5 Great Book and Gift Pairings


5 Great Book and Gift Pairings

Have you finished shopping for everyone on your gift list? What about that person you find so hard to buy for? My suggestion is to pair a book with a coordinating item to create a thoughtful gift that will go over like gangbusters! 

A coffee table book with a gift to go with the subject matter like a pass to a museum, art gallery, photo exhibit or maybe a cool photo frame.

Book suggestion: Dear Photograph by Taylor Jones

If you spend even a modest amount of time on the interwebs then you already know about Taylor Jones aka T.J. describes his creative collection of photography as "taking a picture of a picture, of the past, in the present." Wrap your head around that! T.J. corralled the photo submissions from his website into a handy dandy book and trust me here when I say, get it, give it and you're golden!

A book about wine paired with, well, a bottle of wine of course! Pick the wine to go with a meal the recipient enjoys or choose something from the wines suggested in the book.

Book suggestion: Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Unquenchable is a wonderful guide that squeezes out all the goodness of grapes and serves it up for both wine novices and experts. Natalie MacLean presents her expert advice in an approachable fashion and did you know that Nat has an app for that?

Why not give a book by a local writer or an indie author and include a gift card to bookstore because a book lover can never have too many books and I can attest to this!

Book suggestion: Stripped Down Running by Andrea Nair

This psychological work of fiction is written by psychotherapist Andrea Nair. Heroine Hannah tries to outrun her past, but ends up on a path to self discovery and forced to face the truth of her dark youth.

A book that's been made into a movie and the DVD movie version or a movie pass. You just can't miss with a combo like this!

Book Suggestions: Life of Pi, The Hobbit, and The Lorax

One of my favourite novels is Yann Martel's bestseller Life of Pi. It was finally adapted for the big screen, directed by Ang Lee and get this, it's even in 3D!

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is The Hobbit. The movie cast includes many from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Pair the book with a movie pass or go for the gusto and gift The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings boxed set and the Lord of The Rings movie collection!

Pair the Dr. Seuss fave The Lorax and the DVD movie version to make any child grin with glee! The story is entertaining but it also has bonus teaching moments about greed and an important environmental message against deforestation, and pollution. 

A craft book and a handmade bookmark like this simple creation by crafting fanatic and pinterest addict Cyn Gagen of Creative Cyncronicity.

Book Suggestion: Craft a Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt

Imagine having a whole year of crafting inspiration at the ready for your and your family's creativity? A colorful collection of nifty and thrifty crafters dreams are packed into Craft a Day with 52 different themes and 365 simple handmade projects! Oh, and I'm giving away a copy of Craft a Day to a lucky winner to start their new year off in an especially crafty way. Read on and enter for your chance to win!


Random House of Canada has a copy of Craft a Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects to give to 1 lucky Bookalicious readers! Leave your comment in the "click here to spill it!" bubble below to enter the draw. To read about more great books visit,, and Social media fans can follow the bookish tweets with @RandomHouseCA and @HazlittMag on Twitter and find bookworm fun with Random House of Canada and HazlittMag on Facebook.

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Relish reading and happy holidays!

Wanda Lynne Young



The Memory Clinic by Dr. Tiffany Chow

Join us for our Special YMC Book Club Event

The Memory Clinic by Dr. Tiffany Chow

Are you a caregiver of someone with early on-set dementia or Alzheimer’s? Dr. Tiffany Chow's new book, The Memory Clinic offers practical and reassuring advice for caregivers like you. We're hosting a special kind of book club for you with an intimate face to face discussion with Dr. Chow. Keep reading for all the details.

Have you ever misplaced your keys and made an off-the-cuff comment about having Alzheimer’s? There are plenty of jokes circulating about forgetfulness and lapsing into senior moments. Why is this? We humans like to make jokes about the things we fear. Making light of a serious disease might help deal with the social stigma but in reality Alzheimer’s and dementia are no laughing matter. There’s nothing funny about watching your loved ones decline into a shell of their former selves.

Hope, Help and Healing

For all the dread associated with the words Alzheimer’s and dementia, there’s still help for those of us caring for someone who is coping with the disease. There’s also hope on the horizon when it comes to prevention. Dr. Tiffany Chow has made it her professional and personal mission to study and treat people with dementia and Alzheimer's. Dr. Chow is a beacon of hope, help, and healing for an illness where there is, as yet, no cure. Dr. Chow has a genetic legacy of Alzheimer’s disease through her grandmother. Dr. Chow wants to share her research to help others mitigate the impact of genetics through nutrition, exercise, and the concept of cerebral reserve with the use of brain games also known as neuroplasticity. 

This book is a summary of what I’ve learned through my research or from my colleagues about prevention and management of dementia.”

Even where there is a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, people at risk can do things to prevent its onset or progression.

About The Author

Dr. Tiffany Chow, MD is senior clinician-scientist at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute and staff behavioural neurologist at the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic. She also holds a dual appointment as assistant professor of neurology and geriatric psychiatry with the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.

My Personal Connection to Alzheimer's and Dementia

My husband’s mother had Alzheimer’s. I was introduced to my future mother-in-law when her disease was in full effect. I didn’t get to meet the brave, strong woman who raised a family of 3 boys and served as a foster parent to over 100 children. Instead, I met the woman who was no longer there. To be more precise, she spent most of her waking hours rocking in her chair. She would alternate between states of concern and confusion or stare, displaying a flat affect of blankness. I did attempt to engage with questions only to be met with silence or answered with another question similar to “Where is my house?”. At the time I knew very little about the disease but I did recognize my sadness and frustration mirrored and magnified in my fiance's eyes. This is the reality of dementia. It takes away memories, skills, relationships and lives. 

My sister's mother-in-law has dementia. Her condition is a source of ongoing concern for her son, daughter-in-law and our extended family. I have a half dozen friends who are part of the sandwich generation, taking care of their children and one or both parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia. In all these cases, the disease takes its toll on the person affected and their loved ones. 

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. wants to hear from you, if your life or the lives of the people you love has been altered by Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. We think it's important for caregivers to share their stories and very pleased to offer a special evening event with Dr. Chow.

The Memory Clinic Book Club Event Details

 When: Monday, January 28, 2013 from 7 - 9pm

 Where: Fireside Lounge, Baycrest Terraces
(3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON)

The Memory Clinic comes out on January 8th, but we will send all event attendees an early copy to read. Then, you’ll join Erica Ehm, yours truly and a group of people like you who are currently facing challenges as a caregiver.

Dr. Tiffany Chow will guide the group through a conversation about prevention, management, and practical strategies. We promise an evening of compassion, hope, and knowledge. We do hope you’ll join us.

Click here to sign up to join us for the event
on January 28, 2013.

And if you aren't in Toronto or can't come to the event, you can pre-order a copy of The Memory Clinic here. And we'll be sharing what we learn from Dr. Chow on Social Media so do stay tuned to the YMC Facebook page and our YMC Twitter feeds.

Relish reading,
Wanda Lynne Young