• The cover of the book A Short Guide to a Happy Life

    A Short Guide to a Happy Life

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    For Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life, I called it “a meaningful meditation on life that urges you to get the most out of each day.”

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  • The cover of the book Greenwood

    Greenwood

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    I called Michael Christie’s Greenwood a “magnificent generational saga that charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, all set against the backdrop of lush forests.” Perfect for a fiction fan or nature lover.

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  • The cover of the book We Gather Together

    We Gather Together

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    The person who hosted Thanksgiving might love Denise Kiernan’s We Gather Together, which I called “a study of American History through the story of giving thanks.”

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  • The cover of the book Quiet

    Quiet

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    The introvert in your group needs Susan Cain’s Quiet, which I called “a deep dive on the ways our society dramatically undervalues introverts and how much we lose in doing so.”

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  • The cover of the book John Green: The Complete Collection

    John Green: The Complete Collection

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    This boxed-set of five of John Green’s titles are perfect for my niece, who is a giant fan. My card read “You can keep going back to these heartbreaking and gorgeously-wrought stories of teen drama again and again.”

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  • The cover of the book Mexican Gothic

    Mexican Gothic

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    I wrote on the tag for Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic: “this novel is perfect for anyone who loves to travel virtually through a book, and who also doesn’t mind a chill up their spine while reading!”

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  • The cover of the book Wintering

    Wintering

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    I wrote of Katherine May’s Wintering: “This intimate, revelatory book explores the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down through the transformative power of rest and retreat.” Anyone who’s been through a tough time this year needs this narrative about healing through hibernation.

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  • The cover of the book Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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    A combination of myth, fantasy, and history, I called Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf “a saga of breathtaking adventure that explores what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.”

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  • The cover of the book Normal People

    Normal People

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    The person in my family who digs a romantic and heartbreaking love story will receive Sally Rooney’s Normal People, which I called “a Romeo and Juliet for the millennial age. Marianne and Connell are unforgettable characters.”

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  • The cover of the book The Starless Sea

    The Starless Sea

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    I said of Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea: “This is a love story set in a fantasy underground world filled with pirates, painters, lovers, liars, libraries, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.”

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  • The cover of the book A Tale for the Time Being

    A Tale for the Time Being

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    For Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, I referenced Murakami, Proust, time travel, and Buddhism. It’s one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read.

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  • The cover of the book Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

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    For Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, it was “a beautiful post-apocalyptic page-turner.”

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  • The cover of the book Levels of Life

    Levels of Life

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    Julian Barnes’ Levels of Life was “a meditation on love and loss.”

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  • The cover of the book The Night Before Christmas

    The Night Before Christmas

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    A crowd-pleasing holiday book, no matter what age you are.

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