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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>Still shopping for holiday gifts? We asked a variety of library staff members what books &ndash; new and classic &ndash; they would suggest giving to friends and loved ones. <br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s what they recommend:<br /> <br /> <b>Adventure:</b> &ldquo;Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II&rdquo; by Mitchell Zuckoff<br /> <br /> <b>Historical Fiction:</b> &ldquo;Transatlantic&rdquo; by Colum McCann; &ldquo;Katherine&rdquo; by Anya Seton; &ldquo;A Vision of Light&rdquo; by Judith Merkle Riley. <br /> <br /> <b>Science:</b> &ldquo;Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void&rdquo; by Mary Roach<br /> Mystery: &ldquo;The Beekeeper's Apprentice&rdquo; by Laurie King (Sherlock Holmes gets an apprentice: the Mary Russell series)<br /> <br /> <b>Humor:</b> &ldquo;The Stench of Honolulu&rdquo; by Jack Handy; &ldquo;Dad is Fat&rdquo; by Jim Gaffigan (perfect for new parents); &ldquo;In a Sun-burned Country&rdquo; by Bill Bryson; &ldquo;Austenland&rdquo; by Shannon Hale; &ldquo;The Book of Awesome&rdquo; by Neil Pasricha <br /> <br /> <b>Sci-Fi/Fantasy:</b> Ernest Cline&rsquo;s &ldquo;Ready Player One;&rdquo; &ldquo;Redshirts&rdquo; by John Scalzi (funny, good for Star Trek fans); &ldquo;Steelheart&rdquo; by Brandon Sanderson; The &ldquo;Outlander&rdquo; series by Diana Gabaldon, soon to be a BBC series; &ldquo;The Name of the Wind&rdquo; by Patrick Rothfuss; &ldquo;His Majesty's Dragon&rdquo; by Naomi Novik; &ldquo;Blackout/All Clear&rdquo; by Connie Willis (time travel back to the London Blitz); Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher<br /> <br /> <b>Picture books/Children:</b> &ldquo;The Dark&rdquo; by Lemony Snicket; &ldquo;Mr. Tiger Goes Wild&rdquo; by Peter Brown; &ldquo;Journey&rdquo; by Aaron Becker; &ldquo;Matilda&rdquo; by Roald Dahl; read-alouds: &ldquo;The Hobbit&rdquo; by J.R.R. Tolkien; &ldquo;Wind in the Willows&rdquo; by Kenneth Grahame<br /> <br /> <b>Middle grades:</b> &ldquo;Escape From Mister Lemoncello's Library&rdquo; by Chris Grabenstein; &ldquo;Better Nate Than Ever&rdquo; by Tim Federle; &ldquo;Graceling&rdquo; by Kristin Cashore; the &ldquo;Penderwick&rdquo; series by Jeanne Birdsall.<br /> <br /> <b>Young Adult:</b> &ldquo;Code Name Verity&rdquo; by Elizabeth Wein; &ldquo;Winger&rdquo; by Andrew Smith; &ldquo;Reality Boy&rdquo; by A.S. King; &ldquo;Going Vintage&rdquo; by Lindsey Leavitt; the &ldquo;Christy Miller&rdquo; series by Robin Jones Gunn.<br /> <br /> <b>Young Adult Graphic Novel:</b> &ldquo;Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong&rdquo; by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks<br /> <br /> <b>Adult Graphic Novel:</b> &ldquo;Little Tommy Lost&rdquo; by Cole Closser, 2011 Missouri State University graduate whose volumes of hand-drawn comic strips are getting national praise. <br /> <br /> <b>Religious/Inspirational:</b> &ldquo;Unfinished: Believing is Only the Beginning&rdquo; by Richard Stearns; &ldquo;The Seasons of the Heart&rdquo; series by Janette Oke<br /> <br /> <b>Sports:</b> &ldquo;October 1964&rdquo; by David Halberstam <br /> <br /> Want more recommendations? Just ask a librarian.<br /> &nbsp;</p>
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Not Sure What to Get the Book Lovers in Your Life? We Have a Few Ideas

Still shopping for holiday gifts? We asked a variety of library staff members what books – new and classic – they would suggest giving to friends and loved ones.

Here’s what they recommend:

Adventure: “Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II” by Mitchell Zuckoff

Historical Fiction: “Transatlantic” by Colum McCann; “Katherine” by Anya Seton; “A Vision of Light” by Judith Merkle Riley.

Science: “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” by Mary Roach
Mystery: “The Beekeeper's Apprentice” by Laurie King (Sherlock Holmes gets an apprentice: the Mary Russell series)

Humor: “The Stench of Honolulu” by Jack Handy; “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan (perfect for new parents); “In a Sun-burned Country” by Bill Bryson; “Austenland” by Shannon Hale; “The Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One;” “Redshirts” by John Scalzi (funny, good for Star Trek fans); “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson; The “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon, soon to be a BBC series; “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss; “His Majesty's Dragon” by Naomi Novik; “Blackout/All Clear” by Connie Willis (time travel back to the London Blitz); Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher

Picture books/Children: “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket; “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown; “Journey” by Aaron Becker; “Matilda” by Roald Dahl; read-alouds: “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien; “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame

Middle grades: “Escape From Mister Lemoncello's Library” by Chris Grabenstein; “Better Nate Than Ever” by Tim Federle; “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore; the “Penderwick” series by Jeanne Birdsall.

Young Adult: “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein; “Winger” by Andrew Smith; “Reality Boy” by A.S. King; “Going Vintage” by Lindsey Leavitt; the “Christy Miller” series by Robin Jones Gunn.

Young Adult Graphic Novel: “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant,” and “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

Adult Graphic Novel: “Little Tommy Lost” by Cole Closser, 2011 Missouri State University graduate whose volumes of hand-drawn comic strips are getting national praise.

Religious/Inspirational: “Unfinished: Believing is Only the Beginning” by Richard Stearns; “The Seasons of the Heart” series by Janette Oke

Sports: “October 1964” by David Halberstam

Want more recommendations? Just ask a librarian.
 

Kathleen O�Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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