Books for Gifting
Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

For your snarky brother or brother-in-law (or is that just my family?): a collection of all David Sedaris's holiday-themed essays (for the whole year, not just Christmas), in one collection. Seasonal favorites include "Santaland Diaries," in which he shares his experiences as a Macy's Santa, and "The Cow and the Turkey," in which the farm animals all choose Secret Santa names amongst themselves. Sedaris is not (repeat: IS NOT) for everyone, but if he's your cup of tea, you'll laugh until you cry. More info →
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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

Newly published October 4, just in time for Christmas. In this fully illustrated biography, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet combines personal letters, photos, and family keepsakes with original artwork to tell the story of White's life, from his 1899 birth to his death in 1985. The publisher recommends it for grades 2 to 5, but I'm betting readers and writers of all ages will enjoy this beautiful tribute. More info →
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The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do

The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do

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For your word nerd mom or sister, or any deep feeler in your life: a new book recommendation from bookstore owner Holland Saltsman. (You may have heard about this on What Should I Read Next.) This is a fun, fully illustrated, and highly entertaining dictionary of words that don't exist for feelings that do. Like "feignderstand," which means "to pretend one finally understood another person after asking them to repeat themselves 3+ times." A worthy coffee table book. More info →
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Other-Wordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world

Other-Wordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world

Another one for the word-lover in your life: a collection of fascinating words from around the world that perfectly capture a meaning not so perfectly captured by an English word, like the Japanese "sunduko": "buying books and not reading them." (GUILTY.) A fun browsing book for the coffee table. More info →
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Press Here

Press Here

For 2 - 5 year olds: a truly delightful interactive children's book they'll want to read again, and again, and again. (Really.) Bonus: you'd be hard-pressed to find a more cheerful-looking title for a child's bookshelf. For those who already own this 2011 instant classic, try Let's Play!, Tullet's 2016 release. More info →
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Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

$16.99$4.99
For the aspiring chef, or PBS junkie: a seriously impressive, 550-page cookbook from the star of the award-winning PBS series A Chef's Life. This hefty coffee-table size cookbook holds over 200 recipes, plus the stories behind the land, ingredients, and recipes. This is a work of art. More info →
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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

$11.31$2.99
For creative types: this lavishly illustrated compendium from Design Sponge founder Grace Bonney will have them drooling (and I totally mean that in a good way). The book profiles 100 women of diverse ages, races, and industries, photographing them in their workspaces, and sharing stories from their lives and businesses. The best kind of inspiration, in a display-worthy volume. More info →
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Upstream: Selected Essays

Upstream: Selected Essays

For anyone who think might be at all inclined to enjoy essays and poetry, Mary Oliver is always a safe bet. Her latest collection, just out in October, is a book of essays devoted to the natural world, the world of literature, and the need to keep moving. A welcome addition to any book-lovers' collection. More info →
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Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys Who Went to War

Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys Who Went to War

For your hard-to-shop-for Dad or father-in-law who only wants to read about history and football: a nonfiction book about a largely forgotten slice of football—and American—history. Serious football fans know the 1942 Rose Bowl was played in North Carolina, out of fear for a reprise of Japanese attacks on the West Coast following Pearl Harbor. In this nonfiction account, Curtis digs into the lives of the boys who played in the game, and then went on to fight in WWII. In the vein of Unbroken. This new release hasn't gotten a huge publicity blitz this fall, which means the chances are excellent you can give a title your loved one hasn't read yet. More info →
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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)

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For the Jane Austen fan (but NOT Austen purist!): Nancy Drew meets Jane Austen in this murder mystery set on Christmas Eve, 1814. When a holiday guest dies in a tragic accident, Jane is suspicious, and is soon chasing down cleverly-hidden clues to discover the murderer's identity before they can strike again. Give this book with the expectation it will be read by the fire. More info →
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