14 Gorgeous Coloring Books That Make Great Gifts

For the artistically inclined, young at heart, mindful meditators, and everyone in between, coloring books are the perfect gifts this holiday season. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic coloring books—one for every person on your shopping list. Make the gift complete with colored pencils or fine-tip markers!

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The Perfect Recipe for a Delicious Life

In 1988, I lived near the Verrazano Bridge, and whenever the temperature was above freezing I’d walk down to the Narrows and read on one of the benches that ran along the bike path. Laurie Colwin’s HOME COOKING quickly became (and remains) one of my favorite bench reads—no surprise, considering I have loved every one of her novels. Her gift for creating authentic characters extends even to herself. At the time, I was 22 years-old and the kitchen in my New York City studio apartment was barely 3 feet wide. It didn’t have an oven or cabinets, and the refrigerator was dorm-sized (with no freezer); but this didn’t stop me from loving my little oasis, and cooking every day.

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Only Fools Fall in Love: On Unexpected Literary Crushes

We all have literary crushes. From Mr. Darcy to Remus Lupin, I’ve had my own share, but there was one that I was reluctant to divulge because it was just such an odd choice—the nameless Fool from Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. I know…weird. Maybe it was because I have a weakness for sarcastic smart alecks, or because I pictured him like Jon Stewart, but the Fool enraptured me. But with such an idiosyncratic and obscure crush, there was nothing for me to do with this little flame. That is, until I discovered Christopher Moore’s FOOL.

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7 Mouthwatering Books to Create Our Favorite Holiday Treat

With Thanksgiving over, I’m sure that yet another feast is the last thing you want to see. But it is the season to start getting chummy with those in the office who make the best cookies and treats. My favorite sweet to share is a classic sugar cookie with icing, and I’ve made it so many times now I know the recipe by heart. While you wait an hour for the dough to set in the fridge or for your dozens and dozens of cookies to chill, open up one of these great books exploring the history of the ingredients you’ll be using!

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15 Books for Literally Every Reader in Your Life

It’s that lovely time of the year when we get to shower our loved ones with gifts that show our appreciation for them. The gift of a book is a very special type—it can show a deep understanding of another person’s interests and also give them a glimpse into who you are, how you think, and what’s important to you. Here’s our guide to 15 great books to give the readers in your life.

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13 Books to Read After A MAN CALLED OVE

So you’ve finished reading A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman and fallen in love with the (secretly wonderful) Swedish curmudgeon known as Ove (in case your Swedish is as good as mine, it’s pronounced “Oo-veh”). And now you’re bereft. We understand. What do you read after falling under the spell of such an unexpected, surprising, charming book? Here are thirteen suggestions. (As with OVE, it might serve you to keep tissues close at hand.)

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14 Novels That Portray Diverse and Resilient American Families

Some of the greatest American literature ever written tells the stories of families—whether they’re striving to provide a better life for their loved ones, to persevere in the face of adversity, or to face each day with optimism. While the American Dream means something different to every family, diversity, idealism, and hard work are consistently what make their stories so poignant and inspiring. Here are some of our favorite novels about families who are carving out a place for themselves in America.

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A Very British Cinderella Story

In England, Stella Gibbons is a national treasure. In the United States, she’s known mainly by people who were only required to read one of her books, COLD COMFORT FARM, in British Lit 101 class. Typically, if you’ve heard of Stella Gibbons, you are one of three things: English, a bookseller, or a devout hunter of sublime, hilarious, midbrow, midwars lady British writers.

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