Book Recommendations Newsletter - December 2009
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Read on to see our December recommendations and stay tuned for our special holiday-themed book recommendations coming soon.
December Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis – This adorable story of two sisters is filled with the wonder of childhood exploration and the magic of nature. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 2-5 collection.
The Dinosaur Tamer by Carol Greathouse – Dinosaurs meet the wild west in this folksy and fast-paced tall tale starring Rocky, the legendary lasso-tossing, Pleiosaurus-riding dinosaur tamer. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 5-8 collection.
Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed – With drama and humor, Pulitzer Prize-winning Breathed delivers an illustrated novel that celebrates the unconditional love of dogs and highlights the beauty of imperfection. Part of our Great New Releases Age 8-10 collection.
Malice by Chris Wooding – In this unique comic-novel hybrid teens disappear into the bizarre realm of Malice, a comic book world of violent creatures, monsters that drink time, and only one elusive way out. Part of our Fantasy & Magic Age 10-12 collection.
Snap by Carol Snow – Devastated after her family goes bankrupt, Madison Sabatini plunges into her passion for photography, but this tale of teen angst turns into a paranormal mystery when she captures images of people who aren't there. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby – Green-haired artist Tory Riley is misunderstood by everyone except her nonconformist high school art teacher until cyber-bullying rumors threaten to destroy both their lives. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
The Maze Runner ( Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner – This dark and gripping tale of survival where teens eke out a hazardous existence searching for a way out of the Maze will keep readers guessing until the very end. Part of our Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls – This heartwarming and triumphant novel, from the author of The Glass Castle, tells the story of a fearless, indomitable woman who will not be corralled. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk – Set in 1975 in Istanbul that is half Western and half traditional, this masterful novel from Nobel winner Pamuk is the story of a man whose battle between duty and love leads down a tortured path into obsession. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith – An acute observer of contemporary culture, Zadie Smith, author of On Beauty, delivers a sharp and funny collection of essays that tackle questions of identity, vocation, art, and love. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut – These previously unpublished short stories were written just as Vonnegut was starting to find his comic voice and paint a wise and funny portrait of life in post-World War II America. Part of our Favorites for Men collection.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond – This homespun collection of funny stories, irresistible photographs, and scrumptious recipes will encourage even the most harried cook to slow down and relish the joys of family, nature, and great food. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus – "My goal is to show how the story of poker helps to explain who we are," says author McManus. This colorful book achieves it by linking poker to American culture, American history (from the Civil War to the Cold War), and American politics. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt – This dense, complex and compelling historical novel is set in the high tide of Britain's power and centers on two deeply troubled families of the British artistic intelligentsia. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins – A great read aloud gift, these eight classic fairytales take on a bold and funny flourish with vibrant illustrations, simple language and a surprising edge. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
The Blue Star by Tony Earley – Just released in paperback, this charming and evocative novel of teen love set on the eve of World War Two is a great read for parents and teens. Part of our Parent & Teen Paperback Fiction 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.