Books worth giving
Worth reading: News and notes on the local literary scene.
If you are in the habit of giving books at Christmas and Hanukkah, here is a holiday-giving hint: You can find books at Steve’s Sundry, Books and Magazines or Barnes & Noble signed by authors who have been to Tulsa on a book tour or who are local.
Here are some nonfiction titles with Okie flavor:
“A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit, Women Entrepreneurs Edition I” by Jeretta Horn Nord and Lou C. Kerr (Entrepreneur Enterprises LLC, $24.95) Nord compiled this softbound book of 60 inspirational, autobiographical essays. She’s a management professor at Oklahoma State University. Kerr is president of the Kerr Foundation and committed to women’s issues. Marcy Chekofsky is one of several Tulsans who contributed essays. Entrepreneurs Chekofsky and partner Aimee Gold invented JAM Bands, acupressure bracelets for relaxing and managing stress.
“Tulsa State Fair” by Amanda Bretz (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) This is part of the “Images of America” series. Bretz is the communication coordinator for the Tulsa State Fair. Her book is mostly vintage photographs, 200 of them, because the fair was first organized in the early 1890s. Did you know that live animal births were on view at the fair? It is so documented in this booklet.
“Oklahoma Hiking Trails” by Kent Frates and Larry Floyd (OU Press, $19.95) This is a stocking stuffer for that person on your list who loves the outdoors. Frates, an Oklahoma City attorney, author and former editor and publisher of Sports Source Magazine, and photographer Floyd have documented nine trails in northeastern Oklahoma, such as the Turkey Mountain urban wilderness area. All the listed trails, statewide, include maps and photos.
“Building One Fire” (OU Press, $24.95) Published by the Cherokee Nation and distributed by the OU Press, “Building One Fire” was compiled by Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith and University of Tulsa professor Rennard Strickland. With 200 photographs, they have created a distinctive look at Cherokee art through the lens of Cherokee philosophy, which is based on the four cardinal directions. For example, south has the traits of black, compassion, loyalty and more. The large, hardback, professionally printed art book belongs on the coffee table of one with taste.
Find signed, best-selling, first-edition fiction, such as “Bound” by Antonya Nelson and “By Nightfall” by Michael Cunningham. The authors have been in Tulsa recently at book festivals or on book tours. Both works have been praised in the New York Times Book Review.