December 2017: Gifts and Gift Guide

T'was the week before Christmas . . . 
Time to slow down, shop local, and feel the joy of the season. Check out our selection of fun and creative toys, stocking stuffers, puzzles, and games to complete your gift giving list. Our children's gifts are chosen to stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity and old fashion fun. Our grown up gifts celebrate book lovers and seasonal comforts. One stop holiday shopping for book lovers!
~ Joanne, Gift Buyer
Last minute ideas
Gift suggestions for those on your list who are:
Literary Travelers:
Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendor. A travel guide to literary landmarks, from Jane Austin's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West. (Hardcover, $26.00)
Readers who enjoy placing literature in a historical context:
The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization, by Martin Puchner. The author leads the reader on a journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. (Hardcover, $32.00)
Non-Fiction Readers:
Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman. The definitive biography of the Soviet leader. (Hardcover, $39.95)
Grant by Ron Chernow. One of The New York Times Book Review Top Ten books of 2017. (Hardcover, $40,00)
Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. (Hardcover, $35.00)
Science Fiction Readers:
Artemis by Andy Weir (author of The Martian). Hardcover, $27.00
The Power by Naomi Alderman. One of The New York Times Book Review Top Ten books of 2017. (Hardcover, $26.00)
Daring and Experimental Cooks:
America: The Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholz. With 800 home-cooking recipes, this book is a celebration of the remarkable diversity of American food and food culture state by state. Features 50 essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs. (Hardcover, $49.95)
Crime Fiction Readers (and possible Grinches):
The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers. With a foreword by Peter Lovesey, these 18 delightful holiday stories by Soho Crime authors contain laughs, murders, and plenty more. (Hardcover, $19.95)
~ Mary Fran, Book Buyer