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LA ROCHE COLLEGE PROFESSOR OFFERS HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS


12/15/2009

Pittsburgh, December 15, 2009 — Do you have a book lover on your Christmas list this year but are unsure what to buy them? Well, La Roche College English Professor Linda Jordan Platt, Ph.D., has done the hard work for you and has researched some of the top choices for bookworms.

For teens and young adults, Jordan Platt suggests the “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer. “These are flying off the shelves and getting rave reviews from middle school to college. One of my students said: ‘Buy the books, skip the movie,’” she said.

Another teen and young adult suggestion she offers is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. “The book is set in Nazi Germany and is recommended for high school and older students. The New York Times gave it a rave review.”

For the sports lover, specifically fans of the “black and gold,” Jordan Platt suggests “The 50 Greatest Plays in Steelers Football History” by Steve Hickoff, “Best Pittsburgh Sports Arguments” by John Mehno, and “Glory Days” by Dale Grdnik.

“’Glory Days’ covers the black and gold from the mid-‘70s to Super Bowl XL. One book, all five Super Bowls,” she said.

For fans of the kitchen and cooking, Jordan Platt gives “Martha Stewart’s Cookies” and “How to Cook Everything – 10th Anniversary Edition, Revised” by Mark Bittman, her approval.

For the little ones on your list and for new readers, who doesn’t love a classic? Jordan Platt suggests the classic Little Golden Books like “The Poky Little Puppy” for their price (retailing at only $2.99) and their durability.

Lastly, if you want to pick up a book for an office exchange, a stocking stuffer or just a little something extra for someone, then Jordan Platt advises you try “The Best American Series” offering the best American writing for each year with categories including Sports Writing, Essays, Short Stories, Mystery Stories and more; Leonard Maltin’s “2009 Movie Guide;” “Best Poems Chaucer to Frost” by Harold Bloom; “Complete Tales and Poems” by Edgar Allen Poe; “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame; and last year’s big books for kids, “Dangerous Book for Boys” and “Daring Book for Girls.”



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