Take time this holiday season to slow down and catch up on your pleasure reading. We’ve gathered a list of classic books to suit everyone’s taste — from spine-chilling science fiction to classic modern novels. Whether you’re looking for a humorous Sunday afternoon read, an enchanting novel or the perfect bedtime story for your kids, these selections should offer ideas for your Chanukah gift-giving needs.
1.”STORIES FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE” by Rod Serling ($8.99)
Genre: Short fiction
Summary: This is a collection of stories adapted from scripts of the successful sci-fi television series “The Twilight Zone.”
Best-suited for: Anyone who can quote Serling’s speech from “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.”
2. “DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR” by Syd Hoff ($3.99)
Genre: Children’s short fiction
Summary: Danny befriends a dinosaur at the museum, and awesome adventures ensue.
Best-suited for: Kids who love dinosaurs — and what kid doesn’t love dinosaurs?
3. “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov ($7.99)
Genre: Science fiction
Summary: The Galactic Empire and mankind fight for survival in a galaxy that seems doomed. It’s up to Hari Sheldon to find a way to preserve the knowledge of mankind before it’s too late.
Best-suited for: Die-hard science fiction fans. It was awarded the one-time-only Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series.”
4. “CATCH-22” by Joseph Heller ($16)
Genre: Classic modern literature
Summary: Capt. Yossarian, as well as his fellow airmen, must keep their sanity while stationed on an island during World War II in order to complete their duty and make it home.
Best-suited for: Young adults who want a world-class satirical take on war. This is a must-read for anyone who wants fewer gaps in their literary education.
5. “NIGHT” by Elie Wiesel ($9.95)
Genre: Holocaust memoir
Summary: Wiesel writes about his experience with his father at two concentration camps, and his growing disgust with humanity and loss of faith.
Best-suited for: Anyone who wants a first-hand account of surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald at the height of the Holocaust.
6. “THE COMPLETE MAUS” by Art Spiegelman ($35)
Genre: Graphic novel
Summary: This is a depiction of the author’s interviews with his father about his experiences during World War II as a Polish Jew, and his life before and after the Nazi occupation.
Best-suited for: Anyone who enjoyed “Persepolis.” “Maus,” which is about the Holocaust, was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.
7. “THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI” by Helene Wecker ($26.99)
Genre: Magical realism
Summary: Chava (the Golem) and Ahmad (the Jinni) must find a way to fit in with other immigrants in 1899 New York, as well as work together despite their differences.
Best-suited for: Fans of fantasy novels like “American Gods.” It combines cross-cultural mythology and Judaism with the age-old search for identity and meaning.
8. “I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK: AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN” by Nora Ephron ($14)
Genre: Collected essays
Summary: Ephron covers everything from empty-nest syndrome to menopause to cooking in a collection of essays about life after 40.
Best-suited for: Women in need of a humorous take on the reality of aging, written by one of the most celebrated female writers of the century.