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2017 Gift Guide: Books & Magazines

by Erin Austen Abbott

2017 Gift Guide: Books and Magazines

My mom is someone who I always turn to for all things related to books. She’s read just about any and every book I can think of and she certainly gave me my love of books from a very early age, spending any extra money she had on the latest titles for my brother and me. I grew up in a home filled with wall-to-wall bookshelves; books were found in every room. My mom, a writer, would work all day, just to come home and write late into the night after I had fallen asleep. I began collecting children’s books in college, adding to the books I had saved from my childhood. My five-year-old son is now carrying on the tradition with his own floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, filled with titles from my youth and beyond.

It only seemed fitting to ask my mom some of her favorite titles when rounding up this gift guide. She helped with a few novels from the fiction portion, and I can’t wait to read her selections. I rounded up these reading materials into a few different categories — fiction and nonfiction, magazines, travel, cookbooks, art, interiors, design, just plain fun books, and children’s and teen books. I hope you will find some new titles here, and a little something for everyone on your list. Happy reading! —Erin

Image above: Clockwise from top left: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Theft By Finding Diaries 1977 – 2002 by David Sedaris, The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

2017 Gift Guide: Books and Magazines

From inspiring the youngest chefs to making recipes to help a cause, these cookbooks will be just as fun to read as they are to eat from. Clockwise from top left: Cook In A Book: Tacos!, Cherry Bombe, The Pho Cookbook, Feed The Resistance, Bakehouse

2017 Gift Guide: Books and Magazines

Magazines for children, the traveler in your life, art and design enthusiasts, and a magazine to support women are all rounded up here. Clockwise from top left: Here, The Gentlewoman, Anorak, Cereal, Illustoria, Suitcase, Bravery

2017 Gift Guide: Books and Magazines

This roundup is for the design, interior, and film buffs — and also celebrates the love of nature, and the old classic seek-and-find books.

Clockwise from top left: Old Home Love, The New Bohemians Handbook, A Well- Crafted Home, Now Playing, I’d Rather Be Reading, The Native Trees Of Canada, Houseplants and Hot Sauce

2017 Gift Guide: Books and Magazines

I could have done an entire roundup on children’s books alone. I love the wonderment they bring, the design they encourage, and the imagination they support. Here are a few of my favorites from this year. Clockwise from top left: A River, Here We Are, Today, One Hundred Things To Spot, This Book Is A Planetarium, Goldeline

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  • Great gift ideas! I’d like to add Andrew Sean Greer’s new novel, Less, to the list. It is one of the loveliest, funniest and ultimately sweetest books I’ve read this year.