Annual SIT Gift Guide 2011: Books

6 12 2011

It’s no secret we love to read around here.

So it’s natural that we love to give & receive books as presents. Think about it, if you can find a great book, it can transcend age/gender barriers and be the perfect present to last the year and a lifetime through. (Plus, is there anything easier to wrap than a book?)

So, here are just a few of our great suggestions for reading material (these work well on plane rides and car trips to grandmother’s house too).

Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry — The first of Berry’s set in the fictional Port William, Kentucky, this Southern work is deeply emotional and human. A fantastic, but lesser known Faulknerian work from the South.

In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon — I’m just going to pretend it’s not even a possibility you and yours haven’t read the rest of the Mitford series, and just remind you that the latest in the Father Tim novels came out this fall, so this would make a perfect present for Dad/Mom/Mamaw and everyone in your family who are old Timothy Kavanaugh friends.

God and Football by Chad Gibbs — Such an interesting read for any Southern man. Seems almost like the title could be a book describing the South — God & football. In that order, thank you very much.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson — Everyone knows someone in the South who has hiked the Appalachian trail. But, not really being too much of an “outdoor gal” myself (surprise, surprise, I know), I never really “got it” until I read Bill Bryson‘s hilarious journey in A Walk in the Woods. His books are some of the few that will literally make you laugh out loud. I also love I’m a Stranger Here MyselfThe Lost Continent, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, but truly everything I’ve read of this man is genius — hilarious, informative, and warm. Perfect winter reading.

And if your friend or family member has a shorter attention span, but wants the gift that keeps on giving, we love magazine subscriptions for the holidays too. Make sure to pick up the latest copy, tie with a bow, and give them something to open and thumb through after the Christmas feast!

Our picks? Why, Garden & Gun of course!

We also love Cooking with Paula Deen for great Southern recipes and more.

And if you really love that so-n-so you’re buying for, the gift of a thousand books — a Kindle. I’ve loved every incarnation since the first. Amazon has a large selection of books and stellar service. The perfect gift for anyone!

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