Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 5 – The Bookshelf

These bookworm gift ideas cover the range from old fiction favorites to some of the highest rated books from 2015.  The nonfiction choices will help you upgrade your cooking, bar tending, gardening and letter writing skills.  The fiction selections will take you on adventures in today’s world and the streets of worlds past.  The book darts are an excellent tool for marking pages to remember or passages you want to return to.

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James Bond 007 Series;  The 12 Bottle Bar;  Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction;  The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual;  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up;  The Art of the Personal Letter;  The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories;  The Complete Sherlock Holmes;  Tasting Beer;  Joy of Cooking; H is for Hawk; Book Darts

Big Red

Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard

Some books are worth reading more than once.  I have several books that I like to reread, many of them old favorites that I revisit each year at a specific time.  Big Red is one of my books to read in autumn. I first picked it up when I was just a little tomboy.  I remember this book resonating with me because the setting was very like my own home: the wild hills which I explored by myself and with my brother and sister and cousins was much like the land described in the book.  Big Red is also a coming of age story and I’ve always been a sucker for a good coming of age tale.  There is danger and adventure and a boy who embraces solitude and independence.  There are beautiful illustrations by Bob Kuhn.  There are life lessons and lyrical language.  And there’s the dog.  And who doesn’t love a good boy-and-dog story?  And (spoiler alert) this one does not have a heartbreaking ending.

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