What to put on your bookshelf this holiday season

We asked area book store clerks to give us some ideas.

Want to know which books to put under the tree this Christmas? We asked area book store clerks to give us some ideas.

Jennifer Down at Tanner’s Books and The Children’s Bookshop in Sidney suggests An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield and The Luminaires by Canadian-born New Zealander, Eleanor Catton. Her book has won both the 2013 Mann Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.  For kids, Down recommends Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and Island Santa by Victoria-based author Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lot.

Jessica Walker at Munro’s Books recommends former co-owner and recent Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Alice Munro’s book, Dear Life; Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai.  For children, she recommends Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, book 8 by Jeff Kinney, Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tokien and A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.

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