Whether they want the year’s hottest fiction, some nonfiction that reads like a thriller, or a new addition to their coffee table, we’re here to help with some hardcovers worth gifting. Included in this gift guide for the book lover are some of our favorite reads of 2015.


City on Fire - Garth Risk Hallberg

The last quarter chart-topper from Garth Risk Hallberg is a formidable beast. For the person on your list looking to sink their teeth into something sprawling, City on Fire is this year’s must-give. The book centers on a shooting in Central Park in 1976, and it unfurls carefully, rewarding those who tackle the 900+ pages.


Humans of New York: Stories - Brandon Stanton

If there was one common complaint about Brandon Stanton’s famous Humans of New York book and blog, it was that the stories weren’t long and in-depth enough. Problem solved. Humans of New York: Stories is the book that delves deeper into the lives of the people on the other end of his camera lens.


100 Deadly Skills - Clint Emerson

For the budding Chuck Norris on your list, give them a copy of 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation. As the title suggests, these are SEAL-approved ways of kicking tricky situations in their nether regions.


A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James

This year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize is a crash course in storytelling. By using multiple narrators, each one unique and authentic, Marlon James paints a colorful picture of Jamaica around the time of Bob Marley’s death. It’s deserving of the praise.


The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

If we had to pick one book from the past year that would be the best and safest gift for most readers, it would have to be The Girl on the Train. The thriller, which drew comparisons to Gone Girl, is cleverly told through the perspective of three of-course-they-can’t-be-lying characters.


Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari had himself a pretty nice 2015. Before his new Netflix series Master of None started receiving crazy amounts of praise, he wrote a hilarious New York Times bestseller. Modern Romance tackles the challenges faced by today’s technologically connected love hunters. Even if the recipient isn’t one, they’ll still enjoy a good laugh.


Cabin Porn - Zach Klein, Noah Kalina, Steven Leckart

The cold winter months may be making the book lover on your list crave a bit of nature. If that’s the problem, Cabin Porn is the answer. Inspired by the site of the same name, Cabin Porn is filled with dream-worthy outdoor structures that could reconnect you to the beauty of nature.


Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy

In the hands of a master, a piece of literary journalism reads like fiction—thought-provoking, riveting fiction. And after finishing Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, the recipient of your gift will realize Jill Leovy is, in fact, a modern master.


Dinner With Jackson Pollock - Robyn Lea

When he wasn’t splattering paint all over some canvas, Jackson Pollock could be found whipping up a killer apple pie. Dinner With Jackson Pollock brings the artist’s approach to food into your kitchen. Perfect for any fan, home cook, or person interested in a fascinating story.


The Cartel - Don Winslow

Know a book lover who tore through Netflix’s Narcos? This is the book to give them. Don Winslow’s latest is a gritty thriller set in 2004 that centers on the DEA’s war against one of the most powerful cartels in the world. Easy, breezy reading for dudes.

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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