And it's too late now to really worry about getting someone a book for under the tree (or on the Kindle) so just ponder these choices and see if you agree. I, Myself and Me suggest (of course) one of the best books you could ever want to receive - THE ELEPHANT TALKS TO GOD. And - yes - complete with a Christmas story. Also - let me bend your ear - a nice, thoughtful Omnibus by Kafka. And, to throw just a couple of others into the mix - books that I have read a number of times - The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann and Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Remember - books are the easiest presents in the whole wide world to wrap. And they entertain for years.
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You can always tell when you shake those dense little packages: it’s definitely a book. But that just heightens the suspense. What is the best book you have ever received as a gift? What are your favorite books to give to friends?
The Books That Authors Love to Give and ReceiveDEBATERS
- You Can’t Go Wrong With Frost
JAY PARINI, POET AND NOVELIST, "THE PASSAGES OF H.M."
- A Guilt-Free Gift Certificate
JANE SMILEY, AUTHOR, "PRIVATE LIFE"
- Asylums, Animation and Bad Advice
JOHN MCWHORTER, AUTHOR, "WHAT LANGUAGE IS"
- Wandering the Bookstore
BILLY COLLINS, POET, "HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD"
- To Read and to Hold
FRANCINE PROSE, AUTHOR, "ANNE FRANK: THE BOOK, THE LIFE, THE AFTERLIFE"
- A Blank Journal
MAGGIE STIEFVATER, AUTHOR, THE "SHIVER" TRILOGY
- My First Page-Turner
NICHOLAS CARR, AUTHOR, "THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS"
- Here’s to Pippi Longstocking