This is a disclaimer before getting to the heart of the matter. I bought my first book of the Season on line from Amazon taking advantage of a discount and free shipping. Three days later the book arrived: The Triumph of William McKinley-Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, author- Karl Rove. It saved me money, was efficient and convenient. The experience, however, was without soul, romance, or a bookseller like Anthony Hopkins in the movie, 84 Charing Cross Road. Before I am able to suggest a single book to you for your Christmas giving, afraid you may not open a door to a book shoppe all month, I’d like you to remember what buying books was once about.
I have lost track of how many times I have watched 84 Charing Cross Road. It is my favorite movie. You really must own the DVD for yourself, and the slim volume the movie is based on. These are my first suggestions for your Christmas giving this year. I looked at three Youtube videos before selecting the link I hope you will watch. It will remind you of your own passion for reading, for owning books, and for the pleasure of selecting books for your friends and family. Here is the link for the Youtube video, which takes 9 minutes, but do treat yourself to Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins and some takeouts from the film. I know I will enjoy the new William McKinley book, but I long to walk down Charing Cross Road again, sticking my head in the door of the many book shoppes along the way, asking if anyone has any Beverely Nichols. I have a shelf full from that adventure in London, which makes these books precious to me. Watch the video and return tomorrow for part two of Giving Books For Christmas.
Amazon link to buy the movie, though I suggest shopping further for a better price.