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Great Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays

Malls are packed and parking lots are full this time of year, but if you still have some shopping to do, you may want to consider something different and heading over to a book store. KSMU's Jana Greer tells us why books make great gifts.

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Great Books to read or to give as gifts

(Courtesy of Clark Closser)

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Possession, A.S. Byatt

The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos

A Room with a View, E.M. Forester

The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollop

Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

Summer, by Edith Wharton

Victory, by Joseph Conrad

A High Wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes

It can be difficult to find gifts for some people, but this year, consider giving them a book. Clark Closser is an English Professor at Missouri State University. He says books can be great gifts.

Closser says that when choosing a book for someone it's a good idea to have read the book first and to consider what that person likes.

Closser offers a few books that he says would be appreciated by almost anyone.

But if you find yourself overwhelmed by the selection of books, a gift certificate would let someone pick out their own book. For more ideas, you can find this story along with a book list at