The busiest shopping season of the year is upon us! Here are my suggestions for the books that would make wonderful gifts for your favorite book worm. Links included!
1. This year’s #1 pick for me is definitely, Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel, by Maria Semple. Funny, endearing, and full of twists and turns, this story will keep you hooked from beginning to end. As an added bonus, Semple delves into the fascinating but weird world of Microsoft, mother-daughter relationships, and blackberry vines. This is a book you don’t want to miss.
2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel, by Robin Sloan
This novel is a great pick for book lovers, mystery lovers or anyone who enjoys reading about the deep and transformative power of friendship. Mr. penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a fun read for adult readers of all ages and genders.
3. Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris
Perfect for that family member or friend who loves to laugh, or as a nice gift to take along for the host of holiday parties. This book is as endearing as it is funny…and it’s really funny. This book of essays is also rather small, so it would make a perfect stocking stuffer!
4. The Last Night at the Ritz (Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries), by Elizabeth Savage
Early on, in her novel published in 1973, Savage writes, “There is no knowledge like the bitter knowledge of old loves.” Thoughtful, beautifully written, and both poignant and a little sad, this novel is for serious readers. Not because it is serious in tone (it is), but because casual readers might find it a little slow. More seasoned readers, however, will enjoy the reflections of a woman that ring true of any person, from any era.
5. Dad Is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan. This book made me laugh til I cried, cheered my sometimes weary-parent heart, and was a nice quick read for nights that I didn’t have a lot of energy to invest in what I was reading.
6. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle), by Ruth Reichl.
I’ve mentioned this book before, but it deserves a spot on this list as the perfect memoir for anyone who loves food, family and the stories behind their making.
7. Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting), by Pamela Druckerman. A great read for parents or those who are about to become parents.
8. I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays, by Sloane Crosley. So. Funny.
9. The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel, by Danielle Ganek. This book has it all: romance, wit, humor and great descriptions of fantastic clothing and ritzy parties.
10. Me Before You: A Novel, by JoJo Moyes. Sweet, tender, and thought provoking, Moyes book is about sacrificial love, and the way in which our lives can be touched forever by someone we know for only a short period of time.
And for the kiddos, here are Theo’s top five picks:
1. Silly Sally (Red Wagon Books), by Audrey Wood
2. Sleepy Me!, by Marni McGee
3. Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
5. Little Blue Truck Board Book, by Alice Schertle