Books to Give as Gifts

We give books to others so often because they are more than objects; they are an experience. Here are suggestions for different life occasions and personality types.

"What has science revealed about fate, death, and what it means to be human?"

For a wanderer . . . 

Alone Time

Alone Time 

Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

By Stephanie Rosenbloom 

Rosenbloom covers the joys and perks of time spent alone—whether dining, enjoying silent spaces, and more—and shares insights from experts on how it can enrich our lives.  VIKING

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For the bereaved . . . 

The Darker The Night

The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars 

A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey Through Consciousness 

By Paul Broks 

An English neuropsychologist and science writer, Broks penned a mystical musing on grief and human consciousness. He wrote this in the wake of his wife’s passing, and it’s simply gorgeous.  CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP

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When things are not working out as planned . . .

Expectation Hangover

Expectation Hangover 

Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present, and Get What You Really Want

By Christine Hassler 

A life coach, Hassler wrote a handbook to assist people overcome disappointments on all levels: emotional, mental, behavioral, and spiritual. Whether it’s a divorce, a layoff, or general frustration, Hassler can help.  NEW WORLD LIBRARY

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For your favorite seeker . . .



Fifteen Myths that Explain Our World 

By Oren Harman 

What has science revealed about fate, death, and what it means to be human? Does believing in science mean you cannot believe in mythology? Harman invokes science and age-old legends.  FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX

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Diana Butler Bass



“Books have changed my mind, opened my heart, and fueled my imagination. They have been my friends, teachers, spiritual guides, and cherished companions. My life has been shaped in a million ways by words on pages between covers, the extraordinary gifts given to the world by hosts of authors past and present.” 

—Diana Butler Bass, scholar and author.
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For children who wriggle and jiggle . . . 

Good Night Yoga

Good Night Yoga 

A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story 

By Miriam Gates, illustrations by Sarah Jane Hinder 

Soothe kids—and the whole family—setting the stage for a restful night’s sleep with this illustrated book of simple yoga postures.  SOUNDS TRUE 

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For plane reading . . .

Cant Help Myself

Can’t Help Myself

Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist 

By Meredith Goldstein

Despite her calm attitude in her column, Goldstein has questions about aging parents, office break-ups, dating-in-your-30s, feminism, and Tinder. A touching portrait of a single woman navigating the difficulties of life and love for both herself and thousands of others.  GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

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For a former meat lover . . .

Vegan Barbecue

VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook

Over 80 Recipes—Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot!

By Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer

The perfect book for someone who loves to BBQ but has switched to a plant-based lifestyle, VBQ has accessible recipes filled with color and flavor.  THE EXPERIMENT

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When motherhood feels uncertain . . . 



Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood 

By Jamie Sumner

Sumner, who struggled with infertility and now is mom to a special-needs child and a set of twins, discusses reality versus expectation, and highlights women in the Bible who overcame adversity.  FAITHWORDS

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When the diagnosis is cancer . . . 

Anti Cancer


A New Way of Life 

By David Servan-Schreiber MD PhD

This perennial best-seller came out 10 years ago. The author, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, struggled with brain cancer, and shares suggestions for natural, balanced ways of healing.  VIKING/REPRINT PENGUIN

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For a shutterbug . . . 

Zen Camera

Zen Camera 

Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography 

By David Ulrich

Ulrich uses the principles of Zen practice to suggest ways photography can become a vehicle for self-expression and self- discovery.  WATSON-GUPTILL

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