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Books I've Given as Gifts This Year (To Myself and Others)

Greetings, dear Readers --

It's that time of year again. You know, the one where most of us (myself included) pull out the plastic a little (or a lot) more than usual, the house gets decked (mostly with bags full of stuff), and sometimes the cookies get baked, sometimes they don't.

I was taking inventory of the various lovely books that I've purchased as gifts this year and thought I would share them with you all in case you're looking for last-minute gifts and might find some of these of interest.


Matthea Harvey's Of Lamb -- Graphic novel based on erasure of Charles Lamb's (auto?)biography that explores the complicated relationship between Mary & her Lamb, bought as a gift for myself


Matthea Harvey's The Little Soldier and The Giant Snowflake -- Ostensibly a children's story, bought as a gift for a small child (but kept for myself)


The Conference of The Birds -- Graphic novel exploring the Persian myth/fairytale of Simorgh, bought as a gift for my half-Persian sister (but kept for myself, because she probably doesn't even know the story, and I love it)


A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns -- Goes beyond the usual "murder of crows"; wrapped and given as a gift to a small child (but not-so-secretly wanted to keep it for myself)



Tablet and Pen -- An anthology of Middle Eastern literature, bought as a gift for my sister (and still in line to be wrapped and given but secretly want to keep for myself)



The Inner Kitchen, a gluten-free, holistic, organic cookbook with illustrations by my sister, Amy Payne, who has done illustrations for my own projects. These illustrations, by contrast, are far tamer, but just as lovely. (Bought two, gave one, kept one...)


I also bought a book on horses for my stepmom, a mystery/thriller for my dad, and various kids' books (Shhh!) for my own kids, plus a book of essays by Oliver Sacks that I have been wanting that I found on the clearance shelf at Barnes & Noble. This is all I can remember right now, but I may have bought even more!


So, Happy Holidays! If you are looking for a last-minute literate gift, hopefully my own choices will spur you in the right direction. Now please pardon me while I adjourn to housework now as we have company coming in two hours...





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