If you’re buying holiday gifts, consider books. Per Roy Blount Jr.’s holiday call to action:
“We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let’s mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that’s just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!”
I’ve been doing my part.
My grandfather’s a history and current events buff who can’t get out much. I bought him Mexico: From Montezuma to the Fall of the PRI, I, Rigoberta Mechú, Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, and Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future.
I got my wife’s uncle, who’s interested in global activist movements, Our Word is Our Weapon: Selected Writings.
My wife’s been enjoying the novels of José Saramago, so I got her the newly translated Death With Interruptions.
And for me, some low-falutin’ scifi: Fast Forward 2.
Happy reading, folks.Posted by Anirvan