Spread the Good Word (or Keep It for Yourself)

Book Ideas for Holiday Gifts and Winter Reading Diversions

Hans Weyandt of St. Paul’s Micawber’s Books has firmly established his credentials as a go-to guy for reading recommendations: In 2012, he edited Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores. Here are his book picks for holiday gifts or keeping for yourself to curl up with on a long winter night.

The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary, edited by Dave Page ($12.95, University of Minnesota Press)

“For all the lovers of F. Scott, this is a nice, almost pocket-sized compilation of his journal entries from his teenage years.”

The New Midwestern Table

The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes by Amy Thielen ($35, Clarkson Potter)

“Whatever your assumptions are about cooking from the ‘Heartland,’ this book will both shatter and reaffirm them.”



Ola by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire ($16.95, University of Minnesota Press)

“First printed in 1932, this children’s book is a gorgeous winter tale. It also works as a perfect gift for any adult interested in art and design.”


Dark Lies The Island

Dark Lies The Island by Kevin Barry ($24, Graywolf Press)

“These stories are dark and deeply troubling in many regards. Yet they always offer a slice of humor and beauty. I finished this book and started over again.”


Land of Dreams

The Land Of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl (First of three in the Minnesota Trilogy, $24.95, University of Minnesota Press)

“Sundstøl is an acclaimed Norwegian novelist who lived near the North Shore for several years and fell in love with the landscape and people.”


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