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Holiday Gift Guide – BOOK RIOT

ByKeith M. Jones

Nov 23, 2021


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This week, Alice and Kim are talking about non-fiction choices for holiday gifts.

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To follow

The art of coming together by Priya Parker

Visibility of people with disabilities by Alice Wong

Non-fiction in the news

Announcement of the winners of the National Book Prize

All She Wore: Ashley’s Sack Journey, A Memory of the Black Family by Tiya Miles

New documentary

The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home by Michael Tubbs

The 1619 project: a new origin story by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Those precious days: trials by Ann Patchett

How the other half eats: the untold story of food and America’s inequality by Priya Fielding-Singh

Christmas gift guide

Hello Alice and Kim, I love the podcast. Looking for a book for a book I liked so much I read it twice this year. It’s called Little Heathens and it’s by Mildred Armstrong Kalish and it’s her memoir about growing up in Iowa during the Great Depression. Each chapter describes an aspect of his life on the farm and I have found his life, seasons and rituals on the farm so idyllic and heartwarming that I would love to read something else like it! Hope you have some ideas! – Tara

The Heart of Things: An Almanac from the Midwest by John Hildebrand

Wintering: the power of rest and retirement in difficult times by Katherine May

I would love a book recommendation for myself! I like to learn about sects. I read almost all the books on Scientology and wondered if there were books like Going Clear but on different sects. – Kira

The Burning World: A Black Childhood In An Apocalyptic Cult Of White Supremacy by Jerald Walker

The Jonestown Road: Jim Jones and the Temple of the Peoples by Jeff Guinn

I am looking for a recommendation for my stepfather. He’s a retired scientist who reads regularly, but not voraciously. When he reads, he likes to read history, biography, that sort of thing. I’m looking for suggestions from authors to give him or specific books he would find interesting or which might broaden his perspective a bit.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes in WWII by Daniel James Brown

The Heat of Other Suns: The Epic Tale of the Great American Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou

The ghost of King Leopold: a story of greed, terror and heroism in colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

I’m reading now

KIM: Seek You: a journey through American solitude by Kristen Radtke

ALICE: Magna Carta by Dan Jones


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