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Dear Library Supporters,

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we have something for you: a list of recommended gifts for the book lovers in your life, curated by the staff at Teton County Library. You’ll find recommendations for all ages and persuasions.

With thanks,
Teton County Library Foundation, Staff and Board

2014 Holiday Gift List

Fiction
• All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) 2014 National Book Award Finalist, imaginative, World War II
• Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial) Multi-character perspective, 1960s, coastal Italy (Page to the Podium, January 28, 2015)
• The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black (Holt) blonde bombshell, classic Hollywood noir
• Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet (Norton) genre-bending satire, cast of odd-ball characters

Poetry
• Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf) Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, powerful look at “post-race” society (Writers at the Library, April 22, 2015)
• The Road to Emmaus: Poems by Spencer Reece (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) lyrical and ponderous , exploration of the proverbial road

Nonfiction
• The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quests for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Penguin)
• Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek (Portfolio)
• The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker (Viking)

Biography and Memoir
• Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra (New Harvest) immigrants, two brothers on different paths
• Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoirby Roz Chast (Bloomsbury) aging parents, comfort, comic relief
• Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding by Lynn Darling (Harper) self discovery, wry humor        

Art and Design
• Cover by Peter Mendelsund (PowerHouse) creative method, visual storytelling, classic book jackets
• Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words From Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders (Ten Speed Press)  visual exploration, whimsical, thought-provoking

Cookbooks
• Gale Gand’s Lunch! by Gale Gand (Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt)
• Sweet Paul Eat & Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe (Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt)

For Young Readers
Age 0-3
• Biscuit Finds a Friend (My First I Can Read Book) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (HarperCollins)
• Peek-A Who? by Nina Landon (Chronicle)
• White on Black by Tana Hoban (Greenwillow)

Ages 3-7
• Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White (Tundra)
• Firefighter Ted by Andrea Beaty (Margaret K. McElderry)
• Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle (Chronicle)
• The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Walker)
• Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin (Dial)
• Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion)

Ages 7-9
• Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon (Puffin) comic book-style art, audacious young dragon
• Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series by Nancy Krulik (Grosset & Dunlap) hilarious antics, life lessons
• Keeker and the Sneaky Pony series by Hadley Higginson(Chronicle) adventure, friendship
• Time Warp Trio series by Jon Sciezka (Puffin) time travel, zany adventure

Ages 9-12
• Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster) big dreams, madcap adventure
• Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Simon & Schuster) classic, Newbery winner, wilderness adventure
• Hildafolk by Luke Pearson (Nobrow) spirited protagonists, nostalgic graphics
• Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt (Groundwood) self-confidence building, daydreaming
• NERDS series by Michael Buckley (Amulet) wacky superpowers, action-packed
• The Riverman Trilogy by Aaron Starmer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) coming-of-age, fantasy

Ages 12-14
• The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic) vividly imagined, carefully crafted
• The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green (Viking) fantasy, good and evil, developing your identity
• Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans (Simon Pulse) science fiction, friendship
• Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford (Penguin Global) heroism, legends

Age 15+
• Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going (Speak) loneliness, amazing cast of characters
• The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (Square Fish) retelling Cinderella, futuristic China
• The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson (Ember) epic fantasy, superpowers
• Seraphina series by Rachel Hartman (Random House) mystery, fantasy, secrets