1. “The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis” Print: $7.99 Kindle: $4.99; “Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights” Print: $27.95 Kindle: $14.99
Actors are constantly reading—reading scripts, reading sides, reading aloud the day’s specials at the Cheesecake Factory—and no gift is better for the avid reader than that of a book. For the wonky actor, consider “The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis,” Hollywood Reporter contributing editor Jonathan Handel’s account of how a labor dispute involving New Zealand actors nearly threw production of Peter Jackson’s new blockbuster “The Hobbit” into the fires of Mount Doom. For those inclined to put artistic concerns before business, there’s “Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights,” reconstructed from the late, great acting teacher’s lectures on the American stage’s finest wordsmiths.