-- Glenn Beck, author of The Christmas Sweater - "I'm the guy that people dread getting books from--because I give them the tough stuff. America Alone by Mark Steyn, The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes and The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. Sure, they may take a couple of months to read--but when they are finally done they will have a really firm understanding about what is going on in the world--and how we can avoid repeating the mistakes of our past."Intrestingly (to me) all three of the books mentioned by John Grogan are ones that I still consider to be among my all-time favorites. I've taken a quick look at the list of books I've read in 2008 and these are the ones I am most likely to give as Christmas presents:
-- Paula Deen, author of Paula Deen's My First Cookbook - "I love giving Bibles, especially first Bibles to the youngsters. One of my treasured gifts that I received was for my wedding. I got it from my ex-brother-in-law, and it was a monogrammed Bible."
-- John Grogan, author of Marley and Me - "Any book that touches my heart dearly. There's great joy in sharing a great book, and the price tag is irrelevant. My short list would include Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and Alan Gurganus' Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All."
-- Nicholas Sparks, author of The Lucky One - "Well-written novels. Harder than it sounds to find them. In the course of reading 120 books a year, I might come across three or four that blow me away. Those are the ones I usually give as gifts."
Finding Nouf - Zoe FerrarisI posted this list in no particular order and I suspect that most of these books, if not all of them, will be on my "Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2008" when I pull something together in a few weeks.
Sing Me Back Home - Dana Jennings
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Resistance - Owen Sheers
This Republic of Suffering - Drew Gilpin Faust
River of No Return - Jeffrey Buckner Ford
Collected Stories and Other Writings - Katherine Anne Porter
In Memory of Central Park: 1853-2022 - Queenette Minel
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff
Which books do you plan to give (at least in theory) as Christmas gifts?