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Bookbuffet Holiday Pick List 2007

abstract:In our household every member receives a book for the holidays. When the busy social schedule calms down and before we have to return to work or school, it's nice to read a hand-picked book. Check out our highly personalized gift list, and make your shopping easy with one trip to the bookstore or order online, (make that "express, wrapped and labeled with free shipping") and save yourself the hassle of parking, shopping, and schlepping.

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December 11, 2007

For the Guys

House of Meetings. By Martin Amis. (Knopf, $23.) This is meant to be MA's best book in years. If your dad or husband, boyfriend or son is interested in spy-mystery-thrillers, this is it. A Russian World War II veteran posthumously acquaints his stepdaughter with his grim past of rape and violence.

For the Poet

Selected Poems. By Derek Walcott. Edited by Edward Baugh. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) The Nobel Prize winner Walcott, who was born on St. Lucia, is a long-serving poet of exile, caught between two races and two worlds.

For the Student

How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read. By Pierre Bayard. Translated by Jeffrey Mehlman. (Bloomsbury, $19.95.) A French literature professor wants to assuage our guilt over the ways we actually read and discuss books.

For the Sophisticated Reader

The Bad Girl: A Novel. By Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated by Edith Grossman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) This suspenseful novel transforms Madame Bovary into a vibrant exploration of the urban mores of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

For the Art Lover

A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 By John Richardson. (Knopf, $40.) The third, penultimate installment in Richardson’s biography spans a dauntingly complicated time in Picasso’s life and in European history.

For the Cook

Dances with Spices brings you an exciting new cuisine inspired by the flavours of India, Persia and East Africa and updated with healthy, local ingredients. Drawing from her heritage and from her own experiences cooking for a modern family, Shelina Edgar has created dozens of tantalizing, flavorful dishes to please every taste. Purchase direct from website.

For the Movie Officianado

Cinema Now. By Andrew Bailey. (Taschen, $39.) Bailey is a freelance writer and cinephile based in San Francisco whose articles on film and filmmakers have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He examines the work and key themes of 60 filmmakers working around the world today, from the cream of the crop of young Hollywood to the new wave of Asian mavericks to burgeoning auteurs from Europe and Latin America.

For the Hopeless Romantic

The End of The Alphabet: A Novel. By CS Richardson. (Random House, $25.) A childless couple discovers that one of them has only one month to live. This knowledge sets them upon a journey both externally and internally. A concise, touching treatise on love and loss. Absolutely exquisite.

Children and Youth

The Golden Compass, Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials, Book 1). By Philip Pullman. Read the book and see the movie together over the holidays. This is Philip Pullman's landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling in the style of Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. An orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua has her carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors.

 

 

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