Editorial December 2004 : Books for all Reasons By Hilary Williamson 've been making my list and checking it twice - haven't a clue who's been naughty or nice but I am finding all kinds of good reasons to give books as holiday gifts to friends and family. I'm piling my own choices up right now, ready for wrapping. We'll be posting our 2004 fiction favorites across genres very soon. And here are non-fiction selections to suit all kinds of reasons for reading ... I on Clark's R & Edward Humes' The Excellent 11 both make the grade for the educator on your list. A student to buy for? Give the gift of good advice from School of Dreams by Bill O'Reilly & Charles Flowers. Student shopping for parents? Give them insights into what makes teens tick via Rhett Godfrey's The O'Reilly Factor for Kids . Need a gift for a friend who's deep in the parenting trenches? They'll find moral support in Ed Young's The Teen Code (good luck!) Kid CEO: How to Keep Your Children From Running Your Life riends in mid-life? Cheer up the ladies with Sue Ellen Cooper's F . And menopausal men will find Jed Diamond's The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty enlightening. For the recently retired, there's The Irritable Male Syndrome by Jan Cullinane & Cathy Fitzgerald, and most elders will find useful tips in Jim Miller's The New Retirement . Health-conscious acquaintances? They'll appreciate The Savvy Senior by David Johnson, David Sandmire & Daniel Klein. Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life udding authors will benefit from the excellent advice in Elizabeth George's B . Aspiring inventors should own Harold Evans' Write Away to study how their predecessors succeeded. And Margo Annett's They Made America will give resting actors on your list a helping hand. Any CEO can learn from Actor's Guide to Auditions & Interviews by Lance Kurke, and you might as well throw in The Wisdom of Alexander the Great by Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton as a stocking stuffer. A Carrot A Day edited by Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur & Elizabeth Hunt is great fun for trivia addicts, and wordsmiths will enjoy Mardy Grothe's C ondensed Knowledge . Speaking of words, do you know any Oxymoronica oenophiles? Patrick E. McGovern's is a must read for wine lovers. Anyone in your circle nostalgic for the 60s? Give 'em Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture by Felix Dennis, and listen to the poet with a glass of holiday cheer (do keep it at least half full). A Glass Half Full now any vegetarians? Give 'em K by Nava Atlas, and tuck Aliza Green's The Vegetarian Family Cookbook into their stocking while you're at it. For a herbalist, Sarah Garland's Field Guide to Produce says it all, a lovely book. Environmentalists will be cheered by the success story told in The Complete Book of Herbs & Spices by Rex Weyler, and intrigued by Alanna Mitchell's visits to environmental hotspots in Greenpeace . And any teen activist needs a copy of Mikki Halpin's Dancing at the Dead Sea . It's Your World - If You Don't Like It, CHANGE IT or the fitness fanatic, we have F by Mark Verstegen & Pete Williams. Martial artists will be enthralled by William Scott Wilson's Core Performance . Anyone interested in meditation will enjoy David Fontana's The Lone Samurai . Those seeking the spiritual need go no further than Meditation week by week by The Dalai Lama & Victor Chan. And give someone in search of inspiration Phyllis Strupp's The Wisdom of Forgiveness . The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security In The Sonoran Desert fter the holiday feasting, all but the Twiggy shaped will need A by Ron Rosedale & Carol Colman. For a Martha Stewart wannabe, offer The Rosedale Diet by Gay Merrill Gross (or give it to the kids along with the job of setting the holiday tables). And if you're looking for something just for laughs, wrap up The Art of Napkin Folding by Michael D. Conway & Peter Medilek. Merry Kitschmas: The Ultimate Holiday Handbook Happy (well read) holidays to all!
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