Black Friday has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday buying season, but when shopping for book lovers, there’s no reason to scramble to find the perfect gift. From animal lovers to adventure seekers, take a look at these suggestions for every reader on your list—and don’t forget to pick up a title or two for yourself.
Something for the pet lover
The Secret Language of Cats by Susanne Schötz
Inscrutable, moody and trying to tell you something? Your cat’s vocalizations are not random nor are they meaningless and this guide will help you discern your feline’s feelings and help you and your pet cultivate a better, happier relationship. Schötz’s research has helped unlock the code cats speak in and offers practical tips for responding to our cat’s needs, as well as very interesting anecdotes about the language that they speak.
Something for the teen
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A witness to the killing of her unarmed friend by a police officer, Starr Carter must learn to navigate the dual worlds of her poor neighborhood she lives in and the prep school she attends daily and their very different reactions to the murder. With the death making national headlines and spurring a debate she doesn’t necessarily want to be a part of, it’s up to Starr to find her peace in the complicated truth of the events.
Something for the pop culture junkie
I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller
From Smelly Cat and Ugly Naked Guy to Rachel’s hair and modern coffee culture, Kelsey Miller‘s retrospective on our favorite show takes a deep dive into the blockbuster TV comedy and goes behind the scenes to reveal the moments that made up the magic. Discover all the reasons why (and how) the program earned its place in the upper echelon of pop culture significance (and in our hearts).
Something for the history buff
Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
Chronicling the waning days of Lincoln’s pre-presidential career as a defense lawyer and the case that may have helped change the course of history, this is a tale of crime and intrigue, politics and loyalty with one of America’s most important figures at the center of it all. Narrative nonfiction at its best, we get a look at the early evolution of the American legal system as well as a compelling crime story—and some insight into the future president’s political strategy.
Something for the person who makes you laugh
This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
With humor and heart, the actress best known for her star-making turn on Dawson’s Creek offers insight and anecdotes about her life in Hollywood and beyond. Her sharp storytelling will make it seem like you’re having coffee with your funniest friend as Philipps talks about the challenges of being an actor, a mother and a headstrong woman in show business.
Something for the trendy gourmet
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
You trust her to help you design your dining room—so why not take your cues from her when creating the food you’ll eat in it, too? This collection of Joanna’s favorite recipes is curated from the favorites she enjoys sharing with her family at home, as well as taking inspiration from the dishes she loved growing up.
Something for the fiction lover
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
In 1862 an artist named Edward Radcliffe gathers his friends at a manor house for a summer of inspiration and creativity. But by time their retreat is over, one person is dead, another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and several lives are in tatters. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist finds a satchel containing two items: a photograph of a woman and a sketch of Birchwood Manor—a home that seems eerily familiar to the archivist. Can Elodie decipher the meaning—and the mystery of the items?
Who are you shopping for on Black Friday? Let us know what you’ll be picking up!