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Books: Better than socks any day

If you were crazy enough to go near a store this weekend, maybe you're already done with your holiday shopping. You're also out of your mind. If sleeping in was a priority these past few mornings, and you are in denial about having to buy presents, here's help. I made a couple of suggestions for books that make great presents in Sunday's holiday gift guide (no, not the Dave Barry gift guide...the other one).

Pi My favorites: Life of Pi Deluxe Illustrated Edition by Yann Martel and Tomislav Torjanac, which is, obviously, a grandly illustrated version of Martel's wonderful parable about a boy, a lifeboat and a tiger named Richard Parker. The illustrations are simply gorgeous, and I have yet to meet a person not completely enchanted with the story or unable to discuss it for hours after reading it, especially if there is pinot noir involved.

Also not to be missed: Our Dumb World: Atlas of the Planet Earth by the Onion. If you don't find something hilarious on every single page of this faux atlas, there really is no hope for you at all. Every single country is insulted in horribly politically incorrect ways. The only one who gets hurt? You, if you don't check it out.

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