From NPR. I'm a great supporter of Pearl's idea about reading the books before you wrap them up...maybe in a 'read irresponsibly' bookbag or with a 'you're top shelf' bookmark/greeting card?
Pearl reads us the beginning of the delightful children's book 'Bubble Trouble', by Margaret Mahy, but also talks about her favorite 'under-the-radar' choices for adults (a refreshing change from the bestseller lists):
Spooner, by Pete Dexter, hardcover, 480 pages, Grand Central Publishing, list price: $26.99
When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put, by Vivian Swift, hardcover, 208 pages, Bloomsbury USA, list price: $20
The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel, hardcover, 304 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, list price: $26