquely illustrates the complexity of the game. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour - From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial writers, Mandanipour's first novel to appear in English is laced with humor and irony and uses censorship to tell a story of romance in modern day Iran. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - This beautifully rendered imigrant story contrasts small-town Ireland and big-city Brooklyn in the early 1950's and hauntingly illustrates that to emigrate is to become a foreigner in two places at once. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Serious Barbecue: Smoke, Char, Baste, and Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking by Adam Perry Lang - Just in time for summer, this enlightened guide full of original recipes and step-by-step instructions will have amateur and expert cooks firing up their barbecues and enjoying great results every time. Part of our Food & Wine collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn - Reminiscent of classics like The Wind in the Willows, these thrilling tales of small mice with big hearts will appeal to children who like to imagine little creatures operating behind the scenes. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead - A must read this summer for you and your teen from Pulitzer Prize finalist Whitehead, this wisely funny novel explores race, identity and the in-between space of adolescence through one boy's summer in Sag Harbor. Part of our Hardcover 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.