all know that person who loves a thrilling read, a story that goes a mile
a minute, or a mystery that just doesn’t let up. Help them discover a new
favorite this holiday season! You’ll be sure to win with any of these
picks from staff expert Tom Colgan, Editorial Director for Berkley
If you’re buying for someone who
likes Lee Child and Brad Thor, you should give Mark Greaney’s Gray Man
series a try. This New
York Times bestselling series delivers tons of action as
well as twisty plots. The most recent book is Gunmetal Gray,
or you can start with the first book in the series, The Gray Man.
One of the most interesting books I
read this year was
New York Times bestseller Need to Know. Here’s what you
need to know: Karen Cleveland is a former CIA analyst who has written
a labyrnithian story of betrayal and suspicion. Her protagonist is a
CIA analyst (this is not autobiographical…I hope) who discovers that
her husband is not the man she thought he was. It’s well worth the
A lot of characters are compared to
Lee Child’s Jack
Reacher, but Nick Petrie’s protagonist Peter Ash is the
real deal. You don’t have to believe me. That was an actual quote
from Lee Child and I agree wholeheartedly. If you’re buying for a
reader who likes the Reacher series, you should pick up The Drifter.
It’s the perfect introduction to this wonderful series.
for the perfect present for the literary fiction lover in your life? Look
no further! Staff expert Jynne Martin, Vice President, Associate
Publisher, and Director of Publicity at Riverhead Books, shares her
An instant New York Times
bestseller earlier this year, this deliciously engrossing novel looks
at power and influence, ego and ambition, and the pulls and tensions
between different generations of women. This sweeping, propulsive
novel will have readers of all ages and temperaments cackling and
binge-reading the pages late into the night – a sure-to-please
Dark, bizarre, perverse and
brilliant, for the reader in your life with a blackly comic
sensibility. Us misanthropes (myself included) can’t get enough of
Moshfegh’s cool, remorseless narrators, in this case a young woman
coming of age in a pre-9/11 New York City.
Delicious, wickedly funny, sharply
observed stories. Sittenfeld gets called our modern-day Jane Austen
for a good reason – she sees the darkest instincts in all of us, and
renders them on the page with love, bemusement, ease and elegance.
Every page is a pleasure; this is a great choice for all readers.
What does it mean to return to a
place that is no longer home? A moving, trenchant story about a
listless and lost young man’s return to Moscow, for readers of smart,
enjoyable, political fiction. Alongside his own journey comes a
vivid, lively portrait of modern day Russia – as the New York Times
says, “You won’t read a more observant book about the country that
has now been America’s bedeviling foil for almost a century."
I’d never watched The Bachelor before
Amy Kaufman’s book came out, and admit that I thought it was just
escapist fun. Well, it’s not NOT escapist fun – but learning what the
36 seasons of the show have taught us about modern courtship,
feminism, and modern-day love and marriage was fascinating.
I’ve loved Jeff Tweedy’s music and
lyrics for almost twenty years, and was and am thrilled to learn that
he’s just as talented writing prose. Wilco fans will love the book,
but what Jeff says about music, creativity, and his and all of our
emotional landscapes and lives is incredibly profound and touching.
for the perfect gift for someone whose shelves are full of fascinating
historical reads? Well, we’ve got you covered with picks from staff
expert Wendy Wolf, VP Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of
The culmination of this bestselling
author’s new history of the American Revolution gives us a unique
interpretation of George Washington’s particular genius, both
strategically and diplomatically. And it’s got a rousing great sea
battle to boot, in the Battle of the Chesapeake/Yorktown. The
culmination of Nathaniel Philbrick’s 20-year engagement with America
and the sea.
The nailbiting story of the passage
of the 19th Amendment, and the culmination of a 70-year battle for
women to win the right to vote. Modern organizers can learn from
Elaine Weiss’s retelling of their dogged and inventive strategies,
and be inspired by their determination and courage.
Nothing on television can compare
with the astoundingly rich and dramatic lives of the dynastic line
that dominated Russia for centuries. These are literally larger than
life characters, from the ancestors of Peter the Great to the doomed
Nicholas and Alexandra.
If you saw, listened to, or read
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf
Hall, you know what a great character Cromwell is – and
the true story is even better. Diarmaid MacCulloch writes a long but
rich in detail novel about Henry VIII’s court, and a fabulous era of
The New York
author of The
Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a
public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman
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When an Old Order Amish woman takes
a job at a small-town pharmacy, her motive is to help her Plain
community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual
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