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!
Happy Holiday Shopping!
Noteworthy Title: A riveting, deeply personal memoir from President Obama
Noteworthy Title: A gorgeous coffee table book featuring private gardens along the North Shore.
Noteworthy Title: A captivating overview of all of Lagerfeld’s Chanel collections, including original catwalk photography. Pure glamour.
Noteworthy Title: A stunning book from Lake Bluff resident Paul Bergmann.
Fiction: Rumaan Alam has tucked a thriller inside a beautifully written novel full of social commentary.
Fiction: The fourth book in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead series is an intergenerational saga about race, religion and family.
Fiction: From one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American fiction, a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the midst of a catastrophic event.
Fiction: Sue Miller has created a timeless, quiet and gorgeously written novel about marriage, love and family
Fiction: A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression, addiction and grief. A novel of faith, science, religion and love by one of our favorite authors.
Fiction: Set in France in 1714, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever but is cursed to be forgotten by all who she meets.
Fiction: The highly anticipated sequel to the bestseller Ready Player One -- an unexpected quest with two worlds at stake
Fiction: Fannie Flagg returns to Whistle Stop, Alabama and the beloved characters from Fried Green Tomatoes.
Fiction: A woman and a child escape their captor only to discover another nightmare is just beginning in this psychological thriller with so many unexpected twists you will not be able to put this down.
Fiction: An outstanding array of select fiction from award-winning author, Neil Gaiman.
Fiction: A dazzling coming-of-age novel about a young immigrant woman’s dark obsession with her privileged male classmate, and the lengths she will go to win his love.
Fiction: An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of early 20-century America. Eerily echoing our own time, this novel offers an unforgettable cast of characters including cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers.
Fiction: A London widower who is having trouble supporting his son turns to dancing as a panda in the park in this delightful, fun and moving story.
Fiction: This story about the fictional wife of Jesus is wonderfully written and provides a female's perspective during this historical period. Fighting to have her voice heard, we follow the main character along her journey toward love, independence, and recognition.
Fiction: A joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live. For fans of A Man Called Ove. Perfect for anyone on your list.
Fiction: Ken Follett’s prequel to his Pillars of the Earth series.
Foodies: A cookbook that provides recipes to comfort you which are delicious, fresh and with a modern twist. Another success by Ina Garten.
Foodies: A wonderful and comprehensive guide to serving boards with delicious recipes and ideas on how to pair different foods.
Foodies: An absolutely gorgeous cookbook from world renowned chef Thomas Keller.
Foodies: A delightful guide to pairing wine with any food, including junk food and fast food.
Foodies: The definitive biography of America’s bestknown and least understood food personality
Foodies: The first cookbook from Bon Appetit and YouTube star Claire Saffitz.
Mystery / Thriller: A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller from best-selling Jo Nesbo. Two brothers. One small town. A lifetime of dark secrets
Mystery / Thriller: Jake Brigance, the hero of A Time to Kill returns in a courtroom drama that is riveting and suspenseful.
Mystery / Thriller: From Ruth Ware, the Agatha Christie of our time, a suspenseful thriller with plenty of twists set on a snowy mountain.
Mystery / Thriller: Brilliantly clever and relentlessly suspenseful, Anthony Horowitz's new novel is a deviously dark take on vintage British crime fiction
Mystery / Thriller: A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written with all the panache of a hardboiled classic, this novel introduces a provocative duo reminiscent of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.
Mystery / Thriller: Receiving rave reviews, the newest novel by Louise Penny finds Inspector Gamache investigating a sinister plot in the dazzling city of Paris
Mystery / Thriller: Tana French, one of the greatest crime novelists, weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense. A Chicago cop retired in a small Irish town questions how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple.
Mystery / Thriler: FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s search for her sister clashes with military investigator John Pull’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy.
Mystery / Thriller: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes. Utterly charming and very clever
History / Biography: Ben MacIntyre, the master storyteller behind The Spy and the Traitor, uncovers the true story behind the Cold War’s most intrepid female spy.
History / Biography: Catherine Grace Katz gives us a behind the scenes look at the Yalta Conference as Kathleen Harriman, Anna Roosevelt and Sarah Churchill each play an important role in the arduous meeting to figure out the endgame of WWII.
History / Biography: Becky Cooper unwinds the notorious story of the 1969 murder of a Harvard graduate student that had remained unsolved for 50 years. Using meticulous research, Cooper introduces multiple suspects, twists, new leads and dead ends; ultimately focusing on the school’s ingrained gender inequality and institutional self-regard.
History / Biography: John Meacham gives us a moving portrait of Congressman John Lewis; a civil rights activist who marched in Selma, was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and was inspired by the Bible, his family and MLK.
History / Biography: Lynne Cheney has created a vivid portrait of America’s first 4 presidents from Virginia and their often contradictory national views about freedom and equality.
History / Biography: The thrilling true story of the Beatles rise to fame, along with the chilling account of John Chapman and the murder of John Lennon.
