Archive: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Books for Wine Lovers

You can't take liquids on planes anymore, and it's risky to put wine in the mail, so sometimes you can't easily give a bottle to someone who'd like one. If you're looking for a gift this season for someone who likes wine, skip the pretentious, expensive tomes. Here are some...

By Alan Cooperman | December 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Books That Made You Feel Like an Adult Reader

There comes a time in every reader's life when he or she graduates from kids books and young-adult titles to nonfiction with no holds barred and fiction that draws on the full resources of the language in portraying complex human relationships. My friend Jack is entering this phase now in...

By Christian Pelusi | December 11, 2008; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (11)

Gifts of Fiction for the Scientist

Until a candid math professor in college advised me to "consider possible talents in other areas," I had every intention of becoming an engineer. (Fortunately, I knew how to type.) Maybe you know someone who straddles the arts/sciences border, someone who would enjoy a literary novel that involves scientists or...

By Ron Charles | December 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Gifts for Friends Who Always Root for the Underdog

Just about everybody is feeling like an underdog these days, but the following books (taken from our list of the best nonfiction books of 2008) recount the lives of real people, mostly women, who were kept down but somehow carved out their own space in the world.-- Rachel Hartigan Shea...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | December 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smart Gifts (Books, Naturally) for Friends of the Opposite Sex

Have you noticed how many books about Abraham Lincoln are being published this season? Of course, Lincoln is headed into a bicentennial (he was born on Feb. 12, 1809, an anniversary we'll mark three weeks or so after the presidential inauguration), and there are reasons right now to value his...

By Marie Arana | December 8, 2008; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

If Banks Are Failing, Could Books Be Far Behind?

Retailers across the United States sold 16.2 million books during the week of Thanksgiving, up 6 percent from a year ago, according to the latest figures from Nielsen BookScan. But despite that news, this was a bad, bad week in the book publishing business, as one publishing house after another...

By Alan Cooperman | December 7, 2008; 1:38 AM ET | Comments (3)


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