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Recommendations Wanted - Good Books for Christmas Gifts
vanity | 10/13/06 | randita

Posted on 12/13/2006 6:38:44 PM PST by randita

Have you read any great books in the past year? Ones that inspired you, intrigued you, informed you, kept you on the edge of your seat? Ones that, if you hadn't read them already, you would have been delighted to receive as Christmas gifts?

If so, please share your choices with your fellow Freepers. Some of us still have shopping to do and one of the suggestions may just be the perfect ticket for one of those hard to buy for relatives or friends.

As far as I'm concerned, recommended books do not need to be recent releases -- just recently read and appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Merry Christmas to all!


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: books; chrismtas; gifts
Two I enjoyed this year were Mayflower and Undaunted Courage -- especially for history buffs.
1 posted on 12/13/2006 6:38:51 PM PST by randita
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To: randita
"Future Jihad" by Walid Phares. Everyone please read and pass on to others.
2 posted on 12/13/2006 6:40:47 PM PST by outofstyle
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To: randita

1776 by David McCullough, it will make you proud...if you are an American.


3 posted on 12/13/2006 6:40:48 PM PST by rovenstinez (,)
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To: randita
"Future Jihad" by Walid Phares. Everyone please read and pass on to others.
4 posted on 12/13/2006 6:40:56 PM PST by outofstyle
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To: randita

I can highly recommend, "The Kite Runner", "Life of Pi", and "Shadow Divers".


5 posted on 12/13/2006 6:40:57 PM PST by modhom
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To: randita
I whole heartedly suggest America Alone by Mark Steyn.

Cheers,

knewshound

Latest Article; Allahboard US Airways.
6 posted on 12/13/2006 6:42:31 PM PST by knews_hound (Sarcastically blogging since 2004.)
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To: randita
For a history and a science buffs, The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes is a good pick.
7 posted on 12/13/2006 6:42:36 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: rovenstinez; randita
1776 by David McCullough, it will make you proud...if you are an American.

I second this. Also "Undaunted Courage."

8 posted on 12/13/2006 6:42:49 PM PST by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser and Shalit, we are praying for you)
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To: randita

Anything by Brock and Bodie Thoene

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame
by Michael S. Class
www.MagicPictureFrame.com


9 posted on 12/13/2006 6:43:23 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: randita

Ragamuffin Gospel for adults.

Chronicles of Narnia for kids.


10 posted on 12/13/2006 6:46:17 PM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: randita
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin was excellent.
11 posted on 12/13/2006 6:50:32 PM PST by Zeroisanumber (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: randita
For something different and fun: West River Waltz --Cowboy Poetry by D.W. Groethe

(scroll down the page).

12 posted on 12/13/2006 6:50:39 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: knews_hound
I second "America Alone".

I'd also like to recommend "Guests of the Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden and "White Guilt" by Shelby Steele
13 posted on 12/13/2006 6:52:21 PM PST by Madison Moose
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To: randita
-The Second World War by Winston Churchill
-Depraved and Insulting English by Peter Novobatsky and Ammon Shea (a collection of archaic curses, insults, and obscenities, it's the funnest lexicon ever written)
-Art: A New History by Paul Johnson

For LOTR fans: The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien

14 posted on 12/13/2006 6:59:26 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: randita
This fall my wife an I have been buying big volumns of Poetry and resolving to read extensively in this area of neglect for us over the next year. A daunting task requiring help.

Therefore, one of our Christmas gifts (a major one) to ourselves was the Oxford English Dictionary, Shorter Edition. Now keep in mind the the full Oxford is twenty volumns. The shorter is two volumns each the size of the unabridged dictionaries you used to see in your high school library. It is a luxury we have always wanted and finally decided to purchase. We took the Barnes and Noble Card, a Barnes and Noble Coupon and hit them on our personal discount shopping day because it is an outlandish price otherwise.

15 posted on 12/13/2006 7:09:01 PM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: randita

Political books: "America Alone" by Mark Steyn, "Party of Death" by Ramesh Ponnuru, anything by Bill Sammon.

Fiction: (Scary) "Prayers for the Assassin" by Robert Ferrigno, (Romance, history) "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, (Merlin, English fictional history) "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills" by Mary Stewart. (I love anything by Mary Stewart)

Inspirational: "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World", can't remember the author, and "Everyday Grace" by Marianne Williamson

Happy reading!


16 posted on 12/13/2006 7:40:01 PM PST by alwaysconservative (Vote Democrat: it's easier than thinking.)
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To: randita

I received, two Christmases ago “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History” by Thomas E. Woods. While both informative and enlightening, it was also an easy, entertaining and quick read.

I’m also a fan of Historical Biographer, Alison Weir, author of, among others, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, “The Children of Henry VIII”, “The Life of Elizabeth I”, and “Eleanor of Aquitaine”, all of which I’ve read and enjoyed.

The last work of fiction I really, really enjoyed was “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden.


17 posted on 12/13/2006 7:46:10 PM PST by Caramelgal (Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.)
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To: randita

Bookmarking.....


18 posted on 12/13/2006 9:06:16 PM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: randita

If you're into the fantasy genre, this year I have re-read the Drizzt series, starting from the Dark Elf Trilogy and all the way through The Hunter's Blades trilogy. Also, I am currently awaiting the next installment of A Song Of Ice And Fire, "A Dance With Dragons". There's not much non-antasy that grips me; if I want historical reading I crack open my history books, as I am a history major.


19 posted on 12/13/2006 10:24:53 PM PST by arderkrag (I MUD. What's that? Find out: www.mudconnector.com, or if you mud, try out: 24.227.13.66 port 7000.)
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To: randita

I just finished "Turning Angel" by Greg Iles, and I loved it.


20 posted on 12/14/2006 5:09:39 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: randita

The Truth About muhammad by Robert Spencer


21 posted on 12/14/2006 6:48:04 AM PST by aspen64 (Release the hounds!!)
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To: randita

If you can find it, 'The Joy of Yiddish' by Leo Rosten.


22 posted on 12/14/2006 4:08:22 PM PST by Spok
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To: RightWingAtheist; Physicist

Pingworthy?


23 posted on 12/20/2006 10:40:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Don't bother, I haven't updated my profile since 11/16/06. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: randita
This is a few years old, more than a few, but I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Fortune Is a River: Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavellis Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History Fortune Is a River:
Leonardo Da Vinci and
Niccolo Machiavelli's
Magnificent Dream
to Change the Course
of Florentine History

by Roger D. Masters


24 posted on 12/20/2006 10:44:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Don't bother, I haven't updated my profile since 11/16/06. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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