Books That Make GREAT Gifts!

Living in the Bay Area affords us all types of perks like having many high-quality bookstoresopens 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.

Debut

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

Non-Fiction

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

Biography

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

Tech

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 titlesopens a new window from 2018 that I am sure you'll find compelling!

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