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Have a book lover on your gift list, but no idea where to start? Let us help with recommendations that suit all kinds of readers. These are the books we're gifting, and, well, we have very good taste.

Playlist Tags: Powell's Books topic: gift guide season: winter season: holidays topic: staff picks

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Wish It Lasted Forever

Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

By Dan Shaughnessy
Narrated by: Dan Shaughnessy
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

From award-winning Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, an “entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) and nostalgia-filled retelling of the 1980s Boston Celtics’ glory years, which featured the sublime play of NBA legend Larry Bird.

Today the NBA is a vast global franchise—a billion-dollar industry seen by millions of fans in the United States... Read more »

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Vespertine

By Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

An international bestseller!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling, “dark coming-of-age adventure” (Culturess) about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

The spirits of the dead do not rest.

Artemisia is training... Read more »

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Promise That You Will Sing About Me

The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar

By Miles Marshall Lewis
Narrated by: Larry Herron & Miles Marshall Lewis
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as...

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Pax, Journey Home

Pax

By Sara Pennypacker
Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

From award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. A New York Times bestseller!

It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives.

Pax...

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Our Country Friends

A Novel

By Gary Shteyngart
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, The Washington Post, Time, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Kirkus Reviews

“A perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the... Read more »

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Never

A Novel

By Ken Follett
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 23 hours 57 minutes

New York Times Bestseller

The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.
 
“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” —Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get... Read more »

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My Monticello

Fiction

By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, January LaVoy, Landon Woodson, LeVar Burton, Ngozi Anyanwu & Tomiwa Edun
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

My Monticello

“A dynamic, and timely, debut by a new voice in fiction, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. This collection is comprised of five short stories and one novella all set in the state of Virginia. As you read these stories, you will experience, and feel, the gamut of human emotion as the voices and themes in each are different. The author explores race, identity, and an imagining of the future in the novella "My Monticello". Thought-provoking.”

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The Morning Star

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Mia Barron, Michael Braun, Alyssa Bresnahan, Hannah Cabell, Michael Crouch, Leah Horowitz, Elisabeth Rodgers & Graham Winton
Length: 23 hours 11 minutes

The Morning Star

“Knausgaard’s keen realism meets the dark impulses of Steven King’s fiction in this beginning-of-the-end-days, absorbing novel.”

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Matrix

A Novel

By Lauren Groff
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

Matrix

“Lauren Groff said “medieval historical fiction about Marie de France & Eleanor of Aquitaine,” and she had my curiosity. Lauren Groff said “prophesying Sapphic warrior nuns” and she had my attention. Narrated by literal actual goddess Adjoa Andoh, this book is bananas good. It was as if Groff was looking directly at my "Auto-Read" criteria when she was writing Matrix, and I utterly loved it - it's gorgeous, lyrical, unapologetic, defiant, and beautiful, and I would have spent hours more with the characters and the world she created.”

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Major Labels

A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

By Kelefa Sanneh
Narrated by: Kelefa Sanneh
Length: 18 hours 59 minutes

One of Oprah Daily's 20 Favorite Books of 2021 • Selected as one of Pitchfork's Best Music Books of the Year

One of the best books of its kind in decades.The Wall Street Journal

An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular music over the past fifty years refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated...
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Light From Uncommon Stars

By Ryka Aoki
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other...

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How Do You Live?

By Genzaburo Yoshino
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

How Do You Live?

“A philosophy text wrapped in the story of a young boy in 1930s Japan, this book remains relevant today, exploring issues of friendship, class, gender, and family. Through Copper’s daily life and letters to him from his uncle, Yoshino examines large questions in a seemingly simple tale of a boy and his friends. The question of how each of us will live our life remains as important today as it was when this book was published 84 years ago - perhaps more so - and I am glad this translation is bringing this book to a wider audience.”

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Hooked

How Crafting Saved My Life

By Sutton Foster
Narrated by: Sutton Foster
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too).

Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the... Read more »

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The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes

By Zoë Playdon
Narrated by: Rebecca Root
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

The life story of an aristocratic Scottish trans man and the secret 1968 legal case that provides “a fascinating look into the changing landscape of trans rights” (Library Journal) throughout history.

Ewan Forbes was born to a wealthy, landowning family, holders of a baronetcy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1912. Assigned female at birth, his... Read more »

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Hero of Two Worlds

The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

By Mike Duncan
Narrated by: Mike Duncan
Length: 17 hours 19 minutes

From the bestselling author of The Storm Before the Storm and host of the Revolutions podcast comes the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality
 
Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age... Read more »

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Harsh Times

A Novel

By Mario Vargas Llosa
Narrated by: Ian Guerra
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

The true story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s as only a master of fiction can tell it

Guatemala, 1954. The military coup perpetrated by Carlos Castillo Armas and supported by the CIA topples the government of Jacobo Árbenz. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changes the development of Latin America:...

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

Outlander (Gabaldon): Book #9

By Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Length: 49 hours 25 minutes

#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series. The past may seem the safest place to be … but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. …Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now... Read more »

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Beasts of a Little Land

A Novel

By Juhea Kim
Narrated by: Sue Jean Kim & Raymond Lee
Length: 13 hours 29 minutes

Beasts of a Little Land

“Juhea Kim's debut novel is at once massive in breadth and intimate in scale. Upending Dickens and Tolstoy by setting some of their themes in Japanese occupied Korea, Kim delves into the depths of her characters - social outcasts all - and builds an ensemble of unique voices that speak to today's world nearly a century on from her setting. Parallels are exposed between the imperialism and revolution of early-twentieth-century Korea and early-twenty-first-century America, Britain, Brazil, Venezuela, Myanmar - take your pick - proving that we have not yet learned from history and are still dooming ourselves to repeat the horror of our past. The setting not only allows for a political backdrop that reverberates to modern readers, but also allows Kim to center her characters in a society shift as well; one where mysticism is giving way to harsh reality; where prior social mores are becoming popular entertainment; and where social outcasts can become leaders of industry. This is a thrilling read, and brought to mind the best of Merchant-Ivory films while also exploring the racist and colonizing effects of the aristocracy.”

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100 Things We've Lost to the Internet

By Pamela Paul
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

The acclaimed editor of The New York Times Book Review takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the pre-Internet age, offering powerful insights into both the profound and the seemingly trivial things we've lost.

Remember all those ingrained habits, cherished ideas, beloved objects, and stubborn preferences from the pre-Internet age? They’re gone.

To... Read more »

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