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January 4, 2010

I like to pretend I balance out my obvious other vapid habits with some substance and devour books like it’s my job. One can simply never stop learning just because they stepped out of the classroom or Condé Nast. Because I’m constantly harassed for book recommendations, I thought I’d compile a list that could serve as a 2010 bday gift guide (talk about a meaningful budget-friendly option); each tome is paired with its personality’s mate. If you want to go OTT on the gift, check out Equator Books or Dragon Books to snag the First Edition.

1. for the artsty fartsy: laura hoptman’s yayoi kusama

2. for the feminist with a big, adventurous heart: beryl markham’s west with the night

3. for the sentimental sap: sara gruen’s water for elephants

4) for the struggling writer francophile: henry miller’s tropic of cancer

5) for the creative gal who needs a kick in the pants: steven pressfield’s the war of art

6) for the christian on a fiction mission: anita diamante’s the red tent

7. for the artist-only-on-the-inside: jennifer cody epstein’s the painter from shanghai

8. for the pill-popper: jacqueline susann’s the love machine

9) for the lass who needs a lesson in humility: pearl s. buck’s the good earth

10) for the fashionable with an actual brain: alicia drake’s the beautiful fall: lagerfeld, saint laurent and glorious excess in 1970s paris

11) for the lost soul that needs exercising: julia cameron’s the artist’s way

12) for the downtrodden dame who needs to believe in fate again: paulo coelho’s the alchemist

13) for the fabulosity starved: poolside with slim aarons

14) for the pop culture junkie: chuck klosterman’s sex drugs and cocoa puffs

15) for the closet floozy with a penchant for art : mary v. dearborn’s the mistress of modernism: the life of peggy guggenheim

16) for the past life hippie: patti boyd’s wonderful tonight

17) for the gal with the old boys’ network job: lois p. frankel’s nice girls don’t get the corner office 101

18) for the downright interesting chick: lois gordon’s nancy cunard: heiress, muse, political idealist

19) for the avant garde echo park dweller: miranda july’s no one belongs here more than you

20) for the staunch new yorker: colum mccann’s let the great world spin

21) for those who could use a peter pan syndrome: antoine de saint-éxupery’s the little prince

22) for beachy babes: scott o’dell’s island of the blue dolphins

23) for the off-the-beaten path Euro traveler: frommers’ the irreverent guide to paris

24) for the modern wannabe julia child: ina garten’s barefoot contessa

25) for the nature-loving sexpot: margot berwin’s hothouse flower and the nine plants of desire

26) for david lynch fans: haruki murakami’s the wind-up bird chronicle

27) for the wanderluster: assouline’s gypset style

28) for the equally looney and stylish headcase: the maylses’ grey gardens

29) for the stressed hot mess: csikszentmihalyi’s flow

30) for the in-debt at barneys biyatch: eccentric glamour

31) for the aspiring editor (aka masochist): dv

32) for the morbidly stylish: melanie pullen’s high fashion crime scenes

33) for the feline-lover slash fashionista: grace coddington and didier malige’s the catwalk cats

34) for the Southern Belle or really just anyone who adores a well-spun tale: pat conroy’s beach music

35) for the erotically challenged: anais nin’s delta of venus

36) for the philosophically damned: eckhart tolle’s a new earth


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