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November 2008

why give books this holiday season?

In my family, we don’t give holiday presents. Both my sister and I have January birthdays, and our extended family is quite small, so we long ago decided to forgo the holiday presents and save money for birthdays. Each year, the only holiday present I buy is for my office Secret Santa. But, unlike me, you’re probably not a grinch, and so you’re probably gearing up to buy loads of presents very soon. May I (and many other bloggers) suggest buying books for the holidays? Buy Books for the Holidays is a great site supporting that very idea, with suggestions for all types of readers. After all, books are fairly inexpensive, allow you to support your local independent retailers if that’s what you’re into, and are easy to wrap. Plus, to answer the question “why books?”, check out this cool banner that I grabbed from the IndieBound site.


Very true.

December 2009

one last contest before christmas!


We here at Harper Perennial are thrilled to host one more contest before Christmas! I have in my posession ten SIGNED copies of Sarah Hall’s How to Paint a Dead Man, a daringly imaginative tale in which multiple lives are woven together through the prism of a still life painting. Moving from Italy to England, spanning nearly half a century, and bringing together the lives of four disparate characters, How to Paint a Dead Man is Hall’s fierce and brilliant study of art and its place in our lives.

Plus, Sarah is lovely, and she has a lovely accent.

So! To win, just leave a comment and tell me what you’re hoping to get for Christmas (or what you already got for hanukah). Go!

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