H-H -H LIDAY B KS!
THIS ISSUE’S Buyer’s
Pick is The Snow
Child, by Eowyn Ivey.
When a young girl
shows up at the cabin
of a middle-aged cou-
ple, she brings with
her an element of
magic, but also serves
to fill the very real void
of the children they
never had. Arriving with the snow
and leaving each spring, the girl is
more at ease hunting and roaming
snowy hillsides than playing the part
of a normal child.
I was deeply charmed and
touched by this wonderful adult fairy
tale set in the harsh wilderness of
Alaska. The characters are strong,
and their relationships and their
bond with nature are all beautifully
rendered. The wife’s longing for a
child of her own is heartbreaking, but
the whole book really is life-affirming.
The Snow Child is available in
most Costco warehouses. C
Lonely Planet Food Lover’s Guide to the
World, from Lonely Planet. With an introduction by food journalist Mark Bittman, this
book celebrates the cuisines and great food
experiences of the world. It covers 14 countries—including Thailand, Mexico, India and
Morocco—and nine regions that are grouped
by cuisine. A “Special Features” section
includes classic restaurants, food markets, etiquette, exotic fruits and much more.
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James
Patterson. It’s Christmas Eve and Detective
Alex Cross has barely begun decorating the
tree with his family when he is summoned to
a horrific hostage situation. Away from his
own family on the most precious of days,
Alex calls upon every ounce of his training,
creativity and daring to save another family.
Finding Christmas, by Robert Munsch.
Inspired by Munsch’s daughter, who always
found her presents before Christmas, this is
the story of Julie, who has the same habit.
This year the presents are nowhere to be
found. Have Julie’s parents decided not to
have Christmas at all?—Stephanie E. Ponder