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Friday, December 10, 2004

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More books for holiday gift-giving Susan Emmons, General Manager, recommends:

Fiddlers Green by Van Reid

This story by a Maine native is a whimsical mixture of realistic adventures and unexpected tall tales. A quirky band of Victorian New England friends who call themselves the Moosepath League show courage and wit in confronting some of the less genteel aspects of society in the late 1800s. The front leaf blurb describing Van Reid as a sort of Maine Garrison Keillor crossed with P.G. Wodehouse drew us into this book, which is preceded by several earlier Moosepath stories.

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik

The journalist author tells a vivid tale of three men obsessed with seeing the most birds in the U.S. and Canada in one year. He follows their commitment, adventures and incredible perseverance with humor and insight, and takes the reader on an incredible roller-coaster ride through 12 months of pursuit of the goal. A good story of personal adventures for birders and non-birders.

Penny Zezima, Production Manager, recommends:

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

It's hard to categorize this novel, other than to say that, like The Secret Life of Bees and Jim the Boy, this book has become a favorite of everyone to whom I have recommended it. At once a heroic quest and a warm family saga, the story of 11-year-old Reuben Land resonates with terrific characters and a wonderful sense of place. Expect outlaws and miracle workers, and a flat-out good read.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, a pop-up book

Yes, you read right — a pop-up book. This is for the Stephen King fan who has everything. It's fun, a little spooky, and a true collectible.

Winter reading

Our mother-daughter book group recently tried a Yankee gift swap that was a little different — we exchanged used books that we had especially enjoyed reading. This recycling project was fun, cost nothing, and we left with something good to read during winter vacation.

Our daughters are juniors and seniors in high school, and are beginning to look ahead toward their upcoming college years. In the Yankee swap, I contributed The Group, by Mary McCarthy. This book is about eight young women graduates of Vassar coming into adulthood during the 1930s. I left the swap with the Pulitzer-prize-winning collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri.


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