As you prepare for your holiday shopping, Paste will post a series of new Gift Guides—offering suggestions for the Movie-, Music-, TV-, Videogame- and Book-Lovers you hold dear.
Although there are some things that can compare, a winter afternoon can be near-perfect when paired with a great book. We’ve scouted out the hottest book releases of the year so you don’t have to take a shot in the dark for your favorite book worm. No matter what their tastes are, we think we’ve got something for everyone.
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
For: Your Mac-obsessed brother
A much-requested book on one of America’s most-beloved innovators, Steve Jobs’ biography is a safe bet among any Apple product user.
2. Best Music Writing 2011 (Edited by Alex Ross)
For: Your music-geek sister
Guest-edited by one of the biggest names in music criticism, this is a must have for anyone who is interested in writing about music or just likes great writing on the subject.
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
For: Your friend, the aspiring screenwriter
A hilarious look at Mindy Kaling’s life. The actress, who is better known as Kelly from The Office, describes her upbringing and her rise to fame.
4. Secret Passageway Switch
For: Your secretive uncle
Maybe it isn’t something that you can read, but the secret passageway is a sneaky, cool accessory to go with a big shelf of hardcovers.
5. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead By Neil Strauss
For: Your nosy cousin
Neil Strauss’ Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead gives amazing insight on what asking the right questions can get you in the entertainment industry.
6. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The winner of the National Book Award this year is also gathering steam by word of mouth. Salvage the Bones, a novel that follows a family struggling as a (real) hurricane brews.
7. The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
For: Your quirky horn-rimmed nephew
Social critic, observer and all-around funny guy Chuck Klosterman strikes again with his second novel, The Visible Man about a therapist that becomes obsessed with her patient.
8. Bone: 20th Anniversary Full-Color One-Volume Edition
For: Your collector co-worker
The beloved Bone series collected in a great, full-color package.
9. Book EarringsA Clockwork Orange
For: Your darling devotchka
A stylish decoration for your favorite reader’s ears, but make sure their ears are pierced so you don’t see any “red red kroovy.”
10. Kindle Fire
With free cloud storage, Hulu Plus and Pandora, the Kindle Fire gives you access to your favorite media on and off the bookshelf. And when paired with an Amazon gift card, you can be sure everyone is covered.