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Before You Do Your Holiday Shopping… November 6, 2008

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Now that the election is over, some of you will be turning your minds to the upcoming holidays.  Who will bring the sweet potatoes?  Will the dining room table seat everyone?  Will Uncle Oscar behave himself this year? 

And many of you will be shopping.  There are an infinite number of objects that one might buy, but I’d like to suggest you consider buying books as holiday gifts.  There are a number of reasons, not the least of which is supporting the publishing industry and your local bookstore, and they could certainly use the help. 

But more important are the memories you might be creating.  My mother used to give me the latest Agatha Christie every Christmas.  When I turned 16, my aunt gave me books of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Sara Teasdale.  My oldest friend still uses the Gourmet Cookbook I gave her as a wedding present. 

Yes, you will have to put more thought into this than a gift certificate.  But when you get it right, it’s a really wonderful connection with the recipient. 

So wander into that bookstore with your list in hand and see what materializes.  And be sure to pick up something for yourself! 

Happy Reading and Shopping, 

The Book Goddess

P.S.  Have you ever received a wonderful book as a gift?  I would love to hear about it!


The Perfect Gift October 11, 2007

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I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended wandering the library stacks in this blog, and if I haven’t, I want to do so now. I know it seems like a time waster to some people. But the Book Goddess is a great believer in serendipity, and who knows what treasures await you if you enter those cool and inviting rows of books with an open mind and open eyes. At least once in a while.

For instance, I was finding a book for a telephone patron the other day – yes, we do this, we’re happy to do it, we want you to have the book (or DVD or CD) you want, don’t hesitate to call…. Anyway, I stumbled upon a cool little book called Gifted: 1000 Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Life by Sarah Weidman.

After I had taken care of the patron, I thumbed through it. It’s divided up into chapters designating the type of gift recipient – everything from “The Newborn Babe” to “The Restless Retiree”. (Not to mention “The Know-it-All”, “The Quirky Pal”, and “The Laid Up and Lonely”.)

Some people, I have heard, don’t like gifts. The Book Goddess finds this hard to understand, and thinks it is probably because they have not been receiving the right gifts. This book could help.

Some of the suggestions, such as a museum membership, may make you wonder, Why didn’t I think of that? Others may simply surprise and delight you. I like the idea of a bilingual doll that says a number of phrases in English and another language (for “The Curious Kid”). And for “The Housewarmee”, how about the Hurricane Survival Kit, complete with flashlight, radio, and refreshments?

All of these items are available online, so your location is no problem. And let’s come right out and admit that the Book Goddess found some really cute wall decals that may soon be adorning her bathroom.

So – Happy Shopping and Happy Reading!


The Book Goddess