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Holiday Book Suggestions from Bobby Rivers, Bookmark contributor
Bobby Rivers knows books. As a regular contributor on Bookmark, Bobby has shown us the many options that today's literary world has to offer. Here are Bobby's Top 5 reads.

Just Kids by Patti Smith
She rocked musically.  As a writer, she's got the gift.  Punk rock performer Patti Smith had a tender friendship with the controversial and iconic photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.  Patti Smith deservedly won the National Book Award for Just Kids, her elegantly written memoir of their friendship.

Fosse by Sam Wasson
His work (Chicago: The Musical) still sells tickets on Broadway.  When I was a VH1 veejay in the late 1980s, I was amazed at the amount of Bob Fosse influence I saw in music videos.  This multi-talented choreographer/director became a multi-award winner for his Broadway, TV and film artistry. He was Broadway's golden boy and a talented legend with a dark side.  Fosse by Sam Wasson is one juicy, fascinating, sexy and surprising new biography about the late, creative star who won the Best Director Oscar for his innovative 1972 film adaptation of Cabaret

Midnight Return by Billy Hayes
Billy Hayes and I lived in the same dorm at Marquette University in Milwaukee.  I interviewed when his first book came out.  That book was adapted into a hit movie that was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture of 1978.  Midnight Express was based on his nightmarish true story.  He was a vacationing college student who was thrown into and escaped from a Turkish prison.  My buddy, Billy, has written a follow-up to his story.  It's called Midnight Return.  He writes about how the escape and the following voyage into Hollywood fame and acting changed his life.

If You Want To Write:  A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
It's really about more than just writing.  It's about finding your own voice, nurturing it and connecting to your passion.  I still can't believe that the first copyright for If You Want To Write:  A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland was in 1939.  This book would be fresh and relevant had the copyright been in 2008.  The title tells all.  Brenda Ueland's book is so rich, so substantial, so thrilling with advice for the artist, that I have given copies to friends for Christmases Past.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Speaking of Christmases Past....when's the last time you read A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens?  Dickens must have had a golden, direct link to the other world.  There's such psychic beauty in this story coupled with compassion for the under-privileged and less fortunate.  The writing is simple yet profound.  A Christmas Carol is a good read and a holiday gift that I loved getting.

Stanley Siegel’s Holiday Book Ideas:

What would Stanley Siegel give his friends for the holidays? Travel books, of course.  Here are some Stanley’s go to guides:

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides will help you plan trips to over 200 destinations. They contain plenty of pictures, maps and custom illustrations. This book will help any traveler create a wonderful adventure.

Discovery’s Insight Guides provide a well-rounded look at individual countries, cities and regions. These travel books include maps and photos of each destination. A big plus, you can download these guides on to your mobile device.

Don’t forget the newspaper. Many newspapers have great travel sections, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post

One word of advice from RLTV’s most experienced traveler: do not pack granola bars in your suitcase or you will wind up with crumbs in your luggage.

Publisher’s Weekly Best Book Guide:

The perfect gift could be a great book.  Check out Publisher’s Weekly best book list here.  Titles for you, your kids, and even your grandkids.

Paulie Dimeo’s (Second Act) Holiday Book Ideas:

When Paulie Dimeo isn’t helping people realize their Second Act, he loves reading a great book. Here are some of his favorites.

Dan Brown's INFERNO: An entertaining thriller by the Author of the DaVinci Code and Angel’s and Demons. A real page turner.

Brad Kessler's GOAT SONG: Great story about a family that leaves the city life behind to raise goats and make cheese in Vermont.

Shreve Stockton's DAILY COYOTE: A true survival story about a woman who raises an orphaned coyote pup for one year in Wyoming.  I thought it was a great read with an inspiring story line.

Gordon Edgar's CHEESE MONGER: A LIFE ON THE WEDGE: The story of punk rock activist, Gordon Edgar.  Edgar, knowing little about artisan cheese, bluffs his way into a job as a cheese monger for San Francisco's Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Gordon takes you through the journey of learning about the world of artisan cheese.

William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIETTE: You know the tale. Just a great love story! I read it out loud! Love this classic!!!

A Taste of History Holiday Baking Book:

We know that baking is a great way to gather the family and share your traditions.  If you’re looking for new ideas to spread that holiday cheer, why not try some recipes from Chef Walter Staib’s A Sweet Taste of History. Filled with tradition and history, Chef Walter’s book will inspire you to bring some historical favorites into your kitchen just in time for the holidays. To order your copy click here.



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