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Gift guide for the holiday season offers great books

A literary variety

Terri Schlichenmeyer Ow Contributor | 12/13/2019, midnight

Ah, the gift exchange. What to get for that hard-to-buy-for person who never likes anything? They say a book is a present that they’ll open again and again, so why not head to your local bookstore for great gifts?

Christmas does have a reason for the season, and if your gifted is exploring their beliefs, then “The Handy Christianity Answer book” by Stephen A. Werner, PhD, will be a good present. In a Q&A format, this book looks at Christianity and all aspects surrounding it.

Here’s a book for the teacher, parent, or pediatrician on your list: “Let the Children Play: Why More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive” by Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle.

For the gifted who strives to stay as healthy as possible, “Living with a Green Heart” by Gay Browne may be the right gift to give. It’s about getting rid of toxins in your house and in your body, not just inside and outside but also outside the door.

If there’s a business-minded future college student on your list, give “Masters at Work,” a series of quick-to-read books that explore various professions, from the kind of education needed to the salaries that can be expected, the best parts of the job, the most hated and what it’s like to go into business for yourself.

For the fiction reader who loves a little bit of romance with their ghost story, “The Ghost Clause” by Howard Norman is a good choice to wrap for under the tree. It’s the story of a ghost and his reflections in his marriage, a he observes the union of the new owners of his hormer home.

“The Plus One” by Sarah Arher is a novel about a robotics engineer who needs a date for a wedding. So he decides “why not just make one?”

The traveler on your list will enjoy reading “Layover” by David Bell. It’s the story of a man who meets an intriguing stranger in an airport and falls in love with her, but what happens next isn’t a love story. Wrap it up with “The Dollmaker” by Nina Allan, because it is a sort of love story.

On your list, there’s undoubtedly someone’s mom, or maybe someone who has decided not to be. In “Motherhood” by Sheila Heti, a woman wrestles with a “to be or not to be” question and all that comes with it.

For the gifted who loves being organized, wrap up “Careful What You Wish For” by Hallie Ephron, a novel about a professional organizer whose husband is a hoarder.

Another makes-you-think novel, “The lightest Object in the Universe” by Kimi Eisele, is a story of the end of the world and a chance to rebuild society anew.

For the reader who loves historical fiction, “Quintland Sisters” by Shelley Wood will be a great gift. It’s a fictionalized tale of the Dionne Quintuplets, as told by their nurse in novelized form.

Readers who enjoy crime fiction will love “The Shameless” by Ace Atkins. When a 20-year-old suicide suddenly becomes of interest to a couple of big-city reporters, Sheriff Quinn Colson wonders why.