Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kathleen's Holiday Reads

Books are my favorite choice for holiday gift giving, since there is a perfect title for every person. In this lengthy post, I will suggest some favorite titles for you to consider for that perfect person, or for your own enjoyment when you need a break from holiday stress.

Do not overlook the array of formats now available for readers. Travelers may prefer audio books to while away the hours en route. Since I am traveling this season, I'll start with what I am taking along:

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Another McEwan title, Atonement, is a great read, and now--for those who prefer watching to reading--an acclaimed feature film, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

In Time of War: Hitler's Terrorist Attack on America by Pierce O'Donnell

I downloaded these books from MyMediaMall and NetLibrary, and transferred to my MP3 player. CLC Library subscribes to these for student and staff use. Stop in the library or visit our website for more information. If you are not affiliated with College of Lake County, check with your public library to find out if they subscribe to these or other audiobook and e-book vendors.

For the nonfiction reader, these are some other ideas for books that are sure to please:

Not everyone loves dogs, but everyone needs a good laugh or just a smile. Here are two suggestions:

It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs by John O'Hurley

Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You by Deborah Norville

Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a moving memoir of family disfunction and poverty.

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy A. Cordery

Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House
or For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years
by Sally Bedell Smith

If my list doesn't suggest the books for those on your list, the Chicago Tribune has some other great gift books to suggest in the December 1, 2007 Books section article by Terri Colby.

Happy holidays, and happy reading to everyone!

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