If you love books as much as I do, then Powell's Books in Portland, OR, is your mecca. Happily, I graduated from college in Portland and had three glorious years of roaming the aisles. Now that I'm no longer a bookseller and enjoying my bookseller's discount, I've been buying a lot of books from powells.com at a very nice price. So, if you don't have a local independent bookstore you can shop at, check it out! Another great thing about Powell's Books is all the book-talk going on on the website, especially this latest feature, 26 Authors Share Their Holiday Gifts. There were a few authors I had to feature here, but be sure to click through to see what titles all 26 authors and the book that they are giving to everyone this year.
The Reason I Jump, a memoir by Naoki Higashida, a thirteen-year-old boy with autism who is non-verbal. Higashida used an "alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences and thoughts" and, with "disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself." As the father of an autistic child who immersed himself in books and blogs on the subject, Meloy calls The Reason I Jump "absolutely a must-read for anyone connected to someone on the spectrum." Click here to read more.
Colin Meloy is the author of The Wildwood Chronicles, illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis.
Click here to find out which bestselling author is giving Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I guarantee you will be surprised...
As I was reading the New York Times Book Review this morning the book Hild, by Nicola Griffith caught my eye, both for the stunning cover and the long list of awards that it has received. Then, I open my email and see that Robin Sloan, author of the fantastic Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, an adult book that I reviewed last year that is perfect for teens, has chosen Griffith's book is what he's giving this year. As Sloan says, Hild is a "story set in seventh-century England, tracing the life of its namesake, the woman known today as St. Hilda of Whitby. Early reviews have compared it to George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, and there is, indeed, plenty of court intrigue here, but I think Hild is both subtler and less cynical than Martin's saga. It's a grown-up tale that could nonetheless sit comfortably alongside books by Susan Cooper, Rosemary Sutcliff, and Susanna Clarke (all favorites of mine)." Click here to read all of Sloan's review.
I was especially excited to see what my favorite, new YA author, Rainbow Rowell, (author of the stunning Eleanor & Park and the equally wonderful fangirl) is giving this year. Her pick is Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. I have loved and reviewed two of Levithan's books and always intend to read more... Of Levithan's newest book, Rainbow writes, "Two Boys Kissing is about teenage boys trying to make sense of their lives and relationships. Thinking about gender and sexuality. Coming out. Being out. Talking to their parents and boyfriends and friends. Falling in love. Falling out of love. Kissing and kissing and kissing.But it's the way these stories are told that makes the book so potent. The narrator is sort of a Greek chorus — a generation of gay men who have died of AIDS. Their perspective on the boys' lives is both eloquent and heartbreaking — and it really resonated with me." Click here to read all of Rowell's review.
Books by David Levithan reviewed at books4yourkids.com:
David Levithan also coauthored my favorite John Green book that I really need to review here,