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Holiday Gift Book Suggestions from Staff, Part 2

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It’s not too late to support the Friends of the Library in their annual Barnes & Noble bookfair.  You can still help the Friends, through December 10th, by ordering books at BN.COM/bookfairs and entering bookfair ID #11678927 at check out. 

Here are seven more titles staff suggest for holiday book giving:

Image of itemLinda, from Technical Services, is excited to give a history-loving relative Sonia Pernall’s new biography, CLEMENTINE:  THE LIFE OF MRS. WINSTON CHURCHILL.  This well-received, thoroughly-researched biography shows just how fascinating, powerful and complex Clementine was in her own right as well as being Winston’s faithful champion.

Image of itemFor kids, Kathy, head of the Children’s Department, spoke enthusiastically about the WINGS OF FIRE series by Tui T. Sutherland.  This thrilling fantasy adventure series is just the thing to grab the attention and imagination of all young readers — reluctant or avid — especially so for the young dragon fan in your life.

Sharon, an artist and a Reference Librarian, recommends CLASS DISTINCTIONS:  Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer by Ronni Baer, the beautifully-rendered art book and companion to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts current exhibit.

Sarah, head of Readers’ Services, absolutely “loooved” Jenny Lawson’s FURIOUSLY HAPPY, a funny book about horrible things.  Blogger and New York Times bestselling author Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness with laugh-out-loud humor, kicking the stigma to the gutter.

Image of itemFor the adventure-lover in your life, Kirsten, head of Reference Services, heartily recommends IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides.  This a phenomonly gripping account of George Washington De Long’s doomed 1879 expedition to the North Pole.   Click here to see a previous blog post about this title.

Image of itemTracy, from Reader’s Services, has a “go to” book for gifts and reading suggestions:   EIGHT IN THE BOX by Raffi Yessayan.  This twisting, chilling mystery will engross you to the thrilling end!

Tatjana, from Reference Services, suggests the big and beautiful coffee-table book, VINTAGE FASHION COMPLETE by Nicky Albrechtsen.  This is a gorgeous pictorial guide of fashion through the decades and will be sure to please the fashionista in your life.


One thought on “Holiday Gift Book Suggestions from Staff, Part 2

  1. Class Distinctions about Dutch painting in the 17th century is something I would like to read. But of course there’s no way to find many such books in libraries here. Libraries are such a blessing! Some libraries here even throw away books because it’s cheaper than repairing them (their spines, etc.). And new art books in English for readers outside the university are not easy to find.


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