Another bookish Christmas…I should be Icelandic! Without further ado, here is the list of what I gave & what I got.
BOOKS I GAVE:
To my niece, a first year university student, I gave Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth.
My brother-in-law can be a tricky choice, but I thought a collection of Stanley Elkin Essays, Pieces of Soap, would be just the right thing.
I chose two for my twin sister:one for a birthday gift, one for Christmas. I like to get her a book with a connection to Oregon and something else that is just a good read, So I got her Cat Winter’s Yesternight and Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett.
To my teaching partner, who has just discovered steampunk, I gave Arabella of Mars by Portland author, David D. Levine.
I have a pretty little pile of books that I can hardly wait to dip into. My birthday book was the winner of the Giller Prize, the Man-Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Award, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.
Two other Canadian novels round out my Jólabókaflóð. The first, The Night Stages, is from Jane Urquhart, an author I have long loved.
The second is from an author who is new to me, Saleema Nawaz.
I’d love to hear what books you gave & received this holiday season.