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Bookworm Gift Guide

Thursday, December 11, 2008 by kate

If you’re looking for something to get that lit lover of yours, don’t break a sweat. Book Break has got the gift guide for you. From fashion to function, we’ve got some novel ideas.

Book Bags $100-$150
Don’t be mistaken. This isn’t a bag for your book, it’s a book-turned-bag. D.C. artist Caitlin removes pages from old hardcover books, reinforces the binding and adds some fabric flair. If you have a favorite book of your own, she’s willing to make you a custom purse.

And if you’re trying to buy for a guy, Caitlin also makes Paperback Wallets.

Reading Mug $12
For the caffeinated bookworm, check out Sarah Utter’s Reading is Sexy mug, made from 100% biodegradable corn plastic.

Guybrarian $14.95
Or if your guy friends don’t want a sexy mug, you can get Utter’s organic Guybrarian t-shirt, which sports “a dapper, glasses-nibbling, goatee-having, turtleneck-wearing fellow” on the front.

Book Shelf $350
Looking for a place to put all those books? Make a statement with a shelf with Jim Rosenau's themed book shelves made out of old books. (Humpty Dumpty isn't for sale anymore, but the Fisherman's Self is!)


twisted tinsel and holiday humor

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 by kate

Here are a couple of books that will help put you in the holiday spirit, or at least help you cope with the spirit of others.

Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas by John Grossman

Drawing from antique postcards, greeting cards and advertising giveaways, Grossman shares a Christmas, circa 1800, that looks nothing like the holidays of today.

Christmas Sucks: What to Do When Fruitcake, Family, and Finding the Perfect Gift Makes You Miserable by Joanne Kimes

A look at the commercialization of Christmas and the family strife that accompanies it.

Why Does Santa Wear Red? … and 100 Other Christmas Curiousities Unwrapped by Meera Lester

Get all the Ho ho ho info and Santa stats you need to know for the holidays.

With generous amounts of sarcasm and dark wit, Sedaris recounts his humorous holiday experiences, including his bout as an elf at Macy's.
What are your suggestions for good holiday books?
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