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5 Books To Keep You Warm During the Holidays

5 Books To Keep You Warm During the Holidays
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I had a very hard time putting together this list of five books to keep you warm during the holidays. In truth, this was no misfortune: I love books. In fact, it is possible I dallied in writing this post because it provided the finest of excuses to look at so many books and, inevitably, toss a few into a virtual shopping cart. Here are some suggestions to make your holidays a bit brighter, tastier and warmer.

 

1. Sometimes You Just Need Paper

1950 N. Burling (1891)

The premise behind Chris Ware’s Building Stories is clever. It’s a book, or rather a graphic novel, that is presented in a box containing fourteen booklets. Reading Building Stories requires you literally to “construct” the stories of a lonely florist and a former art student with a prosthetic leg who lives on the third floor (that is a story) of an aging Chicago triplex, as well as the travails of the building’s other residents.

All this is somewhat gimmicky but Ware, whose cartoons have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, pulls it off. Every detail is carefully attended to, with extra information about the characters depicted on the panels of the box. There is even a bee who happens to get caught inside when a window is shut; he ends up with his own comic strip, “Branford, the Best Bee in the World” in which he (as do so many animals in so many comics, like Snoopy) suffers all the travails of loneliness, love and loss of humans (including those in Building Stories).

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4:17AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thanks.

7:21PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Nothing like a book on a cold winter evening when it is freezing cold outside and one dreams of Spring and hot chocolate!

6:33PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

use e-books, don't waste the trees....

5:12PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Books can bring you into a world you've never known before . . . .

7:41AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Hello Kristina! My three books will keep you warm and cosy.
Please see my website with videos, bio and info on my three books--

'Up The Wooden Hill -A Tale of Two WWII Families- (memoir)
'Coming of Age in California -English Style-' English teen in 1950s California (memoir)
'In Quest of The Old West -A Driving Diary-' An Anglo/German couple's journal of their jaunt of discovery

"Come visit my web site!"
You can see my site here: http://home.earthlink.net/~schaefer234/ Jill Schaefer

4:36AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thanks.

1:54AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you!

6:49PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Books, reading offers a lot for the mind, body and spirit.

6:03PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

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3:31PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thank you.

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