Terrific Turn-of-the Century Toys

Anna Reager at Carytown Books offers some gift ideas with a local angle for that very special Richmonder on your list:

"Celebrate Richmond"
Compiled and edited by Elisabeth and Wayne Dementi, $29.95

David Baldacci
"Saving Faith," $26.95

Ann Meade Besenfelder
"Signs of Good Taste," $24.95 (A book about Fan District restaurants)

Beth Morelli of the Richmond Public Library offers these gift ideas:


M.C. Beaton
"A Highland Christmas" ($16.95) — a mystery set in a Scottish village about missing Christmas lights and a well-known pet cat.

Charles Dickens
"The Life of Our Lord" ($14.95) — Yes, that's THE Dickens. In the mid-1800s Dickens used to read this life of Jesus at Christmas to an audience based largely of children. This is written very simply but if your friend is a Dickens collector it's a necessity.


Gerald Astor
"The Greatest War" ( $39.95) — a well-reviewed, comprehensive history complete with interviews, unusual facts and easy-to-digest narrative.

Vincent Canby, Janet Maslin and the film critics of the New York Times
"The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made" ($25) — original reviews of 1,000 of the movies of the century.

A.H. Lawrence
"Duke Ellington and His World: A Biography" ($29.95) — Lawrence happens to play jazz on a professional level and views Ellington through the eyes of his fellow musicians as well as on an instrumental history level.

Julianna Reid at Narnia Books suggests these books for the young readers on your shopping list:

Fred Marcellino
"I, Crocodile," $15.95 (ages 8 and up)

Jules Feiffer
"Bark, George," $14.95 (ages 2-5)

J.K. Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," $19.95 (10 and up)

Elise Primavera
"Auntie Claus," $16 (5-8 years old; picture book)

Lewis Carroll
"Alice in Wonderland," $19.95 and $24.99 (two new interpretations of the old text for ages 11 and

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