This is the third year that we’ve compiled a (slightly late) Holiday Book List, both to recap the authors featured on WVFC in the past 12 months and to remind us that they can provide the perfect solution to our stocking-stuffer dilemmas.  Each listing includes a link to our coverage, including a quick way to buy the book–though WVFC also urges a quick trip to your local independent bookstore.

Looking over the year, we found a bountiful number of poets. But first, we thought we’d present the novels, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction that has rocked our world (or at least our video queue) this year.  Happy shopping!


Jan Eliot, Brace Yourself: Book Nine of the Syndicated Cartoon Stone Soup   The Small Change Diet, by WVFC’s own nutritionist Keri Gans   Justin Halpern’s Sh*t My Dad Says, hailed by WVFC’s Laura Sillerman as “causing us to rethink how we are delivering the message that though life is hard, honor can preserve the possibility of the miraculous.” Liza Donnelly’s When Do They Serve the Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman, “an enjoyable, conversation-sparking read that addresses a very important topic: what does it really mean, here and now, to be female?”   Geneen Roth’s Lost and Found: Dollars and Diets and Life After Madoff, which “makes a provocative case for developing ongoing self-awareness, convincing us that we can free ourselves of old (and destructive) patterns,  preserve our precious resources, and end up on the right side of enough.”  Tina Fey’s best-selling Bossypants.   Don Van Natta’s Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias   Flowers From the Storm, a Regency romance with a hip, contemporary feel by Laura Kinsale   Black Elephants: A Memoir by Karol Nielsen  
Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph,
 by Pulitzer winner Amy Ellis Nutt
 Sempre Susan, A Memoir of Susan Sontag by Ingrid Nunez   Animals Behaving Badly, by Linda Lombardi   Lauren Redniss’ Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout may not  have won the National Book Award for which it was nominated, but it won the heart of WVFC reviewer Ainslie Jones Uhl.     Cartoonist Roz Chast is very dear to WVFC. Her new book What I Hate from A to Z is no exception. Molly Ringwald‘s Getting the Pretty Back.  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ chronicle of her year, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. And for end-of-year laughter, it might be hard to beat Carrie Fisher’s new memoir Shockaholic.

Next, a bountiful shopping list from our peerless Voices in Verse.







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