The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois
For this issue of the OLLI Bookshelf, we asked members what book THEY would like to receive as a gift this year.

Barry Ackerson
I would love a set of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. These have been hard to find since his death.
Cheryl Binch
A book we pass around and read aloud every Christmas is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. When one of us starts blubbering, we just pass it to the next person until eventually we make it through it. I've also given this to people as a Christmas present.
Chris Catanzarite
Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film  by Edward Ross, a new history of cinema told in graphic-book format. The format fascinates me, and the subject matter ranges from the technical history of film to examinations of set design, the star system, and even representations of food in film!
Frank Chadwick
League of Dragons by Naomi Novak. The final installment of her enormously entertaining Temeraire series, an unlikely blend of Napoleonic-era historical fiction (think Patrick O'Brian - of Master and Commander fame - meets Jane Austen) combined with talking dragons, which shouldn't work but somehow manages to, undoubtedly due to the character of Temeraire the dragon. Think of the most noble, most charming, and most loving dog or cat you ever had, but the size of a house and able to talk and fly. And Temeraire is able to (forced to) grapple with moral questions like slavery - whether he, as an "animal" and so technically someone's property, is actually a slave. Why would I like this for Christmas? Because that would mean it was coming out in December of 2015, instead of May of 2016.
Pauline Cochrane
I would like to receive the plays of Sophocles, Germania by Simon Winder, and Samuel Beckett's plays and essays: Stirrings Still and Ohio Impromptu.
Linda Coleman
The Everyman's Library Classics set. I absolutely love the feel, the look, the quality of these editions. I have several older editions. Just holding one in my hands feels right. And the editorial committee of the set has done a good job of mining classics, known and not so well known!
Sally Duchow
This list of new pubs from the Medievalverse has books that would probably interest a number of OLLI-ites.
Bill Earle
Perhaps, a copy of Winston Churchill's Thoughts and Adventures. One of his lesser-known volumes, it's a collection of articles and reminiscences from his life before WWII. While I've a fairly complete collection of Churchill's works, this one has eluded me.
Marsha Gepner
I'll admit it. I am a Mad Men superfan. Having worked in television and advertising during the late 60s and 70s, I was amazed how accurately this TV series portrayed the business environment and time period. What memories it evoked! A new comprehensive companion book, Mad Men Carousel by Matt Zoller Seitz and Max Dalton, which has just been published this month is a "must have" on my Christmas list. In keeping with this Madison Avenue nostalgia, I'd also like to complete my decade-by-decade collection of All-American Ads with the volume featuring advertisements from the 70s (edited by Jim Heimann).
Dick Helfrich
I am not sure what book I might like, but I know what I might give! It would be The Mulberry Bush by Charles McCarry. McCarry is the best for espionage, at least in my opinion. He has been publishing since 1971 and is greatly underappreciated. This book is one of his best. This effort can be liked by any reader because of his great prose and development of his characters.
Connie Hosier
Since taking Dr. Mahaffey's OLLI courses - Ulysses and Dubliners - I want these two for Christmas: Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue and Reauthorizing Joyce, both by Vicky Mahaffey.
Bonnie Hudson
I would love to receive This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. She proved herself a world-class thinker, researcher and writer in The Shock Doctrine. The New York Times' short 'blip' on this latest book is that "an energetic exploration of issues surrounding climate change vociferously advocates immediate, radical reforms." This is one of those books where a hard copy is needed so I can read, reread, underline, make notes...and then reread again. I also am always surprised and joyful at ANY book either of my sons gives me for they are always excellent and ones I would not choose for myself.
Eric Jakobsson
The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison.
Holly Jordan
Flood of Fire, third volume of the Ibis trilogy, by Amitav Ghosh.
Eileen Kohen
I've been practicing Tai Chi and meditation for several years and have wanted to learn more about mindfulness meditation for children. Many school districts have introduced mindfulness training to help students focus and reduce anxiety and stress. Some studies claim that mindfulness training can also improve the quality of sleep. When I read a review of the book Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel, I knew that I wanted to read it and introduce some of these practices to my granddaughter. This book also includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises. Should be fun!
Chris Main
After taking the Mansfield Park class, I'd love to own a set of Jane Austen's novels as well as a compilation of her letters. Prior to class I wasn't that interested in her. I didn't know what I was missing. 
Anna Merritt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a marvelous book and a perfect story to get immersed in as the cold, grey and dreary days of winter set in around us. It's a BIG book, a BIG story; reviewers have used the term "Dickensian," which I think is apt because of its breadth and depth -- but the story itself is thoroughly 21st century.

Barbara Meyer
The updated release of Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings by Jean Manco. Recent discoveries in the fields of both ancient DNA and archaeology are producing a massive amount of data and causing a re-examination of human origins and migrations. The ancient European and Near Eastern gene pool was a dynamic swirl and mixing in response to farming with new crops, animals, and wheeled vehicles, while also being impacted by disease and climate change. I want to know more about those distant ancestors, forever beyond the reach of traditional genealogy, who left traces in my own family DNA.

Mike Murphy
There is a special area in my bookcase and in my heart for Christmas books my daughters would get me. I used to ask for books that would impress them, like The Death of Comedy by Erich Segal. Then I switched to books that would impress myself, like Gold and Iron by Fritz Stern and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia by Christopher Clark. Now, generally, I ask for books with big print.
OLLI Mystery Study Group
As a group, they would like to receive Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich, and two books by OLLI members: Burnt Siena by Sarah Wisseman and Come the Revolution by Frank Chadwick.

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Pam Olson
The Wizard of Oz. It was a red leather bound squarish book which my husband threw out. He did not realize the value. The book had photos of the cast, full story, lots of info about the cast and movie and was absolutely gorgeous. It had been part of the family for a long time. I loved that book.

Jo Pride
In all our moving we lost the children's copy of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. I would like another copy of that.
Ellie Ray
I'd like two quartets: The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott (I've never read it but I am revisiting the BBC series now running on WEIU) and The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell (which I read probably forty years ago and have never quite forgotten).
Tim Smith
The Global Transformation of Time: 1870-1950 by Vanessa Ogle. While studying the battle at Gettysburg by reading the commander's reports of their engagements, it became clear that time was relative to the watch of each commander. As the First day's engagements ended, the discrepancy in the reports between the Union time and the Confederate time was the largest. As day Two came to and end the times were closer to each other. By day Three they matched. Why? Because all commanders were setting their watches to the clock tower at Gettysburg College. This book will expand the "Ah Ha!" moment of that discovery to the world and the role that time has had in its development and that will be a fascinating journey for me.
Jerry Soesbe
My choice for a Christmas book gift is Nandita Godbole's new cookbook, Crack the Code: Cook Any Indian Meal With Confidence. It is a companion piece to her earlier book, A Dozen Ways To Celebrate: Twelve Decadent Indian Feasts For The Culinary Indulgent. Nandita is a native of India who is a University of Illinois graduate now living in Roswell, Georgia, where she gives classes in cooking Indian cuisine and writes about it. These books are beautifully illustrated and are more than cookbooks, they reflect the author's passion for Indian culture, ethno-botany, and design.
Cheri Sullivan
When my children were little, I shared with them my poorly bound paperback copy of The Family of Man by Edward Steichen and Carl Sandburg. We spent many hours looking at and discussing photos of people from around the world, and eventually the book just fell apart. The 60th Anniversary Edition is coming out this month, and I would love to have a copy - this time, in hardback.