Holiday Gift Guide
The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the sometimes welcomed, sometimes dreaded task of shopping for gifts. Whether you love it or hate it, we’re here to help find the perfect present. We’ve carefully selected the books below for specific people on your list. The categories are only suggestions, meant to guide you through the trove of wonderful books we have in stock. Many overlap, so don’t be afraid to check out the books in other categories! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
For the Fiction Lover:
Paris by the Book (Liam Callanan) – “When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected place, plane tickets to Paris…”
The Cormoran Strike series (Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling!) – The fourth book in the series about private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott was recently released. Lethal White is preceded byThe Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil.
Winter (Ali Smith) - The second installment of a series titled after the four seasons (Autumn and Spring are also out). It might not bring about cosy Christmassy vibes, but it’s sure to make you think.
Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read But Probably Didn’t (John Atkinson) – Perfect for someone who loves books and has a sense of humor. For example, the page illustrating War and Peace reads: “Everyone is sad. It snows.” And The Metamorphosis: “Guy becomes a giant bug. And a metaphor for something.” This one makes us laugh.
For the Poet:
The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings (Leonard Cohen) - “Almost two years after the musician and poet’s death, Adam Cohen explains how his father’s efforts to finish his last collection, The Flame, ‘bought him some time on Earth.’ ” Click HERE for an interview with Adam.
Felicity (Mary Oliver) – The earthiness and simplicity of Oliver’s poems are grounding and refreshing. Many are familiar with the Pulitzer Prize winner’s works, but this one is at the very top of our list.
For the Feminist:
Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit) - A collection of 7 essays about “mansplaining”
Notorious RBD: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik) - No need to introduce this legendary Supreme Court Justice. RBG has become a 21st century icon and this biography is sure to please anyone interested in learning about strong women.
Women Who Dared (Written by Linda Skeers, Illustrated by Livi Gosling) - Ok, so technically this is a book that children enjoy, but adults are bound to love it as well. Beautifully illustrated, this book tells the stories of 52 women who dared to be different in times when being seen, not heard was preferable.
For the Chef:
Whiskey in a Teacup (Reese Witherspoon) - Everyone knows the famous actress, but did you know she’s a Southern gal? This new release has everything from recipes to hilarious anecdotes that any Southerner can relate to.
Basque Country (Marti Buckely) - Our own expatriate, Marti Buckley, has released an expertly researched cookbook on regional Basque (northern Spain) food. Perfect for anyone who loves food and travel.
Cook Like a Pro (Ina Garten) – The latest cookbook from the beloved Food Network chef. Ina’s kitchen tips are sure to make you a better chef and her recipes are divine. How easy is that?!
For the Artist/Crafter:
Drawing your Day (Samantha Dion Baker) – Love journaling but want to kick it up a notch? S. Dion Baker is an artist who draws her day, adding a level of creativity to preserving memories. Check out her Instagram HERE to get an idea of her style.
The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater (Alanna Okun) – This is a personal memoir in essays about crafting and how the author learned more about herself through working with her hands. Witty and charming, it will make you want to pull out your old knitting needles and untangle that ball of yarn in your closet.
Watercolor With Me: In the Forest (Dana Fox) – This book provides simple sketches and corresponding instructions to give you a head start in watercolor. Great for a beginner, or someone looking to refine their skills.
(or adults who love children’s books…it’s Okay, we do too).
Everything and Everywhere (Marc Martin) - To inspire a child to learn more about the beautifully diverse world we live in. Martin illustrates a journey around the world, highlighting what makes each place unique.
Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers, Illustrated by Julia Sarda) – It’s hard to go wrong with a classic. The new movie is coming out around Christmas, but be sure to give your kids the book first!
*See Women Who Dared in the above “Feminist” section.
For the Historian:
History As They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color (Wolfgang Wild & Jordan Lloyd) – This stunning book is loaded with historical images that have been re-colored and given historical context in a beautifully modern format.
Year of Wonder (Clemency Burton-Hill) – Classical music to enjoy day by day. Each day is assigned a song and a brief synopsis of the life of the composer or stories related to the song’s fame. Perhaps this daily act of listening could prove meditative and encourage mindfulness. Don’t we all need that?
For the Designer:
Home Body (Joanna Gaines) - Everyone knows Chip & Joanna from HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Joanna just released a lovely book for “creating spaces you never want to leave.” Perfect for a homebody or someone who loves her rustic/modern design style.
The Nature Lover:
The Overstory (Richard Powers) – Shortlisted for Man Booker – A novel following nine strangers’ journey to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest. “The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? Listen. There’s something you need to hear.”
How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (Sue Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green) – “This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.”