21 December 2012

Give the gift of a book for Christmas

Everyone loves a good book, so if you're looking for a gift to give this Christmas, consider giving a book.

Here are some of the books Libraries ACT staff hope to give or receive this Christmas. There's a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and books for kids and adults.

  • Mr Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore - Robin Sloan. Described by the author as “a novel about books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love.”

  • The Island at the Centre of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America - Russell Shorto. A history of New York City’s Manhattan Island.

  • Imagine: How Creativity Works - Jonah Lehrer. Explores what it is that makes and encourages us to be creative.

  • Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals - By Jamie Oliver. Who wouldn’t enjoy inspiration for quick, easy and tasty meals, especially when they come from the energetic Jamie Oliver.

  • Building Stories - Chris Ware. More than a book, this is more a story in the form of art – a box-set of 14 items including books, booklets, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets – telling the story, in visual form, of the everyday life of residents of a Chicago building.

  • The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins. The bestselling novels set in a post-apocalyptic future where self-preservation drives participation in a deadly game.

  • Jack of Diamonds - Bryce Courtenay. The final novel from one of Australia’s bestselling authors.

  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett. Classic novel for children.

  • Little Elephants - Graeme Base. Picture book featuring a young boy who discovers miniature, flying elephants in his bedroom. They escape and create mayhem.

  • The 26-storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. A book for young readers which Andy Griffiths has said was probably influenced by his childhood enjoyment of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree.

  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea - Blaine Harden. The story of Shin Dong-Hyuk’s experience of life in a North Korean political prison camp.

  • Pole to Pole: One Man, 20 Million Steps - Pat Farmer. The story of ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer’s incredible journey, running from the North Pole to the South Pole.

  • The Last Runaway – Tracey Chevalier. In 1850s Ohio an English Quaker woman finds herself reliant on strangers and confronted by what she encounters in her new life.

  • Eureka – Peter FitzSimons. An exploration of the 1854 revolution on Australia’s goldfields, delving into the lives of the people and events.

  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin. Five years after his retirement, the former Detective Inspector John Rebus is faced with an old adversary, along with trouble in the form of Internal Affairs.