History / Biography: Soon to be a major motion picture written and directed by Peter Farrelly, this is a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of an IrishAmerican New Yorker and former U.S. marine who embarked on a courageous, hare-brained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving Vietnam in the late 1960s.
History / Biography: A page-turning portrait of a power broker who influenced America’s destiny for generations.
History / Biography: A captivating breakdown of one of America’s most consequential decisions: whether to drop the atomic bomb to try to end World War II.
History / Biography: H.W. Brands examines John Brown and Abraham Lincoln in order to highlight two different approaches that one can take to a looming moral quandary; in this instance, slavery -- Brown took a radical path, while Lincoln initially turned to politics and a more moderate approach. Brands’ gripping work has obvious applications to modern society.
History / Biography: 94-year-old Frank Sisson’s firsthand account of his service beside Patton, including the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau. Sisson’s reminiscences provide a fresh look at Patton’s leadership and the experience of combat on the front lines.
History / Biography: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
History / Biograhy: From the creators of the wildly popular podcast, this is a beautifully designed, fresh and imaginative guidebook to the overlooked yet essential elements of our cities.
History / Biography: Jill Lepore traces the obsession with data mining and predictive analytics to a Cold War era market research firm, Simulmatics. A highly entertaining, cautionary tale.
Music: National Book Award finalist Sarah Smarsh focuses her laser-sharp insights on a workingclass icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture -- Dolly Parton.
Music: Renowned songwriter and musician Jeff Tweedy explains the mysteries of the ”ephemeral” process of writing a song, from inspiration to process, suppressing one’s annoying ego and disappearing in the work
Memoir: A work of deep reflection from Lenny Kravitz, looking back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny and humor
Memoir: An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. A memoir that 0ffers inspiring instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat.
Memoir: Christie Tate gives us a searingly honest account of her years in group therapy. Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Tate’s earnest and witty search for authentic and lasting love.
Memoir: A moving account of resilience, hope and fear and how these things resonate in our lives by actor Michael J Fox.
Memoir: An intimate memoir from David Chang, the founder of the Momofuku Restaurant Group and one of the most influential chefs of his generation.
Memoir: An amazing recount of one determined girl to make good in Southern Illinois by selling melons out of the back of her father’s pick up truck, and rising to be one of the largest suppliers of produce nationwide.
Memoir: An unconventional memoir from Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughy, filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.
Memoir: A chronologically arranged selection of Jerry Seinfeld’s favorite, iconic stand-up comedy routines.
Memoir: One of our favorite authors, David Sedaris, has personally selected his best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career.
Business: Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, Guy Raz offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to launch and build a successful venture.
Business: The essential leadership book for us all. Learn the guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, RBG, Oprah, and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers.
Sports: The thrilling, untold story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod--a tale that reveals as much about Man as it does about the fish.
Sports: The evolution of baseball from casual folk game to serious adult activity, and into an instrument of national unity and finally a national entertainment industry.
Sports: An expansive look at golf’s favorite event, featuring some of the most memorable and dramatic moments from the iconic tournament’s history.
Sports: Renowned New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow offers a wide-ranging collection of pieces on athletes and sports events including Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali, the 1972 Munich Olympics and Arthur Ashe’s too early death.
Sports: A riveting memoir from Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, Jim Gray, exploring his career and the inside stories from interviews with a long list of sports legends.
Science: A terrifically exciting account of the author’s time in the Russian Far East studying Blakiston’s fish owls.
Science: Well, the title says it all! A lively, funny and surprising chronicle of the world right outside your front door.
Science: A look at how breathing has evolved along with humanity. Equal parts science, medicine and anthropology, and discusses overall better health through how we breath.
Science: A buddy adventure about the quest to live meaningfully in a world with uncertainty.
Gift Books: Hoda Kotb is back with another collection of beloved quotes, offering inspiration, wisdom and hope 365 days a year. Just what we all need right now.
Gift Books: From one of the most powerful book critics in the world, Michiko Kakutani, comes 100 beautiful essays on the life-changing books she doesn’t want you to miss. Each entry in this stunning gift-sized book includes a beautiful illustration. A love letter to readers.
Gift Books: The perfect book for anyone looking to declutter and organize the way they live.
Gift Books: This is a beautiful book of poetry and drawings inspired by nature. The perfect companion to The Lost Words.
Gift Books: If you know someone who loves getting into the Christmas spirit with Hallmark movies, this is the perfect gift. It is filled with behind-thescenes memories, photos, recipes and more.
Gift Books: When Maggie Smith took to Twitter after her divorce, her posts unexpectedly caught fire. In this moving book of quotes and essays, Smith writes about new beginnings and facing life’s challenges with creativity, courage and resilience.
Gift Books: The follow-up to Allie Brosh’s hilarious Hyperbole and a Half. More of her phenomenal comedic, autobiographical and illustrated essays.
Gift Books: From the creator of Humans of New York, Stanton travelled to more than 40 countries interviewing hundreds of people. This book is a definitive catalogue of these travels, providing a stunning portrait of our shared experience. A must see.
Gift Books: Filled with stunning photographs, as well as more than eighty personal stories, this book is a joy for every reader who knows a car is never just a car.