Friday, November 28, 2008

The Black Friday Stocking Stuffers List

Ho Ho Ho, it's Charles!

The holidays (pick your favorite) are upon us and as a bit of public service, we here at Type M are noting some great gift ideas that you absolutely must keep in mind as you buy gifts for the undeserving and never grateful enough people on your list. Keeping with Rick’s broadside on books (below), we are suggesting—nay, requiring—that you head directly to your local independent bookstore and buy multiple copies of each book we suggest.

Naturally, we would hope that you’d put ours on that list, but just to make it interesting, our self-imposed criteria requires us to only name books that are not written by friends and to books published in the past 12 months. Okay, we are willing to bend the later rule but not the former, so if you are a fellow author and don’t see your name on my list. Rest assured I would have put your book at the very top if it wasn’t for this darn rule.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, my suggestions:

The Good Thief
by Hannah Tinti
Lush Life by Richard Price
Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Okay, it’s published in 2006, but I didn’t buy it until 2008 and it’s staying on my list.)
Head Games by Craig McDonald
Clothing Optional by Alen Zweibel
Why We Hate Us by Dick Meyer
Crossing the Rhine: Breaking into Nazi Germany 1944 and 1945 by Lloyd Clark
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
Advertising is Dead: Long Live Advertising! by Tom Himpe & Will Collin


Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

These lists are a great idea, Charles. I'm going to look for some of the books you've recommended.

Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

Hey, Bob and I've GOT Plato & Platypus Walk into a Bar, and it's highly entertaining--and illuminating. We'll second that recommendation.

Donis Casey said...

I enjoyed "The God Delusion," but I liked "God Is Not Great" even more