Still haven't purchased that Christmas present" Looking for a good book to curl up with over the holidays? Then hie thee to a bookstore, and get a copy of James Grant's "Minding Mister Market: Ten Years on Wall Street with Grant's Interest Rate Observer" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 424 pp., $27.50).

Readers of this column know how greatly I admire Grant and his fort-nightly journal, so my advice should come as no surprise. "Minding Mister Market" collects Grant's journalism since he founded his magazine 10 years ago. It is not unusual for journalists to try and get their work collected between hard covers. What is unusual is for the result to be as good as it is here.

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