Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Buy books as gifts this year!

I realize that most of our readers are book lovers, but for those of you who aren't tapped into the industry, these are scary times. They're scary times for a lot of people, needless to say, but a story in yesterday's New York Times points to some pretty stormy times ahead, including news that we've known for a while: that Borders is probably going out of business (or at least trying to sell itself).

So what can you do? Buy books this holiday season! If you normally already do, consider buying books for people you don't usually buy for. Books are an amazing gift, and you support publishing and booksellers while you're at it.

Two recommendations on Seal's list for the holidays:

For your mom or your best friend, check out The List: 100 Ways to Shake Up Your Life, by Gail Belsky.
---This is the perfect holiday gift to spark some fun ideas for New Year's resolutions, or just ways to spice things up a bit. Specifically geared toward women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, this book has some fantastic suggestions for challenging yourself and/or the women you love.

For anyone who's interested in a memoir unlike anything they've read before, consider getting Labor of Love: the Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy, by Thomas Beatie.
---Thomas has been getting a lot of attention in the media, but his memoir is worth the read. The book is an experience unlike anything you may have read or seen thus far, as it grapples with the tough challenges and amazing rewards that Thomas and Nancy encountered on their journey to conceive and give birth to their beautiful little girl.


1 comment:

Skye said...

I like leaning to the left. Always have. Politics and social justice issues taught me early on about our inability to legislate morality.

Forty plus years, however, also taught me the meaning of "boundaries." We cannot breathe underwater. Although H2O contains oxygen - it is not oxygen. I do not understand how a person with a vagina, ovaries and cervix is a man. It is probably my own ignorance. Still, I do not understand. This is a person who intentionally held on to what was physically female. With all due respect I find this human being, bless his/her heart, somewhere in between.


Skye Leslie