Books We’re Giving (and Asking for) for the Holidays: Maris’s List

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Our holiday book celebration continues as we count down to the end of the year with our lists of books we’re planning to give and hoping to get. This week, the TBF staff is talking about a few of the books we loved this year, and why we’re planning to give them as holiday gifts to friends and family.

Check out Maris’s holiday list of books below (and take a look at Lea’s and Lydia’s lists when you’re done).


Books I’m Giving:


Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy

This was a gift for my boyfriend, but also a secret gift for myself. We have two cats together and often look at them like they are aliens from another planet. “Why do you do that,” we ask them, as they lick themselves in the sunlight and try to upturn their water bowls. After seeing Jackson Galaxy’s talk at BookPeople last month, I knew we had to own this compendium of cat knowledge.



Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

This is going to be my #1 gift this season. I breezed through Egan’s novel, completely mesmerized by her prose and the meticulously detailed world she builds. It’s perfect for lovers of literary fiction, historical fiction, and readers who love a little intrigue. Egan takes you from the innerworkings of the mob to the depths of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in one fell swoop.



Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter

I read this book in two days flat. It’s a great gift for your friend who loves to read things a bit off the beaten path…and has a junk food obsession.





Books I’m Asking For:


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton

I love cooking–and by that, I mean I love following a good recipe. I’m asking for this book because I want to learn some of the basics to be more confident in the kitchen.





What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah

This debut collection has been on my to-read list since before it was published. I can’t wait to curl up with these short stories!