Books. Aren’t they the perfect present? Inexpensive (all but the fanciest of hard covers should come in under $25.00 and paperbacks will be far less.) Independent bookstores will love you for shopping there. Exchangeable with ease, so you’ve guaranteed someone hours of pleasure.
I refuse to stick to recent books, because a great one is timeless. These are recommendations from my list of well loved books.
1) For little-little kids
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins: A book that’s fun to read aloud, even when you need to repeat it ten times in a row.
2) For teenage girls
Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen: This tale of a janitor’s daughter attending the elite school her father cleans provides a morality tale in which the pages fly by.
3) For Those Who Love Mother-Daughter Books
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum: Compulsively readable story of how an ordinary German woman saves herself and her daughter during WWII.
Rosie by Anne Lamott: What happens when a loving mother drinks far too much and misses all the signs of a daughter in trouble?
On Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl: A slim sad volume about discovering your mother’s real worth only after she’s gone.
4) For Those Who Love Reading about Women in Extreme Circumstances
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton: After the daughter of her best friend drowns while under her care, Alice Goodwin life whirls into horror.
Icebound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by Jeri Nielson: Neilson, a doctor stationed in Antarctica, during the season of no flights, discovers a lump in her breast and self-administers a biopsy to discover a fast-growing cancer which she must treat while ice-bound.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood: In the Republic of Gilead women have no rights. Breeding is their work. You can’t imagine what happens to Harvard. Shiver your way through this one.
5) Great Books which are incredible on audio (both read first, then heard)
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt: Listening to McCourt’s brogue as he reads his family’s story of poverty in Ireland, one could bear to be caught in the longest traffic jam in history.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: Despite reading it years before, I sank into the hours of audio story and adored hearing the rhythm of Eugenides words. Despite the length of this work, I still wanted more of Cal’s story of recognizing himself as a male stuck in a girl’s body. What a brilliant writer.
About Randy Susan
Causes Randy Susan Meyers Supports
Women for Women
New England Home for Little Wanderers