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Need ideas for Christmas gifts?

I mean, usually I do. I don't celebrate it myself since converting to Judaism more than a decade ago, but my kids and parents and such do, and I'm usually a bit stumped for ideas. More to the point, when my family members ask me what I want for Christmas (yeah . . . they kind of didn't really get the memo, so I still get Christmas gifts from them. Because tradition), I am often completely stumped.

Writer/reader gifts

If you, like me, are stumped about what you'd most like for Christmas this year, may I suggest that any of you who are writers (and many of you who are not writers) put Views from a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life by Jeannine Atkins on your list? Next to Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stephen King's On Writing, this is the book you want for inspiration, motivation, and support. I am completely and totally serious. And yes, Jeannine is a friend of mine (one I've actually met in person in addition to online, no less!), but this book is a thoughtful exploration of the writing process and writing life. Each essay is a gem, its truthfulness beaming at you from the page. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking and utterly beautiful. And if you are a writer, or are interested in the lives of writers or the creative process, you need this book. It is available as a paperback book at BarnesandNoble.com and as both a paperback and in Kindle format at Amazon.

Interested in writing memoir? Then you simply must pick up Beth Kephart's latest title, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir. I met Beth this summer, and was then lucky enough to hear her speak about this book at an event at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Beth excels at both writing and teaching memoir, and this book manages to convey her expertise well, and will definitely set you on the right/write path toward memoir if you're so inclined. And her writing is swoon-worthy all on its own.

You may also want one of these wonderful book scarves or pairs of writing gloves from Storiarts over at Etsy. (I ordered the A TALE OF TWO CITIES scarf for Maggie for Christmas. Shh! Don't tell!) They have Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Les Misérables, and more. (Bet you can guess which ones I prefer, huh?)

And, of course, books, chocolate, tea, coffee, and/or wine are always great writer presents. (I'm pretty sure that's not just me.)

Gifts for nonwriters

I'm a little scant on suggestions this year. Part of that has to do with all my recent downsizing activities. But in addition to chocolate, tea, coffee, and/or wine, I can make one additional suggestion.

For kiddies of all ages, I can't imagine a better Christmas book than the latest "scanimation" title, SANTA!, by Rufus Butler Seder. Turning the pages sets Santa into magical motion, doing everything from hoola hooping to ice skating to turning back flips and more. The book is lots of fun to watch/read, and I am thankful to the good folks at Workman Publishing for sending me a review copy of it! You can see the book trailer below.

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Dec. 12th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I DO need Christmas gifts. And I wish I could get everyone on my list books. I can get away with maybe half. I did get one person down at yoga tonight when someone wore a lovely hat sewn my another yoga-ist, who promised me fast delivery and a sweet deal.

Thank you so much for your many kind words about my book! I'm happy and honored to be included among Mr. King, Ms. Lamott, and dear Beth Kephart! And on any list made by you.
Dec. 13th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
You know I love your book, Jeannine. It really is a remarkable, wonderful work. Happy shopping!
Dec. 12th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Good choices of books. Jeannine, I'm adding your book to my "wish list".

For me it's steno books. Although I do most of my writing on my computer, my favorite list-making, note-taking, brainstorming, and doodling is done in one of my many steno books. And, of course, pens to go with them.
Dec. 12th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for adding my book to your wish list. Wish lists are so great. Yellow pads for me equal your steno books. One year my brother in law gave me a pile of them: perfection and happiness!
Dec. 13th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
I am now in love with certain notebooks from B&N, but like you and Rita, I love my office supplies!
Dec. 13th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
I am so glad you're adding Jeannine's book to your list. You will LOVE it, Rita.
Dec. 12th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
Love Jeannine's book
I've barely started Jeannine's book (almost done with Cybils reading, though!), and it's just wonderful.

And...tonight I'm checking out those scarves--cool!
Dec. 12th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Love Jeannine's book
And that was me, Laura Purdie Salas, above. Grrr...I can't easily Comment on LJ posts anymore now that I don't have an LJ blog.
Dec. 12th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura -- and I have someone who might love that Les Miserables scarf...
Dec. 13th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Love Jeannine's book
I am so glad you are enjoying Jeannine's book, Laura. And the scarves are pretty great, I think!
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