2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Looking to give an incredible gift this holiday season? Let us help you find the perfect book for your loved ones! Our Holiday Gift Guide features eighty titles from a wide variety of genres in order for you to find the best gift for the readers in your life!
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From the author of A Gentleman in Moscow, this is the title our entire staff is buzzing about. Spanning a mere 10 days, and told from various points of view, two brothers find themselves in a cross country adventure searching for a new start. Brimming with brilliantly written characters, Towles' latest is a MUST.
This multi-layered, intricate novel is from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All the Light We Cannot See. With settings in various places and times, Doerr has crafted a masterpiece about mankind's stewardship of the written word, this planet and our fellow man.
Cast out of the royal court, young Marie is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey. Marie comes from a long line of strong women warriors, and the novel follows the arc of Marie's life as she charts a bold new course for the nuns in her care.
Set in Harlem in the 1960s, Whitehead's latest novel is a combination of crime novel and a morality tale of race and power. Ultimately, Harlem Shuffle is a family saga and a love letter to Harlem.
In 1944, as Allied troops advanced into Florence, a young English soldier, Ulysses, has a chance encounter with Evelyn, a middle-aged art historian who has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins of war. Their meeting affects the trajectories of their lives for decades to come.
A novel about loss, growing up and our relationship to material goods. After 14-year-old Benny's beloved father dies, inanimate objects begin speaking to him. He doesn't understand what they're saying, but can sense their emotional tone. Ozeki's novel addresses questions of materialistic values, madness and environmental disaster.
One of our favorite characters, Lucy Barton, is back recounting her complex relationship with her ex-husband, the dissolution of their marriage and their lifelong friendship. Those new to Strout's writing will be stunned by the manner in which she captures a decades-long relationship with her spare, exquisite insights on family, relationships and loss.
Diana's life is perfectly on track. She expects her boyfriend Finn, a surgical resident, will propose to her on her birthday trip to the Galapagos Islands. When the pandemic hits, Finn tells Diana to take the trip on her own. Once arrived, the entire island is quarantined and Diana must venture beyond her comfort zone. When Diana finally goes home, will she have evolved into an entirely different person?
Nine survivors of a shipwreck are afloat in a lifeboat. Running out of food, water and hope they see a man adrift in the water. After pulled aboard, he declares himself to be The Lord. Who is this man; what caused the shipwreck; are these nine already in heaven, or hell? A compelling novel which forces the reader to ponder their own beliefs.
The author of The Martian takes us back to space! Ryland Grace has been tapped to lead a last ditch mission to fight an alien species that is depleting the sun's power. Thanks to an unexpected ally, he just may have a chance. Rife with Weir's mastery of physics (made very approachable for his readers), this is another action-packed rompꟷa tale of discovery, speculation and survival.
Samuel Sooleymon, a 17-year-old from Sudan, is an astonishing athlete who receives a scholarship to play collegiate basketball in North Carolina. His family has suffered in the civil war raging in South Sudan. Samuel must rely on his fierce determination and basketball skills to bring his family to safety in the U.S. The Grisham eye for character and descriptive detail is on display in this story full of raw emotion and suspense.
Julian runs a bookshop in the small English seaside town of Silverview. One evening, Edward, a Polish émigré living in the big house on the edge of town, disturbs Julian with his extensive knowledge about Julian's family and a peculiar interest in the working of the bookshop. Meanwhile, back in London, a spy chief receives a letter warning him of a dangerous leak. The investigation leads to Silverview. This posthumous novel is quintessential Le Carré.
Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke returns in this new novel set on the coast of Spain. Quirk, on holiday with his wife, captures a glimpse of a young woman murdered years ago in a scandal that shook one of Ireland's most powerful families. Quirk calls on Detective St. John Strafford to help solve the mystery. Part Agatha Christie, part Patricia Highsmith, Banville's latest mystery is sly and tense.
The unstoppable team of Harry Bosch and Rene Ballard return. LA is scarred by fear and social unrest as a methodical killer strikes on New Year's Eve. Could this seemingly random murder be connected to a cold case previously handled by Bosch? Brimming with Connelly's trademark nail biting intrigue.
Lacy Stolz has seen plenty of corruption among judges. In The Whistler, she took on a crime syndicate that was paying millions to a crooked judge. Now could it be possible that the person wearing the black robe is not taking bribes--but may be a cunning serial killer taking lives?
After an unstable period in American politics, a new president has been sworn in, and to everyone's surprise a political enemy is chosen for the position of Secretary of State. After a series of terrorist attacks, the new secretary will realize that she has to create a unique team to defeat this intricate conspiracy. This book is the perfect combination of Penny's expertise in thrillers and Clinton's expertise in world affairs.
In this locked room mystery, Inspector Hawthorne goes to a literary festival on a British island with a murky, haunted past. When one of the authors is murdered, all of the writers become suspects. A first rate whodunit coupled with a hilarious satire of the book world.
Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top operative, is back and searching for a high-level mole who is scouring the Agency's database for information on Nicholas Ward, the world's first trillionaire. Rapp must walk an impossible tightrope: keep the man alive, but also use him as bail to uncover a traitor.
The second in the popular Thursday Murder Club series. We are so happy to return to the world of these witty, clever senior citizens for whom no mystery is too tough to solve.
The body of a young boy, drained of his blood and with a sequence of numbers inscribed on his skin, is discovered on the snowy bank of the Fleet River. This is a riveting new thriller set in Restoration London.
A character driven drama of the colonies' first civil war and what led to revolution--patriots vs loyalists. Brands brings tension to the American Revolution in a way that echoes with today's contemporary political tensions
An American fighter pilot is shot down over occupied France and imprisoned in Buchenwald until he ultimately escaped. This is a can't-put-down inspiring saga of brave men confronting great evil and great odds against survival.
