Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

6 Perfect Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

6 Perfect Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life

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Searching out a gift for a bibliophile? From an annotated Jane Austen novel to an exhaustive plot compendium, one of these six books is sure to please.

Searching out a gift for a bibliophile? From an annotated Jane Austen novel to an exhaustive plot compendium, one of these six books is sure to please.

#6 'Persuasion: An Annotated Edition,' by Jane Austen, edited by Robert Morrison

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition (Harvard University Press, $35, 360 pp.) edited by Robert Morrison is a handsome volume graced with colorful illustrations. Morrison's commentary not only includes new insights into Jane Austen's story about the romance of Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, but also delves deep into details of life at the time. For readers who always wondered - and even for those who never thought to - Morrison decodes Wentworth's nautical style of speaking and explains why a 19th-century inn wouldn't have fresh food delivered. ("In November they seem to have stopped ordering for guests altogether, as the social season had passed and they had 'no expectation of company,' " Morrison writes.) For lovers of Austen, it's a deep dive into both her fiction and her world.

#5 'The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry,' by Rita Dove

The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (Penguin Group, $40, 656 pp.) edited by Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove includes selections by Gwendolyn Brooks, e.e. cummings, and Terrance Hayes. "[These] are the poems I see emblazoned on pennants along the road we have just traversed," Dove writes in her introduction. For students this book is a valuable resource and for poetry lovers it's a deep pleasure.

#4 'In the Words of E. B. White,' by E.B. White, edited by Martha White

E.B. White's granddaughter Martha selects quotations from the venerable children's author and New Yorker essay writer in In the Words of E.B. White: Quotations from America's Most Companionable of Writers (Cornell University Press, $22. …

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