They're easy to wrap. They're the gift that you can open up again and again. But are you having trouble finding a book for that special someone this holiday season?
Sarah Nelson, books editor at O, The Oprah magazine, highlighted on "The Early Show" books that are sure to delight the reader and the non-reader on your list.
Holiday Gift Guide
FOR THE FOODIE ON YOUR LIST - All books priced between $5.95-$40. You don't have to be a chef to appreciate a good cookbook. This section is for anyone who loves food, talking about it, preparing it, eating it!
**Sarah's gold star goes to: "National Geographic Food Journeys of A Lifetime"
from National Geographic
- Not a cookbook, but a wish-book for eaters of the best places in the world to eat and buy food, restaurants and markets, $40.
"Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes To Get You Started In The Kitchen"
by Mollie Katzen
(HarperStudio) - An adorable informative primer for the kitchen-phobe, $24.99.
"100 Words For Foodies"
from the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - You don't need to cook like a master chef in order to sound like one! A handy pocket guide, $5.95.
"I "Heart" Macarons"
by Hisako Ogita
(Chronicle) - Macarons -- the new cupcake? You'll never believe the "toothsome" possibilities of this little pastry that could, $14.95.
"Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, Recipes, Strategies & Survival Techniques, Bringing Back The Family Meal"
by Lucinda Scala Quinn
(Artisan) - Designed for the chef who cooks for men and boys. Recipes tailored for the big(ger) appetites under your roof, $27.95.
"Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship from a Maitre Fromager"
by Max McCalman and David Gibbons
(Clarkson Potter) - An essential companion for the cheese lover who fancies him/herself to be an expert, $40.
FOR THE BOOKWORM ON YOUR LIST - all books priced between $25 and $30. If the person on your list loves to curl up with a good book that's all the buzz, look no further. A selection for non-fiction and fiction lovers alike.
**Sarah's gold star for fiction goes to: the Stieg Larssen
books, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,"
$14.95 and "The Girl Who Played With Fire,"
$25.95 (both Knopf) - "The thing about the Larsson books is that they're set in Sweden, and so what might be a typical law and order SVU episode here has a brooding, other-worldly quality.That and the fact that Lisbeth Sander, the heroine, is so weird -- bisexual, tattooed, very geeky -- that she's extremely lovable." - Sarah Nelson
The third book in this series will be published next year.
by Kathryn Stockett
(Putnam) - "Early Show"
staffers loved this novel about race relations and home economics in the heart of the Deep South of 1962, $24.95.
**Sarah's gold star for non-fiction goes to: "The Lost City Of Z: A Tale Of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon"
by David Grann
(Doubleday) $27.50 - "'Lost City of Z' is like a boys' adventure story all grown up. The author - not an outdoorsy, camping type - became as obsessed with the mythical Amazonian culture as the early 20th century explorers he started out writing about." - Sarah Nelson
"When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present" by Gail Collins (Little, Brown) - Whether or not you lived through the "revolution," you know someone who did. Collins of the New York Times starts her tome in the year 1960 (when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card) and ends with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign, $27.99.
"Lit: A Memoir"
by Mary Karr
(Harper/HarperCollins) - You may remember (and love) Mark Karr from her acclaimed childhood memoir "The Liar's Club" In this new memoir the poet/writer, whisks us into her adult life: marriage, parenthood and yep, you guess it: drinking. $25.99.
"The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through the Lord's Prayer"
by Kathleen McGowan
(Fireside) - On Easter Sunday in the year 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported that two billion people were united by one common denominator: they had all, at one point that day, recited The Lord's Prayer. But what does it mean for the person saying it? This enjoyable read walks you through the seven steps to transforming your life through the prayer that Jesus wrote. $22.00.
For more of Nelson's picks, go to Page 2.