12 Books to Give

Got a book lover in your life? Give the gift of good reading. These books come highly recommended by Douglas County Libraries staff. Check one out for yourself, and then wrap up your holiday shopping.


Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan
This mesmerizing historical novel has the feel of a noir thriller.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

by Joshua Foer
A weird and wonderful collection of crowd-sourced attractions for the most adventurous tourists, or curious armchair travelers.

A Lot Like Christmas

by Connie Willis
A collection of short stories for the Christmas lover in your life. But these are not your usual holiday stories. There are odes to classic tales here, but also plenty of humor, science fiction, and fantasy.

The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn
Historical fiction featuring World War I lady spies, brave heroines, villains you love to hate, and high drama. The audiobook is wonderful, as well.

The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman
This prequel to Practical Magic is spellbinding. A great read for those who like magical love stories.

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders
This book has been on all the “best” lists. Now you can add it to your gift list! History and fantasy collide in this moving novel that takes place in a graveyard with Abraham Lincoln as the main character.

The Best of Us: A Memoir

by Joyce Maynard
This touching memoir of true love and partnership is heartbreaking at times, but ultimately life-affirming.

Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz
For the reader who loves mysteries, this one offers a double dose. There’s a mystery within a mystery, and both are fascinating.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward
A captivating, lyrical story that follows three generations of a struggling Mississippi family. It’s the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction.


by Ron Chernow
Civil War and history buffs will enjoy this dramatic, masterful portrait of one of our most complicated presidents.

Vacationland: True Stories From Painful Beaches

by John Hodgman
A comedic look at the trials and tribulations of the author’s “accidental summer homes” in Maine and Massachusetts, along with other vacation disasters.


by Peter Heller
The Denver author based this mystery on his own mother, a fascinating real-life private eye. Bonus: The writing is simply elegant.

One thought on “12 Books to Give

  1. The diversity is intriguing. I think everyone would be able to choose at least 2 or 3 from this list. Terrific. Looking forward to some good reads.

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