You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me – C. S. Lewis
There is nothing I enjoy more after the mayhem on Christmas morning than retreating with a mug of tea and a new book. With hopes that my loved ones feel the same, I buy books as gifts. Titles are culled from holiday lists such as the highly anticipated “Books for Everyone” catalogue that McNally Robinson distributes free of charge every November or the Indigo flyers full of “must haves”. I take pleasure in trying to match each recipient with that perfect title. Then it’s a trip to the bookstore and a post-shop latte.
For my husband who has a romantic urge to become a gentleman farmer : Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. I can already hear him singing the theme song from “Green Acres”.
For my clotheshorse daughter: Grace, a Memoir by Grace Coddington, Vogue’s brilliant fashion editor. According to the review by Entertainment Weekly, Grace is the “ bohemian big-haired yang” to her boss Anna Wintour’s “impeccably tailored yin”.
For my mother: Downton Abbey Season 1 & 2 on DVD, the hybrid soap opera/costume drama. If you missed it when it aired last year this will bring you up to date and ready for Season 3.
For my sister-in-law who lost her copy of heirloom family recipes: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. My grandmother was a kitchen maid at the country house of Prime Minister Gladstone in England and brought her repertoire of recipes to Canada where she cooked for eminent Winnipeg families. Many of her signature dishes, from Eccles Cakes to Parisian Eclairs, are represented in this collection of upstairs /downstairs recipes.
To my music afficionado brother: How Music Works by ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne along with the CD Love this Giant, his collaboration with St. Vincent. Other options include Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace or the new biography of Leonard Cohen entitled I’m Your Man.
For my nephews:
Prince of the Elves Book 5 of Amulet series for the 9 year old graphic novel addict .
How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell for the nephew who attended the “How to Train Your Dragon Show” at the MTS Centre and loved it.
Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson for the nephew entering Grade 7 at a new school.
Perhaps its time for an ereader this Christmas?
With the new Freading database Winnipeg Public Library’s selection of ebooks has expanded.
Take advantage of our ereader “show & tell” events to test drive some of the options before buying.
Books are a pleasure that lasts long after the hub bub of Christmas has died. No batteries (other than a jack for your new ereader) are required!