DDG Booksellers Presents
The Holiday 20

Here are our picks for the 20 best books to give your friends and loved ones this Holiday Season. DDG offers 15% off these recommendations from now until the Holidays and a special 20% off for our Weekly Top 2 readers this week.

 

Unique and Holiday Titles
 
Snook Alone



Snook Alone
By Nelson, Marilyn
2010-09 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763626679 - Hardcover
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Snook Alone is the tale of a beloved rat terrier, the companion of a gentle Monk living in a faraway sea, who has been asked to catalog the plant and animal species of their small part of the Indian Ocean. Snook, marooned by rough weather, must wait out the storm alone. The warmth of affection, the beauty of the Indian Ocean, the wonder of exploration, the tension of waiting, are all captured superbly in this marvel of a picture book for all ages. ...More

The Knife of Never Letting Go



The Knife of Never Letting Go
By Ness, Patrick
2009-07 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763645762 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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These three books are set on a frontier planet with a small group of inhabitants. Reminiscent of the settlement of the New World in the sixteenth century, the nature of good and evil to change and adapt has rarely been handled in a more original manner. Emotionally riveting, structurally complex, and brilliantly executed, here we have a story as profound as it is exciting. ...More

Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee

Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee
By Nolen, Jerdine
2010-09 - Jump at the Sun
9780786818716 - Hardcover
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This is a truly moving story of a young girl whose grandmother encourages her to feel that "there is magic in believing in something good with all your heart." Ellie makes a Christmas tree outdoors in the woods at the highest point in the town and wishes for something wonderful to come and bring happiness to her troubled family and troubled town. The ending is a lovely affirmation of the power of small gestures and thoughtfulness to grant a simple, but important wish. ...More

Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas

Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas
By Rawlinson, Julia
2010-10 - Greenwillow Books
9780061990335 - Hardcover
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Fletcher the fox worries that his friends, the rabbit family, who have just moved to a new burrow, will miss out on Christmas since Santa will not know where their new home is. Though it turns out that there was nothing to worry about, Santa's address forwarding mechanism far exceeds anything available to the U.S. Postal Service, it is Fletcher's caring effort to play the role of Santa that makes it a special Christmas. Gorgeous illustrations and a warm and caring tone, lightly wielded, make this a very fine Holiday book. ...More

Cookbooks and Coffee Table Books
 
Dogs

Dogs
By Flach, Tim
2010-10 - ABRAMS
9780810996533 - Hardcover
List Price $50.00 - Your Price: $40.00


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When a book declares itself to be too amazing to be stuck on a shelf it had better have the jaw dropping photos to back that attitude up. Dogs is more than up to the task as Tim Flach's incredible photographs seem to just expand as the pages are flipped. This is a book to warm any dog lover's heart. ...More

Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes

Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes
By McGee, Harold
2010-10 - Penguin Press
9781594202681 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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There are quite a few good cookbooks out this season but Keys To Good Cooking: A Guide To Making The Best Of Foods and Recipes stands out among them because, as its title indicates, it makes every other cookbook you have better. McGee provides straightforward advice and insight into every aspect of the cooking experience, from shopping and choosing tools to preparation and hands on cooking. This will be a welcome and well used gift for anyone who enjoys their time in the kitchen. ...More

Fiction and Non-Fiction Titles
 
Layover in Dubai



Layover in Dubai
By Fesperman, Dan
2010-07 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307268389 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Dan Fesperman is a writer who delivers thrillers with a plus. His book are thrilling, so that's covered, but his careful research, his eye for historical detail and interesting social and cultural divisions, have always left his readers with a richer understanding of the settings of his books. All of Fesperman's strengths are on display in his latest novel, Layover in Dubai. ...More

The Passage



The Passage
By Cronin, Justin
2010-06 - Ballantine Books
9780345504968 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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"Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin's "The Passage." It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."--Stephen King. ...More

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean



The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
By Casey, Susan
2010-09 - Doubleday Books
9780767928847 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Not only are the oceans rising, but so are the size and frequency of its giant, rogue and freakish waves. This riveting account the of the scientists who seek to understand them, the salvage specialists who deal with its larger victims, and the big wave surfers who travel the globe to attempt to ride them, has something for everyone. Fascinating science, fascinating sociology, and larger than life exploits under outsized conditions. ...More

At Home: A Short History of Private Life



At Home: A Short History of Private Life
By Bryson, Bill
2010-10 - Doubleday Books
9780767919388 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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From beloved author Bryson comes a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place people call home. ...More

