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Taming of the Scrooge: Five Books to Stuff in Stockings

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up under a blanket by the fire with a good read as you check off the titles from your wish list that you were gifted this year. Here’s five to consider adding to your ever- evolving inventory. 

“The Bookseller of Inverness”
For historical fiction buffs and fans of S.G. MacLean, this book is set in the wake of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. The No. 1 New York Times bestseller has been referred to as thrilling, intricate and first rate — while some Amazon readers mentioned it can also be a bit of a challenging read. If the person whose stocking you are stuffing is fan of history, thrillers and books full of twists, this may make a great gift. 

“The Trail”
If there is a nature lover or hiker on your gift list, this book may be a good read. Written by Ethan Gallogly and illustrated by Jeremy Ashcroft, the book is set in the High Sierra and is about how nature helps us find what is missing in our lives. The book offers a bit of humor, philosophy and trail lore as main character Gil sets off with his late father’s hiking partner on a monthlong journey along the John Muir Trail. 

“A Little Life”
TikTok has spurred many readers to check out this work by Hanya Yanagihara. The heartbreaking and profound book looks at the “intimate ties between families bound by choice rather than blood.” The story follows college classmates as they move to New York in search of fame and are bound together by one character, Jude, who endured a heart-wrenching childhood trauma. 

“Cooking from the Spirit”
Another New York Times bestseller, “Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations” by Tabitha Brown was voted the favorite vegan cookbook of 2023 by VegNews. The healthy, creative and flexible recipes are infused with stories from the spirit inspired by Brown’s own health journey. 

“The Woman In Me”
We had to. The most talked-about book in recent months has been Britney Spears’ memoir. Spears’ young life has been scarred by the trauma that comes with being famous and having your most personal moments shared, including mental health issues that led to conservatorship. The first half of the memoir is said to have less emotion, almost as if a team had written it, which is not uncommon. We do hear the second half seems to come straight from Spears herself. This book will surely land in pop-culture fans’ stockings, if they haven’t devoured it already.