Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Books

Heavy, tangible, and unencumbered by electricity, real-world books have enduring appeal: Books are art, books can be left in the bathroom for future reading, and great books never become obsolete. Below, we've identified new works for every type of personality.

For Word Nerds
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language, by Mark Forsyth

A good stocking stuffer for fans of yesteryear's improbable grammar blockbuster Eats, Shoots & Leaves or anyone who has owned multiple editions of The Oxford English Dictionary, this cleverly structured guide to etymology contains all kinds of weird and wonderful vocabulary trivia culled from Forsyth's popular Inky Fool blog. For example, did you know that the poker term pool is derived from the chicken (or poule) French medieval gamblers might win as a prize?

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