Staff Picks

Check out these holiday gift recommendations from our staff!

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    "An early John Irving novel and a great introduction to his work. Plus it’s the source of the iconic line, 'My life is a reading list.'"

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  • Tibetan Peach Pie

    "Much like his novels, Robbins’ memoir is completely weird and wonderful."

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Illustrated Edition)

    "One of my favorite Neil Gaiman books just came out with an illustrated edition and it is gorgeous. The perfect gift and the perfect read for someone who loves fantasy or magical realism."

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    "One of the great American classics. For an extra special gift, you can pair the original edition with the graphic novel adaptation!"

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  • Goodnight Moon

    "One of the best picture books of all time."

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  • Eight Perfect Murders

    "I read this book in one sitting! Really fun for fans of classic murder mysteries like Agatha Christie but any thriller fan would love it."

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  • Nothing to See Here

    "So much fun! This book caught me by surprise but I ended up loving every minute of it. "

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  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

    "This is always my go-to recommendation! It’s funny and heartfelt while tackling some heavy topics with grace. Easily one of my all-time favorite books."

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  • Doxology

    "A multi-generational family story for fans of music, politics, coming of age stories, and Nell Zink’s biting humor—I could give Doxology to anyone on my gift list and have it feel like a uniquely personal gift for so many different reasons."

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  • Screen Tests

    "This book looks and sounds so appealing to me! I’ve been meaning to read it for at least six months but haven’t had a chance yet, so I’ll be gifting it to myself this year."

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  • We Met in December

    "The ultimate Christmas rom-com! The same as watching your favorite British romantic comedy on Netflix that’s super sweet and just perfect featuring a run through Hyde Park end scene that’s classic — a must in every great rom-com."

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  • The Secret Garden (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

    "This was one of my favorites as a kid so I may be a little biased, but this gorgeous illustrated edition of a classic would make a great gift for any young reader!"

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  • Semicolon

    "A pocket-sized guide to the history of semicolons! Need I say any more? Give it to your friend who manages to work semicolons into text messages."

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  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed]

    "Francie Nolan has never left me since I first read this book 20 years ago. Life was so much simpler back then, and although the Nolan family faced many hardships, they never lost their light and love of family. This 75th anniversary edition of Betty Smith’s classic is simply lovely. The cover is frame-worthy!"

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  • My Favorite Things

    "Maira Kalman is one of my favorite artist/illustrators ever. She’s also an enchanting writer and in My Favorite Things, she uses her extraordinary gift of storytelling to share her favorite objects and most treasured memories. Everyone loves receiving a gift book… Why not get them one with heart and soul?"

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  • Red Lipstick

    "Coco Chanel said, 'If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack.' It’s true: red lipstick has serious power. Rachel Felder’s glamorous book delves deep into the fashion icon’s history which is altogether entertaining—all accompanied by sublime photographs. It looks pretty darn chic on a coffee table, too."

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  • The Other Side of the Coin

    "If you’re captivated (okay, obsessed) by the British royals like I am, this majestic book is a must-read and must-have. Fully endorsed by QEII herself, Angela Kelly quite marvelously shares candid stories of what it’s like being Her Majesty’s dresser and confidant."

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  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

    "I stumbled upon Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner a few years ago and I’ve been hooked on her charming books ever since. This new one doesn’t disappoint, and, it’s the perfect, feel-good holiday read!"

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  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

    "This book managed to include everything I love: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, film making, fashion, and New York. If you enjoy a good backstory, I recommend it wholeheartedly—with a side of popcorn."

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  • Marilla of Green Gables

    "Marilla, the fierce matriarch in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, comes to life in this book. It was a dream come true to learn about an often unexplored character in my favorite book and escape to the imaginary world I loved so much as a child for a little while longer."

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  • The Art of Escapism Cooking

    "All the ramen recipes and soulful dishes that brought back my joy of cooking in the winter. Dream night: put on a record, pour yourself a glass of wine and have fun cooking some of the amazing recipes in this BEAUTIFUL cookbook."

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  • The Binding

    "The perfect book to snuggle up on the couch with all weekend when it’s too cold to step outside. As soon as you start reading, you’re immersed in another world that you can’t stop thinking about."

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  • Another Brooklyn

    "A classic. No matter the reading mood you’re in, this lyrical novel moves me every time I read it."

