Christmas is coming, the fat geese have long flown south, and the old man longs for loonies (the Canadian dollar coin for those not in the know) - not pennies - in his hat these days. The holidays have sneaked up fast as always, and if you're still scrambling to find small last-minute gifts for a family Christmas stocking, for Hannukah or Kwanzaa, or simply as a modest present for a hostess or neighbor, I have some book gems to suggest to you ...
For the nostalgic: The Gift by Pete Hamill A 17-year-old sailor is home for the holidays in snowy 1952 Brooklyn.
For the believer: The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere A beautifully illustrated, empathetic retelling of the nativity story.
For your favorite Scrooge: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham No man is an island, even if he'd like to escape to one for Christmas.