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I had to laugh at Oprah’s newest book club selection, which is a double book of Charles Dickens Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
My son read Great Expectations over the summer for his school reading list and it took him a long time to get through. In fact for much of the summer I got to hear about how long a book it was and how difficult it was to get through. He much preferred Oliver Twist. For myself with the holidays around the corner I would recommend A Christmas Carol if you want to give a Dickens classic for the holidays! I’ll be curious to see if this Oprah selection does as well as some of her others.
With only 17 days left till Christmas here are our book choices for the hard to shop for folks on your holiday list this year!
Mom / Mother-in-Law – Legacy by Danielle Steel
Dad / Father-in-Law- American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Brother – I’ll Mature When I’m Dead by Dave Barry
Sister – Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Grandparents – Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
Happy shopping! Take advantage of ground shipping rates and relieve yourself of some holiday stress this week by tackling your hard to buy for gifts at www.BookBouquet.com!
I’m not usually a fan of Danielle Steel novels, but I have to say I actually enjoyed Legacy.
I think it’s the best book she has put out in a number of years. It’s two stories in one actually. The main character has spent six years living a comfortable, quiet life and letting things just take her along for the ride. Then suddenly she loses her boyfriend and her job in the same week, and realizes she’s been sleeping through her thirties. Lost and insecure (yes, I’m stealing song lyrics) she takes a trip home to visit with Mom and decides to help her Mother with research she is doing on their family history.
This is where the second story comes into play. We get to also hear the story of Wachiwi, the kidnapped daughter of a Sioux Chief who ends up in France. Sounds crazy, but it’s compelling, based on actual history, and makes for great reading! I can give two thumbs up to Legacy!
If you are looking for a book to give this holiday season for your Mom, your Mother-in-Law, your wife or your sister then you won’t go wrong with The Legacy. At http://www.bookbouquet.com we make holiday shopping stress free. You’ll find you can give Legacy (and lots of other great books, too) in a variety of gift baskets including bath and book baskets, gourmet food baskets and even guilt free gift baskets.
In honor of cold and flu season, I’m featuring two natural remedies or prevention aids for all my readers!
Robin Barr, owner of Cold Sores Begone and Canker Sores Begone, reminded me that stress and changes in weather can bring on cold and canker sore eruptions. Cold Sores Begone can prevent a cold sore from erupting if applied at the “tingle,” and Canker Sores Begone can reduce the suffering time from a canker sore from the usual week or more to just a few days. Both are based on herbal ingredients and are safe to use, even for little children. You can pick up a bottle at many health food stores, or buy online.
Did you know that silver naturally prohibits bacteria growth? There’s some thinking that silver contributed to the higher survival rate for the wealthy class during ancient epidemics, because the rich had silver tableware, jewelry, and other objects that helped prevent disease! Templeton Silver makes a silver teething ring for babies, the Tug & Teethe Necklace, that is not only beautiful, and satisfying on the gums of a teething baby, but it also might help prevent the spread of germs. Founded by fellow mom Rhett Templeton, the company makes beautiful bijou bracelets too – pearl and silver tethers for pacifiers that can be worn as a bracelet.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris may best be described as fables for adults. Twisted fables with a healthy dose of ironic sarcasm thrown in for good measure. It’s not a laugh out load kind of book, but there is definitely a sense of humor about the whole thing. If I’m trying to place this for you it would be like the difference between food shows from Paula Dean and Anthony Bourdain. David Sedaris would appeal to the Anthony Bourdain fans.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is made up of sixteen short essays, though I would call them fables, and ones without the happy tied up ending. It’s a light read in that each fable is only six to fifteen pages, but a heavy read with some of the subjects and dark humor. Each one takes a timeless issue and puts a modern day spin on it. Some of the writing is crude and some of the illustrations follow suit, so this may not be the book you want to give out at the office or to Grandma or Grandpa. More that fun uncle with the twisted sense of humor only some people tend to get.
Don’t let the cute cover lure you into thinking this is a cute book of fun fables! But since there is a squirrel on the cover and this would appeal to those twisted individuals in your family tree we recommend giving this book with our Nuts About You Book Bouquet!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to build up my business from scratch without going to outside investors or borrowing money, but it’s not always possible for a business to get going without some outside capital. For very small women-owned businesses, it can be harder still. Yet women are so good at helping others – can’t there be a special way that a female entrepreneur can call on sympathetic women to help out with a business launch?
I’m excited to have learned that there is such a way – Wisdom of the Kitchen, an innovative way of bringing together women to fund women-owned businesses, founded by Stephanie Miller. Stephanie recently had a launch event where a group of businesswomen literally gathered in Stephanie’s kitchen in Los Angeles and heard three women present their business ideas, while Stephanie’s sister, a chef, prepared lunch for everyone. A further group of women participated via conference call. When the presentations were done, all participants could contribute to any or all of the businesses through the Wisdom of the Kitchen website. Check out the three businesses featured on the website: Healing Memorials, Fearless Beauty, and Kind Campaign, under the Give Now button.
Who doesn’t want to read a memoir by Keith Richards? The question is, what does Keith Richards actually remember about his life? And, the great thing about this book is the writing is so effortless it’s like you’ve sat down with Keith to discuss the old days like you are old friends.
In case you live under a rock, Keith Richards is the infamous guitar player for the Rolling Stones. Generally well known for rockin’ the guitar, being Captain Jack’s Dad in Pirates of the Caribbean (No. 3), and for liking booze, cigarettes and other vices way tooo much!
That being said you can imagine his story is not going to be boring or typical. You might think it would be crass and obnoxious, but it’s not that either. What you get is candid, unfiltered and fascinating stories from a rock legend. This is not just for Stones fans, rock hounds or aging groupies. If you love a good story you’ll love this book.
We have to say go ahead get a Life! (or two, one for you one to give). If you want to give Life for the holidays this year we have tons of ways to spread the cheer from our Kosher Gift Box to our Best Seller Basket!