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How to find the perfect gift

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Mon Dec 14th, 2015

When you are a little bit stumped, or even at a loss to locate the right Christmas gift, you need only to put yourself through the door of your local bookseller where there are people who will provide the appropriate advice. This is true of our three local stores in Millbrook, Millerton, and Rhinebeck. We are lucky to have independent, amiable booksellers who are knowledgeable. One will not receive the big corporate shoulder shrug.  Kira Wizner, the new owner of Merritt Books in Millbrook, as well as encyclopedic Dick Hermans from Millerton Oblong and his daughter Suzanna Hermans of Rhinebeck Oblong, have provided TMI with a general suggested list, yet they would be delighted to offer anyone more specific recommendations that offer more personal tailoring. 

Merritt Book Store:

1. H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald

2. Between the World and Me* by Ta-Nehesi Coates

3. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

4. Here by Richard McGuire

5. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

6. M Train by Patti Smith

7. Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

8. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

9. Hotels of North America by Rick Moody

10. Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe


Oblong Books, Millerton & Rhinebeck:

1. Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

3. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

4. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

5. M Train by Patti Smith

6. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

7. S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

8. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

9. Map: Exploring the World by Phaidon

10. Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting