Albany Eye Holiday Gift Guide
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman Maybe you know John Hodgman as the Resident Expert on the Daily Show, or you've heard him on This American Life ---if not, you've surely seen him as "The PC" in those Mac ads, where he's a lot funnier and more likable than that obnoxious Mac guy. Library Journal calls this book a, "Handy desk reference for those needing a dose of nonsense."
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin If the person on your list requires something more serious, you can't go wrong with Abraham Lincoln. This is a lively account of Lincoln's leadership style and how he worked with those around him ---it's sort of like a management book, except it's interesting.
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies Mark McGuire recently named a song from this disc as number one to be played at his funeral. The tune he picked is great, but far from the best on this album, which is like The Clash and The Pogues having a head on collision with The Clancy Brothers. You don't have to be Irish, but it will make you feel like you are.
Oxo Swivel Peeler Treat your favorite foodie to the world's greatest vegetable peeler. They only cost like six bucks, so buy a bunch of them for your friends. Give them a bag of carrots, too. They'll like this so much that they'll be looking for things to peel.
Estes Model Rockets These have somehow survived the purge of dangerous toys that people like NYPIRG have foist upon us in recent years. No boy (or girl) should experience childhood without the thrill of launching model rockets ---and for that matter, grown ups like them, too. A couple of tips: Be sure to buy more than one, because you're sure to lose one. Also, make sure you have launch supplies and lots of extra engines.