What Bloomsbury in Ashland Recommends for Christmas  –  Support Brick and Mortar Bookstores

The Holidays are nearing and we want to make sure all your book needs are met. The BEST TIME to shop for your friends and loved ones is NOW! Don’t wait until the last minute. Order your holiday books today!

 

BLOOMSBURY RECOMMENDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

 

HARDCOVER FICTION

 

 

 LET US DESCEND by Jesmyn Ward     

 

A haunting masterpiece about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War. Written by a two-time National Book Award winner, this is sure to be an instant classic.

 

 

 

THE EXCHANGE: AFTER THE FIRM by John Grisham

 

In 1991, we could barely keep THE FIRM, a huge bestseller, in stock.  Twenty-two years later its hero, Mitch McDeere, returns in Grisham’s riveting sequel.

 

 

 

 DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver

 

This Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece is enthralling and accessible.  Set in Appalachia, Kingsolver’s home, she tells a story rich with plot that is unforgettable.   Our favorite Kingsolver of all time.

 

 

 

 

 

 NORTH WOODS by Daniel Mason

 

Bloomsbury booksellers loved this story of a single house in the woods

of New England, told through the lives of those who inhabit it over the

centuries.

 

 

 

VASTER WILDS by Lauren Groff  

 

A thrilling adventure story about a servant girl who escapes the Jamestown colonial settlement into the wilderness.  It is exquisite nature writing, a story of survival, and a meditation on the resilience of the human spirit.

 

 

 

TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett  

 

A meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents led before their children were born, written by a beloved award-winning storyteller.  It explores what it means to be happy even as the world is falling apart.  You won’t want this one to end.

 

 

 

THE HEAVEN AND EARTH GROCERY STORE by James McBride

 

This National Book Award winning novel explores the complexities of a Black and Jewish community in the 1930s.  Called “Heart-warming and heart-breaking, a feat of language, life and imagination” by the NY TIMES.

 

 

HAUNTING ON THE HILL by Elizabeth Hand          

 

The first-ever novel authorized to return to the world of Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, from an award winning author.  “Scary and beautifully written.” – Neil Gaiman

 

 

 

 

 

THE FRAUD by Zadie Smith                    

 

A very clever and witty work of historical fiction set against a legal trial that divided Victorian England.  A story of class, race and manners.  It has echoes of the Brontes and other Victorian novelists, but it is also completely original in its scope.

 

 

 

 

HOLLY by Stephen King                 

 

There has been a King novel to sell every holiday season since Bloomsbury opened in 1980.  HOLLY is getting great reviews  and is highly recommended by one of our King-loving booksellers.

 

 

 

 

 

WELLNESS by  Nathan Hill          

 

NY TIMES  bestseller, and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. This witty novel with Gen X protagonists revolves around modern marriage, the bonds that keep people together, and the impact technology and social media have upon our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

 

 

THE COMFORT OF CROWS by Margaret Renkl 

 

The perfect gift for nature lovers, birders and gardeners.  NY TIMES Opinion writer, Renkl, presents fifty-two chapters that follow the creatures and plants in her garden over the course of a year. “A howling love letter to the world” (Ann Patchett)

 

 

 

 

THE WAGER:  A TALE OF SHIPWRECK, MUTINY AND MURDER

by David Grann       

 

From the author of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, comes a page-turning story, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth.  Our best-selling history for the year.

 

 

 

 

MY NAME IS BARBRA by Barbra Streisand

 

No entertainer’s memoir has been more anticipated than Barbra Streisand’s, and this engrossing book will be eagerly welcomed by  her millions of fans.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL:  A HISTORY IN 50 MOMENTS

by Joe Posnanski

 

Written by a well-loved sports author, it is a great gift for baseball fans of all ages.  A one-of-a-kind love letter to the sport with fifty of the most memorable moments.

