December is upon us, which means it's time to start thinking about gifts. There are a number of reasons why books make great gifts (not least of which is that they are easy to wrap). So whether you're thinking about buying a gift for a loved one, or for yourself, be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Picks.
Here are a few examples of what you will find among our gift recommendations. Whether you're looking for coffee table books, kids' books, books under $25, or any other number of categories, we've got you covered.
Whether you're a full-on birder or someone who just loves nature, David Allen Sibley's gorgeous What It's Like to Be a Bird will sit nicely on your coffee table. It will also answer questions like Do robins hear worms? Sibley is famous for his artwork as much as his expertise, and the illustrations in this book are beautiful and almost all life-sized. This book is targeted for adults; but kids will want to read through the pages as well.
Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life by John Gray
Are birds not your thing? Never fear. You can curl up with this book, and maybe your cat, and read John Gray's serious but entertaining exploration of philosophy—the thoughts and actions of philosophers, as well as the thoughts and actions of cats—that asks, What can we learn from cats about life? Equally comfortable talking about Spinoza, or Montaigne's cat, Gray has written a book to chew on. There must be a profound cat lover out there waiting for this one.
If you're looking for advice on being happy, you'd be lucky to receive counsel from Tina Turner. In Happiness Becomes You she reflects on her own difficult experiences in life and the way she has been able to pass through them to find joy. Plus, this global icon is a Buddhist. The wisdom of hard-earned experience combined with the wisdom she has drawn from Buddhism make this a special book to give to a friend, a relative, or yourself.
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
Whether or not you plan on seeing your loved ones this holiday, you can give them the gift of Ina. Her focus on modern comfort food is the perfect choice for this holiday season, one that will keep on giving long after the season has ended. In her introduction to the cookbook, she asks What is it about comfort food? I love her answer, which in part says: "I always say you can be miserable before eating a cookie and you can be miserable after eating a cookie, but you can never be miserable while you're eating a cookie." We all could use a little more Ina in our lives.
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