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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2006 (December Editorial)
by Hilary Williamson

Are you starting to mark book gifts on those lengthy holiday shopping lists, or jotting down your own wish list as a gentle hint to loved ones? Here's our annual set of recommendations (limited to three per genre with much headscratching and a few headaches) as an aid to identifying the very best of 2006 releases.

As always, these are mainly hardcovers - have a look at our Recommended Reads 2005 to find excellent titles that are out in paperback this year. May you give and receive reams of engaging reading these 2006 holidays ...

Biographies Coffee Table Books Contemporary
Passionate Minds
Voltaire in Exile
Light on the Earth
Winged Migration
Digging to America
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Moonlight Hotel
Cookbooks Fantasy Graphic Novels
Emeril's Delmonico
Jamie's Italy
The Waldorf=Astoria Cookbook
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Shadow in Summer
Making Comics
Mom's Cancer
Historical Horror Literary
Arthur & George
In the Company of the Courtesan
The Widow's War
The Devil of Nanking
The Town that Forgot how to Breathe
The Wall
The Road
The Stolen Child
Mystery NonFiction Parenting
Silence of the Grave
Blood and Thunder
Terry Jones' Barbarians
Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood
Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child
The Overachievers
Romance SF Travel
Angels Fall
I See You
You Can't Hide
Crystal Rain
Prayers for the Assassin
Red Lightning
The Places in Between
Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions
A Year in the World
Chapter Books Picture Books Teens
The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean
The Ice Dragon
Mammoths on the Move
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie
Half-Moon Investigations
Small Steps
Find more holiday reading suggestions in Reviewer Faves 2006 and our many Holiday Columns. All of us at BookLoons wish you Happy Holidays, and a peaceful, healthy and joyful New Year!!

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