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Books given, 2007

This year, continuing a protracted trend, the Christmas gifts I've given to my family have been almost exclusively books. (With the exception of my wife, with whom I have considerably more imagination in my gift giving.) Here's what my undoubtedly grateful family is thanking their lucky stars for having received this year.

19-year-old nephew
(College freshman who is still finding his place in the world and likely in need of examples of roads not to take)
Joe Meno - Hairstyles of the Damned
Knut Hamsun - Hunger
Ben Tanzer - Lucky Man

23-year-old niece
(Recent college graduate and fledgling writer who has already seen more of the world than I will likely see in my entire life)
Laila Lalami - Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
Ian McEwan - Atonement
Various Writers - Literature from the Axis of Evil

30-something wife
(Voracious reader and English major who can recite Beowulf in the original Middle English yet still loves Harry Potter)
Simon Armitage (translator) - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

40-something sister
(Casual reader who is not too bold in her reading choices and owns far too many Stephen King hardcovers)
Gregory Maguire - Wicked
Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian

Never-mind-how-old mother
(Another voracious reader who is forever interested in her Scandinavian heritage)
Per Petterson - Out Stealing Horses
Barbara Sjoholm - Palace of the Snow Queen

December 27, 2007 in Books | Permalink