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Old 11-24-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I always hope people will give books as presents.

I recently gave someone Paul Auster.

I saw Amanda Hesser has a new New York Times cookbook out which I might give to someone.

I gave Ann Jones' War Is Not Over When It's Over to a friend who's interested in photography.

I always recommend Persepolis for teenage girls, and I see that Marjane Satrapi has a new book out.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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"Persopolis" is a great choice.
Some years ago I presented friends at Christmas with an appropriate book:
"The Anti-Christ" by Friedrich Nietzsche. I recommend that book to anyone at any time of year.
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Since I usually dont know what my friends are currently reading or what genre I should say I usally pass out book store gift cards and believe me that is just well appreciated instead of something I would buy them . and if any of my family is reading this wink wink bookstore gift card .
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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Amazon.com: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (9781400069972): Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Books

Everyone should read all of his books.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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the only person I buy books for is my mom! I think purchasing a book for someone is really a difficult thing unless you know them well. good luck. If they aren't really close friends, I would go with the gift card.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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I agree about it being a difficult match and I guess unless a specific book has come up in conversation - how do you know they haven't read it? ( I am asking sincerely- not to be snarky). So I have given gift cards to B&N for example.
I guess if its a relatively new book it is probably a safe bet to give it.
I was saying that since CSI type shows are so popular across the masses, The Murder Room by Michael Cappuzzi which is fairly new (came out this summer) would be a good easy gift.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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"Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:38 PM
 
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My family do K.K so I have made it clear I want the Keith Richards book.


That will be my Summer reading...
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Since I usually dont know what my friends are currently reading or what genre I should say I usally pass out book store gift cards and believe me that is just well appreciated instead of something I would buy them . and if any of my family is reading this wink wink bookstore gift card .
Interesting. It would never occur to me to ask what someone is currently reading before buying a book for them. I'd either choose something so great that I want to share it, or something I've read a review of that would seem to be right up their alley.

I think that book cards are appreciated, but for me the point is to introduce someone to a book they wouldn't buy for themselves.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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the only person I buy books for is my mom! I think purchasing a book for someone is really a difficult thing unless you know them well. good luck. If they aren't really close friends, I would go with the gift card.
Unless someone has mentioned a specific book, I always go for a gift card.

When I was young I used to make up a list of books before Christmas, and tell my family and relatives to buy me books from it...or else don't buy me a book.

I had a friend who used to insist that I would looooooooove the books she looooooooooooooooooooved, and then inflicted them on me as gifts. I was clear that I had no interest in them at all, but that didn't stand in her way. Finally to bring this to an end I told her to give them directly to the thrift shop because that was exactly what I did with them.
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