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    bisous is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default Recommend some good books...

    Iíve decided kids in my life get Legos and adults and teens get books for special holidays (Christmas, birthdays, etc.) Iíve got everyone taken care of except my new SIL and my Stepmom. This is the side of the family that Iím least close to and this is the group for whom gifts convey messages of how much you care! So, books for these people.

    Stepmom is an extremely liberal environmentalist that loves Sci Fi (Kurt Vonnegut) and cooking. Sheís raved over some of the cookbooks Iíve purchased over the past few years but Iím wondering if itís time to change it up?

    New SIL is a champion marathon runner and data consultant for a large corporation. Sheís very humble and nice and has a dog and thatís about all that i know about her.

    Any ideas??

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    For SIL, Running with the Buffaloes. Great book. Boys on the Boat also great.

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    I like Mary Roach books, though they're not sci-fi; they're nonfic. I recommend all of them unreservedly EXCEPT Spook because of the subject matter and Mary's approach to it. However, it's a far more interesting read when you need to refresh your memories of the "spiritualist" movement like I did while reading Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn. (Recommended, by the way.) If I had to pick one, either Packing for Mars or Stiff would be my first choices for a step-mom.

    Right now, I'm reading a lot of nonfic and fantasy (Dresden Files series, though it's more like ... fantasy-noir) with a few author binges (Neil Gaiman) thrown in for fun. Not sure if Gaiman is your family's speed, but my current Gaiman faves are American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. The last two are marketed as YA, so YMMV.

    The only sci-fi I've read is Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein ... and some Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain), though I've been meaning to check out Ursula K LeGuin (although she doesn't consider her stuff sci-fi) and Octavia Butler for quite some time now.

    I recently read Kindred by Octavia Butler, but that's less straight-up sci-fi and more time-travel/historical fiction (but not in a feel-good way) and I do recommend it, but not as a Christmas present!

    For your SIL, what about something you enjoyed reading for fun? When I want fun, I turn to fluffy books, like the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella or the Heather Wells mysteries by Meg Cabot. Those might be decent bets without knowing your SIL's taste - they're short and pretty funny.
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    Would either of them enjoy Wonder or Hidden Figures?
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    These are all great. I like the idea of Running with the Buffaloes for my SIL. I've always wanted to read a Mary Roach book but haven't. Packing for Mars sounds good. Isn't Stiff about death? Sending a book about death to my Stepmom might give the wrong kind of impression, lol. She's actually bought Neil Gaiman for DS1 before so I know she's a fan. I wonder if there is anything new by him. Hmm.

    Thanks for all the great recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by petesgirl View Post
    Would either of them enjoy Wonder or Hidden Figures?
    I think my Stepmom gave both of these to DS1! So yes, I'm sure she'd love them but she has probably read them.

    You guys are definitely on the right track!

    Funny thing about this "side" of the family. We are constantly giving out the same books to eachother. Both my sister and I gave my Dad Unbroken the same year for his birthday. Then that Christmas my sister gave my brother Cloud Atlas and he gave the same book back to her, lol.

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    For your SIL, how about Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine
    by Tom Jordan?

    I really liked it.
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    For your SIL - Data A Love Story. Geeky and fun read at the same time.

    For stepmom - Kitchen Confidential. Or if you want to venture towards fiction Life from Scratch. There's a sequel that was good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzywednesday View Post
    though I've been meaning to check out Ursula K LeGuin (although she doesn't consider her stuff sci-fi) and Octavia Butler for quite some time now.

    I recently read Kindred by Octavia Butler, but that's less straight-up sci-fi and more time-travel/historical fiction (but not in a feel-good way) and I do recommend it, but not as a Christmas present!

    I read Fledgling by Octavia Butler. It's about vampires. Really liked it.
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