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Have you been following along with our 2018 book giving guide? We've shared our favorite picture books, nonfiction, fiction, and a little more fiction. Today we have a few more nonfiction titles to share, but be on the lookout for our teen book suggestions soon!

Dressed up as Bond for Halloween-

12.20 The Spy and the TraitorTHE SPY AND THE TRAITOR: THE GREATEST ESPIONAGE STORY OF THE COLD WAR
By Ben Macintyre 
(2018)

A thrilling spy story about Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian KGB officer whose secret work with MI-5 helped hasten then end of the Cold War.

 

Participates in Civil War reenactments-

12.21 Women of the Blue and GrayWOMEN OF THE BLUE & GRAY: TRUE CIVIL WAR STORIES OF MOTHERS, MEDICS, SOLDIERS, AND SPIES
By Marianne Monson
(2018) 

These micro biographies tell the stories of wives, mothers, sisters and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons during the wartime to counseling President Lincoln on strategy.

 

Is considering their first marathon in 2019-

12.21 Killing OurselvesNATURAL CAUSES: AN EPIDEMIC OF WELLNESS, THE CERTAINTY OF DYING, AND KILLING OURSELVES TO LIVE LONGER
By Barabara Ehrenreich 
(2018)

Offers insight into healthcare practices, identifying the cellular sources of aging and illness and revealing that aggressive treatments provide an illusion of control and survivability at the cost of life quality.   

 

Likes to psychoanalyze people at parties-

12.21 How to Change Your MindHOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND
By Michael Pollan
(2018) 

An investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs with a dive into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

 

Needs to be a little less critical of herself-

12.21 Girl Wash Your FaceGIRL, WASH YOUR FACE: STOP BELIEVING THE LIES ABOUT WHO YOU ARE SO YOU CAN BECOME WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE
By Rachel Hollis 
(2018)

By the founder of TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel shares tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own.

 

Cried when the last episode of Fixer Upper aired-

12.21 Magnolia TableMAGNOLIA TABLE: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES FOR GATHERING
By Joanna Gaines 
(2018)

A collection of over 100 classic recipes for meals, snacks, desserts, and small plates from the popular HGTV star.  And (bonus book!) don’t overlook Joanna’s new book HOMEBODY: A GUIDE TO CREATING

 
Merry Christmas!

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So far we've shared some great reads that came out this year for adults (Fiction, More Fiction, Nonfiction), but we can't forget about the kids! Here are a few of the best new picture books for the little readers you love.

For the kid (or kid at heart) in your life who:

 

Is a master at bedtime avoidance-

12.20 Dont BlinkDON’T BLINK
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by David Roberts

Have you ever tried that trick of trying NOT to close your eyes as a way to feel sleepy? This clever picture book is built on that idea. Every time you blink, you have to turn the page, and soon enough, you (and any reading buddies) will be fast asleep. 

 
 

Is working through big feelings-

12.20 The Rabbit ListenedTHE RABBIT LISTENED
By Cori Doerrfeld
(2018)

When tragedy strikes, Taylor’s friends have all kinds of suggestions on how to feel better – shouting, hiding, rebuilding – but Taylor doesn’t need suggestions. What he needs is company and a listening ear. With sweet illustrations, this picture book is a great primer on helping others (and ourselves) in hard moments. 

 
 

Is secretly an artist (and doesn't even know it)-

12.20 SquareSQUARE
By Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
(2018)

Barnett and Klassen are a beloved picture book duo, and for good reason. Their spare pictures and text are deceptively simple and always hilarious. SQUARE will have you laughing out loud and wondering what it really means to be an artist. 

 
 

Sometimes wonders how to make friends-

12.20 Drawn TogetherDRAWN TOGETHER
By Minh Lê
Illustrated by Dan Santat
(2018)

A young American boy has a hard time relating to his Thai grandfather; they like different shows, eat different food, and can’t even speak the same language. When they discover their shared love for drawing, however, a whole new world of communication opens up to them. 

 
 

Loves to chat (but not always listen)-

12.20 Wordy BirdyWORDY BIRDY
By Tammi Sauer 
Illustrated by Dave Mottram 
(2018)

Wordy Birdy has lots to say, so much that she doesn’t let anyone else get a word in. When there’s a bear on the loose, that chattiness gets her in trouble. This picture book’s a great reminder that talking is great, as long as we listen too.  

