Books We’re Gifting This Holiday Season

By Rachel Tran | November 21 2023 | NewsStaff Picks

Once again, our staff got together and asked ourselves what books we’re gifting this year—and we think we have pretty good taste.

Rachel's Pick

Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club)
A Novel

“Rare is the mystery worthy of every ounce of hype it receives. This is a tender examination of what it means to be a family with lots of big feelings and propulsive suspense.”

Elizabeth's Pick

The Mystery Guest
A Maid Novel

“The perfect book to cozy up with this holiday season! Get the fire going, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and sink into this feel-good mystery featuring the return of the quirky and lovable Molly the Maid.”

Liz's Pick

The Manuscripts Club
The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

“This gorgeously illustrated book about the men and women who’ve dedicated themselves to medieval manuscripts over centuries is perfect for the bibliofiles and lovers of antiquities and history on my list.”

Maureen's Pick

Long Bright River
A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

“For the readers on my list that are waiting for the next Tana French—this throwback GMA book club pick is the perfect gift to tide them over. Or to anyone who hasn’t read it yet; read it now!”

Sharnell's Pick

Look and Cook Snacks
A First Book of Recipes in Pictures

“This book is perfect for anyone who has young kids who can’t yet read! These recipes will encourage little chefs to discover the joys of cooking.”

Age 4-7 years

Kelly's Pick

The Blue Zones Secrets for Living Longer
Lessons From the Healthiest Places on Earth

“The years are flying by—I think it’s time for me and my friends to study up on longevity!”

Miriam's Pick

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American History, Art, and Culture in 101 Objects 

“A richly illustrated introduction to the cultural histories of AANHPI communities as told through 101 meaningful objects, from a Challenger astronaut’s name tag, an internment camp survivor’s sewing kit, and Indonesian shadow puppets to a Hello Kitty bento box.”

Jen C.'s Pick

The Cookie That Changed My Life
And More Than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies That Will Change Yours: A Cookbook

“Featuring 100+ recipes for cookies, cakes, breads, breakfast pastries, and much more—what is not to love? I’m giving this to the bakers in my family. (And I may give it early so they have plenty of time for holiday baking that I, too, can enjoy!)”

Kate's Pick

Via Carota
A Celebration of Seasonal Cooking from the Beloved Greenwich Village Restaurant: An Italian Cookbook

“While I won’t be fighting for a reservation at Via Carota this holiday season, I’m planning on sharing some of their incredible recipes with my friends and family! This is the perfect title for every foodie on your list.”

Jen R.'s Pick

My Name Is Barbra

“Both the musical theatre & film enthusiasts and the Brooklyn-born & bred family members in my life—as well as anyone who can appreciate the unique and undeniable talents of Barbra—will love hearing her inspiring, candid, and honest take on her life story in her own words. Even better—I am loving the audiobook, with Barbra’s off-the-cuff anecdotal comments and music!”