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Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
Oh, Ina, what can’t you do? In the Contessa’s latest lovely tome, she offers up recipes that are all do-beforehand-friendly, from chicken potpies that are best assembled a day in advance to gluten-free chocolate cake topped with make-ahead whipped cream. Hey, if Ina can do it, your MIL should feel no shame in pregaming.
Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg
A mafia hit gone wrong. An undercover getaway. A nice Jewish congregation in Las Vegas. Tod Goldberg’s wickedly dark and hilarious new novel will remind your bro of everything he loves about Walter White (or any Coen brothers’ antihero, for that matter).
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine
This new memoir from the lead guitarist and songwriter for the seminal post-punk band the Slits is a candid reflection on, well, everything the title implies. Your friend will be reminded of her crazy, feminist, Sex Pistol-loving days--and appreciate Albertine’s vivid meditation on surviving cancer, motherhood, divorce and career reinvention.
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Gutpill Manning
When Americans entered the war in 1941, they faced an enemy that had banned or burned over 100 million books. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to intellectually feed the troops and ended up sending more than 120 million paperbacks for soldiers to stash in their rucksacks. From the beaches of Normandy to the hellish field hospitals, these books helped our boys survive. Manning’s informative, comprehensive history should keep Pops entertained--and give him plenty to expound upon at the dinner table.
Daisy Buchanan would obviously text while driving (and then ask you to pick her up after she got into an accident). Mr. Rochester would definitely yell at Jane Eyre in ALL CAPS (what a jerk). Catherine and Heathcliff would, of course, be messaging each other “I luv u” every 45 seconds. This quirky, LOL-worthy book imagines the iChat conversations of all your favorite literary characters--and should resonate with anyone currently in the throes of AP English.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
This sweet and powerful love story--about an aging, down-on-her-luck photographer who finds hope in the most surprising of places--is the kind of book Mom can read in the afternoon, mug of chai in hand. Just don’t be surprised when she tries to make you discuss it with her afterward.
We all know that books make great gifts. But what to get the woman who’s read everything? Or the teenager who purports to like nothing? Check out our literary gift guide for six new reads that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
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