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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Gift of a Suggestion

I may never have learned of the children’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever if a customer in a bookstore where I worked a number of years ago hadn’t recommended it. I enjoyed it even as an adult and wind up buying a few copies each year to give as Christmas gifts when friend’s children reach a certain age. It’s not earth-shattering, just sweet and funny. One of the best gifts we give fellow readers is the suggestion of a book we think they might like. Finding things in common with other people, whether its books or sports or politics, is part of what bonds us to one another. We may not have found the one universal tome that solves the world’s problems; that may be asking a bit much from a book. But if you’re a reader, finding a book that gives you a few hours of pleasant reading, perhaps even distracts you from problems for a bit, is a great gift.

See Your Book Reviews for recommendations by your fellow readers of specific titles in the library's collection.

Mary Mulrenan, Fairfax County Public Library

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