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Books to Give As Gifts

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Poke-A-Dot: The Wheels On the Bus Wild Safari by Leslie Bockol
PB BOARD
Interactive sturdy board book with buttons to press and “pop” on every page, encouraging language development, counting, and fine motor skills. The dots make different clicking and popping sounds depending on how they're poked.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier by Ree Drummond
COOKING DRU
While she still cherishes her trademark family-friendly style of food, Rees been cooking up some incredible new dishes that reflect the flavors, colors, and texture she’s craving these days.
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
RUM
Three generations of Palestinian-American women in contemporary Brooklyn are torn by individual desire, educational ambitions, a devastating tragedy, and the strict mores of traditional Arab culture.
Semiosis by Sue Burke
SF BURKE
For the science fictions readers on your gift giving list, try this debut novel by Sue Burke. Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches...and waits…
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
KEANE
A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures.
Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
E ROSENTHAL
Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable, and willing to speak up.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
ROM TEEN BERRY
A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.
A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese
J CALABRESE
Times are tough in the small town of Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio (sarcastically called If Only) especially for some of the kids at Rod Serling Middle School, but then an old dry well suddenly begins to grant wishes, or so it seems...
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
BIOGRAPHY WESTOVER
With acute insight, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
DOWNING
Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting. The secret to keeping their marriage alive happens to be getting away with murder.
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare
ANIMALS JNF HOA
Children will pore over the spectacular photographs, learning fun facts at the same time. Containing more than 100 species, this beautiful modern bestiary lets you find the animals that interest you, and possibly uncover a new favorite along the way.
Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout
STROUT
Elizabeth Strout has achieved greatness by brilliantly laying bare the inner lives of ordinary people, by focusing on the small moments of connection which can dislodge lifelong grief and longing, and unite her characters through moments of transcendent grace.
Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson
E SKINNAMARINK
What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love.
Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays From the Grown-Up Years by Cathy Guisewite
HUMOR GUI
From the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip comes a collection of funny, warm, and wise essays, centered around the particular challenge of caring for aging parents and growing children, all while trying not to lose oneself in the process.
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
GRAPHIC J WHITE
Tells the story of Julian's Grandmère's childhood as she, a Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II and how the boy she once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
REID
A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
CRUZ
In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.
It’s Great to Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi
SELFHELP PERSGRO RIN
Discover how the freedom of sucking at something can help you build resilience, embrace imperfection, and find joy in the pursuit rather than the goal.
Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly
J KELLY
Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.
People Like Us by Dana Mele
MYS TEEN MELE
When a girl is found dead at her elite boarding school, soccer-star Kay Donovan follows a scavenger hunt which implicates suspects increasingly close to her, unraveling her group of popular friends and perfectly constructed life.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
COATES
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North.
Dear Boy by Jason Rosenthal
E ROSENTHAL
Dear Boy, is an open love letter to the special boy in your life. Boys, too, need a gentle reminder that they are cool, clever, compassionate, and one of a kind.
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
BIOGRAPHY PHILPOTT
In this memoir-in-essays full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
SOCSCI PHYCH GOT
A thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Avecedo
TEEN ACEVEDO
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni’s life has been about making the tough decisions, for her daughter. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen. With the Fire on High is a hopeful, redemptive story, sprinkled with recipes.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
ATWOOD
Set 15 years after events in the Handmaid's tale, the theocratic regime in Gilead is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment in time, the lives of three women converge. When secrets bring the women together, there are explosive results.
Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
WARE
When Rowan Caine stumbles across the ad for a live-in Nanny at Heatherbrae House she is smitten--by the luxurious home and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
SOCSCI PSYCH GLA
Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. Since we don't know how to talk to strangers, we invite conflict in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
RAMOS
Ensconced within a Hudson Valley retreat where expectant birth mothers are given luxurious accommodations and lucrative rewards to produce perfect babies, a Filipino immigrant is forced to choose between a life-changing payment and the outside world.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
TOEWS
Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Toews’s masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this harrowing tale of eight Mennonite women claiming their own power to decide.
Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
SF JAMES
For the science fiction reader on your list, try the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy. Myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
BLAKE
A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations. The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America.