Here are a few ideas for last-minute gift books for family and friends!
For the pop music/Ke$ha fan: "My Crazy Beautiful Life" by Ke$ha (Touchstone, $22.99.) This photo journal/scrapbook written by the pop star is filled with pictures of her growing up, her family history, her life with a songwriter mother who encouraged her musical dreams, to her move to L.A. at 17 to pursue her dream. Through photos and writings, she discusses her collaborations with Dr. Luke, including on the Flo Rida song, "Right Round." She writes about her party girl nights and her work on her first album. Tour photos, fan photos and much, much more are featured in this fun behind-the-scenes look at one star's rise to fame.
For the state history fan: "New Deal Photographs of West Virginia (1934-1943)" edited by Betty Rivard (West Virginia University Press, $29.99.) This book contains more than 150 photos by 10 Farm Security Administration Project photographers that serves as a record of lives among the coal mines, subsistence homestead projects and even locally during the Great Depression. Rivard, a West Virginia photographer, has coordinated three exhibits of FSA photographs of West Virginia. Though the focal areas of the FSA Projects were the northern and southern coalfields, a lot of the state was also photographed. Charleston, Ritchie County, Morgantown, and yes, Parkersburg are all pictured in this book. Those interested in this time period or state history would enjoy this book.
For the Doctor Who fan: "Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice" by Stephen Baxter (Ace, $26.95.) The 2nd Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Zoe, are caught up in a conspiracy on a moon of Saturn. A mining colony has been plagued with sabotage - equipment failures and stolen resources. The mayor's daughter Phee and her friend, a robot, save three strangers and their strange blue box of a ship. The other members of the colony aren't so friendly with these strangers, however. Who better to blame the sabotages on? But the children of the colony have been seeing strange "Blue Dolls" around the mine, is it a delusion or something else entirely? It's up to the Doctor to ferret out the truth and make contact with a mind older than his! This new story about a previous Doctor written by the award-winning author is sure to please both die-hard science-fiction fans and fans of the Doctor.
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