Great Gift Books and Book Sense Featured in Upcoming New Yorker; PW Introduces "The Year in Books"

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The December 10 issue of The New Yorker, on sale December 3, will include a special insert featuring recommendations for great gift books from independent bookstores with Book Sense. The titles cover a wide range, with something for everyone, from new works of fiction and nonfiction that focus on New York to books that cover the world at large to "present novelties" and children's books.

Titles are presented under various headings with excerpts from the booksellers' recommendations that nominated the titles for the November/December Book Sense 76. Below is the complete list of Book Sense title recommendations.

City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan
Beverly Swerling (S&S)
Dave Kaverman, Little Professor, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon
Mitchell Pacelle (Wiley)
Nancy Brown, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, Connecticut

My Name Is Red
Orhan Pamuk (Knopf)
Leigh Winterbottom, Verbatim Booksellers, Vail, Colorado

The Last Summer of Reason
Tahar Djaout (Ruminator)
Linda Cohen, Little Professor, Temecula, California

Maureen F. McHugh (Eos)
Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Virginia

Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden
Diane Ackerman (HarperCollins)
Debbie Clough, Scott's Bookstore, Mount Vernon, Washington

Smart Food: Culinary Delights for Optimal Gray Cell Performance
Marlisa Szwillus (Silverback Books)
Amy Wynn, Builders Booksource, Berkeley, California

Ethel and Ernest: A True Story
Raymond Briggs (Knopf)
Martha Holland, Concord Bookshop, Concord, Massachusetts

All Families Are Psychotic
Douglas Coupland (Bloomsbury)
Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Distant Land of My Father
Bo Caldwell (Chronicle)
Miki Higuchi, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Menlo Park, California

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Harriet Scott Chessman (Permanent Press/Seven Stories)
Lesley Kleiser, Montgomery Book Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable
Mark Dunn, (MacAdam/Cage)
Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Still She Haunts Me
Katie Roiphe (Dial)
Kristina Orchard-Hays, Bernal Books, San Francisco, California

Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of Obsession
Matthew Hart (Walker)
Bob Deloria, Books Inc., San Francisco, California

Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History
Ron Goulart (Collectors Press)

Robert Segedy, McIntyre's, Pittsboro, North Carolina

I and Eye: Pictures of My Generation
Peter Simon (Bulfinch Press)

Robby Bick, Bunch of Grapes, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Olivia Saves the Circus
Ian Falconer (Atheneum)

Rose Joseph, Magic Tree Bookstore, Oak Park, Illinois

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Patty Lovell; illus. by David Gatrow (Putnam)

Susan Kent, Treehouse Readers, Kingwood, Texas

PW List: From Franzen to Welch, Black House to Seabiscuit, the highs and lows, the trends and scandals

Publishers Weekly has introduced The Year in Books, an annual review examining noteworthy trends in books and publishing and highlighting titles "that we discern to be of exceptional quality and also citing books that are important for other reasons--because they have spearheaded a wave of similar books, encapsulated a notable point of view, stood apart from the pack or just sent buyers rushing to the checkout counters. We've also included titles that, despite their potential, failed to take off for various reasons. We hope that highlighting them here might give them a second chance."

The entries for each genre, from Fiction to Comics, Lifestyle to Religion, have been compiled by one or more Forecast editors (and associates)
and reflect those editors' particular sensibilities. Each section begins with a general discussion and ends with a list. See the complete article at the PW site. Just what we all need to help with our Holiday Shopping!