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Posted by Laura Yoo

This Christmas season, give the gift of reading!  Here’s my shopping list for the grownups and the little people on my list.

The links will take you to Amazon. Don’t forget to shop Amazon Smile and choose Howard County Poetry and Literary Society for your charity!

For the Little People

E.B. White collection: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan  $13.97

Roald Dahl’s Magical Set: Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $17.89

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak $10.99 – This one is my kids’ absolute favorite. They think it’s so hilarious and love making the parents read it – but they also enjoy reading it themselves to say the funny words, especially “butt”.

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz $12.80 – This one is actually one of my favorites. I love retelling of fairy tales and I love this little ninja girl version of Red Riding Hood.

Encyclopedia Brown set of 4 books – $12.19 – I loved reading these books when I was a kid – time to get the next generation hooked!

Curious George Around Town – $8.29 – Curious George is probably my favorite series in little, little people books.

For the Grownups

The Vegetarian by Han Kang $8.92

“Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.” – Amazon

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead $16.17

“The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South” – Amazon

Vaseline Buddha by Jung Young Moon (translated by Jung Yewon) $10.13 –

“A tragicomic odyssey told through free association scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. The story opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality.”- Amazon

The Best American Essays 2016 $8.79

“A true essay is ‘something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,’ writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction. However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk.”- Amazon

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation $11.72

“This graphic adaptation by Jackson’s grandson Miles Hyman allows readers to experience “The Lottery” as never before, or to discover it anew. He has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds and the unforgettable ritual its inhabitants set into motion. Hyman’s full-color, meticulously detailed panels create a noirish atmosphere that adds a new dimension of dread to the original story.” – Amazon

Happy gifting! And don’t forget to select Howard County Poetry and Literary Society on Amazon Smile!

Laura Yoo HoCoPoLitSo Board member and Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College.

Laura Yoo
HoCoPoLitSo Board member and Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College.

 

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