Books That Make GREAT Gifts!

Living in the Bay Area affords us all types of perks like having many high-quality bookstores, opens a new window sprinkled along the Peninsula. So what do you say if this holiday season you gift a GREAT book as opposed to that Nintendo Switch or tablet/device?

Here are some great 2018 book recommendations in different formats.

Audio Book

Calypso - funny and irreverent! David Sedaris knows how to engage his audience. The audio book includes live read-alongs and beautiful music between chapters.


Friday Black - a collection of short stories raw and dark. A a must read in this age of resistance.


She Has Her Mother's Laugh - a thrilling exploration of genetics intermingled with storytelling and science reporting.


Becoming - a memoir about the former First Lady's upbringing and struggles. Includes wonderful photos of the Obamas.


Ten Arguments for Deleting All your Social Media Accounts Right Now - Lanier is a Silicon Valley insider, sharing his factual disagreements against social media in 10 fast paced chapters.

True Crime

The Library Book - a fascinating look and meticulous investigation of the events leading to the 1986 fire at the Central Los Angeles Library.

Social Science

White Fragility - a timely meaningful dialogue about the racial inequality and the factors contributing to emotions of anger, fear and guilt.

Youth Lit

Mac Undercover - the first of many adventures as a secret agent and very funny for all ages.

Youth Non-Fiction

Star Wars Maker Lab - examines experiments inspired by the Star Wars films which include recipes like Jabba slime!

Picture Book

Islandborn - from one of my favorite adult authors comes this fun immigrant story.

If that wasn't enough to get you in the mood for shopping, here is another 100 Notable titles, opens a new window from 2018 that I am sure you'll find compelling!

Share your own picks in the comments section below! Don't forget to tell us why you love it so much.