Each year, we ask a group of authors about memorable books they've given or received as presents. Here's what they had to say.
Author of "The Harder They Come"
A very, very long time ago, for my Dec. 2 birthday, the woman who became my ex-girlfriend when I married her gave me an edition of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with illustrations by Arthur Rackham. I am holding this book in my hand at this very moment, admiring the ancient inscription in her graceful, timeless calligraphy, with barely a thought of the season in my head yet. I have taken this book to the snowy Sierras every Christmas since, reading it...