 
 

Doesn’t usually see their life in picture books-

12.20 LoveLOVE
By Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Loren Long
(2018)

You might expect a picture book called LOVE to be saccharine, but this new release is honest as well as touching. De la Peña and Long show that love has a million faces (some expected, others surprising) and that sometimes it’s pain that reveals them. 

 

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Previously I recommended twelve  books to give those readers in your life that love to escape into imaginary worlds both fantastic and realistic. This post leaves the fiction behind and provides twelve more titles for those wanting to learn a little something.

For your nonfiction reader who:

Loves an inspirational memoir about overcoming trials-

12.17 EducatedEDUCATED: A MEMOIR
By Tara Westover 
(2018)

Tara was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom.  Born to survivalists who isolated themselves from mainstream society, Tara had to fight for an education that ended up costing her more than she could have imagined.

 

Likes feeling nostalgic about a good neighbor in a sweater-

12.17 The Good NeighborGOOD NEIGHBOR: THE LIFE AND WORK OF FRED ROGERS
By Maxell King 
(2018)

Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children’s program host’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.

 

Loves celebrity memoirs with the inside scoop-

12.17 My GirlsMY GIRLS: A LIFETIME WITH CARRIE AND DEBBIE
By Todd Fisher 
(2018)

Todd Fisher was the son of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and the younger brother of Carrie Fisher.  He offers a frequently hilarious and too often heartbreaking story of life with the women he called my girls.

 

Looks for new perspectives from political icons-

12.17 Fascism A WarningFASCISM: A WARNING
By Madeleine Albright 
(2018)

The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.

 

Loves learning about the American Revolution-

12.17 Founding MartyrFOUNDING MARTYR: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DR. JOSEPH WARREN, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION’S LOST HERO
By Christian Di Spigna 
(2018)

Dr. Joseph Warren may be the most influential revolutionary figure you have never heard of.  Since he was martyred at Bunker Hill, his essential role in the early colonial rebellion is often forgotten.  But here, he is given some of the recognition he rightly deserves.

 

Wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up-

12.17 Rocket MenROCKET MEN: THE DARING ODYSSEY OF APOLLO 8 AND THE ASTRONAUTS WHO MADE MAN’S FIRST JOURNEY TO THE MOON
By Robert Kurson 
(2018)

Shares the inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission, focusing on the lives of the astronauts involved, while illuminating the political factors that prompted the decision to risk lives to save the Apollo program and define the space race.

 

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Not sure what gifts to give this holiday season? We've got you covered. This week and next, be on the lookout for book recommendations for every type of reader.

Yesterday, we shared some of the best new fiction books for adult readers, and today we have a few more to suggest.

For your fiction reader who:

 

Loves an engrossing, heart wrenching story of survival-

12.13 The Great AloneTHE GREAT ALONE
By Kristin Hannah 
(2018)

At the age of 13, Lenora’s unconventional parents move the family to an isolated homestead in Alaska. They are ill prepared to weather the long, cold winter but are able to lean on their new community and their own endurance to build a new life for themselves.

 

Needs a new version of a classic fairy tell-

12.13 Spinning SilverSPINNING SILVER
By Naomi Novik 
(2018)

This is a fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairtale. Miryem, the daughter of a moneylender attracts the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood. Quickly she learns that words have power, and the fate of a kingdom lies in her golden touch.

 

Enjoys a story that can change your perspective-

12.14 UnshelteredUNSHELTERED
By Barbara Kingsolver 
(2018)

How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, and still end up destitute? This question is asked as the novel shifts between two stories tied together by a piece of land and the need for a roof to shelter from the storms. 

 

Loves a heartwarming stories of the fragility and wonder of life-

12.14 Virgil WanderVIRGIL WANDER
by Leif Enger 

This is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.

 

Misses THE HIGHLANDER and loves the thought of living forever-

12.14 How to Stop TimeHOW TO STOP TIME
By Matt Haig 

Tom may look like an average 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. What does a man who can live forever learn in life?  To carefully guard his identity and his heart. This is a wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself and the inevitability of change.

 

Needs a little proper romance-

12.14 Promises and PrimrosesPROMISES & PRIMROSES
By Josi S. Kilpack 

When Elliott undertakes a ‘marriage campaign’ to see his wayward nieces and nephews securely married, he has no idea it will lead to a reunion with his own lost love.

 

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