A very special holiday posting of suggestions from the Book Loft! They are open today (Christmas Eve) so you still have a little time to stop by to pick up last minute gifts. The Book Loft is located on Centre Street downtown. Please remember to buy local when possible so that communities can enjoy little shops like The Book Loft for years to come. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman-Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”―for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.
The undoing Project by Michael Lewis-The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield―both had important careers in the Israeli military―and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (side note that Ann is one of my all-time favorite authors)-One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
The Whistler by John Grisham (an author who owns a vacation home on Amelia Island.)-We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.
Tidewater Amelia by Jan Johannes-A pictorial coffee table book highlighting the historic homes and exteriors of beautiful Amelia Island. The perfect gift.
First Enchanted Amelia Island Coloring Book by Kathleen Maurer
Amelia Island A-Z by Rob Hicks, Kim Hicks, and Sharon Bolts-Eells
A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Phillip Yates