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2017 Literary Gift Guide: 40 of the Best Non-Book Gifts for Book Lovers

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It’s usually pretty easy to holiday shop for an avid reader – just get them books, of course! But this year, why not try something a little outside the box? While we always appreciate a great new read, there are tons of other book-themed presents that we would be more than happy to unwrap this season. Here are 40 clever and eclectic literary-themed gift ideas that are guaranteed to please the most voracious readers in your life: Library Card Socks Cute and practical, book lovers will instantly fall for these iconic library card socks. Tentacle Bookends Usually pirate ship attacks happen inside the pages of a book, though clearly not in the case of these clever bookends by Knob Creek…

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Combat Stress with Kombucha: The Miracle Tea!

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“It is better to go three days without oil and salt than to go one day without tea.” –Tibetan Proverb For those who aren’t familiar with it, kombucha, also lovingly referred to by some as “bottled booch” is a fermented sweet tea that packs a serious health punch. If you haven’t experienced the many wonders of this unique drink, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and now’s the perfect time as we close out National Nutrition Month. With all of the new recipes and blends out there (there’s even kombucha cocktails!) booch could become a palate pleaser in your near future. Let’s call it, as the authors suggest, “kombucha kismet.” According to The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring and Enjoying the…

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Tea planters live by their guts and guns, like the wild west of America.

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I have always wanted to write a story set in the tea plantations of my childhood. My father was one of the first Indian managers of a British owned tea plantation in Assam, located in the remote, northeastern tip of India where the country borders Burma (now Myanmar.) Assam is dense rainforest country, with big rivers, green rice fields and tall areca nut palms that shoot like arrows up to the sky. But most importantly, Assam is the largest tea-growing belt in the world. Hundreds and hundreds of rolling tea plantations dot the silt-rich Bhramaputra valley, and the tea grown here is the finest black tea on earth, famous for its bright coppery color and distinct malty taste. Dense forested…

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