Friday, December 18, 2009

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Let me just tell you, I love "Of-The-Month Clubs" so much. For Christmas two years ago my mom signed me up for the Wine-of-the-Month Club. Every month for a whole year two bottles of wine from around the world, one white and one red, were delivered to my doorstep. It was a glorious wine-filled year. Last December I reciprocated by giving my mom a membership to the Mother-Daughter-of-the-Month Club, which basically meant that we hung out once a month, trying new restaurants, seeing plays, taking cooking classes, and even weekending in Charleston. Terra's fiance Scott gave Terra's sister a Soap of the Month Club, and her best friend got a Cheese of the Month Club last year. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

The best part about these gifts is that they literally keep on giving. Think about it. It's March and rainy and there's nothing to celebrate, and then wham, a block of smoked Gouda is left on your porch. It's July and you need to bring some wine to your sister's engagement party, and luckily you have a nice Riesling chilling in your fridge. It's October and you're curled up by the fire, wondering what to read, when the postman knocks on your door with a fantastic book, hand picked by your friendly neighborhood Little Shop of Stories employees.

The last example is why I'm writing this blog entry. We have three different Book-of-the-Month Clubs here at Little Shop, and they make the best gifts for the book lovers in your life. Here's the skinny:

Build Your Library
Books we love and think everyone should own--appropriate for ages 0-6
Examples of the kinds of books selected: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy, and the Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel
Cost: $165. Cost with shipping: $250.

 Adventure Books
A mixture of new action-packed hard covers and fantastic paper backs for strong readers ages 8-11
Examples of the kinds of books selected: The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.
Cost: $145. Cost with shipping: $200

Books pulled from one (or both) of our grown up book clubs, either the Catch-All Book Group or the book club for Guys Who Read
Examples of the kind of books selected: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, and When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Cost: $165. Cost with shipping: $220

Basically, every month you'll get a fantastic (gift wrapped) book. And I don't need to tell you that we have pretty good taste here at Little Shop of Stories. But if you have already read the book, you can exchange it for something else. And if you live in the city limits of Decatur, we'll deliver it to your door, or we'll call you when it's ready and give you an excuse to come into the shop. So join the club and treat someone (or yourself) to a year of books!

This could be you.


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