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Holiday Book Picks from the BookBuffet Staff

abstract:No one is ever disappointed with a gift book over the holidays. Whether it's an art book you know they'll cherish, a biography of a fascinating person, a fiction title by the hot new writer or a topical piece in the genre of science, economics or finance. I happen to collect cookbooks. My mother-in-law is an armchair travelor. Books are both an expression of the giver's taste and the recipient's interests. Take a look through these and send gift-wrapped via Amazon (who knows, maybe it'll arrive by drone!)

  • National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years<: A Taschen book is always exquisite. This is a must-have photography book. Three volumes of the best photos from the iconic travel magazine, and edited by Ruel Golden former editor of the British Journal of Photography and executive editor at Photo District News. He has edited on titles including both New York, and London, Portrait of a City, Her Majesty, and Harry Benson. The Beatles.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: (Little, Brown $20) Quite possibly my favourite fiction title of this year. The story is about a boy who loses his mother in a terrorist bombing of New York's Metropolitan Art Gallery. In a state of shock he inexplicably walks out of the smoking building unseen with the titular painting by the master Dutch artist. The rest of the book follows him in a coming of age story to Las Vegas, New York, Amsterdam and back, hiding, losing and attempting to recover the coveted piece that is ironically stolen from him. The reader is taken on a journey of the underbelly of the stolen art trade and through an unrequited love story where the meaning of art and love and lust are uncovered.
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  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Little & Brown, $27) Winner of this year's Booker Prize. A book that many are touting as her finest.
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. By Eric Schlosser. (Penguin Press, $36.) A disquieting but riveting examination of nuclear risk. My husband was glued to the story from start to finish.
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel. By Elizabeth Gilbert. (Viking, $28.95.) In this winning novel by the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” a botanist’s hunger for explanations carries her through the better part of Darwin’s century, and to Tahiti.
  • Leonardo and the Last Supper By Ross King. This author has a habit of winning the Governor General Award for nonfiction with his other books capturing the behind the scenes history of famous art pieces. The Last Supper is one of the more widely reproduced pieces of religious inspired works in the past several centuries, but you will be surprised to learn the backstory. Here's a talk King gave at the Ontario Museum of Art.
  • A True Novel by Minae Mizumura (Other Press, Nov 2013 translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters) is the winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, "Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling. begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class."—Other Press
  • Salinger by David Shields (Simon & Shuster Sept 2013) Based on 8 years of exhaustive research and interviews with over 200 people. The basis of a documentary feature.
  • Wheat Belly by William Davis (Rodale Books) A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems. Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat.



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