14 Books That Make Nice Presents for Everybody on Your Record

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When it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s hard to go wrong with a good book. Whether you know someone planning to spend their vacation time curled up by the fire or have a friend who just joined a virtual book club, the gift of a fun, thought-provoking read is sure to be appreciated. From inspirational memoirs (which are sure to be on many holiday wish-lists this year) to fast-paced novels, we’ve compiled a list of newly published books that we believe make excellent Christmas gifts.

Read on for 14 books to give away this holiday season.

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama

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Many wanted to be a fly on the wall during Obama’s presidency, and “A Promised Land” isn’t too far away. From that crucial Iowa caucus to the approval of the operation to defeat Osama Bin Laden, Obama shares his experiences from the young man to the presidential candidate to the leader of the free world and at all the moments in between. If you were wondering what it was like to be the first black president, how his family felt about life in the White House, and if he ever doubted himself, his memoir reveals it all.

“Boop and Eve’s Road Trip” by Mary Helen Sheriff

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Eve just wants to crawl under a rock and stop – as a daughter, friend and aspiring fashion designer. Then her best friend is missing and she has to find her. Eva’s grandmother decides to piggyback on her road trip to help her find a friend who can cope with her own depression. When they buckle up, their attempts to cheer Eva fail. She has another trick up her sleeve, but that means revealing her deepest secret.

“I would leave if I could” by Halsey

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Grammy nominated Halsey unveils yet another line of creative minds with her poetry collection, “I Would Leave Myself If I Could.” She writes about her experiences with mental illness, her relationships and her sexuality with a raw passion that is beginning to destroy the traditional feminist image.

“Handsome” by Holly Lorka

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Holly Lorka is a comedian, intensive care nurse, and wedding officer based in Austin, Texas. “Handsome” is her first memory. She looks back on her uncomfortable childhood (and let’s face it, even as an adult) when she had so many questions like “Where are my sideburns anyway?” It’s the perfect gift for anyone who needs a good laugh in turbulent times.

“Home Body” by Rupi Kaur

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Fans of Rupi Kaur’s poems have been waiting for her third collection and it’s finally here. But you don’t have to be an existing fan to appreciate Kaur’s message: we all need to have intimate conversations with each other to embrace change and truly discover our potential selves. In “Home Body” she takes up the topic of growth, an important property that needs to be investigated in today’s social climate.

“Malcolm and Me” by Robin Farmer

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Roberta Frost plays during the Post Civil Rights Movement and still has many questions about how she fits into the world. She is thirteen, black, and Catholic at a crucial moment in history. She argues with the nuns at her school about Thomas Jefferson’s hypocrisy and deals with her parents’ difficult home marriage. Then, when she learns that she cannot participate in her school’s essay contest, her mother reveals family truths that she must face directly.

“Memories in the Drift” by Melissa Payne

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It’s been 10 years since Claire lost her unborn child, a tragedy that also cost her short-term memory. She flips through notes, calendars, and lists to get through each day and try to get back to the Claire she was. But she would like to forget other parts of her past as well. Her abandoned mother and ex Tate are both returning to their lives forcing Claire to take a close look at who she wants to be. Will she start looking ahead, not backwards?

“One by One” by Ruth Ware

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The New York Times bestselling author is back with another thriller, this time in the French Alps. The co-founder of a tech startup plans a ski trip for his team, but when they get snowed in after an avalanche, the motives are questioned and panic occurs. Tensions already subsided with a takeover bid on the table, and now one of them is missing as they wait impatiently to be bailed out.

“Ready Player Two” by Ernest Cline

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“Ready Player One” was inspired by a blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg, and “Ready Player Two” is back with more action. What does Wade Watts do after winning the competition of his life? All big plans have to wait after discovering a technological advance in Halliday’s vault that will change the game forever. Can humanity survive the search if Watts solves the final mystery?

“Super Maker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms” by Jaime Schmidt

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“Supermaker” by Jaime Schmidt is intended for anyone who has ever thought: “Hm, should I sell this as a sideline?” Entrepreneur Jaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, shares how other doers and creators can set up a company on their own terms. Above all, it’s a look behind the scenes of how Schmidt was successful as a maker, how she overcame challenges and how important it is to ask for help when she needed it.

“The Best of Me” by David Sedaris

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If you’re looking to become a David Sedaris fan overnight, you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, his best stories are now brought together in “The Best of Me” (his best pieces, according to him, of course). With a never-published story, this collection makes an outstanding gift for devout Sedaris fans as well as those who finally want to read what all the fuss is about.

“The Great Realization” by Tomos Roberts

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Tomos Roberts wrote this poem for his younger brother and sister to help them face the fear of getting through the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s no surprise that his message has resonated with adults and children across the country alike. It encourages us all to celebrate kindness, joy and creativity, and hold on to the things that brought us together during the lockdown so we can create a better future.

“The Strange Fate of Holly Banks” by Julie Valerie

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Holly Banks wants it all. While trying to keep up with the Joneses, her husband’s job has gotten a big question mark, her daughter is struggling to learn to read, and her mother’s quirky dating life weighs on her. When Holly’s dog digs up an ancient artifact in her town square and it spreads the local news, the picture-perfect life she always imagined will become embroiled in an urban rivalry.

“The Cul-de-Sac War” by Melissa Ferguson

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Bree is not used to sitting down. And her free-spirited nomadic nature landed her in Abingdon, VA, at one of the oldest performance theaters in the country. Ready to find her next home, her parents make her an offer she can’t refuse. Stay a year and her grandmother’s hut will be hers. The only problem is that it means tolerating your terrible neighbor. Determined to hold out, she formulates a plan to drive him away.

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