HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 6 – “For the Reader” edition

DAY 6 of Holiday Gift Ideas For Him and Her brings you stacks on stacks of reading porn for those in your life who haven’t completely succumbed to the culture of 140 characters or less.

Books are still a safe under-the-tree bet, even for members of Generation ADD. There is a subject for everyone and for every subject, there is aplenty attention-holding quality literature.

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Look, I’m a Millennial who owns (and reads) books!

IN ORDER FROM A-Z by GENRE:

  • Biography
  • Business
  • History
  • Literature/Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Self-Help

BIOGRAPHY

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham ($17.99-$37.93)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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“Pulitzer Prize-winner Meacham paints a well-rounded portrait of our 41st president in this even-handed, meticulously researched biography.”

–BarnesandNoble.com

Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling ($9.31-$20.48)

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Mindy Kaling, of “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” (also author of the much-beloved New York Times bestseller Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) has consistently delighted us over and over again as a quirky Hollywood comedienne who somehow still relates to the Everywoman. In Why Not Me?, she continues to recount tales of being a Hollywood misfit at times, workplace romances gone crazy, and general anxieties over womanhood in a way as droll as it is personal and relatable.

Sinatra: The Chairman, by James Kaplan ($15.99-$21.45)

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THE perfect holiday gift to commemorate the Chairman’s centennial.

BUSINESS

Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies, by Charles G. Koch ($13.99-$28.33)

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The inspirational and motivating story of one of the most successful companies in the world, Koch Industries, as told by Charles G. Koch himself.

HISTORY

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow ($13.38-$15.99)

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Pulitzer-winning writer Ron Chernow tells a galvanizing and scandalous biography of one Founding Father–the famous Federalist from the $10 bill who–fun fact–could never become President because he was born in the Virgin Islands. (My U.S. History teacher is beaming from wherever at me right now).

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($11.99-$14.40)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

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You heard Toni Morrison. Required reading.

LITERATURE/FICTION

 The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah ($9.99-$16.13)

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Arguably book of the year for 2015.

For Fictional Horror:

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King ($14.99-$16.18)

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For Fictional Romance:

See Me, by Nicholas Sparks ($12.99-$14.56)

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POETRY

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur ($8.49-$12.34)

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An Introduction to Poetry (13th Edition), by X. J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia ($61.93-$91.26)

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SCI-FI & FANTASY

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

($29.73-$34.99)

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Because duh. Is there anything else genre-wise?

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick ($8.73-$9.99)

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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD

Now an Amazon original series, this poignant alternate-history work portrays America in 1962. The bleak overview?

“Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.”

 The Martian, by Andy Weir ($8.99-$16.79)

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Yes, it’s that Matt Damon movie. Highly well-reviewed  and entertaining book, too, though.

 SELF-HELP

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes ($12.99-$14.83)

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2015’s The Secret. Basically. Can’t go wrong when you go Shonda.

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