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Movies, dining and things to do / Spokane and North Idaho

Real men shop on Christmas Eve

It's true. If you leave all your shopping until the last minute, fate will provide. That and Andy and Kris Dinnison. Which is why I stopped by Atticus this morning and managed to find the perfect gift for one of my family members. It's "The Bayou Trilogy," a series of novelas by Daniel Woodrell, author of "Winter's Bone." Woodrell is one of those authors who work is both poignant and painful, centered on a part of American society that most of us drive by without half a thought.

I probably could have found "The Bayou Trilogy" at any bookstore (Auntie's is just down the street). But Atticus made it easy. And besides, you can fuel up on some good 4 Seasons Coffee. It's open until 4:30 p.m. today, as is the Dinnison's other business, Boo Radley's, so if you do need a last-minute gift, go for it.

You're not likely to find "The Bayou Trilogy." I think I purchased the last copy. Just saying.