Librarian proposes holiday gift ideas during Books Sandwiched In
For the 22nd consecutive year, Books Sandwiched In offered a comprehensive guide to holiday giving, literary style.
During the hour-long session on Nov. 21, Jane Sharpe, associate librarian emerita, provided her top picks of fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, including biographies, cookbooks and picture books.
Every one of the books were published in 2013 – and all 32 books were read by Sharpe before earning her gift approval. The list includes a novel by a McDaniel alumna, a historical fiction book by a local Carroll County, Md., author, as well as the Hoover Library Book Club’s next read, “A Week in Winter,” by Maeve Binchy.
The book club, which held its inaugural meeting in September, meets once a month at 4:30 p.m. in the Hoover Library Board room. On Dec. 5, Sharpe and the other members will discuss “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Brynne Norton, public services management librarian at Hoover Library, enjoys the chance to share ideas about books with interesting people from McDaniel and the community.
During the discussion of their first selection, “Mary Coin,” by Marisa Shiver, that week’s discussion leader arranged a conference call with the author.
“I think it’s good to read outside of your comfort zone, and the selections that we have read so far are not books I would have usually picked up,” said Norton.
For information about joining the Hoover Library Book Club, call 410-857-2281.
Jane Sharpe’s Holiday Book Gift List:
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell, award-winning author of "First Blood," the novel in which Rambo was created
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
A Key to Love by Mary Jane Buettner (historical fiction inspired by the former building and artifacts of St. John Catholic Church in Westminster, Md.)
The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen, 2002 McDaniel alumna
Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor
Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
A Pioneer Christmas Collection: 9 Stories of finding shelter and love in a wintry frontier (Barbour Christmas Collections)
Nonfiction, including Biographies:
Jim Henson: the biography by Brian Jay Jones
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Forty Chances: finding hope in a hungry world by Howard G. Buffett
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
LEGO Play Book: Ideas to bring your bricks to life by Daniel Lipkowitz
Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids by Martha Stewart
The Enchanted Forest: memories of Maryland's Storybook past by Janet Kusterer and Martha Anne Clark
Martha Stewart's Cakes by Martha Stewart
The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh
Frog Trouble by Sandra Boynton, including Country music CD
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Santa is Coming to Maryland by Steve Smallman
An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
Kiss, Kiss Good Night by Kenn Nesbitt (board book)
Christmas! Pop-up Peekaboo! by Dorling Kindersley (board book)