Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Get the Perfect Book for Everyone on Your List
You know what feels great? Getting your holiday shopping done and out of the way early. One way to accomplish that is by keeping your game plan simple. Need a present for Aunt Trish? Book. For your brother-in-law? Book. For a special someone who just might be the one? Two books! Read on to find Grammarly’s hand-picked recommendations for everyone on your list:
The History Buff
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell, widely adored for her ability to make nearly any moment in history at once fascinating, hilarious, and startlingly relevant to the world of today, offers yet another gem: an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson Delight the WWI expert on your list with this riveting chronicle of the Lusitania disaster. Knowing that the ship sinks at the end spoils absolutely nothing about this masterfully told true story.
The Sports Nut
Superbowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game, The Editors of Sports Illustrated Between the covers of Superbowl Gold, the football fanatic in your life will find overviews of each championship, accounts of the most stirring performances, commentary from players and coaches, reviews of every halftime show, and lots of fascinating photos. It even covers the commercials!
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Daniel James Brown The Boys in the Boat is the improbable true story of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. Also a great pick for The History Buff.
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion For a sweet, unconventional romance, look no further than The Rosie Project, the story of an oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor named Don and a spontaneous whirlwind of a woman named Rosie.
Uprooted, Naomi Novik Naomi Novik’s spellbinding tale has everything: monsters, magic, love, and at its heart, a powerful and courageous heroine. Also a great pick for The Adventurer.
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson Bill Bryson’s classic book about walking the Appalachian Trail is a sure bet for hikers, nature lovers, and anyone who enjoys a simultaneously fascinating and hilarious tale about the great outdoors.
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson Is your Adventurer adventurous enough to try a graphic novel? The brilliantly subversive National Book Award finalist Nimona turns the classic adventure story on its head, following a supervillain and his mysterious sidekick as they set out to prove that their kingdom’s good guys aren’t quite the heroes everybody thinks they are.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, Randall Munroe In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic xkcd, delivers exactly what he promises: explanations about cool things. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why. Also a great pick for The Nerd.
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, Lisa Randall Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs? The armchair scientist on your holiday list will clearly want to know the answer, which, fortunately, can be found in this new book by the renowned particle physicist Lisa Randall.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day Nerd icon Felicia Day’s rags-to-riches story of rising to Internet fame and embracing her weirdness along the way is sure to resonate with the nerds on your list.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; The Jedi Doth Return, Ian Doescher Make a list of everyone you know who is a Star Wars geek or a Shakespeare lover. Then give this brilliant boxed set to all of them. Also a great pick for The Classics Lover.
The Classics Lover
Penguin Drop Caps The beautiful, colorful, Penguin Drop Cap series makes a lovely gift for a literature lover. Choose a book by her favorite author, or give her a set that matches her initials. Just be prepared to take the blame when she decides she has to collect them all.
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, Edited by Lorrie Moore The centennial celebration of the Best American Short Stories series features forty of the more than two thousand stories published in previous editions, hand-selected by Lorrie Moore, and accompanied by commentary from series editor Heidi Pitlor. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel Peter Thiel’s smart treatise on innovation and success makes a great gift for the entrepreneurially inclined. Zero to One presents an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance Who better to inspire the energetic innovator on your list than the legendary Elon Musk? Ashlee Vance’s insightful book, written with exclusive access to Musk himself, traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing to the helm of multiple world-changing companies.
The Health Enthusiast
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, Giulia Enders With quirky charm, Gut reveals the story of the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ. The health enthusiast on your list will thank you for this smart and useful book.
Natural Born Heroes, Christopher McDougall Christopher McDougall’s instant classic Born to Run changed the game for dedicated runners. In his new book, he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook This one is perfect for any pre-foodies you know. With the help of some truly, er, colorful language, Thug Kitchen proves that kale doesn’t have to be pretentious.
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, J. Kenji López-Alt And this one is perfect for the full-blown foodie. The Food Lab offers a grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes, illustrated in full color. Also a great pick for The Scientist.
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