 

 

 

 

 

A CITY ON MARS: CAN WE SETTLE SPACE, SHOULD WE SETTLE SPACE, AND HAVE WE REALLY THOUGHT THIS THROUGH?

by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

 

The authors set out to write the essential guide to a future of space settlements, but after years of research, they’re not quite sure it’s a good idea. Filled with deep expertise, a winning sense of humor and          illustrations!

 

 

 

DETERMINED by Robert Sapolsky  

 

A behavioral scientist plumbs the depths of the science and philosophy of decision-making to mount a devastating case against the concept of free will.  A controversial and science-based book that has generated a flurry of discussion in academic circles and the media.

 

 

 

 

ALFIE AND ME:  WHAT OWLS KNOW, WHAT HUMANS BELIEVE

by Carl Safina        

 

A moving account of raising, then freeing, an orphaned screech owl, whose lasting friendship with the author illuminates humanity’s relationship with the world.  Personal, informative and genuinely charming.

 

 

 

BLOOD MEMORY by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns  

 

The epic story of the buffalo in America, from prehistoric times until today.  A moving and beautifully illustrated work of natural history – a companion to the PBS documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

BUILD THE LIFE YOU WANT by Arthur Brooks

and Oprah Winfrey    

 

Drawing on cutting-edge science, the authors invite you to begin a journey toward happiness – no matter how challenging your circumstances.

 

 

 

 

ENTANGLED LIFE:  THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION

by Merlin Sheldrake    

 

Sheldrake broadens our understanding of fungi from mushrooms to the diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains all living systems. This new edition features over 100 full-color images.

 

 

 

 

POVERTY BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond    

 

Not the cheeriest of titles, but so relevant to what’s happening in our country today.  It asks difficult questions of readers of all political stripes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE SEAMS: MY LIFE IN RHINESTONES

by Dolly Parton  

 

If you love Dolly (and who doesn’t), you’ll be captivated by a tour of her wardrobe and the stories she tells about what she wore when.

 

 

 

 

 

THE SISTERHOOD: THE SECRET HISTORY OF WOMEN

IN THE CIA  by Liza Mundy  

 

The acclaimed author of CODE GIRLS returns with a history of three generations of the CIA and the women who fought to become operators, transformed spycraft, and tracked down Bin Laden.

 

 

CHILDREN’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

Picture books for ages 2-6

 

 

IF I WAS A HORSE

             By Sophie Blackall

 

A fun day in the life of a child who imagines what it would be like to be a horse.  Beautiful illustrations to accompany this amusing story.

 

 

 

 

   ONCE UPON A BOOK

                By Grace Lin

 

Alice goes on an adventure to different places as the book that she is reading invites her to “turn the page and come in”.  Exquisite illustrations!

 

 

 

 

 

Middle grade books for ages 7-12

 

 

  THE PUPPETS OF SPELHORST

                       By Kate DiCamillo

A heartfelt and witty fairytale about five puppet friends who confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning, and high spirits.  A story of wonder and love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  ONCE THERE WAS

                 By Kiyash Monsef

A captivating novel about a young Iranian American girl who discovers that her father was secretly a veterinarian to magical creatures — and she must continue his dangerous and compelling work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen books for ages 12-16

 

  SILVER IN THE BONE

                By Alexandra Bracken

An exciting fantasy tale of a teenage girl who seeks to find a magical ring from Arthurian legend that can break a curse put upon her brother.

 

 

 

 

 

  HOUSE OF ROOTS AND RUIN

                  By Erin A. Craig

A modern masterpiece, this is a classic Gothic thriller-fantasy about doomed love, menacing ambition, and the ghosts that haunt us forever

Check out our Christmas Card Selection!

To see more new titles, come into our store, or

check out our website 

bloomsburyashland.com

Related Posts

Money Issues on Ashland Council’s Agenda 3/5 – $1,000 to $75 Million
Pacific Power Responding to Outages in Southern Oregon
Ashland Council Spends an Additional $333K on Homeless Shelter Renovations, Operations