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Holiday shopping made easy

You've been staring at your gift list for two hours, and you're still stumped. There are always three people on there who defy easy gift-giving. There's the Person Who Has Everything. There's the Person Who Never "Wants" Anything. And there's the Person You Don't Know Well.
You've been staring at your gift list for two hours, and you're still stumped. There are always three people on there who defy easy gift-giving. There's the Person Who Has Everything. There's the Person Who Never "Wants" Anything. And there's the Person You Don't Know Well.

Here's a suggestion: how about a book? Here are some ideas that should fit those hard-to-buy-for people in your lifeā€¦.
Looking for something a little more urban? Then try any of the G-UNIT books from rapper 50 Cent (Pocket Books). There are several of them, and all are set in the streets. These hip-hop novels don't go for much cash, so you can afford to give a couple of them for Christmas or Kwanzaa this year.

You gotta love a good scandal, right? If you do, check out "Never Enough" by novelist Angela Winters (Dafina). This flash, cash & trash novel is the follow-up to Winters' excellent "View Park" from last year and it promises more (enjoyable) nastiness than ever before.

What does it take to be a Black Man today? Find out in "Being a Black Man" by the Staff of the Washington Post (PublicAffairs). Part history and part social study with a little self-help thrown in, this book is fascinating for any man from age 17 up, and for any woman who wants to take a peek inside a black man's world.

Is someone on your list complaining about the lack of single men? Get her a copy of "Sole Sisters: The Joys and Pains of Single Black Women" by Deborah Mathis (Agate) and she'll see that things aren't as bleak as she thought. This thin little book is the result of interviews with 125 single black women who talk about motherhood, dating, divorce, love and more.
Everybody's got one: it's that hard-to-buy-for person for whom there just never seems to be the right gift. Here's the solution: "Color Me Butterfly" by L.Y. Marlow (eL Publishing). Based on a true story, this is the tale of four generations of women who overcome love, loss, and abuse. The book is only part of the appeal, though. There are four different journals that you can get to go along with the book, each with a different theme. This is the gift you want to find for someone who craves introspection, journaling and a story she can enjoy.
It's been two years since Katrina hit land, but New Orleans is still struggling. If there's someone on your gift list who suffers from lack of time, then "Come Hell or High Water" by Michael Eric Dyson, read by Andrew L. Barnes (Legacy Audio Books) will make a great gift. This unabridged audio version of Dyson's book will have you pondering race, politics, and society in America today, and it makes a great (and though-provoking) audio gift for someone with serious time-crunch problems.

So you've got a future college student on your gift list and you don't know what to give? Wrap up a copy of "What to Expect When You're Accepted: An African American Christian's Guide to College" by Christopher Michael Jones (Judson Press). This book will prepare your Christian teen for the pressures, pitfalls, and pleasures of matriculation, and at just $10, won't break your pocketbook, either.

It's been said that the best way to carry stories from one generation to another is through tales. "Coon Tails and Other Short Stories" by Sharia Kharif (Kobalt Books) is a collection of short stories for a politically conscious generation. This book is an excellent gift for a current-events-minded teen or an adult who doesn't mind a little controversy in his or her fiction.
Too busy for a book? Then try an audio book like "Find Your Greatness Within, You Have the Power to Win" by Will Horton (Wisdom Books, Inc., Chicago). If there's a business ex
 

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