Holiday Guide

Off the Beaten Path

Ten holiday shopping recommendations for people who don't really like to shop.

Books to Give, Books to Get

Going shopping? Our writers recommend ...

It Was This Big

Wrapping this season's elephantine novels requires an extra roll of paper.

Buy, Buy, Baby

When gift shopping for books, consider the collector.

Best Music of the East Bay

Our critics select the best local albums of 2004.

The Best Records of 2004

From "indie rock" to mix tapes to y'alternative country.

Good to Go

What you should be buying next month.

Casual Holiday Hosting

Tasty treats and drinks you can whip up in minutes for your guests.

Start Your Engines

Ten interesting gift options for people who'd prefer not to wind up at the mall.

Wanna Get Away?

Nothing provides an escape quite like this selection of better DVD releases from the year.

Holiday Roundups

Books for writers, humor, and lit sluts, among others.

Buy That Fool a Tool

Some gift ideas for people who already have all that stuff in the catalogues.

Age of the Cult Classic

The beauty of the DVD revolution is the sheer breadth of releases available.

The Best Records of 2003

From world fusion to gangsta hip-hop to Broadway-bound folk princesses, our critics sift through the year's finest.
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