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Books Given and Received

I'll take on this meme--and for once, not months after it first appeared.

What books did you give and receive for Christmas?

Give:
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Halldor Laxness, World Light
Ursula LeGuin, Catwings
Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis I & II
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
John McNally, The Book of Ralph
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
Alex Kotlowitz, Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago
Studs Terkel, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Pär Lagerkvist, Barabbas

Receive:
Jay Ryan, 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcrafted Art of Jay Ryan
Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
(plus a $35 Powell's gift card)

I'm not at all bothered by the apparent give/receive imbalance, given that my to-read pile was already at 30+ books. Also, a quick trip to the book store is by far the easiest way to shop for my family. I assume they love receiving books; if not, they haven't objected. Until they start complaining, books is what they'll be getting from now on.

December 28, 2005 in Books | Permalink

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