Books a popular gift

— Pam Griffin

Although the number of book readers has dropped significantly in the past few years, there will always be a place under the Christmas tree for a good book.

These books by well-known authors were first published in the 1990s and early 2000s, but are still interesting reads as they present different views of our holiday today.

The books titles were suggested by Sandee Kelly at the Destin Library.

“The Christmas Train,” by David Baldacci, a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief, is a story that shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles. (2003)

“Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham, is a classic tale for modern times, as he offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition. (2001)

“The Christmas Thief,” by Mary Higgins Clark, is filled with suspense, comic characters, and holiday cheer and is sure to delight its readers as Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. (2004)

“The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans is a touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really all about. (1993)

“This Year It Will Be Different,” by Maeve Binchy is a collection of 15 short stories. Its theme is Christmas with a twist and it discusses feelings that cannot be hidden. (1996)

“Scarpetta’s Winter Table,” by Patricia Cornwell gives the reader insights into Cornwell's best-known characters that cannot be found in any other work. It is illustrated with photographs that suggest the locales and activities of her characters, and it includes the ingredients for all the dishes described in the story. (1998)