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Thursday, December 5, 2019

BOOK GIFT RECOMMENDATIONS

BOOK GIFT
RECOMMENDATIONS
This blog is most often a conduit for subjects connected to vintage Westerns, men's adventure fiction, and whatever else strikes my fancy or catches my interest. Every once in awhile I even go out on a limb to mention some great books I've enjoyed outside of my usual reading lanes.

I've always shaken my head in bewilderment whenever I hear a reader dismiss entire genres as not worth reading. I've heard it all at one time or another out of the mouths of the ignorant: I don't read romance, it's just for women ignored by their husbands or who can't get one...I never read Westerns, they're too old fashioned...Those men's adventure books are crap...Vampire books are stupid...Y/A books are just for kids...Science fiction is boring...Fantasy novels are just for geeks and nerds...Why read the Bible, religion is irrelevant...I don't understand why you read all that crap, it's a waste of time...


There isn't a genre I haven't read, and I've found crap books in every one of them. But, more importantly, I've read brilliant books in every one of those same genres. Granted there are genres of which I'm not a huge fan. I read very little of what appears on the traditional bestseller lists, but every once in a while I'll give a bestselling beach book a try and strike gold. Good writing is good writing whatever the genre.

Recently, I've read three books, which would not have usually jumped to the top of my teetering To Be Read pile, but I'm glad they did. Any one of them would make a great holiday gift for the reader on your list...


DAD IS FAT
JIM GAFFIGAN
Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids. Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he married and found out his wife, Jeannie "is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies."

Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so hes' now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat.

From new parents to empty nesters to Jim's twenty-something fans, everyone will recognize their own families in these hilarious takes on everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to growing up in a big family ("I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew") to changing diapers in the middle of the night ("like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous") to bedtime (aka "Negotiating with Terrorists").

Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.


THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN
A. J. HACKWITH
In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.

Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Winga neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth.


THE BOOK CHARMER
KAREN HAWKINS
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday, The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself. Prepare to fall under its spell.

1 comment:

  1. Paul, these all look wonderful! Thanks for this look into these excellent stories--I am headed to Amazon for all three of them. My Christmas gift to ME! LOL Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! XO

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