I realize there are few of us left who actually enjoy turning paper pages. We may be a dying breed, but we exist. So here is a holiday gift guide for people who actually still read books. These are our picks.
Know someone who likes to craft and takes all things holiday to the extreme? Then she is going to LOVE this book! She’ll find everything needed to celebrate the season with festive papercrafts from greeting cards and mini cards to gift tags and bookmarks, all beautifully illustrated with joyous imagery and merry sentiments.
This is for your go-getter friend! They will learn step by step how to manifest their goals and dreams. At the same time you dream big, you create a better life for yourself and the planet. In “Dream Big,” author Ilona Selke offers readers profound yet easy-to-follow advice to take charge of their own healing and life outcomes: stop, look and choose. Through engaging real-life stories of transformative experiences combined with inspirational guidance, she invites all to consider the nature of the universe from a new perspective. “These techniques are easy to follow and easy to recall,” Ilona says. “Just remember three words: stop, look, choose. Stay with this practice for days, weeks, months, years and watch your world transform.”
Here is a classic rock biography from the classic rock biographer Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods–aserious, about rock legend Stevie Nicks. Gold Dust Woman includes stories like how Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham were asked to join Fleetwood Mac and how they turned the band into stars. Read about the affairs that informed Nicks’ greatest songs, her relationships with the Eagles’ Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and with Fleetwood himself. Find out why Nicks married her best friend’s widower, and about her dependency on cocaine, drinking and pot, her decade-long addiction to Klonopin that almost killed her, and so much more.
This cookbook contains 250 brand new recipes from Moosewood, the beloved Ithaca, New York natural foods restaurant still influencing the ways Americans eat in its fifth decade. The Moosewood chefs continue to remain faithful to the farm-to-table philosophy that has governed the restaurant since its founding while keeping an eye on what’s new in the greenmarket. Recipes include several vegan and gluten-free recipes like; Two Potato Tomato Curry, Cashew-crusted Chickpea Burgers, Cuban Picadillo with Tofu, Pot Pies for Autumn, Winter, and Spring, Butternut Latkes, Jamaican Jerk Tempeh Patties, and plenty more.
Here is a visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Al Capone, the Chicago gangster, bootlegger and leader of Prohibition’s most infamous crime syndicate.
6. Mindful Aging, $19.43
This one is for me! Don’t let the ominous perception of “aging” take control of you and your life. You have the power to change how you grow older. This book will show you how. Renowned psychotherapist and aging expert Andrea Brandt, PhD, MFT, helps you throw out the old stereotypes about getting older and move toward the welcoming new evidence that your future is alive with possibility, providing steps to thrive today and into your golden years. Join the millions who are becoming mindful about aging, and discover the secrets to creating a life that doesn’t wane as the years go by. Mindful Aging will forever change how you view – and embrace – your life as you age.
7. Prince: A Private View, $17.75
This photography book contains 250 stunning and mostly unseen photos of the iconic Prince spanning a decade – staged and candid, art-directed and in concert – from his long time collaborator, Afshin Shahidi who started photographing Prince in 2001. Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. With never-before-seen photos, it is the ultimate collection of shots of Prince. Brief, but complete and rich, stories about Shahidi and Prince’s collaboration and time together are alternately incisive, personal and even funny.
8. Hollywood Wives – The New Generation, $7.99
Power. Sex. Money. Fame. Isn’t this what we expect from Jackie Collins? The new Hollywood wives have it all. And if the don’t have it, they want it. Ambitious, young, smart and lethal. The Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance. They want to have more and more, and they don’t care how they get it. Sounds juicy right? The perfect beach read.
Tis the season for Christmas, Christmas stress and coloring to relieve stress! Make your holiday season merry and bright with an inspiring assortment of fun and easy yuletide illustrations from Keep Merry and Color On. There’s no better way to bring holiday cheer to your loved ones than by creating beautiful Christmas designs, from beautiful winter collages and jingle bells, to Santas and festive holly. Included are 6 double-sided colored pencils, perforated pages for easy framing and one-sided printing so colors don’t bleed through.
I know my mother enjoys this one! 200 easy to hard New York Times crossword puzzles in a cheerful Christmas-inspired package! Relax and unwind with this merry compilation of New York Times crossword puzzles, which packs hours of solving into a large-size paperback with a fun, flashy cover.
11. Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair, $29.99
Victoria captivated millions of viewers on PBS, eclipsing Downton‘s first-season viewership and leaving its audience eager for the series’s next season, which will focus on Victoria and Albert’s passionate and tempestuous marriage. This official tie-in to the show, by creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, featuring never-before-seen interviews, photos, diary entries, profiles on all major characters and sumptuous detail on the costumes and props that bring Victoria and Albert’s world to vivid life. Victoria and Albert follows this extraordinary relationship between two very different people – she impulsive, emotional, capricious; he cautious, self-controlled, and logical – whose devotion to each other was unparalleled in royal history.
12. The World Turns to War, $39.95
Perfect for the history buff. What began as a documentary for film has ended up on paper, the storytelling just as vivid and well captured in the pages of the impressive new coffee table-style book. These firsthand accounts offer a truly unique and important window into the infamous time period – a time period that is still, and perhaps especially, studied today.
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