Though an early snowstorm proved a tricky antagonist for the yearly “Books Sandwiched In,” talk by Jane Sharpe, the associate librarian emerita of McDaniel College still put together her list of the best new books to give this holiday season.
“I don’t go for [just] the bestselling, because I don’t think that just because a book sells a lot means it’s the best book. I find what really appeals to me and what I think will appeal to the people I’m shopping for,” she said during an interview after the cancellation of what would’ve been her 27th “Books Sandwiched In” talk at the college.
The titles on her list were all published in 2018, save for one that came out in late 2017 and filled an empty niche on the list.
“The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into British Aristocracy,” published in 2017, was a needed entry in the nonfiction category and one that would be great for “people missing ‘Downton Abbey,’” she said.
One title, “The Fallen Architect,” is by local author Charles Belfoure.