Frazzled? Almost completely done with the Christmas gift list but still have those few 'hard to please' loved ones? How about books? Here are a few suggestions that even non-readers just might enjoy.
For that teenaged boy or girl with maybe a little bit of attitude, who might already be dreading the holiday: "Man Made Boy" by Jon Skovron is a must read. Boy is growing uncomfortable in his own skin, living among a group of misfits who live underground, beneath Times Square. Boy does not belong anywhere and he wants out.
This is one of my favorite reads of the year so I wouldn't limit its description to age appropriate. Anyone feeling outside of much of his own life will understand Boy, and want to share in his story.
For that older person who likes to reminisce about the good old days or what might have been: "Outrageous Fortune" by Anthony Russell is an excellent 'curl up with a cup of tea and escape' book. Russell reminisces about his own childhood growing up in Leeds Castle. It's a journey into a past of unbelievable luxury and tales of the author's family which are most likely, wilder than your own.
And for the snob, the gourmand, the restless soul who likes to travel and likes to talk about it: Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide published by Glam Media is the book to keep handy. A compendium of the best restaurants selected by the world's top food critics and Glam Media's food editors, the guide includes expert insider tips such as a listing of the ten best sommeliers in France, and how to secure the most coveted reservations at those exclusive restaurants in the U.S.