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Top Books To Cozy Up To This Holiday Season

Dec 20, 2014 01:11PM ● Published by Stefanie Montalto

As temperatures plummet and indoor activities become more attractive by the day, pile up some good books or fire up your e-reader, and crawl under a blanket or get cozy next to your fireplace or woodstove. Here are three best sellers that will keep you entertained while you wait for the mercury to creep up.

The Boston Girl. This novel by Anita Diamant (author of The Red Tent) is told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman born in 1900 who is growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum, now 85, tells her granddaughter the story of her life in the North End, then a highly multicultural neighborhood. A daughter of immigrant parents who can’t imagine how America will shape their children, Addie recounts the story of how she found her voice and the good friends that helped shape her life. Her intelligence and curiosity carry her through adventures in American culture, feminism, and the search for a career and true love. This book offers a captivating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. This is a memoir by London-born Viv Albertine, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Slits. Divided like a cassette tape into “Side One” and “Side Two,” the book takes you through the author’s life from her upbringing to the development of her rebellious nature, and to the trials and tribulations of adulthood. You learn about her failed attempts to form a band with Sid Vicious (pre-Sex Pistols) and the formation of her band, The Slits, which elbowed its way to the forefront of a then male-dominated music scene. She relates her on-again, off-again relationship with Mick Jones of The Clash. Then, after her band breaks up, the book turns to adult problems including career, marriage, divorce, a battle with cancer, motherhood, and more. This is a compelling story for music lovers and non-music lovers alike about an empowered woman staying true to herself and making it on her own in the modern world.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Walter Isaacson (author of the biography of Steve Jobs) reveals the story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. The story begins with Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician and writer (her father was the poet Lord Byron) who in the 1840s pioneered computer programming, and moves onto personalities who were the masters of the digital revolution, including Alan Turing, Doug Engelbart, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and more. It’s the story of how innovation happens. How do such people’s minds work? What made them so inventive? What talents allowed these entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality—and profits? It is also a story about how collaboration and teamwork contributed to their creativity and success. Destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution, this book will satisfy not only technophiles but also history buffs.

What book can’t you put down this season? Share your reviews with other readers in the comments, and let us know what you think we should be reading this winter.

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