When I was younger, our parents would have us fill out our Santa wish lists weeks before Christmas. As the sole bookworm in the family, I, of course, always requested a long list of books — Oliver Twist in the third-grade, Shakespeare at the age of 9 and later, in my teen years, Stephen King. My list must have not made it to the North Pole because instead I got things like a makeup brush kit or a t-shirt screenprinted with a picture of a black labrador. One of the joys of marrying a man who used to do all his Christmas shopping at Walgreens on Christmas Eve is that now all I do is fill out my Amazon wishlist and know that most, if not all, will be wrapped and waiting under the tree. I’ve already devoured the two fiction books I received — Stephen King’s new book, Under the Dome and The Strain, coauthored by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro — and am now ready to dig into my non-fiction gifts. In no particular order…
- Sherrie Inness, Secret Ingredients: Race, Class and Gender at the Dinner Table
- Sander L. Gilman, Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity
- Stewart Lee Allen, In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
So, what’s on your reading list? Any recommendations for the rest of us?