What to get the hard-to-shop-for relative

 

  (Elaine Melko/illustration for the Tribune / December 3, 2009)


Dear Angel: This is a tough one: what to give my older relatives who don't need anything and have downsized so they don't have much room for new things anyhow. They love to read, but I'm not sure what books they'd enjoy.

-- Puzzled

Dear P.: How about membership in a rent-a-book program? Paperspine.com works for books the same way Netflix does for movies. There are postage-paid return envelopes and no deadlines or late fees. They rent only paperbacks (and no large-print books), so you won't find the newest best-sellers here. For example, if you want "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin and Mitch Albom's latest, "Have a Little Faith," you'll have to wait until they're out in paper. Memberships start at $14.95 per month for three books at a time.

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