Holiday Gifts for Less than $20

Being on a budget should not be an obstacle to treating your loved ones this holiday. Here are a few ideas to please everyone on your list without going broke.

Reading List

La Note américaine by David Grann

less than $12

Before turning into a masterpiece by Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.

As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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Au printemps des monstres by Philippe Jaenada

less than $16

If you’re addicted to news stories, or simply want to follow an investigation, Philippe Jaenada is the man for you. Hungry for gory details? Philippe Jaenada delivers for you. Worried about too much gore? Philippe Jaenada’s digressions will take your mind off the strangulation.
Looking for twists and turns? Philippe Jaenada will offer you not one, but several
investigations. He’ll tell you which one was carried out with journalistic rigor, then explain in minute detail what went wrong and what the police officers missed. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes breathless and sometimes facetious, these investigations are fascinating, and the mountain of work the author has put in is truly impressive.
Despite the digressions, the dizzying list of people involved in the investigation from near and far, the many twists and turns, and the flash-forwards and flashbacks, Philippe Jaenada never loses us. Jaenada keeps you on your toes by revealing and unlocking truths, and then undoing them 200 pages later. Au printemps des monstres is a monster indeed, a monster of details and richness, in which we find more than a simple news item: endearing actors, people with human behaviors, in which error and madness sometimes invite themselves. A delight to read!

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Recitatif by Toni Morrisson

less than $19

“My mother danced all night and Roberta’s was sick.” is the opening line of Récitatif, the story of Twyla and Roberta, two eight years old girls, wards of the state, who will share a room at the St. Bonaventure shelter during four months.
Toni Morrisson may describes, in plenty of details, the tumltuous lives of our two heroines, she will, neverthless, retain a crucial one: their skin color. We know that one girl is white, and the the other black, but which one? This is the question that Morrisson wants us to obsess about, as she plays with our investigation skills, and distills a few clues that fail to bring us any certainty.
Here’s a truly impossible-to-put-down masterpiece.

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Sunburst ornement by Albertine

less than $20

Give your holiday spread a literary look with one of Albertine’s unique ornaments! They’re also perfect to hang on a bookshelf corner, in a window, or virtually anywhere in your home year- round. This rrnament was designed after Albertine’s

Pencilby Astier de Villate


When you write with an Astier de Villatte Pencil, even your weekly grocery list seems like an 18th century love letter.

Pencil by Astier de Villatte, $15, green, black, yellow and prune.
Available in store only.

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