ENGLEWOOD — It’s November folks and time will fly by as the holiday season surrounds us. I tell people every year there is no better thing to give than the gift of a book. There are so many good books on the bookstore shelves to select from this year. It seems all the top authors are releasing books for the holidays — children’s books, history books, mysteries, coffee-table books and cookbooks. I’m going to start with some history books and then some “feel good” reads that just might get you into the holiday spirit.
Thomas R. Flagel: He teaches American History at Columbia State Community College in Franklin, Tennessee, and is a national speaker particularly on the Civil War. He has written a series of non-fiction novels called the “History Buff’s Guide.” There are four guides — “The Civil War,” “Gettysburg,” “World War II” and “Presidents.” In each book he covers the best, the worst, the largest and most controversial facets of that particular event. Clif Lusk of the “Book Bit” wrote, “While most history books are dry monologues of people, places, events and dates, the “History Buff’s Guide” is ingeniously written and full of, not only personal accounts, but crafty prose” These books are for any history buff or Civil War enthusiast. They are frequently bought together and make a valuable historical collection.
Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard: Many of you have read their powerful and riveting series of books in the multi-million selling “Killing” series by these two authors. Their latest is: Killing the Rising Sun, How America Vanquished World War II Japan.” Here’s the back cover synopsis written by General David A. Petraeus, Commander of the surge in Iraq and coalition forces in Afghanistan: “An enthralling, gripping account of the bloody battle, huge decisions and historic personalities that culminated in the decision to drop the atomic bomb and brought the war in the Pacific to its climactic end. A masterful, meticulously researched work that captures the barbarity of the war raged by those who swore allegiance to the Japanese Emperor and by those who crushed the military might of the Rising Sun.” Bill O’Reilly is the anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News and Martin Dugard is a NY Times bestselling author of several history books. This book is dedicated to all World War II veterans — Freedom rings because of you.
Carolyn Brown: Do you remember the Willie Nelson song, “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys?” Well, Carolyn Brown, just released a dandy book for Christmas entitled, “A Heap of Texas Trouble.” This is her latest in a series of books about cowboys and their women. Here’s a taste: “Carlene Lovelle, owner of Bless My Bloomers lingerie shop, found a pair of fancy red silk panties in her husband’s briefcase, and all hell is breaking loose. She made the bloomers herself and she remembers the bimbo who bought them. In writing to her legion of fans she said, Hi! I’m twenty-five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles.” She has written over 60 books and her followers like the fact she stirs up a bit of trouble that’s certain to be red hot!
Amanda Forester: She holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a Masters Degree in Theology but enjoys writing historical romance while splitting her time between the rugged highlands of Scotland and the drawing rooms in Regency England. Her latest in the Marriage Mart Regency Trilogy is, “A Winter Wedding.” The first two books in the series were, “A Wedding in Springtime” and a “Midsummer Bride.” After trying for years to stop storylines from floating around in her head, she now says, “I’m plotting for my next novel which sounds so much better than I’m hallucinating and responding to internal stimuli.” The Long and Short of It Reviews wrote, “Elegant writing…beautifully written dialogue and attention to detail. Enthusiasts of historical romance will undoubtedly enjoy this.”
I saw a recent study somewhere that showed people who read live longer. Not only that but the gift of a book conveys so much more than a tired old sweater or necktie that may never be worn. I’ll have more gift-giving selections for you in December. Happy Holidays and happy reading, everyone.