THE GIFT OF BOOKS: Blogs To Books Stories plus Presents for 3 Participants

THE GIFT OF BOOKS: Blogs To Books Stories plus Presents for 3 Participants

When I conjured up Blogs To Books, I wasn't sure what the reaction would be to this project encouraging random acts of reading and celebrating the love bloggers (and blog readers) have of books. The emotion and thought that went into particpants' choices truly warmed my heart.  Sincere thanks to each of you who took time to select the perfect book to surprise a friend, relative, colleague, customer with -- and then write to tell us about it. 

Your choices have all been highlighted in a "Style Maniac Blogs To Books" display at Books & Books Westhampton Beach, a wonderful independent bookstore and our partner in this project.  Individual "shelf talkers' throughout the store also credit each blogger (or blog reader) with her selection.

To continue the gift of books, I asked Books & Books' co-owner Denise Berthiaume to choose 3 participants who will receive a book from her store. Read on to see who won a gorgeous coffee table cookbook, and to find out more about each Blogs To Books selection.

(For full stories see the Comments section on the original Blogs to Books post.)

Note:  Many of these titles would make wonderful holiday gifts, so where available I've linked to

Books & Books Westhampton Beach website.

Mary Ann (Classic • Casual • Home) chose Barefoot Contessa Family Style for her daughter because, "When I was her age ... my sister had the warm tradition of inviting anyone who was available to her apartment for a Sunday night potluck dinner .... My hope is that Alie and her friends will feel the sense of family, like Teresa created for us, with a home cooked meal in the Big City." Mary Ann then added her own twist, hosting a giveaway for the cookbook on her blog.

Lee Romano Sequeira (Madness Mom & Me) gave Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer book to a friend in need of puppy training advice.

Susan C gifted Garthe Stein's Art of Racing in the Rain to a colleague who had two dogs pass away the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a decade apart.

Tina (The Enchanted Home) chose Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addictionfor a friend who had gone through a similar devastating story of a bright, athletic, ivy league bound, kid who becomes a drug addict. A wrenching tale by David Sheff.

Andrea gave Rasputin's Legacy, a book by Troy Carnes that weaves fictional and historical figures into a story about the Russian Front during World War II, to her father, a history major and to a good friend.

The Road From Coorain,Jill Ker Conway's autobiography, is the book I (Style Maniac) gave a friend who helped me immensely this year. I felt she'd connect with Conway's journey from the Australian Outback, where learning and reading were precious gifts, to college president.

Susan P (Glossing Over It) selected The Paris Wife, the story of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway and the Lost Generation in 1920s Paris by Paula McLain, for her mother. "the person who instilled an appreciation of art and other creative endeavors in me."

Cassidy surprised a customer at the toy shop she manages withWater For Elephantsby Sara Gruen. Cassidy's boss then gifted her the addictve best-seller The Hunger Gamesby Suzanne Collins.

Wonderful choices.  Thank you!

And now for the 3 participants who will take home a book of their own.

Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island's East End

by Silvia Lehrer, with a forward by Alan Alda, combines four of our favorite things:  food, travel, beaches and a local connection.  As with the titles above, it's one I'd love to have on my own bookshelf.  Here's who will have it on hers:

I will email each of you for your address.  Books & Books will mail the title to you directly.  Enjoy!

Books & Books Westhampton Beach is located at 130 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978  Phone: 631.998.3260  / Website:

Photos courtesy Denise Berthiaume / Books & Books WHB

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