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With the holiday season just around the corner, the Monitor has garnered a rich harvest of gift ideas from this season's sumptuous array of books.

Part 1, appearing today on Pages B6-B9, highlights people, places, history, the Bible, photography, atlases, and dictionaries. Part 2, coming in the Monthly Book Review Friday, Dec. 3, will focus on art, literature, and books for children.

Our year-end recap of the best books of 1982 will also appear Dec. 3.

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