One-Minute Book Reviews

November 28, 2007

2007 A-to-Z Holiday Gift List Coming Soon – Here Are Three of My Favorite Books From the 2006 List That You Can Still Find Easily

COMING SOON …

… the second annual One-Minute Book Reviews A-to-Z Holiday Gift List with books for everyone from an attorney to a Zen Buddhist. A few of my favorites from last year’s list:

What to give to …

A FOOTBALL FAN After a decade out of print, Jerry Kramer’s Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer (Doubleday, $21.95) returned last year in an edition with a foreword by Jonathan Yardley, the Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic. Give this one to football fans young enough to have missed it when it first came out in 1968 (and maybe also to baby boomers who’ve always regretted giving that first edition to Goodwill). Kramer, a former All-Pro Green Bay guard, wrote this modern classic with the late Dick Schaap, one of the best sportswriters of the 20th century. www.jerrykramer.com

A JANEITE Devout Jane Austen fans call themselves “Janeites.” But you don’t have to fall into that group to enjoy Josephine Ross’s Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders (Bloomsbury, $14.95), with charming watercolor illustrations by Henrietta Webb. Ross doesn’t try to extrapolate a set of 21st-century rules from the behavior of Elizabeth Bennet and others. Instead she offers a literary companion, masquerading as a Regency-era etiquette book, that explains the complex codes of behavior followed by Austen’s characters. www.bloomsburyusa.com

A KINDERGARTENER Mother Goose characters write letters to each other in Allan and Janet Ahlberg’s The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters (Little, Brown, $19.99, ages 4-8), which has a real letter tucked into in an envelope on every other page. This British import has been delighting children for two decades and has come out in a 20th anniversary edition. The books in “Jolly Postman” series are great gifts partly because children often can’t get them at libraries, which have trouble keeping them on shelves — the letters keep disappearing from their pockets. www.allanahlberg.com. A sequel, The Jolly Christmas Postman (Little,Brown, $17.99, ages 4-8), is shown at right.

Many other books on last year’s list still make good gifts. Click here to read the full list www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/2006/12/01/.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

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February 4, 2007

A Football Book That Deserves a Super Bowl Ring

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The return of one of the great sports books of all time

How can you keep the thrill of pro football alive after the Super Bowl ends? Read the new edition of Instant Reply: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer (Doubleday, 2006), by Jerry Kramer with Dick Schaap, with a foreword by Jonathan Yardley. This unsurpassed account of the Packers’ 1967 season takes you inside the locker-room and onto the playing field with Coach Vince Lombardi and such titans of the sport as Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke. Kramer gives his take on the book at www.jerrykramer.com, his Web site. A great Valentine’s Day gift for a football fan, this modern classic proves that Frank Gifford was wrong when he said — we may hope, in jest — that “there’s no place in sports for intelligence.”

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

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