Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shut Up and Buy Books for the Holidays!



It's my great honor to have a bookseller, reporting in from the holiday trenches of an indie bookstore (one of the oldest in the nation -- the Hugo Bookstore in Andover)  with some book picks to blow the minds of the people on your gift lists. So, be prepared to put your holiday money where your mouth is with these picks from brilliant and wise Alise Hamilton.


Fiction:

Best Book For Anyone: Men. Women. Foodies. Sports fans. Artsy folks. People looking for a page-turning mystery. People looking for literary fiction with fantastic prose.
LIFE AMONG GIANTS by Bill Roorbach

Buy it here:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616200763
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781616200763-3
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9781616200763

The Person Who Has Read Everything (true lovers of literature): The storytelling! The sentences! The structure! One of my all-time favorites; Wickersham is the real deal.
THE NEWS FROM SPAIN by Joan Wickersham
Buy it here:
http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-9780307958884-1
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307958884
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9780307958884

Best Debut: Gut-wrenching, original, heartbreaking, wild and beautiful.
BATTLEBORN by Claire Vaye Watkins
Buy it here:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781594488252
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781594488252-4
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9781594488252

Nonfiction:

Anthropology Meets Sport Writing:
A smart read combining travel writing, sports, history, and sociology, and told in such a compelling narrative style that you'll forget you are learning something.
THE BALL by John Fox
Buy it here:
http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=0061881791
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9780061881794

Best Memoir: Honest and original, a book for the soul. Be prepared for lots of dog-earring and underlining.
WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS by Terry Tempest Williams
Buy it here:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374288976
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780374288976-1
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9780374288976

Best Debut: A little bit nature writing, a little bit mythology, a whole-lotta like nothing you've read before.
THINGS THAT ARE by Amy Leach
Buy it here:
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781571313348-1
http://www.hugobookstores.com/book/9781571313348