The second installment in this new blockbuster franchise, Wallace gives us a day-to-day account of the greatest success in the war on terror.
After the disastrous presidency of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant stepped in to advance Lincoln's agenda of racial equality, overseeing the Reconstruction. But when the election to replace him resulted in no clear winner, Grant strikes a difficult bargain with the Southern states with repercussions which are all too clear today.
Elliott follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates highlighting the power of resilience, the importance of family and the cost of inequality.
Quinones latest explores fentanyl and the groundbreaking steps some communities are taking to end the opioid crisis. This groundbreaking work highlights that as a country we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.
From Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner comes a riveting chronicle of the lives of three Black girls who come of age in the storied Bronzeville neighborhood, and the shocking turns of their fates.
A devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, whose fortune was built on Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.
Brimming with massive research, this is a timely biography of a complicated figure at a time when the nation is grappling with his legacy.
Drawing on never-before-seen documents and family files, this is a fascinating history of the unimaginable rise and fall of an American dynasty, and Cooper's family, the Vanderbilts.
Patchett offers a collection of essays on appreciating life as it is lived and not asking how the story ends. It's about friends and family, dogs, marriage, writing and reading.
For all dog lovers, the story of a rescue dog that changes the life of his owner. Bragg captures the extraordinary devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.
The latest diary installments from Sedaris are a brilliant distillation of his trademark droll, hilarious and incisive slices of life.
A dual memoir by the Howard brothers who as children appeared in some of the most beloved TV shows of the 60s and 70s. It's a warm, frank reminiscence of an unusual childhood in a tight-knit Hollywood family.
Inspiring, timely book about new ways to view and hold onto hope, told through stories of Goodall's remarkable career and cutting edge research.
An unflinching memoir from Scottie, including how he overcame family tragedies and universal disregard by college scouts to become an essential component of the legendary Bulls' teams. Scottie includes some rather pointed thoughts on Michael Jordan and others within the Bulls organization.
An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism and ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.
A rollicking love letter to American golf as Coyne visits more than 300 courses across all 50 states.
Six-time Stanley Cup champion shares the story of his impressive life and career. Messier's leadership keys, including communication, motivation and trust, will appeal even to those who don't follow the NHL.
This major biography of the greatest men's tennis player of the modern era tells the story of Roger Federer's life and career on both an intimate and grand scale.
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A fascinating journey showcasing the highlights of one of the original six NHL franchises.
An intimate and comprehensive volume tracing the incredible musical career and creative life of the Rolling Stones.
A work of unparalleled beauty, The Lyrics celebrates the creative life and musical genius of Paul McCartney through 154 of his most meaningful songs.
A collection of essays by one of the most popular figures in rock, front-man of Foo Fighters and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. This is an intimate look at an artist who has been a cultural icon for 30 years.
A memoir from the beloved guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Steven also played Silvio on The Sopranos.
Simard's groundbreaking research on below-ground fungal networks that connect trees demonstrates that these complex networks mimic our own neural and social networks. This is a personal story of determination, conviction and triumph.
Orlean has been enamored with animals her entire life. In this brilliant collection, Orlean examines animal-human relationships through the fascinating tales she has encountered over the course of her writing career.
The authors' clear explanations of complex science (and fun comics) will appeal to readers of all ages with any level of scientific expertise.
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From the early Greek mathematicians to present-day Nobel Prize winners, this collection charts the great breakthroughs in scientific understanding.
This collection contains exciting, entertaining and useful maps that open up a new perspective on the world in an extraordinary way. Where on earth do most people live? What does the world look like from a dolphin's point of view? What did the world look like in the 17th century?
In characteristic Lewis-style, this is a taut non-fiction thriller about the band of medical visionaries who fought against the wall of ignorance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this lively collection of conversations, some of our nation's greatest minds (David McCullough, Jill Lepore, Walter Isaacson, to name a few) explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas.
Holiday has captivated professional athletes, CEOs and entrepreneurs with his practice of the ancient theory of Stoicism.
These recipes are Carla to the core: bold, unique flavors with straightforward methods and swap-friendly ingredients.
An all-new collection of more than 120 recipes that are so delicious and easy to make, you might forget they're vegan.
A cozy cookbook that celebrates the tradition of aprés-ski.
This clever cookbook features 60 new recipes that will deliver amazing results with very few ingredients!
100 dependable recipes including fast and easy weeknight dinners plus leisurely weekend meals.
This collection of 100 recipes from the owners of several NYC cafes, spans breakfast to dinner and everything in between, all united by the sense of family-inspired tradition.
A conversation between two friends who talk about life, music and their enduring love of America. Includes more than 350 photographs and never-before-seen archival material.
Intimate photographic look at fifty Chicago-area homes, including several local homes.
This gorgeously produced book is the ideal gift for fans of this quirky comedy.
Brown's latest work is the culmination of decades of research that takes readers on a deep dive through the swirl of emotions, behaviors and thinking that make us human. Full of full-color original illustrations, this is a great gift for any Brene Brown fan, as she re-imagines how, during a time of tremendous disconnection, we can find our way back to ourselves and each other.
A heartwarming adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to save it. A tale for the whole family from one of the world's greatest storytellers.
Littlest Yak wants to be one of the big yaks until a yak needs rescuing and she's the only one small enough to do it. A celebration of being who you are.
From one of our favorite authors, comes a medieval fable and a meditation on fate, love and the power of words--featuring one of the most unforgettable animal characters DiCamillo has ever created.
From the author of Wonder comes a fabulous new novel that is part western, part ghost story. A story of adventure, friendship, and the invisible bonds that connect us.
Zentner is one of our favorite young adult authors. His latest novel is another literary gem which examines grief, found family and young love.