The Best Books—and Book(ish) Gifts—of 2017

There’s something for everyone—truly!—on your list.


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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” gets a YA reboot, subbing in snark for bah humbug.

amazon.com, $17.99

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Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck D

Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History

A lyrical evolution of the cultural-transforming musical art form—from Public Enemy to Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar.

amazon.com, $29.99


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Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter A Journey Through a History of Magic

Spellbind your resident Potterhead with this enchanting curation (based on the British Library’s exhibition) of all things Hogwarts and wizardry.

amazon.com, $19.99

 


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Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Dear Evan Hansen Through the Window

Behind-the-scenes look at the adored Broadway show of a lonely boy aching to be seen and the lie that takes on a life of its own. 

amazon.com, $40


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Hamilton 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar

Hamilton 2018 Calendar

A.HAM 24/7 for those who will never be satisfied—or get tickets.

amazon.com, $14.99


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Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

The author of “Wicked” waves his literary wand as he re-invents E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker.

amazon.com, $26.99


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In the Beginning by Serge Bloch and Frederic Boyer

In the Beginning

The subtitle, Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament, doesn’t quite say it all—winsome and wise too.

amazon.com, $40


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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders

Sweetly drawn images accompany empowering bios of influential African-American women. More of a keepsake than “just” a children’s book.

amazon.com, $16.99


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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai with Kerascoët

Malala's Magic Pencil

The vibrant illustrations turn Malala’s inspiring story into one for all ages.

amazon.com, $17.99


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Mean Girls 2018 Wall Calendar

Mean Girls Wall Calendar

Be the cool mom and bestow this so fetch homage to the original Plastics whose Broadway doppelgangers are poised to reclaim Queen Bee status this spring. You go, Glen Coco!

amazon.com, $14.99


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My Miniature Library by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

My Miniature Library

Novel idea! Doll-size books and bookcase for play or display.

amazon.com, $19.99


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The Nutcracker: A Papercut Pop-Up Book by Shobhna Patel

The Nutcracker A Papercut Pop-Up Book

Exquisite crafting makes this on pointe.

amazon.com, $19.95


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The Perfect Cookie by America’s Test Kitchen

The Perfect Cookie

Nothing is sweeter than a beautiful baking book with gorgeous photos that whet the appetite for delectable yet easy-to-follow recipes.

amazon.com, $35


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Pink Floyd All the Songs by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

Pink Floyd All the Songs The Story Behind Every Track

The ultimate compendium—no dark sarcasm, here—for true rock aficionados.

amazon.com, $26.73


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Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville and Brigette Barrager

Pocket Full of Colors

Real-life Disney tale with a go-girl ending cloaked in a color-popping illustrated book.

amazon.com, $17.99


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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain, Philip Stead and Erin Stead

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

The unfinished story by Mark Twain is artfully and wittily brought to fruition.

amazon.com, $24.99


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Sneakers by Rodrigo Corral, Alex French and Howie Kahn

Sneakers Standing Book

Get your kicks by gifting this exhaustingly engaging history of the iconic shoe.

amazon.com, $24.95


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Star Wars Made Easy by Christian Blauvelt

Star Wars Made Easy

Jedis in training will quickly become cognizant in everything Stars Wars.

amazon.com, $19.99

 


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Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions

Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert

Fans of “The Late Show” can have a few laughs without losing sleep.

amazon.com, $19.99


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The TB12 Method by Tom Brady

The TB12 Method

Fitness fanatics and armchair athletes alike will root for an inside peek at the training regime of arguably one of football’s greatest QBs. Exercises and recipes included; "deflategate" tips sold separately.

amazon.com, $29.99


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A Year of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst

A Year of Tiny Pleasures

This Page-A-Day calendar is a daily reminder to find pleasure in the little joys of life, like a well-made bed.

amazon.com, $14.99

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