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Good Reads: Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Barbara Perlman-WhymanSpecial to the Sierra Sun
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It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (3 B.C.-65 A.D.) Epistolae MoralePicking a book for a gift can be quite fun and rewarding, particularly if you know a little about the interests of the person receiving it and a little about some well-written books worth owning. This weeks lists should offer numerous suggestions for a friend and family member who is hard to buy for. Does he or she love to travel or like to fantasize about far away places? Everyone who cooks adores a new cookbook to test. The whodoneits are great escapes. And when they are written by authors who keep you in suspense and mentally challenged, they are wonderful treasures. The biographies listed here are exceptional and varied. They offer an engaging account of other peoples lives, bringing a fresh new way to understand the person and the times in which he/she lived. And for that special person who enjoys both sports and reading, the sports books here speak for themselves. So look at your list and look at these lists. Match them up and Get thee to thy bookstore! And remember, there will be more categories to follow next week.

The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin ($25)The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (2007 Edgar Award winner)Runoff by Mark Coggins ($24.95)The Woods by Harlan CobenBeating the Babushka: A Cape Weathers Investigation by Tim MaleenyCreation in Death by J. D. Robb ($25,95)In For the Kill by John Lutz ($6.99)The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry ($24.95) Darkness Falls by Kyle Mills ($24.95)The Ghost by Robert Harris ($26)Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier ($16)

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen ($28.95)The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance by Fritjof Capra ($26)Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix by Steven Roby ($19.95)Finding Iris Chang: friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind by Paula Kamen ($26)Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanugh ($37.50)Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson ($19.95)A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years by John Richardson ($40)The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtin by Peter Sis ($18)Born Standing Up: A Comics Life by Steve Martin ($25)Schultz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis ($34.95)Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan ($29.95)Song Without Words: The Photographs and Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy by Leah Bendavid-Val ($35)Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope by Jimmy Carter ($26)Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad (Alfred A. Knopf)Clapton: An Autobiography by Eric Clapton ($26)The Adventures of Eddie Fung: Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War by Judy Yung and Eddie Fung ($22.50)Brother, Im Dying by Edwidge Danticat ($22)Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer by John Leake ($25)Lyrics by Sting ($28)Jean Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius, by Leo Damrosch (Houghton Mifflin)

Saturday Rules: A Season with Trojans and Domers (and Gators and Buckeyes and Wolverines) by Austin Murphy ($24.95)Tight Lines by Joseph Furia (editor) and James Prosek (illustrator) ($27.50) Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America by Darius Oliver ($60)The Match by Mark Frost ($24.95)Bos Lasting Lessons: The Legendary coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schemechler and John U. Bacon ($25)A Lions Tale: Around the World in Spandex by Chris Jericho and Peter Thomas Foratale ($25)

December 7 – Willa Cather (1873)December 8 – James Thurber (1894) Bill Bryson (1951)December 9 – Jan de Brunhoff (1899) John Milton (1608)December 10 – Emily Dickenson (1830)December 11 – Alexandr SolzhenitsynDecember 12 – Gustave Flaubert (1821)