Bookworm Sez - A Holiday Gift Guide to Books

LGBTQ interest     

Who doesn’t like a mystery? If your giftee does, especially one that includes chills, wrap up Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn. It’s the story of a small dying village that has lost its last attraction for tourists. Even so, one young woman returns to live there with her mother because she has nowhere else to go. She wishes she did, though, because her small hometown holds terror. Wrap it up with Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller, the second book in a fantasy series in which the main character is gender-fluid.

More fiction for the gay reader: You Can’t Tell By Looking by Russell J. Sanders, which is about love between two high school boys, one of whom has an anti-gay Islamic family; and Aesop Lake by Sarah Ward, a book based on three of Aesop’s Fables that tells the tale of a hate crime and its aftermath.

For readers who love books that may make them think, look for So Famous and So Gay by Jeff Solomon. It’s about Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein and how their fame still lingers, even though so many other almost-celebrities of the past barely get a nod today, no matter what they did for LGBTQ rights.

The person on your list who is thinking about transitioning (or who recently has) will love unwrapping Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us by CN Lester, a series of essays on gender diversity, being trans, and how to tackle the problem of tacky people whose questions are too nosy. Pair it with Being Emily by Rachel Gold, a novel about a trans woman, now updated to include new material.

For the traveler on your list and the person who loves history, you can’t go wrong with Riviera Dreaming by Maureen Emerson. It’s the true story of an architect and an ex-officer in the British Army, how they teamed up to create a mansion that took society by storm, and who vied to hire these two men to decorate their Riviera mansions. Wrap it up with Global Gay: How Gay Culture is Changing the World by Frédéric Martel, which covers 50 countries.

Pets and animals (since we all love our furry animal children!)

Both dog lovers and the dogs they love probably enjoy a day at the beach. If so, they’ll want to unwrap Dogs on the Beach by Lara Jo Regan. It’s filled with photos of doggos in the surf and sand, enjoying warm weather and taking every advantage of summer.

Here’s something you don’t have to tell an animal lover: Animals have personalities. But even if your giftee knows that, he or she will still enjoy Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes: The Science of Animal Personalities by John A. Shivik. It’s all about the science, yes, but it’s also about the stories, you know? Wrap it up with How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green. It’s a memoir that includes 13 animals that Montgomery has known and loved.

For the future farmer or the person who is clucking awesome, wrap up Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance by Martin Gurdon, a book about raising chickens of all kinds. It’s helpful and interesting, and it includes full-color pictures. Your giftee will crow about it!


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2023 Reserva de la Familia Limited Edition Terceerunquinto

On January 10, 2023, Reserva de la Familia, Jose Cuervo’s ultra-premium collection of artisanal small-batch tequilas and Mexico’s crown jewel, announced its 2023 collector’s box, designed by artists Rolando Flores and Gabriel Cázares of the Mexico-based Tercerunquinto Collective. The piece of custom art, titled “Structuring a Landscape”, features a geometric abstraction of the landscape of Tequila, Mexico and will adorn the 2023 limited-release collector’s box of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.

Since 1995, Jose Cuervo has worked with internationally recognized artists with roots in Mexico to design the box artwork for Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo. Each box is an authentic collector’s item, with a limited quantity produced annually before a new artist is chosen. Previous artists include Gonzalo Lebrija, Pedro Friedeberg, Carlos Aguirre, Ricardo Pinto and many more. Every artist is selected by a team of art curators including 11th generation Cuervo family member and CEO of Jose Cuervo, Juan Domingo Beckmann, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Patrick Charpenel and founder of Zona Maco, Mexico’s number one art fair, Zélika García.

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This year, international crowds of LGBTQ+ women will be attending Velvet Ibiza on May 2 - 7 to celebrate life, belonging, and freedom. Event organizers have rented an entire resort in order to build a community vibe and allow queer women to connect so there’s no reason to go anywhere unless of course, you want to go shopping, head to the beach, or explore the island.

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