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Good Reads: Gift Giving Part 3

Barbara Perlman-WhymanSpecial to the Sierra Sun
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In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. Mortimer AdlerWe are half-way through our holiday gift giving lists and today we are going to offer selections that are more personal, sensitive, or empathic. These are books that often elicit an emotional response, an aha or an oooh moment. They can teach you something, remind you of something, or help you get through something. They can give you courage, insight, or share feelings.The poetry can be bonding, intimate, shared or humorous. Some of these books relate to the season, others relate to any season. Be careful when you go to the bookstore with this list for these books are just waiting to draw you in.

Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt ($14.95 and $17.99)Book of Psalms a translation with commentary by Robert Alter ($35)Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America by Beth Wenger ($40)The Book of Exodus by Sam Fink ($40)The Bible: Genesis, Exodus, The Song of Solomon illustrated by Marc Chagall ($19.95)Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas by Tim Coffey ($10.99)A Bethlehem Christmas: Celebrating the Joyful Season by Charles R. Swindoll ($14.99)Three Wise Women: A Christmas Reflection by Christian Ditchfield ($11.99)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson ($14.99)Unwrapping Christmas by Lori Copeland ($14.95)Till Morning is Nigh: A Wortham Family Christmas by Leisha Kelly ($14.95)One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham ($12.95)Magi: A Novel by Daniel L. Gilbert ($17.95)An Irish Christmas: by Melody Carlson ($14.95)Giver of Gifts: Three Stories of Christmas Grace by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt ($11.99)Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn ($13.95)The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere ($14.95)Boo Humbug by Rene Gutteridge ($11.99)The Best of Christmas in My Heart by Joe L. Wheeler ($16.99)Midnight Clear by Jerry Jenkins and Dallas Jenkins ($9.99)

The Bright Side: Surviving Your Parents Divorce by Max Sindell ($12.95)When Prayers Arent Answered by John Welshons ($22.95)Happiness is an Inside Job: Buddhist Teachings for a Modern Life by Sylvia Boorstein ($22.95)The Climb of my Life: Scaling Mountains with a Borrowed Heart by Kelly and Craig Perkins ($22.95)Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay ($24.95)

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 by Robert Hass ($22.95)Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again by Roger Housden ($16)Runes: A Review of Poetry-2007 edition published by C.B.Follett at Arctos PressCausing a Stir: The Secret Lives and Loves of Kitchen Utensils by Prartho Serano ($17.95)Toad to a Nightingale by Brad and Mark Leithauser ($20.95)Letters to Early Street and Walking Tooth and Cloud by Albert Flynn DeSilver ($14)Where Shall I Wander: New Poems by John Ashbery ($13.95)Star Dust: Poems, by Frank Bidart ($12) Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005 by Brendan Galvin ($26.95) Migration: New and Selected Poems, by W.S. Merwin ($24) The Moments Equation by Vern Rutsala ($12.95)Averno by Louise Gluck (Farrar, Straus andamp; Giroux)Chromatic by H. L. Hix ($15.95) Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner ($15)Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey ($15.95)Capacity: Poems by James McMichael ($13) Magnetic North by Linda Gregerson ($22)The Woman Who Died in her Sleep by Linda Gregerson ($14) Time and Materials): Poems 1997-2005 by Robert Hass ($22.25)The House of Boulevard Street: New and Selected Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) by David Kirby ($18.95)Old Heart: Poems by Stanley Plumly ($23.95)Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976 2006 by Ellen Bryant Voigt ($25.95)

Julia Morgan: Architect of Beauty by Mark A. WilsonMinka: My Farmhouse in Japan by John Roderick ($24.95)Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers by Robert Mapplethorpe ($150)Lowell Herrero by Kate Rothrock ($65)Modern Art : 1900-1945: The Age of the Avant-Gardes by Gabriele Crepaldi ($49.95)Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography by David Plowden ($100)Klimt by Alfred Weidinger ($165)Our World by Molly Malone and Mary Oliver ($24.95)Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman ($29.95)Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture by Peter Kobel ($45)Rock and Roll by Lynn Goldsmith and Iggy Pop ($50)Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks ($26)Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of all Time by Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik ($29.95)

The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Dr. Devra Davis ($27.95)For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance by Victoria Zackheim ($15.95)The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien ($14.95)After 50 Its Up to Us: Developing the Skills and Agility Well Need by George Schofield ($14.95)Details Mens Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You by Daniel Peres and the Editors of Details ($30)Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrows Big Changes by Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne ($25.95)Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barouin

The Seven Stages of Mans Best Friend: A Comprehensive Guide for Caring for Your Dog Through All the Stages of Life by Jan Fennell ($16.95)Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, and Emily Bronte by Maureen Adams ($24.95)

December 14 Nostradamus (1503)December 16 Jane Austen (1775)December 17 Ford Mattox Ford (1873) William Safire (1929)December 18 Leonard Maltin (1950)December 19 Jean Genet (1910)December 20 Sandra Cisneros (1954)

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 4 – 5 p.m. will be Kwanzaa Story Time and Party. Well learn about Kwanzaa and how it is celebrated using stories and activities, followed by a holiday treat. All ages.Also, many of the books on the Holiday Gift Giving Book Lists are on a lovely display at the library for you to either check out or literally check out.