There Will Be No Miracles Here
Across America co-founder Casey Gerald tells the expansive and compelling story of his life in this riveting memoir. Gerald’s story encompasses everything from his unpredictable childhood to his time at Yale—and his realization of the flaws in the system around him.
Roddy Doyle’s books have been beloved by readers for decades and, in some cases, adapted for acclaimed films. His latest novel, Smile, tells an immersive story about the nature of memory and the power of the past to unsettle and potentially destroy.
George R. R. Martin
Before Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin and fellow author Lisa Tuttle earned plenty of acclaim with their novel Windhaven. It tells the story of a society where pockets of civilization use gliders for transportation, and the conflicts that emerge there. Now it’s been adapted as a graphic novel, bringing its story to a new audience.
The Price You Pay
Aidan Truhen’s novel is an unpredictable thriller with a distinctive antihero at its center. That would be Jack Price, a drug dealer who finds himself targeted by a group of internationally renowned assassins, at which point things escalate dramatically, with a blend of bleak humor and violence throughout.
Light It Up
The latest novel in Nick Petrie’s series focusing on veteran and detective Peter Ash takes Ash to Memphis, where he becomes embroiled in two distinctive cases. One centers around threats made to a journalist, while the other involves a musician who’s fallen in with the wrong crowd. Thrills and a fantastic sense of place abound.
How to Invent Everything
In recent years, Ryan North has earned plenty of acclaim for his unique takes on Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (To Be Or Not To Be). In How to Invent Everything, he explores the nature of technology and civilization via the notion of, as the book’s subtitle puts it, “the stranded time traveler.”
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana
This may well be the ideal gift for someone with a fondness for 20-sided die, role-playing games, and a full immersion in the fantastical. It’s a beautifully designed book exploring the artwork of Dungeons & Dragons, a game which has now captured the imagination of generations of gamers.
It’s amazing what you can do with a home bar and the right knowledge. Cocktail Codex reunites the authors of Death & Co. for an organized look at cocktails: specifically, showcasing the links between the techniques used to craft different drinks. The results are both educational and tasty.
A. Roger Ekirch
In American Sanctuary, A. Roger Ekirch hearkens back to a time more than 200 years ago, when the fate of a British sailor seeking refuge in the United States has a seismic effect on the nation’s political landscape—and influenced the way we think about political asylum today.
A finalist for several major literary awards, Esi Edugyan’s novel Washington Black tells the story of a young man born into slavery in Barbados. His encounter with a progressive inventor forever changes the destinies of both, and the journey on which they embark spans continents, bringing together grand ideas and a sense of adventure.
Finding the right book for someone in your family isn’t always the easiest of tasks, and finding the right book for your brother—something that might give him an immersive reading experience, or show him something he’d never known before—can be even more challenging. Here’s a look at some books that would make the ideal gift for your brother, whether he’s into gripping narratives, cocktail recipes, or delving into the history of technology.
Editor: Eliza Smith; Featured Image: Matt McCarty