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Three titles for that early holiday shopper


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Ready or not, the holidays are just around the corner. With that in mind, here are three titles already on the shelves that would make a perfect gift for someone on your list or, you know, just for yourself.

A Booklover's Dream

Imagine browsing the shelves of your favorite bookstore and finding a full-page write-up about all of the best titles. That's what author Jim Mustich, a former bookseller himself, has done in "1,000 Books To Read Before You Die." Fourteen years in the making, the list of titles covers almost every genre of fiction and non-fiction you can think of. This is a book any avid reader will return to again and again.

For the Kid in All of Us

Most of us were introduced to fantasy through the Harry Potter books, "The Hobbit," or beloved author Ursula LeGuin's "Wizard of Earthsea." Collected for the first time, "The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition" includes the early short stories, all six "Earthsea" books, and a new, never-before-published story, all accompanied by beautiful art from Charles Vess. Clocking in at 1,008 pages, I can't think of a better story from a better author to spend the winter with.

Funky Flavor

Chef Rene Redzepi's restaurant Noma has been named best in the world four different times— and his latest book, "The Noma Guide To Fermentation" is destined to become a modern classic. Not for the busy home cook, this one delves deep into one of the world's most ancient techniques and is a goldmine for any hardcore foodie or chef. If you'd like to invite us over to dinner, you know where to find us.

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