11 Books to Give Everyone on Your List This Year
Whether you scored the office bibliophile in the Secret Santa pool or you’re shopping for your dearest bookworm, here are 11 of the best books to give this year. (Permission granted to ask to borrow them in January.)
For your mom: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
She’s already torn through Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret. Go ahead and get her Moriarty’s newest novel, about a group of people who meet at a wellness retreat…where mystery ensues.
For the ‘90s Baby: All-American Ads of the 90s by Steven Heller
If the resurgence of the ‘90s has your pal breaking out her Lip Smackers and blasting the Breeders, this coffee table book won’t disappoint. Featuring bold, colorful ads from the decade—like United Colors of Benetton or Sonny and Cher for Apple—it’s like a #tbt moment IRL.
For the World Affairs Buff: Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by RUTGER BREGMAN
From challenging the idea of a universal basic income to establishing a 15-hour workweek, it's the kind of read that will give your deep thinker even more ideas for how to better the world.
For the Lady Boss: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Whether talking about her childhood on the South Side of Chicago or her years as an executive to her time spent in the White House, the former first lady's debut memoir is candid, inspiring and the perfect way to spend winter break.
For the 8-Year-Old In Your Life: On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna
When a boy accidentally drops his video game into a pond, he embarks on an adventure that transports him to faraway lands (even if just in his imagination). This book will do the same for any kid that needs a break from screen time or something to do on those "do-nothing" kinds of days.
For the Fashion Lover: Iris Apfel Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel
What do you get your most stylish friend that already owns every amazing piece under the sun? Iris Apfel’s new book, which features an arsenal of style and life advice, like how to dress for your happiness and how to live to be 200.
For the Mindful One: Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade
Artist and poet Cleo Wade has been called “the millennial Oprah.” Her debut book features more than 120 original poems, mantras and affirmations, all of which amount to a kind of daily pep talk.
For the Sports Enthusiast: The Cloudbuster Nine by Anne R. Keene
In 1943, baseball greats Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Johnny Sain were among a group of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine jersey at the University of North Carolina. When author Anne R. Keene found the story in a scrapbook kept by her father, Jim Raugh, who served as the batboy and mascot to the team, she knew she had to delve deeper.
For the Recent College Grad: Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People by Gayle King
The real world isn't always easy, but this collection of essays makes it a little more relatable. It's filled with reflective advice that recent grads didn't even know they needed from people like Oprah, Joe Biden and even Kermit the Frog.
For the Visual Person: Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew
Whether you’re 20, 30 or even 50, everyone can feel a little bit lost by the trials of adulting. But Instagram artist @mariandrew’s book helps to lighten the mood with all-too-relatable illustrations about navigating the world.
For the Ina Fan: Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
What else would you get the person who lives and breathes the words of the Contessa? Her newest cookbook (it's her 11th!) features real recipes that you don't need a culinary degree to pull off—like chicken thighs with creamy mustard sauce and Israeli vegetable salad.