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BookBuffet Holiday Pick List 2005


Each year BookBuffet's editors and staff put their respective "best picks" together over a range of reading interests for your shopping convenience.  This year we divide the list into personality types: adventurers, history-buffs, naturalists, art-lovers, domestic divas, and so on.  Order all your books giftwrapped, receive free shipping, and the only chore left will be the joy of giving!


December 01, 2005
The Sophisticate

The Complete New Yorker offers award-winning journalism, ground-breaking essays and the ultimate blend of politics, art and literatary excellence. This is the first 80 years--Feb 1925 through to Feb 2005 in a single boxed set of eight DVD-ROMs.  This is the ultimate gift set for the literary person in your life.

The Art & Photography Buff

The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford University Press Oct 2005) Global in scope, this is a reference book on the technology, history and practice of photography. It encompasses the social and artistic practice, organized both thematically and geographically. Perfect for the budding or experienced photographer.

The Adventurer

Let My People Go Surfing (Penguin Press 2005) by Yvon Chuinard. The long awaited memoir/manifesto from legendary climber, businesman and environmentalist, Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia Inc., who based his sucesss on a lifestyle and philosophy. 

The Nature Lover

The Bedside Book of Birds (Doubleday Canada 2005) by Graeme Gibson. This is truly a stunning assemblage of words and images. Gibson spent fifteen years gathering the most important avian literary and artistic references, lyrically crafted into a most extraodinary tribute; birds as divine messengers, in mythology, and as beheld by science - from Ovid to Darwin, Kafka to T.S. Eliot.

The Historian

His Excellency George Washington, Joseph Ellis (Knopf 2005) This engaging and candid portrait of America's founding father is as illuminating of the man as it is the times. Elequently written, it's hard to put down. Ellis dispells many wide-held misconceptions and exagerations about Washington and the reader sees the character development, military and political lessons Washington learned early on, which in turn form the basis of our beliefs about Washington, and by extension, the American persona today. Fascinating reading!


No Country for Old Men, Cormak McCarthy, (Knopf 2005). 'Nuf said, it's a great read. Your guy will thank you.

The Girls, Lori Lansens. (Random House Canada 2005)This beautiful story will make her laugh and make her cry. It celebrates life and family and connections, and I'm not saying anything more.

The World-Affairs Afficionado

The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman (Ferar Strauss & Giroux 2005) won "Business Book of the Year". Friedman is a reporter whose curiosity and ability to recognize the patterns behind the most complex global developments have made him one of the most entertaining and authoritative sources for information about the wider world we live in, both as the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and as the author of other landmark books: From Beirut to Jerusalem and The Lexus and the Olive Tree.

The Food Lover or Domestic Diva

Mangoes and Curry Leaves, Jeffrey Alford (Random House Nov 2005) Indian subcontinent cooking is all the rage and this book has it all. If your culinary friend also does yoga—you can't miss with this.

Tapas: A Taste of Spain
, Joes Andres This contemporary chef won the 2005 James Beard Award for this book. Spanish cuisine is one of the best ways to eat light, taste lots, and sample wines (each recipe has a recommended wine) while listening to wonderful latin guitar—an entire feast for the senses. (Tie it up with safron & a music CD!)

If you don't find what you're looking for here, try the 2005 Prize Winning books.



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