Bookshop's Top Gift Books of 2017

This year, Everyone Gets a Book - and Bookshop has something for everyone on your list. From the Literature Lover to the Stranger Things Fan, see our recommendations for each person below.

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781452166582
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 31st, 2017

Our Pick for Your Fellow Feminist

200 women (Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, RBG…) are asked the same five questions in this gorgeous book and, as you can imagine, the answers are thoughtful, powerful and inspiring.


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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

Our Pick for the Quirky Scientist

This book is like the ultimate party companion: it’s funny and smart and it feeds you lines that will make you seem funny and smart. Perfect for Bill Nye fans or anyone looking to the future.


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Endangered Cover Image
By Tim Flach, Jonathan Baillie (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9781419726514
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2017

Our Pick for an Admirer of Beauty

This book is stunning. Flach’s goal was to portray sameness and otherness between humans and critters, connecting us all in an emotional burst of “Yes, we must save them because, look, they are us.” Clearly, he succeeds.


Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374279837
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 10th, 2017

Our Pick for the Intellectual Sports Fan

Karl Ove Knausgaard and his Swedish writer friend Fredrik Ekelund write letters to each other as they watch the 2014 World Cup unfold in Brazil. Their reflections move beyond soccer to explore life, death, art, politics, class and literature, you know, what soccer is really all about.


Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

Our Pick for Your White Elephant Recipient

You only need to dip into a few pages to know that this is the perfect gift for just about anyone. Jomny the alien doesn’t spell well, but his thoughts are innocent, enlightened and sweet – he’s the best of us. 


A Legacy of Spies Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Our Pick for the Armchair Espionage Enthusiast

The first George Smiley book (a la Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in 25 years and Le Carre hasn’t missed a beat. Perfect for the longtime fan, the newbie, or anyone who loves smart suspenseful Cold War thrillers.


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Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

Our Pick for the Literature Loving Whodunit

If you like Agatha Christie, closed-room mysteries, publishing industry tales, books within books, narrators in crisis, or any combination thereof, Magpie Murders is for you. The breakout must-read mystery of the year.


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Artemis Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017

Our Pick for Putting the Science Back in Sci-Fi

It’s a heist. On the moon. And it’s hilarious, with a story that feels fresh and new. A sure bet for anyone who loved The Martian or smart science fiction with a fun emphasis on science.


The Bear and the Nightingale Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey Books - June 27th, 2017

Our Pick for an Escape into Fantasy

This Russian folktale has writing so lush, so transporting, that you find yourself truly there by a fire in winter, experiencing a tale that you can see so clearly in your mind’s eye. The perfect read for the season.


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Wonder Valley Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062656353
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Published: Ecco Press - November 7th, 2017

Our Pick for a Dark But Damn Good Read

Along the same lines as Mulholland Drive and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Pochoda’s novel belongs in the “L.A. is weird” category, where grit and beauty lay side by side, but that’s also what makes the book so compelling.


Complete Stories Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781609808082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Stories Press - September 26th, 2017

Our Pick for the Literature Lover

It’s Kurt Vonnegut. Short stories. All of them. Some have never been published before, many have been little read, but all feel fresh and prescient. A wonderful, sardonic gift from one of our literary masters.


Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Our Pick for One Satisfying Read

The debut short story collection by our most trusted American, Tom Hanks, is guaranteed to satisfy. Featuring a different typewriter in each story, Hanks writes humanity the same way he plays it, understated and true.


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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781620403211
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - October 3rd, 2017

Our Pick for the Graphic Novel Aficionado

Roz Chast is a master of the graphic memoir. Her new volume offers both an insider and outsider view of Manhattan, a strange yet beautiful city, as only she can.


Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491320
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 19th, 2017

Our Pick for the History Buff

Michael Korda combines military history with his own British family’s experience in 1940, a momentous year when Germany invaded France, Churchill became the PM, and, oh, Dunkirk. A unique and well-researched perspective from a top historian-author.


Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781501111860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 31st, 2017

Our Pick for an Engaging Biography

Couldn’t we all use a little RFK energy in the world right about now? Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball turns his eye on the younger Kennedy brother, a complex combination of ideals and fire.


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Goats of Anarchy: One Woman's Quest to Save the World One Goat at a Time Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781631062858
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Published: Rock Point Calendars - March 15th, 2017

Our Pick for the Delightful & Amused

Meet my friends: Lyla and Chibs, Angel and Miles, Polly and even Ansel the Destroyer. The coolest goats around. Explore the world of Leanne Lauricella’s farm rescue and sanctuary and fall in joyful love.


Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781101874370
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

Our Pick for the Music Lover

Rolling Stone magazine and its young, ambitious, idealistic founder, Jann Wenner, here we come. Hagan uncovers it all, the music, the drugs, the writers and photographers on staff, and it is evenhanded, unflinching, and delicious. 


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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781101874813
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

Our Pick for the Cookbook Everyone Needs


The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374103156
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2017

Our Pick for the Chef in the Library

Meet Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and more, all luminary authors and chefs who helped bring French cuisine to America through their writing, influence, and love of food and wine, of course.


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The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250138064
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 17th, 2017

Our Pick for the Inspired

Oprah’s gorgeous book offers light, beauty and inspiration on any given page, whether it’s a stunning photo, an essay by Oprah, or conversational insight from Elizabeth Gilbert, Thich Nhat Hanh and others.


