Friday, November 23, 2012

SHUT UP AND BUY BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- THREE WRITERS WEIGH IN...

THREE BOOK PICKS FROM NOVELIST LAURIE FRANKEL

For the person whose family drives them nuts (or for the nutty people in your own family):
The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson

For the lovable but ever-so-slightly paranoid and insane people on your gift list:
A Spot of Bother, by Mark Haddon

For the loved ones you wish you could take on a sun-soaked vacation. But can't:
Stiltsville, by Susanna Daniel

And Baggott wants to make SURE to point you to Laurie Frankel's GOODBYE FOR NOW. 



A BOOK PICK FROM NOVELIST JOHN MAY... 

For the sailing, ocean adventurer type who loves ships and gales and high seas, historical novelist John May suggests: Voyage by Sterling Hayden, published in 1976.  Really terrific.  He was an actor, and this may be the only book he ever wrote, but it was spellbinding.


AND ... Baggott suggests: For that Edgar Allen Poe fan ... you may want to get a copy of the historical novel by John May: Poe & Fanny -- a wonderful and intense look at the love life of the famous Poe.  


THREE BOOK PICKS FROM POET JERRI CHAPLIN...

For the person who loves food and poetry: The Hungry Ear, Poems of Food and Drink, edited by Kevin Young. (Second time this has been a recommended title here: Get it.)

For the person mourning or about to mourn the death of a pet: Going Home--Finding Peace When Pets Die, by Jon Katz

For the person who doesn't like murder mysteries but wants to: Broken Harbor, by Tana French. 

And ...  for the person who might think poetry is too obscure to enjoy, Baggott points you to: Vertically Coastal, by Jerri Chaplin.