By Jillian Bietz – The gift of the written word.

 

Holiday shopping may conjure up images of hectic crowds and long lines, but what’s easier than giving the gift of the written word? These are just a few books that most definitely will not end up in the regift pile!

 

Love Walked In by Marisa de Los Santos

Thirtysomething Cornelia Brown is highly educated, adores old movies and is a manager at a coffee shop. Book-loving Clare is a sometimes far too wise but vulnerable eleven-year-old carrying a familial burden. When the man she believes is that of only her wildest dreams enters her coffee shop, Cornelia’s life changes forever. Soon, Cornelia and Clare’s circumstances collide and so the journey begins. Both together and separately, Cornelia and Clare come to discover that love comes in many different forms. Even during the toughest of times. Love Walked In is a magical tale filled with holiday cheer. Perfect for the novel lover.

 

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine and Courtney Heimerl

This is a must-have for any crafter. DIY has become a true subculture in the modern world-countless blogs, TV shows and magazines tout creative homemade crafts. An accompaniment to a documentary of the same title, Handmade Nation explores the modern developments of the DIY community. Handmade Nation chronicles various artists with different crafts from all over the United States. This is a very interesting look at how self-starting crafters have used their DIY skills for profit. Very inspirational!

 

 

Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic by Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom

Even if you know how to do all 500 things, this is still a great book to read! Show Me How is the perfect present for anyone, from anyone. It is jam packed with super interesting anecdotes and unique graphic pictures. Even the most reluctant of readers will become a non-fiction buff!

Happy Holidays!

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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