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  1. Shelf portrait Featuring vibrant paintings by Jane Mount and interviews by former Paris Review editor Thessaly La Force, My Ideal Bookshelf ($24.99) showcases the favorite books of writers, musicians and other creative types. Lit lovers will enjoy dissecting their picks. Available at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave (773-293-2665).

  2. Writer�s stock Made in Chicago and inspired by agricultural memo books, Field Notes are elegantly rustic. Writers will appreciate the Field Notes Kit ($49.95), containing all the tools needed to sow their brilliant ideas. Available at

  3. �Once upon a time�� revisited You�ll find �Cinderella� but also �The Girl with No Hands� in Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm ($27.95), Philip Pullman�s retelling of 50 wonderfully weird stories�perfect for fantasy fans and, in particular, Pullmaniacs. Available at City Lit Books, 2523 N Kedzie Blvd (773-235-2523).

Books | 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Our Books section’s picks for the bibliophilic.

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