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15 Books for Literally Every Reader in Your Life

Erica Nelson works in marketing at Hachette Book Group.

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.


Packing for Mars
by Mary Roach

For space geeks

Take an entertaining trip into the science of life in space. The brilliant and hilarious science writer Mary Roach paints an intricate portrait of how things actually work when human beings go into space, from the mundane—attending to basic human needs such as air and water—to the luxuries of beer and privacy.

Packing for Mars
Mary Roach

For space geeks

Take an entertaining trip into the science of life in space. The brilliant and hilarious science writer Mary Roach paints an intricate portrait of how things actually work when human beings go into space, from the mundane—attending to basic human needs such as air and water—to the luxuries of beer and privacy.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katarina Bivald

For your friend who loves books about books

When a woman from Sweden arrives in a small town in Iowa to meet her book-loving pen pal, no one expects her to stay—let alone open a bookstore. This uplifting novel shows how a love for books can change our lives for the better and connect us to one another like nothing else.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Katarina Bivald

For your friend who loves books about books

When a woman from Sweden arrives in a small town in Iowa to meet her book-loving pen pal, no one expects her to stay—let alone open a bookstore. This uplifting novel shows how a love for books can change our lives for the better and connect us to one another like nothing else.

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Tatiana
by Martin Cruz Smith

For the audiobook lover

Investigator Arkady Renko—cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive—has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as the old Communist dictatorship. In TATIANA, the melancholy hero unravels a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.

Narrated by Henry Strozier

Tatiana
Martin Cruz Smith

For the audiobook lover

Investigator Arkady Renko—cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive—has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as the old Communist dictatorship. In TATIANA, the melancholy hero unravels a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.

Narrated by Henry Strozier

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True Crime
by Harold Schechter

For the true-crime aficionado

This collection of the most notorious criminal cases in American history is best read with all the lights on. In TRUE CRIME, Harold Schechter offers a comprehensive anthology of the many ways in which American writers have explored crime—from the dark motives that spur it to the shock of its impact on society to the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior.

True Crime
Harold Schechter

For the true-crime aficionado

This collection of the most notorious criminal cases in American history is best read with all the lights on. In TRUE CRIME, Harold Schechter offers a comprehensive anthology of the many ways in which American writers have explored crime—from the dark motives that spur it to the shock of its impact on society to the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior.

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TED Books Box Set : The Business Mind
by Dan Ariely and Barry Schwartz and Margaret Heffernan

For the entrepreneur

These illuminating must-reads from three of the leading business minds of this generation—and renowned TED speakers—offer expert insight into our current economic times.

TED Books Box Set : The Business Mind
Dan Ariely and Barry Schwartz and Margaret Heffernan

For the entrepreneur

These illuminating must-reads from three of the leading business minds of this generation—and renowned TED speakers—offer expert insight into our current economic times.

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Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman

For the adult Harry Potter fan

When a young London businessman stops to help a bleeding girl, that simple act of kindness leads him to discover another reality. Neverwhere is a subterranean labyrinth, a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels. But the only way that he can return to the London Above is if he helps the girl save her strange underworld kingdom from an evil agent.

Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman

For the adult Harry Potter fan

When a young London businessman stops to help a bleeding girl, that simple act of kindness leads him to discover another reality. Neverwhere is a subterranean labyrinth, a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels. But the only way that he can return to the London Above is if he helps the girl save her strange underworld kingdom from an evil agent.

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Paper Girls
by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

For “Stranger Things” binge-watcher

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Paper Girls
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

For “Stranger Things” binge-watcher

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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All the Single Ladies
by Rebecca Traister

For your feminist friends

Rebecca Traister offers a comprehensive study of the power of independent women in America through the fascinating history of unmarried women and their lasting, radical effect on the nation.

All the Single Ladies
Rebecca Traister

For your feminist friends

Rebecca Traister offers a comprehensive study of the power of independent women in America through the fascinating history of unmarried women and their lasting, radical effect on the nation.

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On Trails
by Robert Moor

For the outdoorsy type

From tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet, ON TRAILS explores how trails help us understand the world. Drawing on his own globe-trotting adventures and findings in science, history, philosophy, and nature writing, Robert Moor reveals how trails can shed new light on age-old questions about humanity.

