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By Jeff Shelby

‘Tis the Season

    The holiday season is here again and it’s time to go do what all good human beings do for one another – go purchase useless gifts to give them in order to give the impression that they’ve been at the forefront of your thoughts all year long. Crazy cartoon underwear, hideous looking ties and knickknacks that are useful only if you are really into dust are awaiting you at a store right now.

   Or you can do the prudent thing and purchase them one of these phenomenal books:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show

   Not since the early years of Saturday Night Live has American politics been so smartly and accurately skewered as it is now by The Daily Show on a nightly basis. With tongues planted firmly in cheeks, Stewart and his gang of writers takes on American democracy in this never serious book. Making fun of everything on either side of the equation, this book is easily the funniest thing to come along in years and given the approaching election, provides some very necessary comic relief.

Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces
by Linda Robinson

   This is a compelling look at our U.S. Army's Special Forces over the last 15 years. Recounting their missions in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and both Gulf Wars, Robinson paints an incredibly interesting and informative account of some of our bravest soldiers. No matter which stance you have taken on the current conflict in Iraq, this book will give you a much greater appreciation for what the most courageous of enlisted folks have encountered and endured.

The Games Do Count : America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports
by Brian Kilmeade

   Where would we be without sports? In this smartly written book, Kilmeade takes a look at how sports have helped shape and define the lives of over seventy people – movie stars, rock stars, politicians and everyone in between. Henry Kissinger, Burt Reynolds, Condoleezza Rice and Robin Williams are just a few of the famous names that talk about how competition in sport helped make them who they became. In an age when our newspapers our filled with stories about youth sports gone wrong and the adults that have ruined them, this book demonstrates that good things can still come from simple games.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris

    Quite simply, the best book of the year in any genre. Sedaris has a gift for telling us about the characters in his family that makes them both horrifying and lovable. There is no better book for the holidays to remind us that all of our families are flawed and that’s what makes them unique.

Happy Holidays!

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