Katie Mcelveen 2016-12-08 06:01:26
Books make the perfect gift, and Literary Ambassador Brad Meltzer is here to help you select a rave-worthy read. New York Times best-selling author and Montage Hotels & Resorts Literary Ambassador Brad Meltzer doesn’t just write books—he’s an avid reader as well, diving into everything from biographies to literary thrillers and historical fiction. Along the way, he’s made an interesting discovery. “The more I read, the more I realize that the best stories are those that tell us about ourselves,” he says. “Reading benefits us in so many ways, but providing that kind of insight is a real gift.” Meltzer is a great believer in gifts of all kinds, including presents that are ephemeral in nature. “I almost wrecked a surprise party that my girlfriend, now-wife, threw for me when we were teenagers,” he says. “Working through that ended up giving me two things—a wonderful party and the gift of humility.” Over the years, he’s delighted his family with presents that have ranged from taking his dad and son to the World Series to having high-quality photos taken of each of his children’s favorite lovies (beloved soft toys) for his wife. “I knew that one [photo] was a winner when my daughter asked for a large version of hers,” he says. And in September, Meltzer helped give an invaluable gift to America: the return of the iconic American flag that firefighters raised over ground zero just hours after the twin towers fell on Sept. 11. The flag had been missing for years, but today, thanks to the efforts of Meltzer and his team from the television program “Lost History,” the flag has a new home at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Meanwhile, Meltzer’s five book recommendations are his gifts to Montage Magazine readers. “The lessons each character learns are great take-homes for readers,” he explains. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Brad Meltzer’s Must-Reads The best-selling author shares his picks for parents and children to enjoy cover to cover this season. FOR CHILDREN “ISH” BY PETER H. REYNOLDS “This book shows the power of art and doing things your way,” Meltzer says. “Give it to a creative child.” FOR CHILDREN “THE GRUFFALO” BY JULIA DONALDSON; ILLUSTRATED BY AXEL SCHEFFLER “For the monster in all of us, this book is especially for those who need to see their own power.” FOR CHILDREN “STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON” BY PATTY LOVELL; ILLUSTRATED BY DAVID CATROW “It’s about a bully and a little girl, but I promise it’s not the story you think,” Meltzer says of this children’s book. “But it does show that everyone has their gifts.” FOR ADULTS “HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS” BY J.D. VANCE “A poor kid gets out of his coal mining town and realizes what he learned,” Meltzer explains. “Thought-provoking, funny and heartbreaking.” FOR ADULTS “ORPHAN TRAIN” BY CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE “A dark and brooding work that explores a hidden part of American history,” Meltzer says. “It’s about loss, but also incredible ... strength.”
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