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By: Sheila Hoffmeyer, President
For: Red Rock News
Date: December 4, 2009

Books Give Lasting Memories

Many families and friends have a tradition of giving books for holiday gifts.  On my bookshelf is a copy of “The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore,” given to my mother Christmas 1926 by her Aunt Ette.  Out of curiosity I did an online search for background on this book and discovered that The Bobbsey Twins series is probably the longest-running juvenile book series of all time.  The first book was published in 1904 and new volumes were added as late as 1992.  Nancy Drew was my series heroine and I will always treasure my collection of blue--covered novels by Carolyn Keene.  How many times did I read “The Secret of the Old Clock” and “The Scarlet Slipper Mystery” and dream about being a striking blond, blue-eyed teenager with a new, dark-blue roadster driving around the countryside solving mysteries. I know my love of a good mystery began with Nancy Drew.

The Library is an excellent resource to preview books.  If you want to know what’s on the bestseller lists, just log onto and the home page shows you the bestseller reads by category.  If you click on the book cover, you go to a page presenting in-depth information about the book.  Better yet, a visit to the Library gives you the opportunity to browse the Popular Collection for the most recently published works. Or, drop into one of our Sedona book stores and talk with their staff to get a recommendation before making your purchase.

Here’s a small sampling of recently published books that might be perfect for someone on your shopping list this season.

The Best Annual Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold
Edited by critically acclaimed, best-selling author Alice Sebold, the stories in this year's collection serve as a provocative literary "antenna for what is going on in the world" (Chicago Tribune). The collection boasts great variety from "famous to first-timers, sifted from major magazines and little reviews, grand and little worlds" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), enduring yet another rewarding, enduring edition of the oldest and best-selling Best American.

Blue Heaven, C.J. Box
This Edgar Award winner is a thriller. A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder--four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. William and Annie's unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure.

Ford County, John Grisham
Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, "A Time to Kill." This wholly surprising collection reminds readers once again why Grisham is one of America's favorite storytellers.

Guinness World Records 2010
Guinness World Records 2010 continues to build on the intriguing, informative, inspiring and instructional records and superlatives that have made Guinness World Records one of the most famous brands and an annual best-seller around the world.

Googled, Ken Auletta
A revealing, forward-looking examination of the outsize influence Google has had on the changing media landscape, telling the story of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses – from newspapers to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to Microsoft.

Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even, James J. Cramer
The CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer provides advice on earning back money that was lost due to the economic downturn, offering tips on fixing one's investment portfolio while looking for new opportunities in the post-crash market.

Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day author presents his first cycle of short fiction: five interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Mo Willems
A 2009 Children's Choice Book Award Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year. The latest book in the best-selling Pigeon series is the funniest one yet.

SuperFreakonomics, Steven Levitt
In a follow-up to "Freakonomics," the authors offer a new analysis of how the economy really works. How is a street prostitute like a department store Santa? Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance? Unbelievable stories about apathy and altruism. The fix is in: and it's cheap and simple. What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common?
Thirteen, Lauren Myracle
Winnie's thirteenth year brings many joys and challenges as she negotiates her relationship with her first boyfriend and realizes that change is inevitable in her friends, family, and even herself.

True Blue, David Baldacci
Fresh out of prison, disgraced ex-cop Mason "Mace" Perry, along with the help of her police chief sister, aids Roy Kingman, a lawyer trying to track down the killer of one of his law partners, all while a U.S. attorney looks for any reason to put Mace back behind bars.

What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell
Collects the author's best "New Yorker" pieces, including essays on such topics as why there are so many kinds of mustard but only one type of ketchup, a surprising assessment of what makes a safer car, and an examination of a machine built to predict hit movies.

Sheila Hoffmeyer
Sheila Hoffmeyer, author of this week's article,
is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.

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