Holiday Book Suggestions

In addition to usual end-of-the-semester rush involving final exams and projects, many of us still have to face the daunting task of holiday shopping. To help you with this, here are some of the best bookswe have read this year.

Meta Maus – Art Spiegelman revisits his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel in this work that is part scrapbook and part behind-the-scenes commentary.

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN – James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales take an insider’s look at what happens behind the cameras at ESPN.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – Type surrounds us, and Simon Garfield’s approachable work encourages us to think about font and what its design can tell us.

Look, I Made a Hat – Stephen Sondheim’s second compilation of lyrics from his shows starts with Sunday in the Park with George and follows his career to the present day. It is a veritable master class in musical theatre.

Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces – Roy Peter Clark offers advice for writers to help you from the first draft to the finished product.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime—Journalists John Hellemann and Mark Halperin provide a riveting inside look into what really happened during the 2008 presidential campaign. Brilliant strategies, missteps and pure gossip make this a fascinating read.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption — Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a troubled youth who broke into houses and engaged in street brawls until he discovered his talent as a runner. The story takes us to the Pacific ocean where Zamperini is an Army Air Force bombadier during World War II. This is a story about how a man finds his humanity in the face of brutality and evil. You won’t be able to put this book down.

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