Happy December!! I hope you all get to take
a break from the hustle and bustle of this holiday
season, curl up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate,
and read a nice good book.
Meanwhile, Ive compiled a list of some HOT new
books this month guaranteed to satisfy just about every
person on your shopping list. Stuff your stockings with
some of these great titles:
*****For The Mystery
by Chris Mooney (Pocket Books, 24.95)
Talk about a roller coaster ride!
Former FBI profiler Jack Casey has retired and is now a
detective in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Hes haunted
by the memories of the death of his wife at the hands of
a demented serial killer in which Jack was powerless to
stop. Unfortunately a new threat has entered his life,
The Sandman, and hes set his eyes on playing games
with Jack. This isnt your standard 'FBI profiler
vs. psychopathic serial killer' novel, its much
more. Mooney writes with a cinematic eye creating scenes
that come after you relentlessly. You wont have
time to catch your breath. His characters come to life on
the page and are hardly standard cardboard cutouts you
normally find in this type of fare. Expect to be thrilled
from this first time author, and then expect to hear more
from him in the future.
the "Little" Rock in your life*****
Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos
by Mick Foley (Harper Collins, 19.95)
The elves were
running everywhere--they were loud and brash and rude,
and Tommy Top, the tallest elf, was running in the nude.
The elves were throwing toys and games, and to make
things even worse, Billy Bop, the smallest elf, was
teaching them to curse...
Wrestling superstar Mick Foley scores a big hit with this
rude, crude, yet delightfully charming Christmas poem
illustrated by another wrestling superstar Jerry Lawler.
It seems Santa has lost the Christmas spirit and
its up to the stars of the WWF to help get Santa
back into the mood. This poem is destined to become a
Christmas classic. Lawlers illustrations are bright
and colorful and compliment the book.
the Baseball Fanatic*****
Take Me Out to the Ballpark:
An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Parks Past & Present
by Josh Leventhal (Black Dog, 29.98)
From the book cover:This dazzling,
full color, stadium-shaped book is the ultimate tribute
to the hallowed homes of baseball past and present,
vividly bringing to life the facts, legends, lore and
excitement of America's favorite sport. Every current
major league ballpark, fields under construction, famous
stadiums from baseball's past
and the most interesting minor and Negro league parks are
presented in huge full-color photographs and
illustrations-over 250 in all. The captivating detailed
text reveals the thrill of being in them-from bygone
classics like the Polo Grounds, Ebbetts Field and Comisky
Park to current favorites like Fenway, Camden Yards and
Dodger Stadium. Fascinating stories about teams new and
old and unforgettable moments, vital statistics and
profiles of the greatest players-presented in colorful
sidebars and boxes-highlight the distinguishing
stories and characteristics of each ballpark. Fun
features on food at the ballpark, famous announcers,
mascots and more tell all the inside stories behind the
What a fun book -- sure to please the baseball fanatic in
your life! Shaped like a stadium, this book is filled
with tons of great trivia (it's good if you plan on
running a baseball trivia game!).
that woman in your life*****
Three Black Skirts : All You Need To Survive
by Anna Johnson (Workman, 22.95)
From the book cover: It's the real
thing. It's about getting your life together. It's about
looking damn fine. It's about man handling. It's about
the casa question. About solitude. About stain removal.
Whether you're a young woman just out of school and
starting a career or a harriedly successful
thirty-something, if you're still wasting time looking
for stockings that match or struggling to keep on top of
credit card bills, you need help. And not a glossy
monthly's unattainable idea of help, but the stuff that
works-the nuts and bolts. Anna Johnson's THREE BLACK
SKIRTS is the book that delivers. In a voice that's
knowing, smart, hip and funny-and with the author's own
retro illustrations to match-Ms. Johnson cuts right to
the core of the chaos that passes for life today and
shows how to find order, balance, fulfillment. She covers
it all: health, dating, career moves, finances,
entertaining, body image, sex, and, of course, the
indispensability of owning three black skirts. She offers
the twenty basics for money management, and three keys
for shopaholics to gain control over their passion. A
workshop to build better food habits. Ten ways to get to
sleep. Dress codes to the major cities. A Schmoozer's
Guide to Compliments. Principles of Modern Courtship. And
everything in between, from an extensive stain removal
chart to eleven ideas for reawakening your spiritual
You may want to give this book a try for all those
immediate emergencies that come up. What should I wear to
the Boston Bash? How can I stop being a shopaholic? What
happens if my maid quits on me? (Ok, I dont think
thats in there, maybe the sequel)!
the parrot head in your life*****
A Trip to the Beach : Living on Island Time in
by Melinda and Robert Blanchard (Clarkson Potter, 25.00)
Melinda and Robert Blanchard, owner
of Blanchard and Blanchard Specialty Food Shops in
Vermont, travel to Anguilla in the Caribbean, fall in
love with the island and decide to open up a restaurant.
This book chronicles a year in the life of living on
island time. Wonderfully written, full of colorful island
characters and amusing anecdotes, who of us hasnt
wanted to chuck it all and move to the Caribbean? If you
enjoyed the travel books of Frances Mayes and Peter
Mayle, give this one a try, and send me a postcard when
you get to Anguilla!
*****December Book of the Month*****
Continuing with our selections of Book of
the Month, watch out Oprah, I present another interesting
mystery youll be sure to love.
Mr. Whites Confession
by Robert Clark (Picador, 14.00)
The winner of the 1999 Edgar Award
for Best Mystery, this is a stylish noir, quite
compelling and intriguing. Set in St. Paul, Minnesota in
1939, the body of a beautiful dime-a-dance girl is found
on a hillside. Police Lieutenant Wesley Horner,
struggling and alone after his wifes recent death,
heads the investigation into her murder. His chief
suspect is Herbert White. White is an eccentric recluse
and hobby photographer who spends his days recording his
life in detailed journal entries and scrapbooks. Did
Herbert White commit this crime? Clark does a marvelous
job unfolding the complexities of his characters,
creating a thought provoking novel where memories play an
important part in understanding the past and the present.
Not quite a Whodunnit, more of a Didhedoit, and will the
truth finally emerge?
Let me know what you think about Decembers
Book of the Month, as well as Novembers Book of the
Month, Motherless Brooklyn.
E-Mail me at Finzzzz@aol.com .
Have a safe and happy holiday!!