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Gene Shalit picks top books for gifts

Gene Shalit, the "Today" show's film critic, shares his annual list of distinctive books that are great for gift giving. Check out his favorites.

For 35 years, the “Today” show’s Gene Shalit has shared his favorite selection of distinctive books for great gift-giving. This year, Gene's at it again. Here's the list he discussed on “Today.”

Gene Shalit's list of distinctive books for gift-giving

"Botanica"
Photographs by Howard SchatzPublisher: Bulfinch Press156 pages$60www.bulfinchpress.com

"Christmas in New York: A Pop-Up Book"
Author: Chuck FischerPublisher: Bulfinch Press$35www.bulfinchpress.com

"The Complete Calvin and Hobbes"
Three volumes, hardcover, slipcased setAuthor and illustrator: Bill WattersonPublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingVolume 1: 492 pagesVolume 2:  480 pagesVolume 3:  484 pages$150www.calvinandhobbes.com

"The Complete New Yorker"
Introduction by David Remnick8 DVDs for computer use onlyPublisher: Random House$100www.randomhouse.com

"Irving Berlin's Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America"
Author: David LeopoldPublisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.240 pages$50www.abramsbooks.com

"Jazzlife: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960"
By William Claxton and Joachim E. BerendtPublisher: Taschen696 pages$200www.taschen.com

"Los Angeles"
Photographs by Tim Street-PorterIntroduction by Diane KeatonPublisher: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.263 pages$195www.rizzoliusa.com

"My First Menorah"
Author and illustrator: Salina YoonPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing20 pages$7.99www.simonsays.com

"Nicky the Jazz Cat"
Story and pictures by Carol FriedmanPublisher: PowerHouse Books$16.95www.nickythejazzcat.comwww.powerhousebooks.com

"The 60-Second Encyclopedia"
Author: Michael J. RosenPublisher: Workman Publishing$11.95www.workman.com

"Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them"
Author: Tim WalshPublisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing320 pages$29.95www.andrewsmcmeel.com

"The World's Longest Crossword Puzzle"
Author: Frank LongoPublisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc$9.95www.sterlingpub.com