She’s Making Her List…

With a mere 101 days until Santa slides down my chimney with a bag laden with loot, last night I started working on my Holiday Wish List: Version 2010.

I don’t really want anything other than books; I’m in a ‘paring down’ mode (read: throwing away everything that’s not nailed down).  I’ve been reorganizing the house and am getting ready for an epic garage sale.

Scrolling through various blogs and websites, I searched for upcoming releases that will hopefully be found under the (pink) Book, Line, and Sinker Christmas tree this year.

Kissmus 2009

Finding lesser-known or new authors was virtually impossible as most of the big sites and blogs heavily promote established authors.  I selected a few titles but hope to come up with more next week while visiting my favorite indie bookshop in Vermont.

This book was made just for me, and I can’t wait to get my hands (and oven mitts) on it!

I adore Ina and wish she was my aunt or Godmother.  I want to cavort in her kitchen as she whips up delicious meals and yummy desserts for me.  I long to hang out in her pantry and drool over the wire racks of baking dishes and china.

Ina seems like the type of person who would be so easy to get along with.  Did you know that she is a former White House nuclear power analyst under Presidents Ford and Carter?  It’s true!

This cookbook is chock full of easy-for-me recipes with scads of glorious photographs and is being released on 10/25/2010 by Crown Publishing Group.


And because I can’t give up on Kay, Benton, Pete, and Lucy…

I’m game to give Patricia Cornwell’s 18th Kay Scarpetta installment a whirl.  I’ve read all the others and have grown to really love the characters despite their flaws and foibles.  For a series, I think Cornwell does a good job keeping the characters and plots fresh.

While the novels don’t rivet me like they once did, I’m still on board for an update on this group of old friends.  I feel like Cornwell really helped create this genre and her novels acted as a springboard for many of the television shows and documentary-style programs in this vein.

Putnam is releasing Port Mortuary on November 30, 2010.



The first sentence of this memoir captivated me.  I’m not sure if I can wait 100 days to read it…

“Half my life ago, I killed a girl.”

I have to read this memoir if only to see that there’s some sort of redemption for the author.  Also, who was this girl and what happened to her?  What events led to her death?  The cover is spare and doesn’t give much away about the contents.

After more research, I gleaned a few additional details but don’t want to know too much.  I’d rather read the book and let the events unfold around me.

If you’re not a memoir fan, I urge you to reconsider your stance.  There are so many great books out there in the genre–Teacher Man by the late Frank McCourt is one of my favorites.

McSweeney’s is releasing this one tomorrow, September 15th.

What books are you putting on your holiday or birthday list?  Any new authors or titles that you want to tell me about?



  • At 2010.09.14 06:28, vivienne said:

    The first book is making me hungry. I gave up on Patricia Cornwall years ago, as I am not very good at sticking to series, but I hope you enjoy it.
    .-= vivienne´s last blog ..Monday Mail from Book Blogging Pals =-.

    • At 2010.09.14 09:21, Mary (Bookfan) said:

      Isn’t Ina Garten wonderful? I have all her books but didn’t know she had a new one this year. That will be on my wish list!
      .-= Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog ..City in Shadow – Giveaway =-.

      • At 2010.09.14 13:23, Andi said:

        Awww! I love me some Ina. She’s very fairy godmotherish. And I love your living room, too.
        .-= Andi´s last blog ..BBAW- Day 2 – Interview Swap =-.

        • At 2010.09.14 16:20, BevTexas said:

          Oooooo….it IS time to start making a list, isn’t it? It’s been a full (read “totally insane”) year and I find it hard to believe we’re right at autumn’s front door already.

          HALF A LIFE intrigues me. I’ll check our local B&N after tomorrow in the hope that they’ve already put it on the nearest new-release table. (At the top of my list, for sure, will be their Nook.)

          This morning I finished THE LONGEST TRIP HOME and have only in the last few minutes been able to quit crying. My taste in books is eclectic, with “favorites” from many different genre. You asked a while back about westerns, and solicited comments from readers of McMurtry and L’Amour. L’Amour – not for me, although my mother was a huge fan; McMurtry – I tried a couple of times to read LONESOME DOVE after I saw and loved the mini-series, but found that I became bogged down and finally put it aside for good. I was interested, however, in your review of THE TEXICAN and will give it a try. I’m so completely into my Texas heritage that anything having to do with the state grabs my attention.

          • At 2010.09.14 19:46, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

            That’s thinking ahead! I’m asking for money so I can go to BEA again next year. LOL

            • At 2010.09.15 10:36, Ti said:

              We are probably the only ones already looking forward to Christmas! I wish people would buy me books. I’ve dropped hints but no one ever picks up on them. Instead, I get stuff that I simply do not use. Ever.

              I love Ina. I want to be her neighbor. Especially when TR comes to visit:
              .-= Ti´s last blog ..Review- The Unit =-.

              • At 2010.09.16 05:13, Mystica said:

                Patricia Cornwell also got a bit staid for me but I’d love to read this new one and your Half a Life sounds really good. When I will be able to get my hands on them is another story!
                .-= Mystica´s last blog ..Book Review – A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton =-.

                • At 2010.09.16 15:53, Aths said:

                  I am yet to draw my wishlist – I just remembered about it! *Smacking my forehead* I don’t want anything but books either!
                  .-= Aths´s last blog ..BBAW New Treasure – When recommendations pull you out of your comfort zone =-.

                  • At 2010.09.16 18:38, dw said:

                    i think if i put together a wishlist, it would be a mile long. the memoir looks interesting! i’ll have to keep an eye out for your review of it.

                    • At 2010.09.17 09:12, Jenners said:

                      I’ve got a birthday coming up so I’m working on that list right now!!! Then I’ll get to work on Christmas stuff. HAHA!

                      I think I saw something about Half A Life and it sounded intriguing. I do love me a good memoir.

                      And I gave up on Patricia Cornwell a while ago. I thought “Hornet’s Nest” was godawful. Maybe she got it together again though.
                      .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Youve GOTTA Read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides! =-.

                      • At 2010.09.18 08:49, Beth F said:

                        I love Ina!!! I admit that I’m in BBAW burnout at the moment . . . my brain is filled with lots of book suggestions from all the new blogs I visited recently.
                        .-= Beth F´s last blog ..BBAW- Discovering Bloggers around the Globe and Giveaway =-.

                        • At 2010.09.19 00:47, Anna said:

                          I love Ina, too! I haven’t even thought about what I want for Christmas, but my daughter is already talking about it.
                          .-= Anna´s last blog ..And the Winner of Come Sunday Is… =-.

                          • At 2010.09.20 23:51, bybee said:

                            It’s so relaxing to watch Ina on TV. She’s so reassuring and makes a person feel as if they too could put on a swell dinner party. Kind of the opposite of Martha…she’s so icily perfect, I get discouraged…although I watch her again and again!
                            .-= bybee´s last blog ..What- Ho =-.

                            • At 2010.09.24 21:28, Lisa said:

                              I’d just love to add some books to my Christmas list. But this I know–no one in my family will feed the habit. For some strange reason, they all seem to think I already have enough books I need to read!
                              .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Friday Finds – My Mother She Killed Me- My Father He Ate Me =-.

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