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Holiday Book Picks 2002

abstract:Bookbuffet.com staff favorites for your book gift ideas this Holiday Season.  

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December 01, 2002
— This book is a must for the adolescent males in your life—or older ones whose mother didn't do the deed: How to Be A Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy.

                             

For the chef du cuisine, how about inspiring them with these tasty reads? Since moving to the US from Canada I've enjoyed cooking those "real American" dishes, and A Real American Breakfast is the perfect holiday gift. Having disclosed my roots, I would be a remiss former Vancouverite if I did not to share my hometown uber-Chef, Rob Feenie's Lumiere cookbook—a masterpiece of fine technique from the finishing school of Charlie Trotter and my old alma mater The Dubrulle Culinary School.

                            

For that history buff in your life, consider The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. "As German forces were driven back in 1943-45, American leaders were anxious that in 20 years, just as it had done after its defeat in 1918, a vengeful Germany would start another world war. To prevent this, two schools of thought flowed through DC's salons of power: punishment or rehabilitation. The outstanding specialist in this venue of history writing, Beschloss covers the meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo political battle between the two approaches, whose chief advocates were Treasury..." (Gilbert Taylor, Booklist.)

                            

Two notable books are sure to please cultural connoisseurs: Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting is one of the most comprehensive surveys of the artist's work. Richter's "shivering but inertial grayness" are reproduced beautifully on the page. Other Animals: Drawing and Journals by Merce Cunnigham sheds new insight into the creative mind of the groundbreaking choreographer.

                             

In photography, Bruce Davidson's Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs 1961-1965 is an eloquent record of what it meant to be African-American during this turbulent time. 

                           

A different kind of travel book will appeal to both the adventurer and the arm chair traveler: In A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad, over two dozen writers muse upon the theme of making a new life somewhere else.

                            

For children ages 4-8, consider these picture books: Dog Food, The Last Resort, and Pinocchio the Boy—Or Incongnito in Collidi. And satisfy your older child's Harry Potter craving with the exciting new adventure story, The Thief Lord.

 

 

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