That countdown to the holidays continues! Still looking for a good book to send to a friend or loved one this year? Fear not! Our booksellers have got recommendations for everyone on your list, from adults down to brand new readers.
What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez’s What Are You Going Through is an unyielding meditation on our moral and emotional drivers. Who and what do we live for? And is it worth it in a world galvanized by self-destructive tendencies (Climate change, the election of one far-right populist US President, and fraught family relationships hang heavy over this book)? Readers are pressed to reckon with these very questions as our narrator accompanies a terminally-ill friend through those, sometimes agonizing, last days of her life. And yet, this novel is also an uplifting, beautifully rendered piece that offsets the gloom with tremendous empathy. An utterly modern book in every way, Sigrid Nunez captures this singular moment in history and preserves a small treasure for all who pick it up. Just sublime.
The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by the The Try Guys, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer
I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with their philosophy on failing as a necessity that leads to growth. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I’ll treasure it forever. It comforted me in a way I didn’t know I needed and inspired me with ways I can start to work on my own happiness in ways that are totally doable now that I’ve simply heard someone say it. I really appreciate all they’ve shared and all they’ve tried and all they’ve failed.
Bookseller Salvador says, “My niece just had her baby, so I sent her these books to get my grand-nephew started on the path to reading right now!”
Black and White by Tana Hoban
Research shows that newborns are able to see only vague shapes in black and white. This board book is perfect for starting newborns on focusing on books as mom reads to them. My niece can prop up this accordian-style board book next to my grand-nephew while he lays on his back. It has very basic shapes like circles and squares. You can find a few more of these books in the My Very First Books section in the kids area of the second floor.
My First Signs by Annie Kubler
A few years ago I noticed that one of my co-workers had taught his one-year-old son sign language. He explained that pre-verbal children are less likely to become frustrated if they are taught a few signs. I found this book in our Baby Signs section. It has about 100 signs that your child might use in the course of a day. They are simple to learn and very useful.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
One of our most popular board books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells a simple story that I think my grand-nephew will love. Eric Carle had so much success with this book that he has gone on to write more stories about brown bears, grouchy ladybugs, very quiet crickets, and more, that are also appropriate for toddlers. He’s written so many board books that we gave him his own section in our store!
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