Part III of a special series of posts in the run up to the holiday season! (Part I here), Part II here I asked a range of authors that have previously appeared on the site about their Christmas book recommendations. Hopefully these books might help you with your own Christmas shopping gift ideas too! :-)
Q. Is there a smart thinking book that you are looking forward to reading this Christmas, or one you would like to give or receive as a gift?
I want to read How You Feel: The Story of the Mind as Told by the Body by James Tresilian. I hope I receive Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (I’ve dropped enough hints!). And I will give MD Herter’s translation of Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke as a gift.
I'm looking forward to reading The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr. I've already bought myself a copy but I've yet to dive in, apart from looking at the opening paragraph, which is one of the best I've ever read.
This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams (Bloomsbury, 2019). I read the first ten pages at a friend’s house and found it a beautiful rain of words. Can’t wait to read the rest.
A. Kendra Greene
I have been overthinking this trying to land on one—last year I gave so many copies of Ross Gay’s brilliant The Book of Delights, I missed mentioning Desirae Matherly’s exceedingly smart Echo’s Fugue the last list, and this moment I’m swooning over Toni Jensen’s Carry which I just set down—but I think Fowzia Karimi’s Above Us The Milky Way is it.
This Christmas period I will be re-reading The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. Now more than ever it is important to reflect on why there are anti-science sentiments and mindsets all along the political spectrum in society, and how we can overcome them peacefully and with good faith.
Huge thanks to Amanda, Jenny, Howard, A. Kendra, & Tim for their great Christmas book picks!
Merry Reading Christmas everyone! :-)
Image Copyrights: Little, Brown Book Group (How You Feel), Vintage Publishing (Bookworm), WW Norton & Co (Letters To A Young Poet), Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Splitting, This Is Happiness), HarperCollins Publishers (The science of Storytelling), Pan Macmillan (Sex Robots and Vegan Meat), Atlantic Books (Splash!: 10,000 Years of Swimming), Hodder & Stoughton (The Book of Delights), Ohio State University Press (Echo's Fugue), Ballantine Group (Carry), Deep Vellum Publishing (Above Us The Milky Way), Granta Books (The Museum of Whales You Will Never See : Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland), Random House USA Inc (The Demon-Haunted World), John Murray Press (Meteorite).