I admit it. I’m guilty this year of getting some last minute gifts, many of them books. So to assuage my guilt and perhaps help someone with a last minute or belated gift, here’s a peek at what I picked up (in no particular order).


How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS
By Nigella Lawson

An oldie but goodie. Nigella’s post-feminist back-into-the-kitchen baking guide was all the rage when I was living in London early in the decade. I secretly want this book, but got it for my soon to be mother-in-law.


Molokai

MOLOKA’I : A Novel
By O.A. Bushnell

People say KA’A’AWA, another of Bushnell’s novels, is the best Hawaiian novel ever written. I couldn’t find it in the bookstore, so got MOLOKA’I, which is also in my book cabinet, waiting to be read.

The Forever War (Vintage)

THE FOREVER WAR
By Dexter Filkins

Some people like Iraq books–what can I say?

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

THE FIRST TYCOON
By T.J. Stiles

 It’s a national book award winner and all about Cornelius Vanderbildt. Other than that, I can’t yet say.

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
THE ASCENT OF MONEY: A Financial History of the World
By Niall Ferguson

This book is supposed to be great. Got it for my soon to be father-in-law, and though I thought it would be hardcover since it was just released late October, it was softcover.

Pat the Husband: A Parody

PAT THE HUSBAND
By Kate Merrow Neligan

I can’t yet figure out to whom I should give this parody of PAT THE BUNNY, but it was so funny I just had to get it. My favorite line, and I’m paraphrasing: The wife is hormonal, and the husband is a hormone. 

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE: A Soldier’s Education
By Craig M. Mullaney

I tried to find this book in stores but it was all sold out. I hear it’s a must-read for anyone interested in Iraq, the Army, or modern warfare.

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