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  • A Woman Is No Man

    "This book knocked me off my heels! This beautiful debut tells the stories of three generations of Palestinian American women and the challenges they face within a very isolated community. Great exploration of the universal female experience. This book will stay with you forever!"

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  • The Good Luck of Right Now

    "One of the funniest, most offbeat, heartrending, and beautiful books I have ever read. And cats. Of course there are cats!"

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  • Lands of Lost Borders

    "A transcendent true-to-life journey via bicycle across the Silk Road—an odyssey of the heart, soul, and mind."

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  • The Hating Game

    "I love a good rom-com and Sally Thorne’s books are the epitome of a witty, sexy romance that has characters you’ll end up falling in love with yourself. A must-read!"

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  • I Contain Multitudes

    "Prepare to have you mind blown. Popular science at its best—genius, informative, and fun."

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  • Chesapeake Requiem

    "Earl Swift’s exploration of the small Tangier Island off the Chesapeake Bay is such an important piece of journalism. It has everything good nonfiction should have: you learn something new by calling attention to the effects of climate change, preserve the oddities and quaint structure of this crabbing community, and read narrative that will sweep you away. I would give this to my dad, my brother, and anyone else on my list!"

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  • The Golem and the Jinni

    "Turn of the century immigrant New York reimagined. An enchanting delight that is pure magic."

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  • The Enchanted

    "An exquisite literary novel that pierces the darkness to illuminate the silver lining of life."

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  • The Fireman

    "My favorite Joe Hill! He burns it down with this dystopian, driving novel that’s four-alarm great."

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  • The Force

    "The French Connection crossed with The Godfather and filmed by Martin Scorsese, wrapped in one glorious novel. It’s that intense and that good."

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  • Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too

    "This surprising, heartfelt book is one of my absolute favorites! With illustrations that will make you laugh out loud on one page and break your heart on the next, this book is the perfect gift for literally everyone."

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  • Welcome to Braggsville

    "Longlisted for the National Book Award—a brilliant, satirical novel from a singular talent that uniquely captures the crazy of our times."

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  • Anyone

    "An incredibly fun, fast-paced, twist-filled book about body-snatching and identity that you won’t want to put down!"

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  • The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon

    "I can’t wait to give this to all my friends who have ever been asked, 'But what are you gonna do with an English degree??'"

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  • The Mistletoe Matchmaker

    "I’m obsessed with Hallmark Christmas movies so this cozy heart-warmer set in Ireland is my go-to holiday read this year!"

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  • Diamond Doris

    "2019 has been the year of powerful women and Doris Payne is one of them. Her life has been extraordinary, and I can’t wait for readers to learn more about her!"

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  • The Dutch House

    "Ann Patchett is such a powerhouse and her latest novel blew me away (as her novels always do!). Maeve and Danny’s relationship is full of the things we want in our relationships with family—unconditional love. A heartwarming must-read!"

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  • The Chestnut Man

    "I love a good suspense thriller and The Chestnut Man definitely delivers! It’s atmospheric, well-plotted, and spine tingling. I highly recommend."

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  • Your House Will Pay

    "Steph Cha brilliantly captures the heat and violence of racial tensions in 1990's LA. Her writing is thoughtful, touching, and fearless. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year."

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  • The Cutting Room

    "In this follow-up to Splinter in the Blood, detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver are back in another hair-raising thriller featuring a serial killer whose victims become art installations on Instagram. A very timely (and dark) take on the old buddy-cop police procedural!"

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  • The Wonder of Lost Causes

    "A heartwarming story about a single mom who learns that her chronically ill son can communicate with a very special dog and the lessons the dog teaches which shape their future and transform their lives. The perfect feel-good book for the holidays—especially for dog lovers and the cystic fibrosis community."

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  • Kindness and Wonder

    "A pop culture celebration of Fred Rogers and the incomparable impact of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood—just in time for the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks! I recommend for those that grew up with the TV icon, or those who’d like to learn more about him."

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  • Strange Planet

    "Based on the meteoric overnight Instagram sensation that garnered a following of 1.7million in just one and a half months, this adorable comic book on the fascinating habits of one not-so alien culture is the must-have gift this holiday season! Humor for the whole family to enjoy, and a lovely reminder to take a step back and celebrate our previously unexamined ways of life."

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