Published New York Times , November 30, 2007
Here is information about the books included in William Grimes's 2007 Holiday Gift Guide:
THE ANNOTATED HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar (W. W. Norton & Company); illustrated; 449 pages; $35.
BEARS: A BRIEF HISTORY, by Bernd Brunner (Yale University Press); illustrated; 259 pages; $25.
THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF PULPS, edited by Otto Penzler (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard); illustrated; 1,150 pages, paperback; $25.
THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE: EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS WRONG, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson (Harmony Books); illustrated; 266 pages; $19.95.
THE COMPLETE PICTURE PUZZLE BOX SET (Life Books); illustrated; three paperback books; $24.95.
A FRENCH ALPHABET BOOK OF 1814: FOR ALFRED BOURDIER DE BEAUREGARD, CREATED BY HIS UNCLE ARNAUD AT THE CHâTEAU DE BEAUMONT DE BEAUREGARD, edited by Charles Plante (Rizzoli); illustrated; 114 pages; $24.95.
THE GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS BOOK, compiled and edited by Aaron Schlechter (Overlook Press); illustrated; 320 pages; $17.95.
THE HISTORY OF THE SNOWMAN, by Bob Eckstein (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, Simon & Schuster); illustrated; 177 pages; $14.95.
HOW TO BUILD AN IGLOO AND OTHER SNOW SHELTERS, by Norbert E. Yankielun (W. W. Norton & Company); illustrated; paperback; 148 pages; $17.95.
THE LANDMARK HERODOTUS: THE HISTORIES, edited by Robert B. Strassler (Pantheon); illustrated; 959 pages. $45.
1001 GARDENS YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, edited by Rae Spencer-Jones (Barron’s); illustrated; 960 pages; $34.99.
SCOUTS IN BONDAGE: AND OTHER VIOLATIONS OF LITERARY PROPRIETY, edited by Michael Bell (Simon & Schuster); illustrated; 96 pages; $15.
30,000 YEARS OF ART: THE STORY OF HUMAN CREATIVITY ACROSS TIME AND SPACE (Phaidon); illustrated; 1,064 pages; $49.95.
TOP 10 OF EVERYTHING 2008, by Russell Ash (Sterling Publishing); illustrated; 256 pages; $24.95.
WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING?: 23 QUESTIONS FROM GREAT PHILOSOPHERS, by Leszek Kolakowski; translated by Agnieszka Kolakowska (Basic Books); 223 pages; $20.