On Trails
Robert Moor

For the outdoorsy type

From tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet, ON TRAILS explores how trails help us understand the world. Drawing on his own globe-trotting adventures and findings in science, history, philosophy, and nature writing, Robert Moor reveals how trails can shed new light on age-old questions about humanity.

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Little Princes
by Conor Grennan

For those looking to make the world a better place

Conor Grennan’s remarkable memoir, LITTLE PRINCES, shares his epic battle to unite lost Nepalese children—displaced during civil war—with their parents. And as Grennan discovers his own strength during this process, he inspires readers to do what they can to make the world a better place.

Little Princes
Conor Grennan

For those looking to make the world a better place

Conor Grennan’s remarkable memoir, LITTLE PRINCES, shares his epic battle to unite lost Nepalese children—displaced during civil war—with their parents. And as Grennan discovers his own strength during this process, he inspires readers to do what they can to make the world a better place.

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Razzle Dazzle
by Michael Riedel

For the Broadway baby

RAZZLE DAZZLE tells the story of the rise, fall, and redemption of Broadway—its stars, its biggest shows, its producers, and all the drama, intrigue, and power plays that happened behind the scenes. The author, Michael Riedel, is one of Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentators.

Razzle Dazzle
Michael Riedel

For the Broadway baby

RAZZLE DAZZLE tells the story of the rise, fall, and redemption of Broadway—its stars, its biggest shows, its producers, and all the drama, intrigue, and power plays that happened behind the scenes. The author, Michael Riedel, is one of Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentators.

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Ten Thousand Saints
by Eleanor Henderson

For the old-school ’80s punk

This stunning novel is a coming-of-age story about the son of die-hard hippies growing up in raw, roaring New York City of the late 1980s. With the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young—and old—TEN THOUSAND SAINTS takes on hard-core punk rock, teen pregnancy, adoption, and drugs to form one heart-aching tale.

Ten Thousand Saints
Eleanor Henderson

For the old-school ’80s punk

This stunning novel is a coming-of-age story about the son of die-hard hippies growing up in raw, roaring New York City of the late 1980s. With the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young—and old—TEN THOUSAND SAINTS takes on hard-core punk rock, teen pregnancy, adoption, and drugs to form one heart-aching tale.

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Voracious
by Cara Nicoletti

For the bookworm who loves cooking

As a butcher, a cook, and a talented writer, Cara Nicoletti knows how both books and food bring people together and bring them to life. In VORACIOUS, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality.

Voracious
Cara Nicoletti

For the bookworm who loves cooking

As a butcher, a cook, and a talented writer, Cara Nicoletti knows how both books and food bring people together and bring them to life. In VORACIOUS, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality.

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Game Changers
by Molly Schiot

For the fan who was glued to the TV during the Women’s World Cup

Based on the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, GAME CHANGERS is a celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the twentieth century. This beautiful book is full of rarely seen photos and new interviews with past and present game changers like Abby Wambach and Cari Champion.

Game Changers
Molly Schiot

For the fan who was glued to the TV during the Women’s World Cup

Based on the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, GAME CHANGERS is a celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the twentieth century. This beautiful book is full of rarely seen photos and new interviews with past and present game changers like Abby Wambach and Cari Champion.

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My Misspent Youth
by Meghan Daum

For the recent grad

Meghan Daum’s essay collection, MY MISSPENT YOUTH, is a cult classic that revitalized the personal essay for a new generation of writers. With a healthy dose of humor and a measure of harsh self-deprecation, Daum’s edgy analyses of American culture are sure to be appreciated by jaded twentysomethings setting out into the world on their own for the first time.

My Misspent Youth
Meghan Daum

For the recent grad

Meghan Daum’s essay collection, MY MISSPENT YOUTH, is a cult classic that revitalized the personal essay for a new generation of writers. With a healthy dose of humor and a measure of harsh self-deprecation, Daum’s edgy analyses of American culture are sure to be appreciated by jaded twentysomethings setting out into the world on their own for the first time.

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