Maine Interest
 
The Poacher's Son

The Poacher's Son
By Doiron, Paul
2010-05 - Minotaur Books
9780312558468 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This is a terrific thriller about a young Maine Game Warden whose woodsman father becomes a murder suspect on the run. The Warden, at risk of his career, helps track down his father deep in the North woods. Poacher's Son captures a Maine rarely seen in popular fiction, and, for a first time novel, garnered a rare number of rave reviews from some of America's most prominent writers, John Lescroat, Andre Dubus III, Nelson De Mille, Tess Gerritsen, and C.J. Box, to name a few! ...More

Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year

Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year
By McNair, Wesley
2010-06 - Down East Books
9780892728152 - Hardcover
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This lovely anthology of twenty Maine poets, with its small size and elegant design, is a perfect gift for nature and language lovers. ...More

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee
By Van Dusen, Chris
2010-10 - Chronicle Books
9780811874953 - Hardcover
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Mr. Magee is back! The beloved character has gone camping, has been down to the sea, and now, at long last, he learns to ski. This delightful book of warmth and humor from Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen will be worn threadbare by Mr. Magee fans on couches and at bedtimes across Maine. ...More

Touch Blue

Touch Blue
By Lord, Cynthia
2010-08 - Scholastic Press
9780545035316 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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If Goldilocks had found a pile of middle grade novels on the table at the Bear's house, rather than bowls of porridge, the returning bear family would have found her engrossed in Touch Blue rather than sleeping upstairs. This tale - set on a Maine island whose families with school age children takes on a few foster children to keep their school from being shut down by the state - is the epitome of being just right. The book's ultimate message, that a person can belong in more than one place, and have more than one home, is a truly important one. Rules fans will be anything but disappointed in this gentle and profound second novel. ...More

Picture Books, Interactive Books and Young Adult Titles
 
My Little Pink Princess Purse

My Little Pink Princess Purse
By Johnson, Stephen T.
2010-10 - Simon & Schuster
9781416979791 - Hardcover
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""The maker of last year's hit interactive book, My Little Red Fire Truck, has stuck out in a bold new direction, delivering something no Princess minded youngster could be unmoved by. I mean to say, we had to tear the sparkling rings, precious stone laden tiara, and jewel encrusted mirror, from the hands of our Karen West, pictured here. And those were only the items woven into the story on the first five pages! Hours of creative play await the recipient of this book. ...More

Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book



Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
By Wickings, Ruth
2010-10 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763650568 - Hardcover
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What could be more interactive than a book that gives kids everything they need to make an interactive book? No scissors or glue are needed, as all the parts are sticky backed peel away pieces. This fascinating and well conceived pop up book maker will both entertain and inspire engineering minded youngsters. ...More

The Quiet Book

The Quiet Book
By Underwood, Deborah
2010-04 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547215679 - Library Binding
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The Quiet Book is a wonderfully simple exploration of one complex idea, all the different kinds of quiet, such as "Hide-N-Seek quiet, Right before you yell SURPRISE Quiet, First snowfall Quiet, and Lollypop Quiet." Each page is a world unto itself. Gentle and evocative drawings convey the emotional range of being quiet in a manner which will make for a truly thoughtful read aloud experience for reader and child. ...More

Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train
By Barton, Chris
2010-04 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316007627 - Hardcover
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The best picture books deal with an important issue without it ever being apparent to young readers and listeners. Shark vs. Train deals with rivalry and competition issues in a manner so clever and funny that one can only applaud and turn back to page 1 for another read. I am happy to report that, even though it has been picked off the shelf more often than its shelf mates Shark vs. Train has been modest and well mannered regarding this good fortune and not stuck its tongue out nor hurled fleering jibes at less popular titles on its way out the store. ...More

Crunch


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Crunch
By Connor, Leslie
2010-04 - Katherine Tegen Books
9780061692291 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Crunch is a wonder of an old fashioned read aloud story for the whole family. As our own Amy Graham writes of it, "All my favorite elements are here: siblings who stick together, a strong sense of community and place, innovative problem solving, and an appreciation for the good things in life (a bike ride, dinner with friends, satisfaction taken in an honest day's work, self-expression through art). And that's not to mention the deftly imagined gasoline shortage that has turned highways into bike paths." ...More

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book
By Hamilton, Kersten
2010-11 - Clarion Books
9780547330082 - Hardcover
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This dynamic reimagining of the Irish mythos in modern-day Chicago is loaded with convincing romantic tension, intelligent, three dimensional characters, and atmospheric power. Hamilton does a great job extrapolating the Finnian cycle into latter day descendants of Finn and the Children of Amergin and Maeve. Lots of surprises and interesting twists and turns, along with some real depth in the relationship between the half high born Goblin Teagan, and the young Goblin hunter Finn, will hook young readers of both sexes. The story is also bolstered by a good number of intriguing minor characters, great evil doers, and lots dangling plot threads calling out for a book two. ...More

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