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Stocking Gems

by Hilary Williamson
updated December 2010

Christmas is coming, the fat geese have long flown south, and the old man longs for loonies (the Canadian dollar coin for those not in the know) - not pennies - in his hat these days. The holidays have sneaked up fast as always, and if you're still scrambling to find small last-minute gifts for a family Christmas stocking, for Hannukah or Kwanzaa, or simply as a modest present for a hostess or neighbor, I have some book gems to suggest to you ...

For the nostalgic:
The Gift by Pete Hamill
A 17-year-old sailor is home for the holidays in snowy 1952 Brooklyn.

For the believer:
The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere
A beautifully illustrated, empathetic retelling of the nativity story.

For your favorite Scrooge:
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
No man is an island, even if he'd like to escape to one for Christmas.

For the quirky minded:
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Christmas Collection
A charming compilation of holiday trivia, quizzes, jokes, and quotes.

For the punster:
Have Yourself a Punny Little Christmas by Richard Lederer
Enjoy 'Word Play for the Holidays'.

For the puzzler:
The Times Su Doku 1 or The Times Su Doku 2 by Wayne Gould
The 'Utterly Addictive Number-Placing Puzzle'.

For the linguaphile:
Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas by Judy Parkinson
'Popular Expressions - and How We Got Them'.

For the quote collector:
Only the Best/Solo Lo Mejor by Adrienne Avila & Leslie Pockell
100 passionate Latino quotations - in both Spanish and English.

For the mystery reader:
Mystery Lover's Puzzle Book by Linda K. Murdock
A crossword puzzle book for mystery lovers.

PingFor the zen seeker:
Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond by Stuart Avery Gold
Ping the frog's 'transformative journey' teaches valuable life lessons.

For the budding inventor:
Science's Strangest Inventions by Tom Quinn
'Stories from Over 200 Years of Science's Inventive History'.

For the extreme traveler:
The Space Tourist's Handbook by Eric Anderson & Joshua Piven
'How to Prepare for the Ride of Your Life'.

For the teacher:
A Teacher's 12 Days of Christmas by Sue Carabine
Former students let a master teacher know the difference she made.

For the cat lover:
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
'How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat'.

For the dog lover:
A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
Old fashioned values, good people, warm feelings, and soulful mutts.

For the kid in all of us:
The Nutty News by Ron Barrett
Get the latest headlines in '80 Pages Of News That's Cracked'.

For a friend across the border:
Canada vs United States by Jeff Pearce
'How Canada is So Much Better than America'.

For everyone, everywhere:
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou
Stirringly invokes peace and hope against rancor, divisiveness and hate.

Have a joyous holiday and a happy, healthy and successful year to follow!
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