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Great book gifts for all kinds of readers

Looking for gifts for those people on your list who still don't have an e-reader? Here are some suggestions:

Madmenbook Mad Men: The Illustrated World, by Dyna Moe (Perigree/Penguin, $15): Fans pining over the end of the AMC series' spectacular fourth season can be consoled with this funny, spot-on cartoon guide to Don Draper's world.

Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Box Set, by Stieg Larsson (Knopf, $99): This gorgeous set includes  hardback editions of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and On Stieg Larsson, a collection of essays about and correspondence with the late Swedish crime writer.

Earth the Book: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Grand Central, $27.99): This humorous guide explains such essential human concepts as infrastructure, democracy, birth, death, Peeps and those disturbing "Love is . . . '' cartoons.

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos, by Eva Talmadge & Justin Taylor (HarperPerennial,
$14.99): A recent Pew Research Center study estimates 40 percentof people between 26 and 40 have at least one tattoo, so don't be surprised to learn book lovers are choosing to adorn themselves with such literary heroes as Mark Twain, Harriet the Spy and a variety of Wild Things.

Best American Nonrequired Reading, edited by Dave Eggers (Mariner, $14.95): McSweeney's editor Eggers and his merry band of high school students showcase some of the country's best short fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, letters to the editor, tweets and all sorts of literary ephemera.

Times Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello (Grand Central, $27.99): Want to horrify the crafters at your church bazaar? Follow the hilarious instructions from the co-creators of Strangers With Candy, who offer tips on creating such unusual gifts as tin can stilts, wishbone sling shots and mouse ghettos.

Shelter Cats, by Michael Kloth (Merrell, $22.95): You'd have to have a heart of stone to not ooh over these more than 80 photosof cats and kittens from shelters.

40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, by Garry B. Trudeau (Andrews McMeel, $100): Celebrate 40 years of Trudeau's long-running comic strip with a look back at all your favorite characters.

Dogs, by Tim Flach (Abrams, $50): Even dedicated mutt lovers (me) can enjoy the diversity of Tim Flach's delightful photographs of dogs.

The Best American Noir of the Century, edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30): Readers with an interest in seeking out the heart of human darkness will love this collection, which includes works from Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, James Ellroy and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.

 
  

 


 

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