Gift Guide: Books They’ll Love

Today marks the second installment of my Gift Guide Series.  I’ll be posting every Monday between now and Christmas with different gift guides.

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With a background in libraries, it’s unsurprising that books are my go-to gift for close friends.  One of the most difficult things to do, however, is make a great book recommendation.  Below, I’ve shared some recommendations for everyone on your Christmas List — enjoy!

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If they like Harry PotterThey’ll love The Bone Season
I’ve reviewed The Bone Season at length here, but the quick and dirty is that it’s a blend of fantasy and distopian literature written by a young woman with a brilliant mind.  It’s a book about a young adult (19 years old), but is definitely an adult book.  I’ve recommended this to half a dozen people and all of them have loved it!

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If they like Shakespeare…They’ll love The Bookman’s Tale

This is another book that I’ve reviewed at length.  Charlie Lovett’s novel blends drama with time-bending with Shakespearean lore.  It is satisfying, and provides an introspective look into the mind of a widower.  It’s not especially heavy, either, making it an excellent pick for the holidays.
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If they like Pride and Prejudice…They’ll love The Glass Menagerie
There are a number of significant differences between Jane Austen’s best-loved novel and this Tennessee Williams play, but your giftee will enjoy the Southern interpretation of dating rites as well as Williams’ confrontation of family and romantic norms of the age.
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If they like The Devil in the White City…They’ll love The Swan Thieves
How is it possible that I haven’t shared a review of The Swan Thieves yet?  Written by the same author who penned The Historian, this is a piece of fiction that deals with the human psyche, obsession, and the history of art.  This is definitely more “fluff” than Erik Larson’s books, but it will appeal to anyone who craves factual novels.
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If they like Things Fall Apart…They’ll love White Teeth
Zadie Smith’s debut novel is one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read.  It’s about cultures colliding, personal histories being rewritten, and it’s all very Rushdie-esque.  Heck, if no one on your list would like this, pick up a copy for yourself.
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