Books at Christmas Finale
The Best for Last.
Books for YOU!
It is impossible, of course, to peruse a bookshop at Christmas and not discover irresistible treasures for oneself. It is a sad fact with which I have become well-acquainted since I tend to wrap up so many books for my friends and family. What can I say? I’ve come to consider it a perk of the holiday season. Much like fudge. One for you, one - or two - for me. Here are a few books I could not resist this year.
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
edited by Otto Penzler
from Amazon: “Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.”
I mean who amongst us can resist this?
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy
by Fiona MacCarthy
It was with much anticipation that I made my way out of London in October for a visit to William Morris’s fabled Red House and oh, it did not disappoint. Being a devoted disciple of all things Morris, this book - which accompanies the new Morris exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery - is sure to delight me for years to come. You might like it, too!
The Writer’s Garden
by Jackie Bennett
by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
During a recent visit to Persephone Books in London, I chanced to overhear the owner on the telephone. A slight, tweed-suited lady whose size belied her rather formidable telephone voice, she was saying, “I intend to make this a best-seller. So many books climb up the charts that are far, far inferior to this one. This one deserves to be read, and read widely. I’m going all out on this one. I’m making it a best-seller.”
Well, naturally, I simply had to know the book of which she was speaking, even if it meant owning up to a spot of eavesdropping. And as luck would have it, the very book mentioned was already in my hands. I did pick up another for a friend. It does deserve to be a bestseller.
Note: The Persephone website appears to be having a spot of trouble at present.
Till they're up and running again, you can find The Homemaker HERE.
by Robert Sackville-West
Anyone fortunate enough to climb the tower at Sissinghurst Castle and peer into the writing room of Vita Sackville-West is sure to become intrigued with that family. I know I did. I’ve spent some time this year reading some of Vita’s writing, (All Passion Spent has risen to the top of my favorite’s list) as well as the wonderful new book on Sissinghurst garden. Now Robert Sackville-West has written a new history of the family and I cannot wait to read it.
by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
When we met for tea on the day of William and Kate’s wedding, I knew Lisa was headed for something special. There were too many ideas flowing through her head not to flower into greatness. And just last week, it all came to fruition when her exquisite new book, Novel Interiors, landed on my doorstep. A delightful blending of literature and design, Lisa illustrates beautifully how the books we love influence the homes we create. As someone who just had a birdhouse screened porch added to her bedroom, this is so right up my street and it’s one of the most gorgeous design books I’ve come across in years. Bravo!
The Elements of Style, Illustrated
by Strunk, White and Kalman
Every writer reveres Strunk and White’s definitive book on writing. And who can refuse this edition when it’s so delightfully illustrated by Maira Kalman?
The Annotated Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
edited by Janet Gezari
Take it from me, this is one beautiful book.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my book series this holiday season. I know I have.
Did I go overboard? Maybe. But I had so much fun.
And books are the most delicious gifts.