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Rhinebeck Bookstore Owner Is Full Of Ideas For What You Should Read Next

Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Oblong Books in Rhinebeck.
Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Oblong Books in Rhinebeck. Photo Credit: Charles R. Smith, Jr.

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Cold weather is the perfect time for cozying up with a book, either one you get or one you are gifted with.

Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck (in business 40 years and counting!) has her favorites and offers the following ideas of what may be "hot" this holiday season.

For adults:

"M Train:" Patti Smith's follow up to "Just Kids" is already a bestseller, and rightly so. Don't miss this masterful memoir.

Star Trek Pop-Ups: Pop-up books aren't just for kids! This lavish book is a work of art and a must-have for every Trekkie.

"The Witches:" Following her incredible biography of Cleopatra, Pulitzer-winner Stacy Schiff returns with a history of the Salem Witch Trials.

"Big Magic:" The author of "Eat, Pray, Love" is back with an inspiring book for creators of all stripes.

"Humans of New York: Stories:" Brandon Stanton's remarkable portraits of New Yorkers, accompanied by spare text in their own words, makes for a perfect gift for nearly everyone on your list.

For children:

"Historium:" From the publisher who brought us "Maps" comes a gorgeous, oversized book that is a "virtual museum" of history through the ages. Recommended for ages eight to adult.

"The 50 States:" This dazzling book of maps showcases all the states in our great nation. This is a book kids will go back to again and again as they grow up. Recommended for ages eight to adult.

"The Turnip:" Jan Brett's latest picture book is a great twist on a favorite folktale. This beloved illustrator's work is a must for every family's library. Recommended for ages three to six.

"Little Tree:" Loren Long, author of Otis, brings us a beautiful picture book about a tree's life through the seasons. An instant classic! Recommended for ages three to six.

"The Thing About Jellyfish:" A National Book Award finalist, this beautiful story of a girl searching for a logical explanation for her friend's death is my favorite middle grade book of the year. Recommended for ages eight to 12.

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