The Book Santa Brought

9780553459272_p0_v3_s192x300My favorite Christmas gift is always a book, and this year a good friend sent me Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores by Bob Eckstein.  A picture book with “true tales and lost moments from buyers, booksellers, and book lovers.” This book will always have a special place on my shelf.  Rizolli’s of New York City is in there – one of my favorites.  The store closed in 2014 after fifty years in midtown Manhattan, but happily it has relocated and reopened.

I plan to make a list of all the bookstores I have yet to visit – from all over the world – an itinerary for the future.

I Found This Post from 2011 – Merry Christmas!

9780971461222_p0_v1_s192x300When organizing categories for Christmas gifts – to help her calm the day’s frenzy – a friend with four children always included a game, a craft, something warm and fuzzy, and – of course – a book.  I remember finding a quiet corner to eat cookies and read my new book(s) on Christmas day.

In an article for USA Today, Darr Brieser asked authors to remember a Christmas book gift.  Chris Bohjalian, author of Secrets of Eden and more recently The Night Strangers, remembers his favorite Christmas book gift – The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis, the author of Auntie Mame.

Michiko Kakutani for the New York Times offers some suggestions for Christmas gift giving that include The Art of Fielding and Moonwalking with Einstein – two of my favorite reads this year.


What books do you remember getting from Santa?

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