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10 best holiday gift book ideas

Looking for that extra-special something for a book-loving friend? Here are 10 Monitor staff recommendations of gift books that stand out from the crowd.

1. "Sense and Sensibility: An Annotated Edition," edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks

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If you haven't yet seen the Harvard University Press's annotated Jane Austen series, prepare yourself for a major treat. This year "Sense and Sensibility" joins the other novels – "Pride and Prejudice," "Persuasion," and "Emma" – already available. The books are gorgeous. Notes and commentary in the broad margins enlighten and enrich the text and offer historic context without interfering with the narrative flow. Illustrations are plentiful and include everything from an old engraving of the Theatre Royal in London's Drury Lane to a still from the Hugh Grant-Emma Thompson film version of the novel. Jane Austen lovers worldwide will cherish these books. (Harvard University Press, $35, 448 pp.)

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