Our hometown Portland is notorious for one weather phenomenon: rain, and lots of it. Portlanders know two seasons: wet and less wet. So when white flakes of frozen rain (AKA snow) fall here, Portlanders get excited. It must really be winter if ice and snow cover the roads, right? That’s a completely new season for us!
Inkwater staffers have braved treacherous roads and marathon bus rides to make it into the office over the last couple of days. Our office parking lot is slick with ice, and our coffee and hot chocolate intake has increased to compensate for the chilling view outside. During this cold, introspective season, we wish all of our authors and readers joyful, relaxing holidays.
If you’re still seeking the perfect gift, here are a few recommendations from our bookshelves:
For the sports buff: Sorcery at Caesars is a fascinating read for any sports enthusiast. Author and long-time Boston Globe columnist Steve Marantz provides a thrilling insider’s view of one of the most controversial fights in boxing history: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace in 1987.
For Children and the Young at Heart: City of Hamburgers introduces young Jeffrey, who’s tired of the same old fairy tales and wants to hear about Grandma’s life growing up in the old country as a Hamburger. Imagination, as well as ketchup and mustard, flow through this delightfully quirky book. Written by Simpsons writer Mike Reiss and Queer Duck animator Xeth Feinburg, City of Hamburgers is sure to please animation nuts, Simpsons fans, and small fry alike.
For the Traveler: Encourage and congratulate your favorite globetrotter with a book by consumate traveler Dave Fox. As an award-winning humor and travel writer and Scandinavian tour guide for Rick Steves, Dave Fox had more than enough material for two highly amusing and informative books: Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
For Francophiles, Anthropologists, and Cultural Aficionados: Not sure what to get your academic adventurer? We recommend the Africa Trek series. Africa Trek follows the incredible three-year journey of French citizens Alexandre and Sonia Poussin along the length of Africa. The Poussins’ story was adapted into a television series which is currently being shown on public television stations across the country. Learn more at AfricaTrekSeries.com.
There are plenty of other great titles to choose from at InkwaterBooks.com, our online bookstore, and our books are also sold through Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. Order today so your books will arrive by the 25th!