A comment during an interview with author Mark Helprin turned my thinking to the books I’ve given most as gifts. Here they are.
Every once in a while, a person I hire to work at my house will pause in front of the book cases. This is one of those occasions.
I know someone who rereads Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles." I know someone who rereads the books of Charles Dickens. Me? I don't reread. But that doesn't mean I don't want to reread. Here's my wish list, and why the books are on it.
Dinner at my house on December 24, 2012, included giving a book to each of my six guests. Here you'll find the titles of the books -- three novels, one short-story collection, one historical crime story, one allegory -- and how the selections were made.