Has anyone read the works of Daphne Du Maurier? She was recently recommended to me by a reader and I'm planning to delve into some of her work after I finish David Sedaris's When You Are Engulfed in Flames (which, by the way, is a scream - check it out). Of course, she wrote Rebecca and The House on the Strand, as well as Jamaica Inn. I'm embarrassed to say that, even though I was an English major, I have not read her work. In fact, I didn't realize that her short story, The Birds, was the basis for the famous Hitchcock film. So, I really need to get to know Ms. Du Maurier. With all of the new options available in the literary world today, I often like to seek out older works that I haven't read yet. On vacation a few years ago, I purchased W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence and I recently finished his novel, The Razor's Edge. Love his work. I also saw the film adaptation of his novel The Painted Veil, starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. Magnificent.
So, if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for the book lover in your life, consider returning to the classics. You won't be sorry.