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Holiday Gift List 2017

Give books to the readers in your life.  Here's a list curated by Teton County Library staff. Cheers!

Adult titles

For the lovers of literature in your life:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This novel follows two young people as they leave their homeland behind, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. An unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. A collection of 17 short stories by the actor.  A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City; a man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game and winds up ESPN's newest celebrity; a billionaire and his faithful assistant venture into America and discover a bit of real life. A must-have for Tom Hanks fans!

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman refashions primeval Norse myths into a novel, making them new again.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence. A book can be your new soul mate or the bad relationship you need to end, and here librarian Annie Spence writes love letters and breakup notes to the books she has encountered over the years.

The Western Star by Craig Johnson. In this, the 13th installment of the Walt Longmire series, a photograph hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier. Through an array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, poet Layli Long Soldier has created an innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Pulitzer Prize-winner Egan's historical novel, set near and in the Brooklyn naval yards during the Depression and WWII, explores a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.

For the outdoorsy type in your life:


Epic Bike Rides of the World from Lonely Planet guidebooks. Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. In 2012, Preston joined a team of scientists using classified technology to map the terrain under the rainforest canopy. They found evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization-- and returned carrying a horrifying, and sometimes lethal disease.

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton. An up-in-the-sky tour of North America's 100 most spectacular geological formations, from the Aleutian Islands to the Great Salt Lake to the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico.

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown. Three narrative strands--two brothers' journey, their father's past, and the dramatic history of the river's earliest people--to evoke the legendary Altamaha River, Georgia's "Little Amazon," which has been named one of the 75 "Last Great Places in the World."

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. An investigation into the restorative benefits of nature draws on cutting-edge research and the author's explorations with international nature therapy programs.

A Place in Which to Search by Joe Kelsey. Local climbing legend Kelsey captures the exploration of an enigmatic mountain range, the cultural evolution of climbing, the camaraderie of camp life, and the responsibility that comes with falling in love with a place.

The Great Outdoors: a User's Guide by Brendan Leonard. With 400 strategies for engaging in the outdoors, and expert tips and tricks, this guide makes Mother Nature easier to understand than ever before.

For the indoorsy type in your life:


Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat. A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared "America's next great cooking teacher" by Alice Waters.

Cherry Bombe: the Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 100 of the Most Creative and Inspiring Women in Food Today, compiled by Kerry Diamond.

City Farmhouse Style by Kim Leggett. Come along on the hunt to coveted country sources and the best secret antiquing spots, and learn how to create country farmhouse style in your city dwelling.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life, loosely translated as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Making Midcentury Modern by Christopher Kennedy. 100 foolproof tips for introducing modernist design into a contemporary home, presented in a way that feels fresh, relevant, and current.

You Can Knit That by Amy Herzog. A clear, simple reference book and pattern collection that gives knitters the sweater-making confidence they need, whether knitting a sweater for the first or the fifteenth time.

For the podcast enthusiast in your life:

Never Split the Difference : Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss. A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations--whether in the boardroom or at home.

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin. With his signature candor and devastating wit, actor Baldwin transcends his public persona, shedding light on facets of his life he has long kept private.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things by Amy Dickinson. The Ask Amy columnist shares a memoir of life in her small hometown in New York.

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2001 by David Sedaris. A 40-year diary by the humorist of everything that has captured his attention -- overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone. A hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids.

For Young Readers

Picture books

Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon.  A baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to Mama for familiar objects and activities.

The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith. A beautifully illustrated tale about a Worm, a Bird, and the importance of being present and appreciating what you have, where you are.

Escargot by Dashka Slater. Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: to be your favorite animal and to get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

This is How We Do It  by Matt LaMothe. Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day!

A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman. Take a tasty trip with Santa around the world.

Go Big or Go Gnome by Kirsten Mayer. Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance ― and beards!

You Don't Want a Unicorn by Amy Dyckman. A little boy finds out that unicorns make terrible pets.

Chapter books for independent readers


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin. Meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”

The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore. A boy tries to steer a safe path through Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in this outstanding novel that celebrates community and creativity.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favili. Stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women from the past and present.

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente. Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris. The subtitle sums it up:  And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups.

The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. Book two of the latest series from adventure author Riordan.

Young Adult titles

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Based on the real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway.  Perfect for fans of NBC's "This Is Us," this interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms.

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson. National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! A hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. A hilarious and swashbuckling teen historical fiction novel.

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson. Eager for glory, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court and defeats a local lord in battle, intertwining his future with the lives of two women.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Starr Carter moves between two worlds: her urban poor neighborhood and the fancy prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

Holiday season 2017
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