Choosing a book for a book lover can be like choosing a bottle of wine for a wine lover--easily botched and often intimidating. For your holiday shopping ease, I've pulled together some non-book gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life. (These are also fantastic gifts to give ALONG WITH a good book.) 1. Candles. I'm obsessed with the candles from Malicious Women Candle Co., which I buy from a local boutique. But you can find them on-line (not always safe for work,
It makes sense that reading and eating go together. Both can be passions, both feed our souls, both go well with wine. TENDER AT THE BONE, a memoir of recipes and stories, by Ruth Reichl, is the second book in the past year my book club has read that was written by a professional chef. (THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, a charming and heartwarming novel by pastry chef Louise Miller, was the other.) These sorts of books make good book club books because, well, recipes.
Why are there so many great novels written on WWII and why do readers crave them? As a writer, I know that one of the satisfying bits of the writing process is learning about life in another era through the minds of the characters who were there. As a reader, I know that a book can pull me emotionally into a place and time I've never been, allowing me to see something through new eyes. Once We Were Brothers is not the first WWII book we've read in book club (All the Light We
My book club never fails to surprise me with the variety of its selections. Mysteries, domestic dramas, historical fiction, romance (I'm looking at you, Liz Kelly). This month, it's Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. Noah, whom you may recognize as the host of "The Daily Show", was literally born a crime in apartheid South Africa, a place and time of such opposition to races mixing that Noah could visit his white father only indoors and Noah's black mother often had to pretend he
If I've done one thing right as a mom (and, boy, do I hope I've done something right), it's that I've raised voracious readers. I'm going to offer proof. Now, what I'm about to show you might be disturbing, so if you were raised (as I was) to treat your books like they were royal family heirlooms, you may wish to avert your eyes. This is but one collection (thank you, Rick Riordan). Poor Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone finally had to be put down and replaced. I don't kn
My book club doesn't do just fiction. And thank goodness for that, because real life offers so many compelling stories, and these stories need to be told. This month, we're reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson, and the discussion promises to be thoughtful and deep and enlightening. Stevenson, an attorney serving the poor and underserved, has written a personal and sobering account of modern injustices of the U.S. criminal justice system. H