Buying books for friends during the holiday season is tough because what usually happens is I wander around Barnes & Noble or Amazon for an hour finding things I’d like for myself. So what I tend to do is make a little wish list of books that have caught my eye and will purchase after the holiday craziness is done. Here are 5 that are on my list. But, just in case, Santa baby, if you’re reading, I’ve been a very good girl this year. :)
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) often relies on mnemonics, if you’re having a little trouble remembering a certain rule, and her tips, unlike those of other grammar books, come across as real world and helpful.
Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters. Alisa Bowman, whom I interviewed this week on this blog, offers a personal account of how she saved her marriage and how you can too. My marriage is just fine (or is it?), but I’m a sucker for good, honest and humorous writing.
Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen. How can I pass up the most talked about book of the year, a “tour de force” as reviewed by Oprah?
Dear Money. The author is one of my graduate school professors, the wonderful Martha McPhee, and her novel is about a writer turned bond trader and has garnered terrific reviews. The least I could do is read her stuff after she has devoted so much time reading mine, right?
Palo Alto: Stories. Hey, it’s James Franco. ‘Nuff said.