Carole E. Barrowman, Author of "Hollow Earth," Professor of English at Alverno College, and Reviewer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some of the perfect pairings for a book lover's Christmas list. Check out www.CaroleBarrowman.com for more information.
1. “Goblin Secrets” by William Alexander and pair it with tickets to a First Stage performance or a home-made sock puppet.
This is an enchanting wonderful read that the entire family will enjoy. In the fairy tale town
of Zombay, it’s illegal and terribly dangerous to be an actor and perform in plays, but when
Rownie’s brother who is an actor disappears, Rownie joins an acting troupe of magical goblins
in order to search for his missing brother.
2. “Ripe” by Cheryl Sternman Rule paired with a colorful cook’s apron or tuck book into
a basket of fruit.
This beautiful book has stunning visuals and since so much of cooking and preparing food has
to do with the aesthetic of the arrangement and the plate, the way the food is presented in this
book will make you salivate. It would be a hit with any foodies in your family.
3. “Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images” by Terence Dickenson
paired with a telescope.
The author has written lots of books on the nature of our universe so you don’t need to be
a scientist to understand the text and the amazing images captured by the Hubble telescope
or to appreciate the book’s discussion about how important this telescope has been to our
understanding of the universe. Images are truly stunning.
4. “Dear Life” by Alice Munro paired with a set of self-addressed stamped envelopes
with blank notecards.
Alice Munro is considered the acclaimed queen of the short story and this book is perhaps her
best collection to date. A reviewer wrote that in these stories she “illumines the moment a life
is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate…”
5. Jane Austen's “Pride & Prejudice” or “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy and pair with a classic book eReader cover or purse made from a classic book. Recycle favorite old books, and make eReader covers. This website http://rebound-designs.com/ sells the covers and the purses.