The Women's Atlas
The completely updated and revised fifth edition of this groundbreaking work couldn’t be more timely—and it’s a safer gift for your mother-in-law than a pink pussy hat. Seager, who’s consulted on several global gender and environmental policies with the UN, provides a wealth of up-to-date information on how women are living today across continents and cultures.
Editors of PUNCH
As long as your in-laws aren’t snow-birds, this beautifully illustrated collection of cocktails—built to fortify against the winter chill—will bring peace between the Capulets and Montagues. It features essential classics, updated riffs on traditional toddies, punches, nogs, spiked coffee, and many other thoroughly modern drinks.
The Fox and the Star: A Keepsake Journal
Now in clothbound notebook form is the beloved story of friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Created by the award-winning designer of Penguin’s Hardcover Classics, the lined pages are adorned by five-color illustrations from the original book. If your in-laws don’t like this one, there’s no hope.
Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition
This essential resource boasts beauty and brains. Stunning photographs accompany the wisdom gained from of a lifetime of gardening in this book of expert advice. From how and when to plant to advice on building stunning arrangements, this book has it all.
In-laws who like to cook but are over all the fuss will adore these streamlined recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less, use ten or fewer ingredients, and can be made ahead in a single pot. Powerhouse author and chef Ottolenghi infuses his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors in these simply made delectable delights, such as Lamb and Feta Meatballs, and Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar.
The Power of Love
Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, enthralled two billion people with his sermon at the 2018 royal wedding of Harry and Meghan. Included in this elegant and spiritual book is that sermon, as well as four others touching on themes of love, commitment, and social justice.
The newest novel from Fiona Davis (author of The Address and The Dollhouse) is set in one of New York’s crown jewels: Grand Central Terminal. Sweeping from 1928 to 1974, the story stars Virginia Clay, who stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal, a striking watercolor, and the mystery of a famed illustrator who disappeared in 1931. A rare gem itself, this novel is sure to please fiction lovers of all stripes.
There’s a very good chance that your in-laws are among the 65 million-plus people who have read Coelho’s 1998 novel, The Alchemist. In his newest book, he again draws on the rich experience of his own life to take us back in time, reliving the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order.
The Monk of Mokha
Eggers stormed to the front of the lit world in 2000 with A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and has never relinquished his position, strengthening it instead with works such as A Hologram for the King. His newest book is the true story of a young Yemeni-American man who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee, but is trapped in Sana’a by civil war.
Even your in-laws would agree: everyone loves Tom Hanks, and everything he touches becomes gold. His first collection of fiction, selected as one of the best books of the year by both NPR and USA Today, is no exception. The stories are linked by one thing: in each, a typewriter plays a role.
Oy vey. Finding the right gift for your in-laws is a treacherous pursuit. (Unscientific) studies have proven that both maternal and paternal in-laws are hardwired to be marginally disappointed in everything their precious child’s spouse says or gives. But there’s hope! One of these ten selections will ensure your place at the family table—and maybe even into the family portrait. Including fact and fiction, love and inspiration, and, of course, cocktails, these books are safe bets to bring on the love.
Editor: Eliza Smith; Featured Image: Matt McCarty