Editor’s Note: Each holiday season, Terri Schlichenmeyer, a syndicated book reviewer, prepares a list of book suggestions for Christmas gifts. The titles, which are listed in multiple categories and age ranges, will be released in the coming weeks.
It’s officially holiday shopping season. Books are easy to pack and give away, and they also last a while.
So why not go to the bookstore with your Christmas list and look for these gifts …
For the sports enthusiast
The angler on your list will love opening Mark Kurlansky’s “The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing” this year. What you need to know is that this is not a manual, it is rather a manual to love the art of casting and catching, from sea to sea. other and around the world.
No doubt there is someone on your list who plays favorites, when it comes to sports. That’s why you’ll want to wrap up “Talking to GOATs” by Jim Gray. It’s a book full of interviews with the greatest sporting competitors of all time (the GOATs, you get it?). There are surely more arguments in this book, just as there is more to know about professional superstars.
Want to do a home run this vacation? Then complete “42 Today: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy”, edited by Michael G. Long. It’s a collection of essays on the impact Robinson left on people today and the memories others have of the great man.
For the woman on your list who has a love-hate relationship with sports, conclude Julie DiCaro’s “Out of the Way: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America”. It is a book that delves into the “thorny issues” of sexism, exploitation and toxicity that women sometimes face in competition. Not for the faint of heart, of course.
If there’s a young player on your roster, here’s a book for their parents: “The Brain on Youth Sports” by Julie M. Stamm, Ph.D. Help them shed the myths and be armed with the facts on brain damage in children’s sports.
The reader who does not have enough history of WWII will enjoy reading “Into the Forest” by Rebecca Frankel. This is the true story of a family who escaped the Nazis by hiding in a nearby wooded area and they were able to stay safe for two years. Decades later, long after their release in 1944, another miracle happened, as did love. Wrap it with a handkerchief. It’s that kind of book.
For the person who browses the books faster than fast, conclude “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker”, edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick. It’s a thick anthology filled with essays from decades ago but still relevant today, thoughts that need to be reconsidered, and historical tales that modern eyes need to see. End with “Black Nerd Problems” by William Evans and Omar Holmon, a book perfect for geeks, nerds, con-lovers and gamers of all races.
History buffs will love unboxing “Travels with George” by Nathaniel Philbrick, a book that chronicles the author’s journey across America to see how our country has changed, including how we see George through stories. modern eyes.
• Terri Schlichenmeyer of The Bookworm Sez is a self-organized book review columnist. Schlichenmeyer’s reviews include books for adults and children of all genres. You can contact her at [email protected]