Peak holiday season is rapidly approaching. From gripping fiction and addictively readable autobiographies to enticing new cookbooks, hundreds of exciting, new titles are vying for your attention. The expert book buyers at Copperfield's Books have selected ten fantastic titles to delight the foodie, literary lover, adventurer, and scientist on your gift list. But don’t let this guide limit your choices. Copperfield's book buyers' holiday picks for kids of all ages and every interest group can be found online at copperfieldsbooks.com or featured at every Copperfield’s bookstore.
1. Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen makes for a welcome gift for the girls and women on your list. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book -- including Sojourner Truth, Ada Lovelace, and Marie Curie – were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed.
2. Literary lovers will gobble up the family story told in Commonwealth (Harper) by Ann Patchett. It starts with an unexpected kiss at a party that ultimately unravels two families. In this deceptively commonplace fiction, Patchett explores what happens to six young children after their parents divorce and remarry. Spanning five decades, this riveting novel draws you in with Patchett’s trademark humor (some dark), brilliant writing, and surprising insights.
3. Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Chabon's latest novel Moonglow (Harper) focuses on family legends. Inspired by his grandfather's tales, Chabon's novel starts with a deathbed confession. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the American Century, Chabon revisits an entire era through a single life.
4. Alaska-raised Eowyn Ivey transports readers To the Bright Edge of the World (Little Brown). In this richly imagined novel, Colonel Allen Forrester leaves his newly pregnant wife, Sophie, to explore the uncharted and untamed Alaska Territory. While her husband faces starvation and danger, Sophie discovers her own courage through the new art of photography.
5. If you love Bruce Springsteen, here's the autobiography you've been waiting for. Born to Run (Simon & Schuster) recounts his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. According to the Los Angeles Times, "it’s alternately brutally honest, philosophically deep, stabbingly funny and, perhaps most important, refreshingly humble."
6. Carol Burnett reminisces about her Emmy-Award winning show that made television history in her new biography In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown). She artfully shares hilarious and sweet moments that made working with Lucille Ball, Roddy McDowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, and more so much fun.
7. In Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy (Blue Rider Press), Mike Love tells the story of his fabled, boisterous, and ultimately exultant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, one of the most popular American bands. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written the ultimate "beach" read.
8. Over two years in the making--with TV chef and author Mario Batali scouring the country for culinary delights -- Mario Batali Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA (Grand Central) features regional gems from every area US. This beautifully illustrated, colorful book come stocked with easy-to-make recipes--from Philly Cheesesteaks to Marionberry cobbler.
9. Appetites, (Ecco Press) Anthony Bourdain's first cookbook in more than a decade, reduces his years of professional cooking and world traveling to a wonderful collection of personal favorites dishes--which he thinks everyone should know how to whip up. The yummy result is a home-entertaining cookbook that will help you dazzle your friends with your amazingly delicious new menus.
10. Are trees social? In The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World, (Greystone Books) Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that a forest is a social network. Drawing on groundbreaking scientific discoveries Wohlleben, a forester and passionate observer, shows how trees like humans live with their children--caring for and communicating with them.