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Themystery.Doc Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780802124913
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2017

Our Pick for the Book that Pushes the Envelope

theMystery.doc is a publishing moment, a novel that pushes the boundaries of its form in a profound and personal way. Despite the page count, it’s a quick read and, at its heart, a love story.


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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Our Pick for the Poetically Inclined

Mary Oliver has personally chosen over 200 poems, selected from her most recent collection, Felicity, to her first from 1965, No Voyage and Other Poems. Her gift to you. Enjoy.


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A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780761193777
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

Our Pick for the Creative at Heart

This book is living, breathing inspiration and reflection. Open it up and see for yourself. It’s perfect to flip through, pore over, interact with, and make into your own beautiful, thoughtful creations.


The California Field Atlas Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781597144025
Availability: Backordered
Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

Our Pick for the Devoted Californian

I cannot think of a more perfect book for anyone who cares about place. It is a sumptuously illustrated ode to California in atlas-ish form that explores the natural beauty surrounding all of us.


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David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316431712
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Our Pick for Someone Who Could Use a Good Laugh

Sedaris’s trademark wit and dark, self-deprecating humor are paired with his own photos, artwork and ephemera. It is perhaps the closest any of us will ever come to being inside his head. Goodie, goodie.


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A Brief History of Surfing Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452151946
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

Our Pick for the Surfer in Your Life

Matt Warshaw, the former editor of Surfer magazine, has honed and curated his magnum opus into a perfect, accessible, fascinating collection of surf history and culture: portable and updated. Every surfer should own a copy.


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Our Pick for the YA Reader of Any Age

Teenaged Starr Carter narrates, speaking to the difficulty in reconciling what she knows to be true about herself and her loved ones with the way others view them. “Wake up wake up,” said the poet Rumi. That’s what this book does for its readers.


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Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Our Pick for the Armchair Scientist

Endurance is more than just a book about space or the astronaut’s experience; it’s the perfect blend of biography and science, humor and inspirational reading.


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Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761193111
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Published: Workman Publishing - April 4th, 2017

Our Pick for the Yogi in Your Life

Every Body Yoga is a how-to guide that shows that not only is yoga for every body type, but that what is important is how it makes you feel, not how you look in your yoga pants.


Spoon: A Guide to Spoon Carving and the New Wood Culture Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501182761
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 14th, 2017

Our Pick for the Hipster Homesteader

Spoons! They’re a part of everyday life, but why not make them cool too? Spoon carving is the new hipster beard or avocado toast. It is also a master craft, and this is a gorgeous book.


Great Hiking Trails of the World: 80 Trails, 75,000 Miles, 38 Countries, 6 Continents Cover Image
By Karen Berger, Bill McKibben (Foreword by), The American Hiking Society (Contribution by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780847860937
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 26th, 2017

Our Pick for the Adventurist

How could you not be inspired by this beautiful large format book of bucket list hikes all around the world? Stunning photographs and no blisters.


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Meddling Kids Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385541992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books - July 11th, 2017

Our Pick for the Stranger Things Fan

Meddling Kids hits that sweet spot of 1980s (or ‘90s) nostalgia, Lovecraftian-scented supernatural mystery and the endearing awkwardness of childhood friendship, but a little less dark (minus the Upside Down).


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Obama: An Intimate Portrait Cover Image
By Pete Souza, Barack Obama (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316512589
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Our Pick Because It's Just Lovely

I think every U.S. citizen should have a copy of this book and access to universal healthcare. But seriously, Souza’s photographs inspire and hearten on every page. It will be a gift to return to again and again in the years to come.


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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

Our Pick for the Concerned Activist

Dan Rather’s collection of essays reminds us of the things that make our country great while also questioning what patriotism looks like. Dedicated to facts and no longer bridled by impartiality, he is our new comrade.


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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

Our Pick for the Animal Lover (You Know You Have One)

Wohlleben does for animals what he did for trees in The Hidden Life of Trees, and it’s another delightful read, but this time with his own goats (and other animals) woven throughout the fascinating stories of emotional and behavioral science.


The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

Our Pick for Your Bookish Friend

There’s some serious staff love for this book and it’s no wonder as to why. Through sixteen landmark works, Puchner explores the importance of the written word and all it has influenced through history. A true book lover’s treasure.


Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781784880965
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - June 6th, 2017

Our Pick for Your Friend with a Green Thumb

A beautiful book for anyone who wants to green up their life with indoor plants, or is just as effectively inspired by the idea of it. While a very user-friendly and informative book, the package itself is the gift – so lovely.


Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385540735
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 8th, 2017

Our Pick for the One Drink Philosopher

Perfect for the surfer, perfect for the philosopher. Aaron James is both, a professor at UC Irvine who I’m sure mindsurfs while lecturing. A lively, thoughtful read that is more Sartre than Spicoli, but only just…


Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780770433659
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 28th, 2017

Our Pick for the Crafter in Everyone

A perfect gift for anyone crafty, Christine Schmidt of SF-based Yellow Owl Workshop shares templates and techniques to beautify your craft projects and home. Scaled for any skill level across many interests.


The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780399579936
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 14th, 2017

Our Pick for the International Lifestyle

Who doesn’t love hygge – the Danish art of simplicity, coziness and contentment? Give all the feels with this lovely lifestyle/cookbook. Spiced cider not included.


The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Our Pick for the One Who Waits with Childish Glee

It’s the highly anticipated first book in the "equel" trilogy to Philip Pullman’s beloved series, His Dark Materials. (Whew, what a sentence.) Return to the world of daemons, witches, young heroes, and the fight for freedom against an encroaching totalitarian power...


 

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