Holiday Book Wish List

Posted on November 21, 2011 by

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Mindy Kaling(Image by Autumn deWilde)

Some people would like to get cashmere sweaters (me), new Flor tiles for the playroom like this lovely blogger has in her dining room (me), or any tray from Furbish Studio (me, me, me). I’m a little fabric and pattern obsessed this year, huh? But also on my holiday gift list are a bunch of books — some new, some old, some that I read but just need a new copy of. Miri and I compiled a holiday book wish list for ya’ll. Enjoy.

If you have any other books that might be a good holiday fav, please comment below to add to the list.

1.Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Because the insecure side of us is always a little paranoid about making friends (ahem)… Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is funny girl Mindy Kaling’s tale about how she turned her neurosis into an incredible talent. Jennifer Weiner says: “In addition to the how-to-make-it-in-Hollywood saga (it involves breaking your best friend’s nose, onstage, in front of an influential critic, and working eighteen-hour days without complaint), you will also get delightful observations on body image angst (“Being called fat is not like being called stupid or unfunny, which is the worst thing you could ever say to me,”), the duties of a best friend (“I Must Be 100 Percent Honest About How You Look, But Gentle).” Adorable.

2. The Sibling Effect

Because this is the perfect time of year to start fights with siblings, The Sibling Effect by Jeffery Kluger will prove (with tons of studies to back you up) that in fact the oldest child is smarter. (Told you so.)

3. Holidays on Ice

Only Sedaris can make the mundane so hilarioius. Physically, the book is compact and toteable. Fits well into a pocket, say, if one is going to boring holiday party…

4. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories

Have you read Amy Bender? This book, filled with fabulous — and I mean as in the creative literary term fabulist and fabulous as in absolutely fabulous–short stories. My favorite “What You Left In the Ditch” about an army soldier who comes home from war alive, only to return to his disappointed wife with metal lips. He clacks her instead of kisses her. It’s heartbreaking.

5. The Meatball Shop Cookbook

I only know one way to make meatballs. Open the package from the freezer and pop ‘em in the microwave. You? It’s about time this Jewish girl learned how to make a good Italian recipe. From the famous shop in downtown Manhattan..

6. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well

Because I’ve been so obsessed with decorating, I had to add this design book by former Domino design editor Deborah Needleman. Then you can check out Deborah’s gorgeous loft that was featured in New York magazine a few years back and obsess over it just like I do.

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