Books to give and receive!

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 9:15 am

Looking for last-minute gift ideas? Readers will rave when they unwrap any of the books found on the library's 2008 Holiday Booklist. See what our librarians consider recommended reading, and check these titles out for free before heading to the stores!

Kids will learn valuable lessons from Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs and Big Words for Little People, and teens will be transported from 1940s Chicago (Ten Cents a Dance) to a future where it's possible to replace body parts with synthetic substitutes (The Adoration of Jenna Fox).

There are also a wealth of fiction choices for adults, like the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner (The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and a Richard Montanari thriller featuring Philadelphia police detectives assigned to the cold case squad (Badlands). Fascinating non-fiction options include cookbooks (Art and Soul of Baking), history books (This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War) and even a selection for the amateur social scientist on your list (Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do and What it Says About Us)!

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