Book Recommendations Newsletter - December 2010
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Read on to see our December recommendations and stay tuned for our special holiday-themed book recommendations and our picks for Best Books of the Year that are coming soon.
December Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Old Bear and His Cub by Olivier Dunrea – With beautiful wintry illustrations, this charming picture book takes a heart-warming twist on the joys of caring for one another when Old Bear catches a cold and Little Cub knows just what to do to make him feel better. Part of our Animals & Pets Age 2-5 collection.
The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett – Award winning author Emily Gravett's wonderful new creation gives a nod to Fibonacci as it hilariously details how two rabbits in a field grow to 288 by the end of the year. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch – This wonderful graphic novel told with skill and lots of heart is not your average fantasy-adventure as the spunky, wisecracking, 11-year-old Mirka, who lives in the Jewish Orthodox town of Hereville, fights trolls and dreams of slaying dragons. Part of our Around the World Age 8-10 collection.
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – This smart, funny, and mischievous debut fractures the classic Grimm folk tales as Hansel and Gretal take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after. Part of our Great New Releases Age 10-12 collection.
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck – Newbery Medalist Peck combines exhilarating suspense with a thought-provoking examination of peer pressure in this chilling teen ghost story. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – Donnelly's remarkable new novel weaves together the lives of two girls - a depressed modern-day teenager and a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution - into an artful mix of contemporary teen drama and well-researched historical fiction that is filled with danger, intrigue, and music. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie – In this fast-paced adventure Rushdie imagines an alternate world that combines supernatural whimsy with the logic of video games and follows Luka, a 12-year-old-boy, on his quest to steal the Fire of Life and save his father's life. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton – Bestselling author Kate Morton weaves together history, mystery and unforgettable characters in this enthralling novel about a letter posted in 1941 that finally reaches its destination in 1992 with powerful repercussions. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – From the 1936 Olympics to WWII Japan's most brutal POW camps, Unbroken charts the inspiring true story of Louis Zamperini, a young lieutenant who is driven to the limits of endurance and answers desperation with ingenuity when he is captured by the Japanese after surviving 47 days adrift on a shark-encircled life raft. Part of our Favorites for Men collection.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff – Pulitzer Prize winner Schiff excavates truth from myth in this eloquent biography that brings to life a charismatic and remarkably complex woman who spoke eight languages fluently and for 22 years, until her gruesome death, ruled a glittering city-state of astronomical wealth. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro return in this explosive tale of integrity and vengeance as they revisit an old case that has haunted them for years in their search to find a missing girl. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 by Gourmet Magazine – Perfect for holiday celebrations or a gift for your favorite chef, this wonderful collection contains seven decades’ worth of the best cookies recipes from around the world, complete with mouthwatering photographs. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Cake Pops by Bakerella: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Angie Dudley – Ideal for holiday family fun, this inspirational book contains clear step-by-step instructions for making irresistible mini treats and includes clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, and coloring. Part of our Family Activities Ages 8-14 collection.
Seasons by Blexbolex – This visually stunning picture book explores the cyclical nature of time and is much more than a simple concept book as preschoolers and adults alike will find new connections with each reading. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 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.