Need Last Minute Gifts? 10 Perfect Books For Anyone On Your List
by Writing Workshops Org Admin
A year ago
Holiday gift shopping is always stressful, and while picking out the right size, style, color or type of clothing is difficult to get right, choosing a book is almost always an easy and welcome alternative. Almost everyone on your list will appreciate some kind of book, whether it is one that helps them bake holiday treats, explore new worlds, relive great moments in sport or history – or lets them get lost in a good story. Here are just 10 books that could be the perfect gift for your friend or loved-one this holiday season.
For the Chef in the family: The Joy of Cooking
There are shelves upon shelves of cook books in every library and bookstore in the world (brick and mortar or virtual), but while not everyone needs, appreciates or will refer back to some esoteric work on cooking with exotic ingredients, everyone needs a solid, basic cookbook. The latest edition of the Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker is that book. There are 4,000 recipes in this book – including 600 that are new to the updated 2019 edition. The recipes are easy to find in the index and each lays out step-by-step the ingredients you need and how to prepare and put them all together.
For the child (in all of us): Your Favorite Seuss
Your Favorite Seuss brings together 13 of the famed author's funniest, best-loved and most enjoyable classics and presents them in a single volume. These stories make for wonderful bed-time reading to children of all ages, but also never fail to bring a smile to those who either read them to children – or were read to. Here are such classics as If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat and ten other timeless tales by one of the world's most beloved children's' storytellers.
For the Sports Fan: The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told
Baseball is not only the national pastime – it also has inspired some of the best books and movies ever made. No sport has such a deep well of anecdotes, tales of glory and dark scandals than baseball, and editor Jeff Silverman has pulled up 31 of those into a single volume. From the infamous Black Sox and Pete Rose scandals to the amazing performances by Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, here is the best, the worst and the greatest baseball stories ever put together between two covers.
For the Civil War historian: The American Heritage History of the Civil War
When one Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recommends and writes the forward to another Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's book, you know it must be good. James McPherson does just that for this classic by one of the most honored and respected of all Civil War scholars: Bruce Catton. This is no dry recantation of facts and dates and figures, but a lively, engrossing narrative of the bloodiest and most divisive war in American history.
For the horror fan on your list: The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
Robert E. Howard is perhaps best known as the author of the Conan the Barbarian series (several of which have been made into popular movies), but this prolific pulp-fiction writer dabbled in other genres, including horror. This collection brings together stories that even noted horror writer Stephen King admits are scary. Here are the tales of Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Steve Costigan and other rich characters that Howard brought to life in stories best read on a dark and scary night – or one you wish to make so.
For those who love Christmas: A Vintage Christmas
Everyone has a favorite Christmas story, and it is most likely to be found among the pages of A Vintage Christmas: A Collection of Classic Stories and Poems. The stories and poems in this volume bring to life days when Christmas was much simpler yet also perhaps more special. Great authors such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain – and, yes, even Charles Dickens – bring the reader back in time to Christmases past, before the season was commercialized and trivialized, and when the true meaning of Christmas shone forth.
For the movie lover: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
Everyone has their favorite film, or knows about that film they never saw but always heard good things about. Both of those and many, many other films, modern and classic, can be found here in the latest edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Each of those thousand and one films is fully described, complete with cast, plot and anecdotal (and sometimes apocryphal) tidbits that will jog the memories of those who have seen them – or teased the tastes of those who have not.
For the DIYer Handyman (or Handyperson): The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual
The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual has long been the handyman's Bible – and the latest, updated edition will be much appreciated both by veteran and novice DIYers. The series began way back in 1973 and has been regularly expanded and updated ever since, first by the experts in the field at Reader's Digest and then by those who write for Family Handyman magazine. The book includes very clear, simple, uncomplicated instructions on how to fix, maintain or improve just about everything you can take a hammer, screwdriver or saw to in the home.
For the curious mind: How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines
Did you or any one you know ever ask “how does it do that?” or “what makes that work?” Well, the answer is very likely to be found somewhere in How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines. Whether your reader likes to tinker and take things apart or is just curious about what makes things tick, this book is sure to entertain and enlighten.
For the budding paleontologist (or anybody who likes dinosaurs): The Dinosaur Book
If there are any people who know anything and everything there is to know about dinosaurs, it is the paleontologists and curators at the Smithsonian. The Dinosaur Book is just about everything you ever wanted to know (or thought you knew but were wrong) about the creatures that walked the earth long before man. Brilliantly and lavishly illustrated, The Dinosaur Book is bound to please and intrigue and, dare we say, even educate even the most knowledgeable dinosaur aficionado.