The Presidio Brat

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Books + Local Talent = Awesome Holiday Gifts


I tell ya, the Presidio Trust knows how to do a tree-lighting ceremony. It lasted about 10 minutes. Everyone got in a big circle and did a wave, then the lights went on and - voila, it's over! You can head on over to the Y for free cider and oranges. PERFECT. In my opinion that's the way every holiday event should be.

I bumped into Presidio res Jessica Stiles, a friend from grad school who is back to writing. (Woo-hoo, Jessica!!!) Her husband, TJ, won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his biography, The First Tycoon, about Cornelius Vanderbilt. So you see, we do have a local celebrity! It's such an incredible book I'm going to recommend it as ONE FRICKIN AWESOME HOLIDAY GIFT. Or if Vanderbilt isn't your thing, how about TJ's first biography about Jesse James? Don't tell me no one in your family likes Jesse James.

And just in case a mystery novel floats your Aunt Mathilda's boat, you can always go for the amazing, super-excellent City of Veils. The sandstorm scene in the Saudi desert will shock her right out of her Christmas stockings. (And you might enjoy it, too!)