The Perfect Gift for Every Single Person on Your List

Occasionally, we find that a friend or neighbor expresses something we believe but better than we could have said it ourselves.

As a writer, this can be a bit embarrassing. But it’s less so when that individual has had 28 consecutive New York Times No. 1 best-sellers.

Today, I’m going to share a recent Facebook post from fellow Charlottesvillian John Grisham, author of acclaimed novels (later turned into successful films) such as The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Firm.

I’ll preface his note with just one brief remark…

I’ve often told my kids that I feel I owe 90% of my success in life to my love of books. Avid readers know more, speak better and think more clearly.

People are naturally drawn to strong communicators. Readers are interested in the world and, as a result of their reading, they become more interesting themselves.

It’s a shame that so many people today subsist on a diet of emails, tweets and blog posts, with an occasional glance at the sports page or a magazine left in an airplane seat pocket.

It’s far more challenging and fulfilling to read a sustained argument or a complex story in a book. And what could be better during the holiday season than to share this love with others?

I’ll stop here because John Grisham says it all so much better. That perfect gift you’ve been looking for? It’s waiting for you at Barnes & Noble, Amazon or your local bookstore…

About the Author

Alexander Green
Chief Investment Strategist

Alexander Green is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club. A Wall Street veteran, he has more than 20 years' experience as a research analyst, investment advisor, financial writer and portfolio manager.

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