- For the man who has everything:
Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup
The men in my life all seem to love wine and have a fascination with war. This remarkable non-fiction book is perfect for this group, but of course women also love it. Not too long. Perfect holiday reading, especially if you're travelling in France. An ideal book club choice that inspires great food and drink for the meeting.
- For your friend who just had a hysterectomy (or any major surgery and is housebound):
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A beautifully written historical romance that has you quickly turning pages anxious to get to the spicy bit that seems to wrap up each chapter. Guaranteed to cheer her up!
- When you need a suggestion for your book club:
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
An historical novel set in 15th century Florence. The Medici's, "the bonfire of the vanities" and an elderly nun found dead with a serpent tattoo winding from shoulder to groin--what more could you want!
- When you need a light holiday read:
Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts by Ian Ferguson
Winner of the 2004 Leacock Medal for Humour, this is a laugh-one-minute-cry-the-next book about growing up destitute in the far north. Very much the Canadian take on Angela's Ashes. Not too long. Easy to pick up and put down without losing track of the story.
- When you need inspiration to get moving and live a healthier lifestyle:
Older, Faster, Stronger by Margaret Webb
Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer
Strong Women Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson
Real Age by Michael F. Roizen M.D.
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowly and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.