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Gifts for your favorite bookworms

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September 21st, 2010

Books are great holiday gifts, and this season s new offerings include titles that are sure to please everyone on your list.


[caption id="attachment_14626" align="alignright" width="208" caption="(Hyperion)"][/caption] A new book by James Kaplan paints an intimate portrait of one of America s most beloved entertainers,Frank Sinatra. Frank: The Voice(Doubleday, $35) chronicles the humble beginnings and rise to fame of a man whose talent and charisma made him an icon. White House Diaryby Jimmy Carter (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30) is a fascinating and intimate look at the struggles and joys of being President of the United States. Growing Up Laughing,My Story and the Story of Funnyby Marlo Thomas (Hyperion, $26.99) is the actress eagerly awaited memoir recalling what it was like growing up as the daughter of funnyman Danny Thomas. Thomas recounts tales of her father and his buddies (who included Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, and George Burns) and how those comic geniuses shaped her own sense of humor and outlook on life. Thomas E. Lawrence is known to most Americans as the title character played by Peter O Toole in the epic 1962 film. Now,Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda(Harper, $34.99) presents a more fact-based and thorough profile of this extraordinary historical figure.

Pop-up books

[caption id="attachment_14625" align="alignright" width="328" caption="(Universe)"][/caption] Art lovers will be captivated by theRenaissance Art Pop-Up Bookby Stephen Farthing and David Hawcock (Universe, $40). This interactive book brings to life works such as Michelangelo s Sistine Chapel, Leonardo da Vinci s famous flying machine, and other great works of art. Generations of children have enjoyed tales like The Tortoise and the Hare and The Lion and the Mouse. Now those beloved stories come to life in the newAesop s Fables: A Pop-Up Book of Classic Talesby Kees Moerbeek, Chris Beatrice, and Bruce Whatley. (Little Simon, $27.99) Ages 4-8. Here s a book that s sure to excite young imaginations.Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book With Revolutionary Technologyby Lucio Santoro and Meera Santoro brings the fascinating world under the sea to life. (Little Simon, $27.99) Ages 4-8. Older children will loveFrankenstein: A Pop-Up Bookby Sam Ita. The gothic, almost cinematic rendition of Mary Shelly s classic tale is half graphic novel and half 3-D effects, adding up to pure visual magic. (Sterling, $26.95) Ages 9-12.


Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicilyby Jessica Theroux (Welcome Books, $40) takes readers inside the kitchens of real grandmothers for their most delectable recipes and heartwarming tales of authentic Italian cuisine. Great food doesn t always have to be complicated. To prove the point Ina Garten offers up her latest cookbook,Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips (Clarkson Potter, $35).