“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.”

Abraham Lincoln

Abe’s grammar notwithstanding, his is a sentiment shared by many. Gift-giving season is upon us, and the only thing better than getting a book just might be giving one. If some of the family, friends and colleagues on your list are educators and scholars, the choice of a gift is simple. They will want more books. To help make the selection easier, we have searched DiverseBooks’ offerings for suggestions that reflect many cultures and interests, including some Christmas tales.

In the spirit of the season, topping our list are three titles from University of Mississippi Press. Each of them gathers stories and essays from native writers, famous and lesser known, to weave a tapestry about warm winter holidays in the South.

Christmas Stories from Mississippi, edited by Judy H. Tucker, $27, (List price: $30), October 2001, ISBN: 9781578063819, pp. 216.

http://diversebooks.net/christmas-stories-from-mississippi.html

Christmas Stories from Louisiana, edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, $27, (List Price: $30), October 2003, ISBN: 1578065887 (9781578065882), pp. 164

http://diversebooks.net/christmas-stories-from-louisiana.html

Christmas Stories from Georgia, edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, $27, ((List Price: $30), September 2005, ISBN: 1578067952 (9781578067954), pp. 208.

http://diversebooks.net/christmas-stories-from-georgia.html

For some other gift suggestions, see these links:

 

Art

Mississippi Quilts

http://diversebooks.net/mississippi-quilts.html

Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art

http://diversebooks.net/just-above-the-water-florida-folk-art.html

Arte: Dutch Caribbean Art

http://diversebooks.net/books/art-music-and-culture-books/fine-arts/arte.html

The Sketchbook (Tattoo Artistry)

http://diversebooks.net/books/art-music-and-culture-books/fine-arts/the-sketchbook.html

Ambassador Gordo: The Comic Strip Art of Gus Arriola

http://diversebooks.net/accidental-ambassador-gordo-the-comic-strip-art-of-gus-arriola.html

 

Cooking/Food History

The Soul of Southern Cooking

http://diversebooks.net/the-soul-of-southern-cooking.html

Tabasco: An Illustrated History

http://diversebooks.net/tabascoandreg-an-illustrated-history.html

The Catfish Book

http://diversebooks.net/the-catfish-book.html

 

Literature

Southern Writers Quiz Book

http://diversebooks.net/southern-writers-quiz-book.html

Choctaw Tales

http://diversebooks.net/choctaw-tales-1.html

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

http://diversebooks.net/shaping-memories-reflections-of-african-american-women-writers.html

African American Writers Portraits and Visions

http://diversebooks.net/african-american-writers-portraits-and-visions.html

Native American Writing in the Southeast: An Anthology

http://diversebooks.net/native-american-writing-in-the-southeast-an-anthology-1875-1936.html

Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions

http://diversebooks.net/multicultural-american-literature-comparative-black-native-latino-a-and-asian-american-fictions-1.html

Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets

http://diversebooks.net/fourteen-on-form-conversations-with-poets-1.html

 

History

Sports and the Racial Divide: African American and Latino Experience in an Era of Change

http://diversebooks.net/sports-and-the-racial-divide-african-american-and-latino-experience-in-an-era-of-change.html

African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

http://diversebooks.net/african-american-religion-and-the-civil-rights-movement-in-arkansas.html

Passage on the Underground Railroad

http://diversebooks.net/passage-on-the-underground-railroad.html

Women and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-1965

http://diversebooks.net/women-and-the-civil-rights-movement-1954-1965.html

Photographs from the Memphis World, 1949-1964

http://diversebooks.net/photographs-from-the-memphis-world-1949-1964.html

 

Music

The Beat: Go-Go Music  from Washington

http://diversebooks.net/the-beat-go-go-music-from-washington-d-c.html

The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

http://diversebooks.net/the-guitar-in-america-victorian-era-to-jazz-age.html

 

Travel

 

Richard Wright’s Travel Writings: New Reflections

http://diversebooks.net/richard-wright-s-travel-writings-new-reflections.html

A Place Called Mississippi: Collected Narratives

http://diversebooks.net/a-place-called-mississippi-collected-narratives.html

Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped Through Stories

http://diversebooks.net/scottish-traveller-tales-lives-shaped-through-stories.html