Seattle Times readers love book lists, judging by our recent website traffic. Book editor Mary Ann Gwinn’s list of 22 suggested gift books and our reviewers’ compilation of 32 favorite books of the year have both racked up thousands of page views.
So here’s one more (very personal) list for you: My own book-shopping list for various giftees in my circle. Once you’ve had a look, please share your book-shopping list with other readers in the comments thread.
1. For my 9-year-old son: “The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.” This is a kind of literary dream-team collaboration — 14 short stories by top authors based on Chris Van Allsburg’s enigmatic picture-book, “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.” In a recent story published in the Seattle Times, the volume is described as “hugely entertaining.”
2. For my husband, who is too busy shopping for Christmas dinner to read this and have his surprise ruined: “Man With a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families.” This set of essays was given a thumbs up/thumbs down review from the New York Times, but it has enough choice bits to satisfy the foodie in my family.
3. For my brother, who loves baseball and reading: Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding,” which reviewer John Freeman called “an absorbing and autumnal novel” in our pages.
4. For a young journalist in my life: Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style” — nearly 100 years old, and still one of the best, most concise guides to writing ever published. (“Omit needless words.”)
So what books are you buying this season?
(Photo: Kris Kelsay of Mercer Island shops at Island Books, by Steve Ringman. Business is good at local bookstores this season, reporter Susan Gilmore writes in a story today.)